The Purpose of a Fence

There are lots of reasons people put up fences and most make practical sense. For many of the same reasons landscaping is installed at homes – privacy is usually the number one reason.

Fences are used as a visual barrier from traffic and from neighbors’ yards. They are used for security – to stop any intruders or trespassers. A fence keeps kids and dogs safe. It can protect others from a pool, Jacuzzi or pond. A fence can help muffle sound as well as break wind, usually in unison with bushes and other landscaping.

A fence can contain blowing leaves, drifting snow, and trash.

A fence delineates your property from your neighbor’s and solves lots of conflict in return. Remember the famous saying “fences make good neighbors”?

A fence can define a property and give it the last piece of curb appeal needed to complete a design.

Fences are used to help sell homes. They can block unsightly neighbors’ yards or secure a dangerous drop-off that may sway a prospective buyer with children to pass on your property.

Why do you need a fence? Give the experts at Geo Brothers fence a call. We have the answers you are looking for and are happy to meet with you to discuss your options.

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Spring Fence Repair

With Ice dams, wind storms, blizzards, frost heaves, and compounded snow over 100 inches wreaking havoc on us, what a winter Boston has had! Spring will come inevitably. When it does show up, the light will shed the many problems homeowners have in store.IMG_2925

Areas of concern will be roofing, gutters, down spouts, asphalt, lawns, basement flooding and especially fences. Snow has been shoveled, piled and plowed on any and every fence by Bob your Neighbor and Mother Nature herself. It has not only been snow, but record low temperatures which cause frost heaves that push and pull posts and undermine the fence’s level and stability. And I would bet your gates out of whack just like your back – from all that shoveling.

Most fences will need minor adjustments and gates to be rehung. Repairs can be made so have no fear. After the melt give us a shout – we’ll come right out. Estimate, repair – have no despair! Geo Brothers Fence knows how to repair and we care! Give us a call today! 978-998-0660 http://www.geobrosfence.com/

Extend the life of your wood fence:

The lifespan of a fence depends on you. A typical cedar wood fence is built to last 20-25 years, but there are things homeowners can do to extend the life of your fence. For many of our customers, we know that keeping children and pets safe is the main objective.

But many times, full-fence replacement is not a viable option. Finances may be an obstacle at the moment. Or maybe you’re selling your home soon and your fence isn’t in major disrepair, but could still use a little work. Each customer’s situation is different. Here are three options for repairing and prolonging your wood fence.

Broken fence post? Here’s a simple fix to deter further damage

For a falling fence, the first thing that needs to be done is to brace the fence post to limit additional damage. Make sure you have:

  • A level
  • A hammer
  • Screws or large nails
  • Two 4-5’ stakes

If the vertical fence post is broken or askew, level the post by pushing it straight into the ground. Then, measure two feet perpendicular from the fencepost and bang a stake into the ground. Nail the opposite end to the post, forming a 45-degree angle. Repeat this on the opposite side of the fence so that the falling down post is bolstered on both sides. The post is now completely braced and should hold up through any storm. This is a temporary fix, but can be made permanent at another time by simply replacing the broken post, which can be done as long as the fence rails are in good shape.

Prolong your fence’s life – keep it looking new nearly 20 years later!

The tools you’ll need:

  • A wallpaper pump sprayer (find one at your local hardware store, these are fairly inexpensive – especially considering the cost for a new fence!)
  • Oil repellant spray (i.e. Thompson’s WaterSeal for fences)

Fill the pump sprayer with the oil repellant spray. Then spray and brush the sealer onto your fence posts and rails. Pay particular attention to the rails and dowel ends. This helps reduce the risk of rotted rails. This is a great tip for prolonging the life of your wood fence, and will keep it looking new even up to 18 years after installation.

Keep frost heaves in check

New England winters can wreak havoc on your fence. Frost heaves left unchecked or unrepaired may lead to leaning fence posts or gates no longer working properly. Here’s what you should do:

1) Level each fence post after the winter is over and the ground is no longer frozen

2) Tamp the soil around each post with a bar tamp to firm up the foundation

3) Add sand or stone dust around the past, tamp this down as well

4) Repeat numbers 1-3 periodically to keep your fence straight and strong and in working order for years to come.

Don’t hesitate to call us for help

These tips are meant to be easy enough for any of our customers to complete, but we understand other life demands may take precedent. As always, we would be happy to provide you a free estimate on any fence repair or maintenance services. Just call us at 781-599-6531 to schedule an appointment!

Best Ways To Protect Your Commercial Property

Protecting your commercial property from intruders should be at the top of every business owner’s list. There are several options for you to consider when adding protection to your commercial property. Make sure you have all of the necessary information about each before making an informed decision. Here are some of the best ways for you to protect your property.

Cameras: From simple to sophisticated cameras, there are several options for you that will help you better protect your property. While, cameras are great for protecting your commercial property, this form of protection typically only allows you to record criminal acts that are already taking place. You can then use that footage to try and find the culprit. Sometimes having cameras on the premises will deter a criminal from acting in the first place, but not always.

Cost: When it comes to the cost of this form of protection for your commercial property, it can vary widely. It really depends on how many cameras you plan to install and how high-end those cameras will be. It is best to get a quote from a professional security camera company in order to determine what will work best for you and your business.

Dog: A guard dog can be an affordable form of security for your commercial property, but it does come with some risks. There is always the possibility that even the best dog will attack someone and leave you with a lawsuit.

One advantage of a guard dog is that it isn’t as much of a passive form of security as a camera. Many thieves and vandals won’t want the hassle of dealing with a guard dog. The loud barking and growling can scare them. If not, the dog will usually prevent the crime from happening by acting aggressively toward the culprit.

Cost: The cost for this form of protection is relatively cheap. You will just need to pay for the typical care of a dog, such as veterinary care, food and water.

Fence: A fence can work as a good barrier from outsiders and crime. Depending on the type of fence, it can work well to keep those you don’t want in your business on the outside.

Cost: The initial installation can be costly, but there isn’t typically much upkeep cost with a fence. Some criminals will avoid the hassle of getting around the fence altogether. A high, sturdy fence is the best for protecting commercial property. For more information, please call us at Geo Brother’s Fence for a quote on what will work best for you and your business. 

Customized options for even the best escape artists:

Oh, your dog’s an escape artist?

I’ll fix that!

I got a call from a frantic woman who was at her wit’s end. No matter what she did her Husky/Shepherd mix continued to get out of her yard and wreak havoc throughout the neighborhood. I went to her house and told her, “No problem.” I was an expert!

I assessed the situation and saw she had a mismatch of different types of fences at different heights. I met the dog, which was athletic and highly energetic. I told her we needed to install a 6-foot fence and we would make sure there were absolutely no spaces at all for escape! The job cost about $5,000. I told her I will make sure the dog can’t get out. She hired us and we started work immediately.

When we finished we called the homeowner out to look at the impenetrable wall we had built, all of us wearing a smug grin of pride. “Well, let him out! Let’s see if he likes it,” I said.

The dog bounded out like a bull in a china shop. His fur was puffed up, electrified with excitement. He started frantically running up and down the fence, his paws tearing up the ground, realizing he could not get out; his old escape hatches were gone!

His frantic pace back and forth continued. Then, like a shooting star, he sprinted right, shot back to the left, leapt on top of a brick, backyard fireplace and sprung over the fence. Gone!

Immediate shock and horror fell on everyone’s face as we chased the dog down the middle of the street. The customer frantically looked at me: “I just spent $5,000 and he get out in 5 minutes!”

I said, “Sorry, but I think you have to get rid of that built-in barbecue.”

I guess the dog really likes his freedom!

Lesson learned. Here at Geo Brothers Fence, we work with our customers to provide customized fencing that’s right for you. If you have a similar situation, with animals getting out (or in!) give us a call today at 781-599-6531, and we’d be happy to provide you a free estimate. 

Throwing a summer soiree? Here’s a few tips on designing the perfect pergola to host it

A back yard with a pergola isn’t just a back yard anymore; it’s a summertime destination. And it’s the perfect location for your end-of-summer soiree. But how to design a pergola? Geo Brothers Fence has designed and built dozens of pergolas to our customers’ satisfaction. Whether you want something small or large, attached or unattached, wooden or wrought iron, we’ve got the materials, tools, manpower and knowhow to do it. But again, back to the design. Here are some things to consider:

  • Size matters. The size of your pergola says a lot about who you are. A small pergola is better for say, throwing more intimate dinner parties, or showcasing your handiwork in the garden. But a larger one can be the perfect extension to your home. They provide a platform to show off that beautiful back patio and can create the illusion of a larger home.
  • Attached or unattached? That is the question. Again, it depends on what you’re looking to showcase. If you’re looking to create an extension of your home, we can build your pergola as an attachment off the back of the house as a cover to a back deck or patio. Or if you’re looking for a separate space within which to hang out and entertain guests, we can take a look at your backyard and help point out the perfect place for a little oasis.
  • The majority of pergolas we build are from sturdy hardwood that is made to last. Wooden pergolas can create a great garden or vineyard feel within your backyard. Also consider ornamental iron, which can create a more antique or modern look, depending on your style.

 Want to build a pergola or trellis but unsure of where to start? Consult someone at Geo Brothers Fence today to talk about ideas that would work for your home!

Call us at (978) 998-0660.

 

 

Vinyl Fencing

There are many different materials to use for building fences, each have advantages and disadvantages. A popular material nowadays is vinyl, due to its convenience and affordability.

Vinyl fencing does not require any painting or staining, and it does not splinter, rot or warp in poor weather conditions. There are different styles of fencing such as picket, privacy, ornamental, post and rail,and split rail.

Our craftsmen build your fence using tongue and groove construction, from various decorative caps and an assortment of colors and styles to make your fence stand out among the neighborhood. Vinyl fences are a great, low-maintenance option for around your home, backyard or pool area. They are also a great decorative choice for businesses or commercial properties looking to blend in with their environment. Vinyl is a top choice if you have animals in the area since it is non-toxic; it is not treated with harmful or hazardous chemicals.

The benefits of a vinyl fence outweigh the disadvantages by far, and it is most likely the right match for your fence of choice. The vinyl panels are available in a variety of colors, making it simple to match the color of your home or surroundings. Your neighbors, friends and family will know you made the right choice and as a result, the value of your home will rise.

We pride ourselves on professional fences expertly constructed by our experienced crews. Call GEO Brothers Fencing today, (978) 998-0660.

How to Pick the Right Fence for your Property

When you think of a home, a fence surrounding the property is present without giving it any thought. Unless you live on a farm or out in the country, chances are that some sort of structure is going to be located between your home and surrounding properties. There are many different fence options available to choose from, making the choice quite difficult. Depending on your unique needs and wants from a fence, pick the right product will require some effort. Make sure the fence you want not only meets your needs, but also looks aesthetically please and doesn’t break the budget. To help you get you on your way to choosing the perfect fence for your home, here are some factors to consider when picking out a new fence.

Privacy

Living next to a busy street or one that has a lot of traffic (foot or car) are factors that are going to heavily influence the right fence for your home. You may want to consider the height and the spacing the fence affords – if you want to prevent people from looking into your property. Sound reduction fences are few and far between, but are available if that is something of upmost concern.

Security

Similar to privacy needs; if your home is located in a high traffic area, security may be one of your requirements. A fence that has sufficient height and isn’t easily climbable is great if you live in a posh home or an area that has break-in issues. Chain-link fences are very flimsy and easily maneuverable, making them less than ideal if security is at the top of your list. Building a fortress isn’t necessary, but put some thought into design to make it as safe as possible. 

Maintenance

There are some fence materials that require little maintenance, while others do need periodic maintenance. Think of a metallic fence (chain-link) vs. a wooden fence. The wood fence is going to deteriorate over time, especially if it is painted. Boards may crack or break and will eventually need to be replaced. This is all going to require a little love and attention if you want your fence to stay in tip-top shape. Putting up a chain-link or brick fence will be more expensive initially, but will require very little attention down the road.

Pricing

The price of setting up the fence that you want is a huge factor in determining whether the dream comes to be or not. Take your time and scan through various fence options that you are considering. There are fences that may cost less from the get-go, but maintenance later might be expensive and time consuming. Both the Internet and home improvement stores are great places to get an idea of materials and installation costs. 

Fence Options for Pet Owners—Which Fence Is Right for You?

Whether you are replacing an old fence or installing one for the first time, there are many variables to consider when choosing which kind of fence to put up, how high it should be, and what materials it should be made out of. Putting up a fence to keep your pet in is an especially delicate process, as it requires special consideration of your pet, his abilities, and your yard.

If you have a large dog, or a dog that is especially good at climbing, you probably want to stay away from chain link fences. Not only do they provide the perfect foot holds for an athletic dog, they are also generally shorter than other types of fences. Some large dogs may be able to jump over a four-foot chain link fence without any problem. However, if your dog is small or is not prone to climbing, chain link might be the perfect option for you.

Wooden slat fences are especially good for large or aggressive dogs, as they are not easy to climb and they shield the dog from the outside world. Often, dogs can become agitated if they see people walking past the house, simply because it is in their nature to defend their territory. A wooden fence, however, is usually over six feet high and is constructed to be solid, which makes it difficult for any dog to either see through it or climb it.

Wrought iron fences are bound to be the most expensive, and unless you have a particularly docile dog, do not provide much enclosure or protection. Most dogs will be able to climb them, and some may even be able to slip between the bars and escape.

The final fence option is a bit more progressive, and comes in the form an invisible fence. Instead of building a physical fence, an electronic perimeter is built around the house, so that when the dog strays too close to the perimeter, he is either shocked (in the same manner as a bark collar), or hears an uncomfortable, high-pitched noise.

For more information about different kinds of fences and which is the right choice for your dog, contact us at GEO Brothers Fence today!

Why testimonials are important to us: The truth is in the testimonials

I can tell you we are a great company, that we provide quality work to our customers, and that we stand behind our work 100 percent. But who would believe us? Nothing speaks louder than a stamp of approval from customers like you. Proof that we are who we say we are. And that’s what matters most – to us, and to other potential customers.

Word-of-mouth is always the best advertising

As a consumer, I put more trust in the good things I hear about a company through word-of-mouth, than I do in what any owner or salesperson is attempting to sell me on. That’s why we rely on and are grateful to customers like you for your willingness to take the time to rate us on sites like Yelp!, Angie’s List and the Better Business Bureau. We believe in being transparent. By doing so, we believe we build better trust with our customers, and ensure we are constantly striving to be our best.

Who can prove to you that we will do what we say we will? Our past customers.

Here’s a recent letter we received from a satisfied customer:

Dear Robert,

Enclosed…..The two fellows who worked on that project did a great job and were able to incorporate a small change in the design, which really made the trellis a custom piece of construction. I am sure that they found this project quite a challenge because they had to shove their way into the backyard and then make their way through the raspberry patch near the rear of the house. But that did not deter them in the least!

We love the new trellis and its unique design and I wanted to pass along this information to you so you know what great workers you have making your custom products. Please give them our compliments!!

 

                                                                                          Thank you again.

Sincerely,

Joan and Bill Fallon

 P.S. We will certainly recommend your company to our friends based upon the quality of your work and your personalized customer service approach. Thanks again.

To read more reviews about our company from other satisfied customers, or to leave one yourself, please see our testimonials page, or visit our pages on Yelp!, Angie’s List and the Better Business Bureau.