3 Tips for Choosing the Right Fence for Your Swimming Pool

Fall is here, the season for hay rides, pumpkin spice drinks, and cozy plaid blankets. It’s also an important time to think about swimming pool safety. As you make plans to close your swimming pool for the season, it’s the optimal time to take an objective look at your swimming pool fencing solution.

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Most places, including Madison County, require you install a fence around your swimming pool. What makes the best fence for a pool? It turns out you have a wide range of options, depending on your objectives. We pulled together 3 tips for choosing the right backyard fence for your swimming pool:

1. Ornamental Aluminum Fence

Not your grandma’s fence, this fence has the beautiful appearance of a traditional wrought iron fence without the maintenance hassle. This is a nice option in terms of ornate design and aesthetics, one that pairs well with your landscaping. An ornamental aluminum fence gives the option to enjoy your backyard, fulfill local laws, and enjoy the natural beauty around you. Don’t want to block your view? This type of fence is especially suitable for homeowners who have pools overlooking another body of water (i.e., a lake or river), a lovely residential neighborhood, or a a quaint natural setting you want to showcase, such as a pasture with horses.

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If you’re looking for a beautiful, non-obstructive, extremely low maintenance fencing solution, you can’t go wrong with aluminum.

2. Wood Privacy Fence

A wood fence is your best bet for privacy and beauty. Enjoy an entirely custom-built natural wood fence to add an element of beauty and elegance to your outdoor living space. Plus, you get to choose your own design: From shadowbox to board-on-board to arches, you can have your pick of luxury design, backed by quality and fine workmanship.

3. Residential Steel Fence

Steel is another material that gives the appearance of a wrought-iron fence, without the maintenance.  A steel fence works well for the homeowner who doesn’t want to block beautiful views. When durability, easy maintenance, ornateness, and high visibility are your goals, steel is the solution.

 

Redstone Fencing installs a wide range of swimming pool fencing solutions. Have a question? We can help! We install wood, aluminum, steel, and chain link fencing.

Don’t see something listed here? Just ask us. We build custom, so we always have an ear out for our customers’ unique preferences, and can work with your vision.

Contact Redstone Fencing for a free quote today!

Behind the Scenes at Redstone Fencing: Interview with the Owner

Austin Phelps, entrepreneur and University of Alabama graduate with a B.S. in Business Administration, has experienced phenomenal success in the Huntsville fencing industry. His company, Redstone Fencing, LLC, has skyrocketed since its launch in 2016, with an expansive portfolio of custom-built, individually styled fences across the Tennessee Valley. We interviewed Austin for an exclusive look behind the scenes of this enterprising Huntsville fencing sensation.

 

You company has experienced massive growth over the last year. What has that been like?

Since starting this business in Oct of 2016, we have grown tremendously. We celebrate this by me taking the crews out for dinner once a month. I want them to know I appreciate them and what they do for the company. They are the backbone of Redstone Fencing. Without them there wouldn’t be a business.

 

The challenges we face with this growth is in scheduling. There’s only so much time to get so much done. We know people do not like to wait for their fence but we are booked nearly 2 months ahead. Another challenge is getting another crew for growth we are experiencing. We recently got another truck and more tools to make another crew. It is just time consuming making sure we hire the right guys for the job.

 

What’s it like owning your own company before the age of 30?

Owning a business before thirty has been challenging at times. Some people wouldn’t take me seriously because of my age. I think if you are able, no matter what age you are, you should do it.

 

It’s nice owning my own business, though. I saw the opportunity and took it because I didn’t know when or if it would come around again. I couldn’t have done it without trustworthy and hard working employees. Without them it probably wouldn’t have been feasible.

 

 

In childhood, what did you want to be when you grew up?

When I was a child, I wanted to grow up to be a professional soccer player. When I graduated high school, I had scholarships to play in college, but I was led down a different path and ended up in business school at the University of Alabama. In high school and college, I knew I wanted to own my own business, I just didn’t know what or when it would be.

I would tell people that if they have multiple dreams, that’s ok –you don’t have to have just one; pick one and follow it until the very end!

 

Who have you always admired?

More than any one particular person, I have always noticed and studied successful people in general. I would listen to their stories and see how they were able to make it — and I hope to keep growing and be more successful in many ways.

 

 

What’s the most bizarre request you’ve ever received?

Being asked to build a pergola based off of a picture on a customer’s phone. We loved that project! Also, having to build a fence basically into a tree on each side.

 

 

What’s the most extreme weather you’ve worked in?

The most extreme weather condition has been in the pouring rain with very high winds. The storm came out of nowhere and we had to frantically get everything put up. Another extreme condition is in freezing temperatures. It is very cold in the winter months and there are times when you can’t feel your fingers but just keep pushing through to get the job done. It’s not the best times to be working outside but it’s part of the job.

 

Want to hear more about this entrepreneurial venture? Check out this press release.

3 Simple, No-Brainer Tricks to Increase the Value of Your Home (Starting with Your Backyard)

Looking to sell your home? There’s an easy way to gain a lot of traction and increase your visibility in the real estate market. The secret? Focus on your outdoor living space. Realtor.com conducted a survey where they found that 51 percent of buyers surveyed said outdoor living space was the most attractive quality in a home, outranking even open floor plans. 

We’ve got 3 simple value-boosting tips to help you transform your house into a home, fast:

  1. Build a privacy fence

According to Century 21, for homeowners looking to sell, the presence of a fence adds to the overall value of your home. And the converse is true. MSN Real Estate reports that not having a fence can cause one of the biggest negative impacts on your resale value. An attractive, durable privacy fence appeals to a large spectrum of buyers for a number of reasons:

-Buyers with children or pets appreciate the privacy and security of an enclosed backyard.

-Lots backing up to commercial properties or streets yield a considerable return on installing a wood fence.

-In greenery-filled areas like North Alabama, a wood fence blends in beautifully with the natural surroundings.

-A nice fence hides unattractive areas, such as a drainage ditch.

 

2. Install a pergola

Psst… Did you know that Redstone Fencing installs pergolas?

According to the 2014 Residential Landscape Architecture Trends Survey, 83 percent of buyers and homeowners love the idea of a pergola. A pergola is a wooden archway with origins dating back to Italy circa 1645. Pergolas hold boundless design potential, and provide a number of practical benefits:

– Shade from the sun

-A barrier against insects with the addition of breathable curtains and fabric doors

-Add string lighting for a festive nighttime look

– Boost your overall outdoor greenery with hanging plants

 

3. Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty

Want to get the biggest bang for your buck and boost your curb appeal? According to a study of 2,000 brokers conducted by HomeGain, landscaping is one of the top three investments that bring the biggest return, multiplying your investment by four times. Have a green thumb and want to DIY? Even better! Just focus on trimming overgrown bushes, tidying trees, and clearing greenery that obstructs windows to get quick and easy results. The price of neglect can be burdensome: “Overgrown landscaping is a problem at all price points,” says Seattle broker Reba Haas.

 

So go ahead and get a jump-start on the house selling process with these easy outdoor property boosting tips and tricks.  Call Redstone Fencing for great fencing solutions and custom property enhancers, like: pergolas, custom pet windows, ornate fence designs, and more.

 

We custom-build, so just give us your project ideas and we’ll handle the rest!

 

 

 

 

How to Create a Dog-Friendly Backyard in 3 Easy Steps

As a nation, we love our pets. In fact, over 36% of households in the U.S. own a dog. And we’re more enamored with our best friends than ever before, going so far as to include them as bonafide members of the family. Research shows that more than half of pet owners actually buy birthday presents for their dog or cat. Now that’s devotion.

This summer, show Fido how much you care by re-designing your backyard space to be dog-friendly. Whether he’s an inside or outside pet, the yard is his place — his habitat, hunting grounds, and explorer’s haunt.

Taking a few extra steps to evaluate your backyard with Fido in mind will help to deter mischief and keep your dog (and you) happy. Fool-proof your backyard to fit your pet’s needs with these simple hacks:

 

1. Avoid escape attempts

Have an escape artist? – Potential reasons might be separation anxiety, according to the ASPCA, especially if your dog grows anxious each time you prepare to leave. These tips can help:

-Leave a puzzle toy with yummy prizes stuffed inside that take time and effort to access.

-Spend lots of time with your B.F.F.

-Get in play time with other doggies. If you’re not quite ready to bring a new brother or sister home, head out to the dog park for interaction.

-In more extreme cases, try enrolling in a training class or ask your vet for advice. 

 

2. Stop the digging

Bury chicken wire under the backyard fence or place large rocks along the area she tends to dig. Be sure to dig deeper and get to the root of the issue, which is likely boredom.

Stave off destructive behaviors that stem from boredom with plenty of fun games that are aerobic and mentally stimulating, such as tug-of-war, fetch, and fun outings that expose her to different sights (and smells).

Bonus Tip: For added stimulation for the extra-curious pet, consider having a fence window viewing bubble installed. Let your dog finally see what’s happening on the other side of the backyard fence. 

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And guess what? Redstone Fencing can perform doggie fence window installs. Get in touch for more info. 

 

3. Safety first

Stay a step ahead to be sure your pup isn’t getting in harm’s way in his own backyard:

  • Remove plants that can be harmful when ingested. Do your research before you plant. Beware of: azaleas, lilies, daffodils, and elephant ears.
  • Invest in a backyard fence that will keep your beloved pet safe and secure. A high-quality fence protects your furry friend from outside wild animals, and prevents escapes to dangerous roads or unknown territory. Redstone Fencing custom-builds on your property, and works with you to choose the fence that works best for your whole family.

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So before the dog days of summer set in, take some time to transform your yard into a place that’ll delight your pet’s heart, day in and day out.

4 Tips for Creating the Backyard of Your Dreams This Summer

In America’s workaholic culture, vacations are becoming more of a rarity than ever before. In fact, studies show that an alarming 41% of Americans don’t use their paid time off.

This summer, make everyday a staycation by transforming your backyard into a well-deserved getaway. Enhance your backyard vacation experience with these 4 tried-and-true tips:

 

1. Create a haven for relaxation

Appeal to each of your five senses for clues to creating a full-scale experience. For a quick and easy visual transformation, start by clearing the clutter. Next, add some calming elements and color pops such as brightly colored chairs, a bird house, or hand-painted garden rocks.

Start a fragrant container herb garden, or plant roses, honeysuckle bushes, or even a grape vine.

 

2. Make it fun and you’ll never want to leave

Add in a few imaginative play elements for the kids. Think: fairy garden, butterfly feeder, a reading nook, and some digging tools. And don’t forget fun for the adults! Ask yourself what brings you comfort. Perhaps that’s a small table for your morning coffee, a hummingbird feeder with nearby camera, a hammock for lounging in the shade, or a summer BBQ station for entertaining friends.

 

3. Transform your space into an oasis with a wood privacy fence

The right backyard fence makes all the difference. Make your space uniquely yours by securing privacy from neighbors and nearby visible streets. Be sure to find a fence company with a proven, time-tested commitment to quality lumber, custom building, and durability.

 

4. Enhance the natural beauty

Imagine and design your landscaping with the full year in mind. Here in the Southeast, it’s possible to have beauty year-round. We recommend: tulips and daffodils for spring, roses and hydrangea for summer, mums for fall, and camellia for the winter.

And now, all that’s left is to open the back door and enjoy your vacay! Spend your summer relishing sunny, relaxing days with your whole family in your new backyard paradise.

 

 

Redstone Fencing, LLC: Redstone Fencing is a family owned and operated, licensed and insured custom privacy fence company serving Huntsville and the surrounding areas. We use wood screws and the freshest lumber so your fence won’t warp and will stand the test of time. And we NEVER sub-contract, so you can rest assured that you’re always getting a trusted member of the Redstone Fencing team building your backyard fence from start to finish. Contact us for a free quote!

 

 

7 (Little-Known) Signs of a Sketchy Contractor

 

When you’re up against a deadline, looking for a reliable Huntsville fence company, it can be downright frustrating trying to figure out who to choose. Who’s reliable? Who will actually show up and finish the job – when they say they will?

 

We’ve all driven through new neighborhoods with already-warping, aging, collapsing fences. How can you avoid becoming one of those? How do you know which Huntsville fence company to choose?

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It’s easy to see the Redstone Fencing difference.

We can help with that.

 

We’ve gathered a list of surefire ways to tell if you’re talking to a sketchy fencing contractor.  Check for these 7 tell-tale sneaky tricks of the trade:

 

  1. Bad reviews

You wouldn’t buy anything on Amazon without consulting a jury of your own peers. Treat your property with the same dignity. A fence is an investment in your home, and the wrong choice can land you right back at square one, re-building your fence a few years down the road.

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We’re proud of our 5-star reviews!
  1. Using nails instead of screws

It takes a LOT more time to laboriously hit every piece of lumber 6 times with a drill + screws. Think about it – position, level, screw, reload, repeat.

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We always use wood screws!

Beware of fencing companies that cut corners with rapid-fire nail guns. This can mean warping for your fence once those nails pop out.

 

  1. Adding in the cost of screws after the estimate

Received a quote that’s lower than the other guys? It can be tempting to automatically want to go with the cheapest quote. But first, be sure they’re actually showing you the bottom line. Ask if your estimate includes screws in the total.

 

  1. Excluding tax on the estimate

Another lesser-known secret: Ask if your estimate reflects tax.

 

  1. Using pre-fabricated panels

Panels blow down whenever a big gust of wind shows up – which happens quite often in Huntsville. Opt for custom, from the ground up.

 

  1. Using old wood

Some fencing companies store their wood in warehouses, aging your fence years before it ever touches your property.

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Our wood comes fresh from the lumber mill.
  1. Sub-contracting

Think about the ramifications of someone else showing up at your house – on your property, around your stuff, around your kids. You want someone who’s invested in, and proud of, their company.

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Meet one of our teams. It pays to know who you’re working with.

So before you hire, find out if your fencing company is employing any of these hidden tricks. It’s worth a second look to protect your investment.  

 

And now for some good news:

Redstone Fencing is a reliable, licensed and insured family + friend owned fencing company in Huntsville. We get a huge sense of satisfaction out of being able to proudly say at the completion of each project, “Every job is a job well done.” We love our customers, and our customers love us. Just check out what they have to say about their fences!

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University of Alabama Entrepreneur Launches Company Poised to Redefine Fencing in Huntsville

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – April 21, 2017 – PRLog — After receiving his B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Alabama, double specializing in Management Communications and Entrepreneurship, Austin Phelps identified the need for quality, reliable fencing in the Huntsville area market and built Redstone Fencing, LLC, to bridge the gap for Huntsville homeowners.

As the freshest new up-and-coming Huntsville fencing contractor, Phelps early on established the company on the core tenets of: quality lumber, custom-developed fencing solutions, and reliable employees who can pass drug tests and background screenings. This approach has set him apart from the local competition, earning him the highest praise in customer reviews as he is recognized for his team’s commitment to precision, professionalism, and 100% customer satisfaction.

Since the enterprising company opened its doors, Redstone Fencing has already achieved several newsworthy milestones; most notably: expanding its workforce, adding a new company truck, and recently launching a freshly designed new website, http://redstonefencing.com/.

Phelps has worked in the fencing industry since the early 2000’s, apprenticing under his father in the earliest days, and later working his way through college while gaining on-the-job experience in the field.

“Big things are happening for us,” says owner Austin Phelps. “We’re proud of the growth we’ve achieved, and remain dedicated to providing the highest quality of custom fencing for North Alabama homeowners.”

Customer Highlight

Customer highlight: O’Neal M. had this to say about Redstone Fencing…

“Job well done. They are above and beyond expectations. Pride in a job well done is what they delivered. I would recommend Redstone Fencing to anyone that has high standards.”

Thanks for the awesome 5-star review, O’Neal! Check out our other perfect reviews at http://thumb.tk/2l4bGEn.

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