Read This Before Choosing a Fence for Your Yard

Having a home of your own comes with a lot of responsibilities, one of which is putting up a fence that meets your requirements. There are many choices as far as fences are concerned, and logistics come into play when you are figuring out the best fence for your home. Be it keeping your family pets and personal property well contained, enhancing the privacy of your home, or making a subtle boost to the value of your property, the best fence for you is that which meets your goals.

According to Keith Pickens, owner of “The Fence Guy” in Baltimore, Ohio, a lot of consideration needs to go into making the choice as to the type of fence you want before actually investing in one, for example, between opting for a wooden fence suited for privacy, and a simple picket fence. Generally though, and factoring in the fence size and type, you can have a new fence installed for anywhere from $2,600 to $8,000 on average. This is not pocket change for most Americans, so you ought to make the right decision the first time round. Additionally, the slope of your home also plays a part in dictating the overall cost of any particular fence.

Other recommended tips to consider while fencing your home by top ranked fencing organizations such as Rogers Builders are as follows.

Only opt for a fence that best suits your home

A fence is useful for a couple of reasons, ranging from privacy and keeping pets from running loose, to improving the value of your property. No matter what those reasons are, having a clear picture of them sets you on the right path during the process of choosing the best fence for you. However, it is the wise insight of Pickens that advises you to have your priorities straight, i.e. to put your needs well ahead of your wants rather than having it the other way round. For example, you might want a fence that offers you all the privacy you are looking for, but alternatively, you need a picket fence. Be wary though, the choice of a privacy fences isn’t the best one out there as it affects the resale value of your property should such a time presents itself. Pickens strongly advises against this choice. However, if you are in dire need of privacy, vinyl or wooden fencing techniques come in handy, though Jennifer Penchanec (manager with Chesapeake Custom Builders) discloses that vinyl fencing for privacy purposes isn’t the best due to its widely spaced panels.

The maintenance factor

As long as you have, or plan to have a fence in the foreseeable future, then you can never kick maintenance out the door. In this case, make a choice based on the amount of time you are willing to spare tending and maintaining your fence. Again, according to Pickens, the wooden fencing option is a superb one when it comes down to adding value to your home, but it comes with a lot of demand for maintenance. In the case of aluminum and/or vinyl fencing options, the level of attention and upkeep is less making them a popular choice among many. Nonetheless, repairing them can prove to be quite a taxing task, more than, even, the wooden type of fencing. As a matter of fact, in most cases, people who have used vinyl/aluminum fencing have had to replace the entire fence after damage due to lack of the same exact material they initially chose.

Visit your neighborhood’s HOA

The homeowner’s association has clear guidelines in terms of the right standards of materials you are to use for your fence as well as its height. Make sure you check in with their guidelines before going ahead with your fencing project.

Find a reputable contractor

For many, fencing invites a DIY option, but given the nature of the work to be done and tools required, the best thing is to hire a professional contractor who has a reputation for quality work like Rogers Builders. Always make a point of checking the organization’s licenses and status to avoid being scammed. Additionally, be sure to follow up on the acquisition of the building permits by the respective company. A professional contractor will always offer a map or layout of your property in a bid to mark out the boundary of the property for the best fencing experience.

Rogers Builders specializes in new construction, remodeling, residential and commercial building projects, and more. We guarantee satisfaction and back our work with our years of experience in the business. We have small-town values with big-town quality. Give us a call and we’ll help you with your next project.

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Incredible Pool Deck Ideas

A pool deck allows space for walking and sunbathing around a swimming pool. Since it is intended to enhance the feeling of relaxation around the pool, it is important to build a deck that is beautiful, non-slip and durable. The kind of deck you build will define the style and personality of your swimming pool. When constructing a pool deck, the design will be determined by the type of pool you have, whether it is above-ground or in-ground. You need to consider the pros and cons of your building space before choosing your design.

The process of building a deck is not as easy as you may think. If you opt to take the DIY route, count on spending a good amount on building materials. You may also need to purchase special tools that you may not have on-hand. Having some friends who are available to help out is always a plus. We suggest giving Rogers Builders a call. Leave the work to the professionals so you can enjoy your summer.

The actual construction of a pool deck has four main steps. The first step is building the support posts for the deck. You will then build the pool deck framework before installing the decking. The last step is installing the deck railing.

There are various designs that you can choose, depending on the type of pool you wish to construct.

Above-Ground Designs

Above-ground pool decks have increasingly become popular because they are easy to install and maintain.These decks are made using a variety of materials, and the design you choose will depend on your personal style and budget.

Wooden Decks

Wooden decks are universally popular around the world. This is mainly because of the flexibility they offer. Wooden decks are also more child-friendly in case of a fall and they are durable since they are built using treated timber. You can choose to build your deck out of many types of natural wood and then add a finish of your choice.

Aluminum Decks

Aluminum decks are typically sold together with an above-ground pool. As a result it is not easy to incorporate them with many other types of swimming pools. In addition, they are not affected by cold temperatures and they come with a carpet flooring that is very easy on the feet.

Resin Prefab Decks

Resin prefab decks are preferred because they are able to withstand cold weather without deteriorating. These decks are often used as substitute for aluminum decks. An advantage of these types of decks is that they are available in a wide range of interesting colors. Another advantage is that if you talk to the manufacturers, they can customize them according to your tastes.

Stone Decks

Stone decks are the most expensive pool deck designs. These decks last longer and are also easy to repair.

Composite Style Decks

Composite decks combine wood and stone and they offer the best value for money. These types of decks can meet the needs of most pool owners. This is because they combine the advantages of stone and wood. While wood is reliable and convenient to work with, stone is durable and easy to maintain.

In-Ground Design

These designs mainly use stone and concrete. However wood designs are also common. In-ground pool decks come in different shapes, sizes and orientations. The style of the deck can be enhanced by using innovative landscaping.

Whether you have an in-ground or above-ground pool, Rogers Builders can create the perfect poolside deck to turn your backyard into the oasis you have always wanted. Give us a call today and let us show you how it’s done.

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Simple Building Projects You Can Do With Your Kids

Let’s face it. It’s July, and that means that summer vacation is only half over. Most parents are at their wit’s ends right now trying to come up with fun and creative way to keep their kids busy so they stop saying, “I’m bored.”

A common struggle to most parents is how they can stop their kids from being too attached to their iPods, computers or the television and engage them in more productive activities. Fortunately, you can introduce them to the art of popcicle stick art, where you create unique and amazing kids wood stick crafts. Creating wood stick crafts is incredibly fulfilling and teaches kids how to follow instructions and use their ingenuity to create something extraordinary that they can be proud of. Trust us when we say, once you get them started they will be begging you for more.

Most adults certainly know how educating, fun and useful a hobby such as crafting is, and the greatest thing is that you can use these skills for the rest of your life. Crafting might be a little dangerous for younger kids, so we suggest adult supervision and the use of safety equipment. Once safety is put first, creating your project can be a great time for everyone.

If you are looking for a way to bring your family together and learn new skills in the process, then one of the following wood stick projects for kids will be just right for you.

Popsicle Stick Animals

What you will need:
· A few clean Popsicle sticks
· Some interesting animal face stickers
· Brushes and paint

· Begin with painting the sticks in a design and color of your choice, for example, if you are making bunny, paint the Popsicle stick gray or white then allow it to dry
· Make a small bunny face on a sticker and cut it out or you can buy ready-made stickers. Also make bunny feet.
· Stick the face on the edge of the stick and the feet on the other edge
· Use a double sided tape to hang the different animals you have created on the wall of your kid’s room.

Popsicle Stick Wind Chime

These instructions create a beautiful piece of art that you can hang on the corner of the ceiling.

What you will need:
· 50 Popsicle sticks
· Sequins/ beads/glitter
· Strong glue
· Strong thread for making the wind chime
· Flat, circular piece of wood

· Draw a star shape on a piece of paper and begin to place the sticks on each edge of the star then glue the tips together at every point where the sticks meet until you have used all the sticks.
· Use the same technique to make the rest of the stars, you should make five stars.
· Now decorate the starts with the sequins, beads, glitter, or any other decorative materials you may have
· Run the thread separately through each star using varying length so that each star hangs at a different length.
· Put the thread across each hook on a circular wooden hook.
· You will also need to fix another hook at the top of the circular disc so that it can hang.
· If you want the craft to chime, attach tiny bells at the edge of each star.

Popsicle Stick Lantern

What you will need:
· Several Popsicle stick
· Wax paper
· Glue
· Felt tip pens
· Stickers for decoration

· Stick 4 Popsicle sticks together to form a square shape and make four similar squares.
· Cut the wax paper as per the size of the squares with a margin of a half inch on all sides.
· Glue the wax paper to the square frame, fold the extra edges leaving only one end on each frame and glue.
· Once you have attached the wax paper on each frame, decorate them in your preferred designs.
· You can also cut different shapes of the wax paper such as baseballs, butterflies, flowers or cars.
· Glue together the Popsicle sticks on the edges to make the base of the lantern. It should be as big as four frames.
· Now place the decorated frames on the base and glue the remaining wax paper on the edge of the base to keep the frames together.
· After finishing, place a votive candle and watch the lantern light up.

You can make lanterns of different sizes and shapes using this idea.

Popsicle Stick Letter Rack

Materials needed:
· Popsicle sticks
· Good quality glue
· Decorative ribbons

· Place the Popsicle sticks side by side with the flat sides facing down and the long edges touching each other.
· Stick the sticks together on the edges to look almost similar to a miniature fence.
· Make three similar structures with 12, 6 and 3 sticks each. Place the structure with 12 sticks down then stick the structure with 3 sticks at 90 with the long edge touching the lower edge with the curved ends.
· Stick the remaining structure such that it is parallel to the structure with 12 sticks.
· Now make two stacks with 12 Popsicles, place them on the two parallel ends of the flat surface with 12 sticks so that they act like fillers between the two parallel surfaces. This closes the sides of the rack and makes it look like a nice sturdy structure.
· Using two sticks, make an upside down V shape and glue the ends to the top of the rack.
· Now paint the letter rack with colors of your choice or even use stickers and tattoos to give it a beautiful look. Create a ribbon flower and stick it on the rack as well.

The amazing thing about these projects is that they are ideal for all generations, whether young or old, there is a project that will fit your skill level.
Rogers Builders is pleased to present these kid’s crafting ideas for your little ones. For all of your building needs, visit Rogers Builders. We have an excellent team of experts who are ready to start on your next project and guarantee quality service every time.


Handy Summertime Improvements for Your Home

With summer just arriving, people are going out of their way to soak in the sun while it still lasts. If you are like most people, there are several improvements you can make to your property while the weather is amazing and school is out…so you have a few extra hands on deck! There is still a lot of time to get your home ready for summertime festivities and 4th of July parties. If you are handy with a tool belt, you can accomplish each of the 4 projects outlined below and bring an extra boost to your home this summer. Not a DIY person? No worries, let Rogers Builders do the work for you.

A Deck For Cool Drinks And Warm Nights

The days of sunbathing have just begun and that means the time is right for some quality time with friends and family out on the deck. One of the best home improvements for people who love the outdoors is building a deck. Having a deck constructed for you will ensure that the job is done quickly and correctly so you still get a little mileage out of it before the temperature changes. Decks are great for relaxing and entertaining, in addition you can consider putting up a small kitchen if you are looking to create that perfect place to hang out during summer.

Upgrade Your Air Conditioning to Beat The Heat

Upgrading your air conditioning might be just what you need during summer to beat the heat. Though upgrading the air conditioner is more expensive compared to a tasty milkshake, good air conditioning is a great way of keeping the temperature inside your home at a comfy level even when the heat is intolerable outside. If your central air conditioning was put up several years ago, upgrading it will not only help in combating the heat it will also lower your energy bill. For homeowners who need to make minor remodeling changes to their homes to accommodate newer AC systems, consider calling Roger’s Builders.

Bathroom Remodels

While a bathroom makeover might seem like an unlikely project to engage in during summer, when you come to think of it, a nice bath during the sweaty months is always welcome. To update and beautify your bathroom, consider replacing worn out bath and shower fixtures with appliances that are more efficient and save you money. Currently, bathroom improvements are some of the most popular improvements and add considerably to the resale value of your home. In addition, a bathroom upgrade is an investment you will enjoy all year round.

Give Children a Remodel of Their Own

Adults usually perceive warm weather as the perfect time to soak in the sun and relax outdoors. For kids, summertime means playing outside, popsicles and no school. While upgrading the air conditioning and putting up a deck will be great for adults, your children will be impressed when you factor in upgrades that will enhance their playtime. Though expensive projects may be too much for some homeowners, putting up a playhouse or a backyard playground area would be a perfect addition for the kids. And if you are running short on ideas for your kids’ play area, you can always contact Roger’s Builders for assistance. We would be more than happy to offer our services.


10 Creative Ways to Make Your Yard More Private

Having neighbors is great, but sometimes they can get a little too friendly. You want your back yard to be a safe haven for you and your family, but sometimes it can be hard if there’s not a lot of cover between you and your neighbor’s yards. How can you fix this problem?

You could build walls that prevent anyone from peering into your backyard. Nevertheless, this is not cost effective, and it may make your house look like a fortress, not necessarily attractive. You can landscape to create a natural wall of foliage which is much more aesthetically appealing, and will serve the same function. Here are some other creative ways that you can make your backyard more private:

Tiered Hanging Pots and Vines

You can add privacy and shade to your yard by layering hanging pots. You can plant trailing and fast-growing vines in pots and use flowering vines such as morning glories which can reach 20 feet in a short period of time. Check with your local plant nursery and ask which are the best plants for this type of project. 

Bamboo Screening

Bamboo makes excellent tall, lush, and dense screens. It can grow in a planter or on the ground depending on your preference. Use it in an area of the yard that has high exposure to a busy road or a neighboring home. Bamboo also adds an exotic look and feel to your yard, as it is not often used.

Make a Garden Wall

You can get crafty and make your very own garden wall. It gives you room to grow a herb garden and also creates privacy. Garden walls will be more welcome by neighbors as well because it provides some natural scenery along with privacy.

Walls of Plants

A natural wall of plants is the most beautiful way of creating a quiet retreat in your backyard, though it will take some timefor them to grow large enough to provide proper coverage and privacy. Tall, bushy plants such as Skyrocket, Gold Cone, Emerald, and Italian Cypress are best for maximum privacy.

Tall Garden Pots

Garden pots are quite popular and add several feet of height to your plants, flowers, shrubs, and trees. Place them close together to create a charming wall wherever privacy is needed. The selection of designer pots these day is tremendous. You’re sure to find something that will fit perfectly with your back yard decor.

Hedge Walls

A wall of hedges creates more privacy compared to a fence, however, it takes time to grow. It is great for extending fence height by placing them along the inside border. Hedges will also need to be trimmed and maintained so they look neat and orderly rather than wild and unruly.

Sound Barrier

Your privacy extends beyond sight especially if you live in a close-knit community where you practically share the same yard with your neighbors. Consider adding a water feature as a sound barrier. It even becomes more efficient if you live along a busy road with lots of traffic noise.

Lattice Panels

Lattice is very easy to work with and can be cut to fit any space. It is ideal for growing trailing vines, therefore it is an easy way to grow a wall of greenery. Lattice is also an inexpensive option if you are trying to keep costs low.

Outdoor Privacy Curtains

Privacy curtains that are made out of outdoor fabric serve as an attractive way to create a private retreat. They create shade and privacy just when you need it. You can even change out the curtains to suit the changing seasons.

Outdoor Privacy Screens

A privacy screen is less permanent than a fence. It can be moved around the yard as you wish. It adds privacy to a small area without having to commit to fencing in the entire backyard. They are available in every material imaginable, and you can even make your own.

There are a number of ways to give yourself more privacy in your backyard, but if you need to build a wall or fence, consider Rogers Builders. Rogers Builders is experienced in any construction or renovation needs you may be considering. If you’re considering any sort of construction or renovation, contact us today.