Decorative Fence Contractor
We are the local fence replacement and fence repair contractor that you can trust here in the Katy, Richmond, Pearland and the surrounding Houston Texas area. Our team has been installing fences for over a decade now and it’s the right time to get yours done. Let’s help you understand the process and options as you’re considering the GOOD, BETTER and BEST fencing for your property.
If you don’t have a post, your fence will be laying on the ground. In fact, this is the number one reason why fences are falling, leaning and needing to be replaced or repaired. We would like to point out the benefits of metal posts and how they last forever but most of our fences here in Houston are constructed with wood posts and seem to be doing just fine. If you upgrade your fence to metal posts, we will extend to your our “KINGDOM STRONG” fence warranty that guarantees your new fence posts for life. This is something to consider especially if you’re going to own your current property for over a decade.
This is the age old question in the fence business of whether it’s better to mix the concrete first or dry pack the posts. We at Kingdom don’t believe that “dry pack” which is pouring dry concrete into a hole and then mixing it with a water hose and stick is the best practice. For an example, you can pour concrete on top of a concrete driveway or sidewalk and they never will form together. For this reason we don’t believe in cutting corners especially on the most important part of the fence, THE POSTS!!!
This is a very important decision to make and both of these products have their advantages and disadvantages. The cedar boards are clearly the better quality wood and have a natural insect repellent quality to them. We recommend the cedar due to the softness of the wood and it’s ability to expand and contract during the hot and cold or wet and dry climate here in the Houston Texas area. The pine is a harder wood and tends to crack or warp during these changes. The pine pickets however are a builders favorite due to the less expensive price point and when built correctly can last a long time.
Most fences in our backyards were built when the house was constructed and they only have two rails (one at the top and one at the bottom). The correct way to build a fence is with a three rail construction which you see in the pictures above. You can rest assured that when you do business with Kingdom, we ALWAYS build our new fences with three rails.
KICK BOARD or ROT BOARD
Elevating your fence off of the ground is the most important thing you can do that will directly effect the longevity of your new fence. When the bottom of the picket gets wet and the moisture penetrates and decays the picket towards the top we refer to that as “wicking”. Similar to a candle wick that keeps a flame burning due to the fuel at the bottom. There are other benefits of a kickboard or rotboard like preventing the weed eater from damaging the fence during lawn care applications and providing a sturdy structure to keep vermin and pets in or out.
Some of our clients are looking to have a “one sided” fence where they are all facing the same way like the picture on the left. Other clients are interested in replacing their fence as it was originally built and have the sections alternating which is referred to as “neighborly”. We are fine with any style fence that is classified as a “side by side” fence and there is no price difference between the two. There is however a decorative full privacy fence option which is called “board on board” and can be viewed in the portfolio below.
These are a few of the trim packages that we offer at Kingdom Roof and Fence. Mainly the single trim is a 1×4 cedar board and when you upgrade to the double trim there’s an additional 1×2 above it to cover up the dog ears. The final step would be to install the top cap which is displayed in the pictures above which would be referred to as a “single trim with top cap” or a “double trim with top cap”. These decorative fences are not as common in the Houston marketplace as they are in other areas in North Texas but are very impressive and will make your fence stand out for sure!
We believe that nothing separates the men from the boys like the construction of the fence gates. At Kingdom we build our gates with 3 hinges verses and a diamond brace system which leads our industry. Most contractors are using a Z bracing and only two hinges on their gates which explains the reason why the gates fall apart so quickly. It’s important to remember that the gate is the most important part of the fence so trust Kingdom with your next fencing project.
There are many fence accessories and options to choose from. We at Kingdom Roof and Fence pride ourselves in being a notch above the competition and providing the best quality in fencing. Check out the doggie windows, LED lit corbels, Dutch and self closing gates. There are too many options for us to mention right here but please contact our friendly sales staff and we’ll make sure you’re getting the right fence for your family.
WHY CHOOSE KINGDOM?
We at Kingdom would like to help alleviate some of the stress associated with of choosing the right fence for your home. Here are a few things to consider upon making your final trim package selection and proceeding towards beginning the construction of your project.
First we would like to highlight the installation of your new posts. Many contractors in the business do the traditional “dry pack” method which proves to be ineffective over a period of time. This process places the post in the new holes dug and then packs literally dry concrete that has not been mixed yet. This typically follows a water hose soaking the dry concrete and a stick mixing it together. Unfortunately too many contractors do this and the concrete forms in different stages leaving multiple set pieces very similar to gravel around your post. This explains the posts that are leaning but are set in concrete within the first year or two of the install.
The correct method to set posts is to mix the concrete before setting the posts and then pour the final product around the post. During this process you’re making sure your posts are level and lined up with you string. There is a poking stick or we like to use the end of a level to push down the concrete making sure that it is all the way down and around the posts. This simply step cannot be overlooked and corner cutting must not be done during this step or you’ll be looking at your fence on the ground once again way sooner than expected.
Secondly, we need to discuss the “rails” or 2x4s that are the framework of your new fence. Most fences that were built during the construction of a home have only two rails. This means there’s one at the top and another at the bottom. We refer to that as “builder grade” fencing that could be potentially code for something more derogatory. When replacing a fence, it would be very uncommon for a reputable contractor to use that same bracing style. For the longevity of the fence and to ensuring the pickets are securely attached, the 3 rail system is obvious framework that is used on 6′ wood fencing.
Lastly, there’s the subject of building a gate that works and will stand the test of time. We in the fence business would like to think is the difference the separates the men from the boys. There are several unique gate assemblies that work and can be used but after a decade in the fence business we are sold on the 3 hinge diamond bracing system. This means that instead of the customary 2 hinge gate assemblies that we see on almost every fence in our neighborhood, a 3 hinge fence is a better choice for holding the weight of the gate. It’s important to also spotlight that there needs to be another post close by the hinge side of the gate for additional support of the gate. If installed correctly, the gate is more similar to a front door than a fence gate comparing how sturdy it is.
We hope this section helped educate you on why you should choose Kingdom or at a minimum what qualities you should look for in the workmanship of your fence contractor.