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4 Ways Coastal Home Pros Can Help You Prepare Your Home For Canine Chaos (Or Repair Pet Damage That Already Exists)

Three cheers (or should we say barks?) for Pensacola Beach, which just made Coastal Living’s updated list of Best Dog-Friendly Beaches in Florida! Here at Coastal Home Pros, we know our beaches are some of the best in the state. And since we’re all dog lovers, we know our pets enjoy the beach just as much as we do. But as much as love our four-legged buddies, we also know that they can wreak some serious havoc on a home. Since we’re the home maintenance experts, we thought we should share some tips on making your home tough enough for man’s best friend. If you’ve already had some accidents and minor damage, we’re here for you with our Handyman Services. Need durable and stain-resistant floors? We’ve got you covered. Even if your pooch has done serious damage, our remodeling team can have your home looking new again in a jiffy. Read on!

Dog at Pensacola Beach
Most dogs love the beach, but the sand and moisture they bring home can do a number on your home’s floors and surfaces.

1) First Thing’s First – Let’s Talk Fencing

Fencing is a good idea for homes with dogs.
Good fences make safe dogs.

The number one thing you can do to insure your dog’s safety is to install a quality fence. Keeping your pet safely contained on your property will buy you years of peace of mind. With a fence, you won’t have to worry about cars, predators, or incidents with other dogs. If your dog has anxiety or any signs of aggression, the fence will help them feel more secure within their own domain. Coastal Home Pros has a ton of experience installing fences in Pensacola area and beyond. From chain link to picket to privacy fencing, we’ve done it all. Check out our recent project gallery for some pictures of past projects – this pet fence in Navarre turned out great, as did this privacy fence in Gulf Breeze!

2) Dog-proof the Interior – Our Handyman Services Can Help

The American Humane Society has a great list of ways to make the interior of your home safe for your pets. Number one on the list? Install child-proof latches on cabinets to prevent curious and crafty pups from getting into trouble. You should also look for exposed electrical outlets or other electrical issues that can be a hazard to your dog. You can purchase child safety latches at any hardware store. Although they’re relatively simple to install, it can be time consuming to cover all the kitchen and bathroom cabinets. And it’s important to make sure they are installed properly. If you don’t have time to do this task yourself, check out our Handyman Services. We can professionally install the latches for a very reasonable price, and we can also inspect your outlets for missing plates or other issues.

3) Think About Flooring Options

Here in coastal Florida, wood floors take a beating from high moisture levels and tracked-in sand. Add pets into the mix, and your floors can go from beautiful to battered really quickly. If you’re think about adding a dog to your family, or your dog has already ruined your floors, consider ceramic or porcelain tile. Our flooring contractors can help you choose durable, low-maintenance tile flooring that will stand up to anything your pet can dish out.

When it comes to pet messes, tile is man’s best friend!

4) For Major Damage, Call in the Remodeling Pros

They may look cute and innocent as puppies, but dogs can do some serious damage to your home. Even a well-supervised dog can annihilate drywall, wood trim, and doors when they are bored or anxious. We once knew a dog who ate an entire deck off of a house while his owner was at work. (100% true – we saw it ourselves.) If your pup has gotten the best of you and your home, don’t despair. Coastal Home Pros is only a click or a phone call away, and our remodeling team can handle any work you need. From drywall repairs to carpentry work to a brand new deck and more, we can make your home look like new again. And we’ll even bring treats for the dog!

Privacy Fence in Gulf Breeze, Florida

Coastal Home Pros helped these homeowners enclose their Florida garden haven with a custom wood privacy fence

When the view inside your yard is a beautiful garden full of mature trees, specimen plants, and an arbor full of trailing vines, you don’t want to see your neighbor’s yard! We are honored these green thumb gardeners chose Coastal Home Pros to help enhance their gorgeous property with a wood privacy fence. Need a fence for your property? Check out our fencing guide, or give us a call to talk options!

These homeowners in Gulf Breeze wanted a wood privacy fence to surround a their garden oasis.
These homeowners in Gulf Breeze wanted a wood privacy fence to surround their beautiful property.
Chain Link Fencing

Though Chain Link Fencing Sometimes Gets a Bad Reputation, It Can Be a Great Option For Many Homeowners

Chain link fencing is one of the most commonly seen fencing products in the United States today. From sports fields to industrial parks to residential homes, chain link is an affordable fencing option that gets the job done. Modern chain link manufacturers have made advancements in product quality and durability. Today, chain link is an even more attractive fencing option for some homeowners. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of chain link:

PROS

  • Price – Chain link is the most budget-friendly fencing option. The materials are affordable, and installation is relatively easy.  
  • Maintenance – Chain link fencing needs very little maintenance. The galvanized metal does not readily rust, and does not require coating or painting.
  • Safety – Chain link fencing is a relatively easy solution to problems of containing children and pets. It offers high visibility through the fencing material so that caregivers can see what is happening on the other side of the fence.
  • Appearance Options – Standard galvanized chain link fence can be “dressed up” with vinyl cladding. (Common options are green or black.) Other options include “California-style” chain link. In this style, chain link panels are connected to wooden posts, offering a hybrid look that many find appealing. 

THINGS TO CONSIDER

  • Appearance – Generic chain link (without vinyl coating or California-style construction) is often viewed as a less attractive fencing option. Because it is used so heavily in industrial settings, some residential neighborhoods may prohibit its use.
  • Residential security – Standard four-foot chain link, which is used in most residential applications, can easily be climbed over.
  • Lack of Privacy – Chain link fence offers clear sight lines through the fencing. If privacy is your goal, chain link is not your best choice.
Chain Link fencing is easy to climb
As any kid who’s hit a ball over a fence knows, climbing chain link is pretty easy!

Despite these concerns, chain link fencing can be the best option for many homeowners. And while it is possible to install chain link on a DIY basis, you’ll get a much longer life from your fence if you have it properly installed by licensed contractors. Coastal Home Pros is very experienced in the local fencing market, and has installed many chain link fences in Florida’s Panhandle and Emerald Coast communities. Give us a call to discuss your fencing options and get a free quote!

Vinyl fencing is a good option in coastal climates.

If you’re in the market for a new fence, Coastal Home Pros can help you navigate the choices and design the fence that meets your needs and complements your property.

CHOOSING YOUR FENCING MATERIAL

Choosing a fencing material is an important first step when installing a fence. When choosing materials, we recommend considering the following:

Function

Why are you building a fence? The function of your fence will often dictate its form. If you need to contain animals, you’ll want to consider height, sturdiness, and the spacing of any pickets or slats. Searching for privacy or noise reduction? A lightweight aluminum fence won’t meet your needs – look for wood or vinyl options with wide and tall slats. If you need privacy, look for taller wooden or vinyl slats with very narrow gaps.

Many of our customers here in sunny Florida need fencing around a pool. Pool fences are often governed by municipal regulations and building codes – do a little research or ask us for help! Your Coastal Home Pros fencing contractor can help you think through your fencing options and choose the best material for your job.

Style

What do you want your fence to look like? Chain link is relatively inexpensive, but it’s utilitarian appearance may not blend with the aesthetics of your home and neighborhood. White picket fences evoke a certain old-fashioned charm that works well with traditional homes and cottages. Wrought iron conveys a sense of grandeur that’s perfect for larger homes. Other metal options – including aluminum and steel – have a sleek look that works well with modern homes. Treated-wood and vinyl fences have broad appeal and flexible design options.

At Coastal Home Pros, we can customize your fence to accommodate your personal style. Shadowboxing and scalloped profiles are some of our most popular choices. We can offer these styles in both wood and vinyl options.

Picket fences are a popular fence choice for many homeowners.
Scalloped picket fences are a popular choice for many of our customers.

Budget

Coastal Home Pros offers a wide range of fencing options at various price points. We encourage our customers to consider not just the up-front cost, but the ongoing maintenance costs as well. Our coastal Florida climate presents some unique challenges for fence maintenance. At Coastal Home Pros, we’ve had years of experience in this area. We can help you think through your options and make the right choice for your budget. 

FENCING MATERIALS COMPARISON

Treated Wood Fencing

Pressure- or chemically-treated wood fencing is very common across the United States. Treated wood resists damage from both insects and moisture, and it is usually an economical choice. Flexible configurations and design options make this a popular option. 

Things to consider: Treated wood fences often look best when painted or stained. This adds maintenance costs, but will help extend the life of your fence. Treated wood pickets and slats are prone to warping and twisting. Using a reliable fencing contractor with expert local knowledge can help mitigate this issue. At Coastal Home Pros, we select our wood carefully to avoid this issue. 

Wood fences need proper maintenance, including paint or stain that is re-applied annually or semi-annually.
Wood fences perform best when they are stained or painted, especially in our moist coastal climate.

Cedar

Cedar is known for it’s beauty and hardiness. It doesn’t warp or shrink, and it has a natural resistance to insects and decay. Left untreated, cedar will weather to a beautiful silvery gray, though the original reddish brown hue can be maintained by applying a penetrating sealer. 

Things to consider: Cedar can be more expensive than other options. And although it does have some natural resistance to decay, it often does not fare well when buried directly in the soil. Here at Coastal Home Pros, we recommend installing cedar posts into a concrete base. Alternatively, we can sink treated wood posts directly into the soil and attach cedar fencing to those posts. 

Vinyl

Vinyl fencing is virtually maintenance free. Immune to rot, insects, and decay, vinyl just needs a good scrubbing periodically to retain its good looks. With this type of resilience, vinyl is a great option here in coastal Florida. 

Things to consider: If you love the warmth of real wood, man-made vinyl products may not meet your aesthetic needs. In the past, vinyl fencing products got a bad reputation for yellowing and becoming brittle. Today’s vinyl fence manufacturers have addressed those issues, and as long as you buy a thicker gauge virgin vinyl product, you can expect decades of utility and beauty from your fence.

Composite

Composite fencing is a blend of wood fibers and plastic polymers. It offers many of the benefits of vinyl with the look of real wood. Like vinyl, it resists degradation from insects and moisture, and is virtually maintenance free once installed. 

Things to consider: Composite fencing can be pricey, and quality can vary. Your Coastal Home Pros fencing contractor will help you choice a high quality product that will stand the test of time and our coastal climate. 

Wrought Iron

Wrought iron has been a popular fencing material for centuries, and for good reason. It’s classic good looks, custom design options, and durability make a great fencing option for those with the budget. 

Things to consider: Wrought iron will need periodic maintenance, especially in our coastal climate. Applying rust-inhibiting paint whenever signs of corrosion appear is key to maintaining the life of your wrought iron fence. 

Aluminum

Aluminum is a relatively budget-friendly and versatile fencing material. Like vinyl, it’s virtually maintenance free once installed. 

Things to consider: Aluminum is not the sturdiest fencing material. Strong winds, falling trees and limbs, and even boisterous pets can dent, damage, or bend aluminum fencing. 

Chain Link

Chain link fencing is inexpensive and easy to install. It offers quick and budget-conscious security for pets and children, and may be a good choice for when large tracts need to be fenced.

Things to consider: Chain link fencing doesn’t offer much in the way of aesthetic appeal. In fact, some neighborhoods have covenants that prevent homeowners from installing chain link fences. Maintenance can also be an issue, as chain link will corrode over time. 

Chainlink fencing is a budget-friendly way to keep children and pets safe.
Chainlink fencing is an economical way to keep kids safe and pets contained.

Coastal Home Pros is Here for All Your Fencing Needs

When choosing fencing materials, consider function, form, and budget. And don’t forget about long-term maintenance and replacement costs when assessing the relative costs. Finally, remember to consider local codes and/or neighborhood covenants that may restrict your choices when it comes to fencing materials. Coastal Home Pros is always ready to help you weigh the options and choose the right fence for your home. Contact us today to get started!