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Fence FAQs2022-05-16T13:47:32-05:00
How is mildew and grey removed from the fence?2024-03-12T10:03:16-05:00

Prep for a fence staining before green mold Prep for a fence staining after less green mold Our cleaning solution is meticulously formulated to carefully eliminate mildew and grey areas on your fence. This method effectively clears away much of the unsightly growth, while also preventing its recurrence. While it’s not possible to remove every stain entirely, applying a solid stain afterwards ensures that your fence remains visually appealing for an extended period. We prioritize the well-being and aesthetics of your fence, employing only safe and efficient techniques to reveal its inherent beauty.

What type of pressure is used to clean the fence?2024-03-12T11:15:51-05:00

We utilize a precise pressure range of 40 to 60 PSI (Pressure per Square Inch) for our treatments, a gentle yet effective level of force that is comparable to that of a garden pump sprayer. This carefully calibrated pressure ensures that our cleaning and treatment processes are thorough, yet delicate enough to protect the integrity and finish of your fence. By employing a pressure equivalent to a garden pump sprayer, we guarantee a deep clean that removes dirt, grime, and contaminants without causing damage to the wood or paint, maintaining the fence’s durability and appearance.

Is the existing stain on the fence removed when you clean the fence?2024-03-12T11:10:18-05:00

No, We’ve found that oil-based stains are most often used on fences because they last longer and protect wood from the weather. Our bleaching solution is very good at getting rid of fungus, mildew, and stains, but it doesn’t have the right ingredients to break down and get rid of oil-based substances. This is because the chemicals in our bleaching solution are made to get rid of organic growths and spots without hurting the wood. They are not meant to break down oil-based products. So, while the solution does a great job of renewing and cleaning the fence’s surface, it needs to be used with different techniques to get rid of oil-based stains. This way, the wood’s integrity and look can be kept without sacrificing safety or effectiveness.

Will the existing and new stain look flush on the fence?2024-03-12T10:58:04-05:00

Yes, We promise our customers that when we stain their fence, the new stain will blend in perfectly, giving it a smooth, even look. That being said, it’s important to know that the natural features of the wood itself have a big impact on how regular and cohesive the stain’s look is in the end. Things about your fence, like the wood grain, knots, and other unique marks, have a big impact on how the color absorbs and shows up. There may be differences in the color and brightness of the stain because of these natural wood features. This gives each fence its own unique look. Fence Makeovers LLC takes these natural features into account and uses our knowledge to make sure that the new stain not only protects but also improves the natural beauty of your fence, bringing out its unique qualities while giving it a smooth, new look.

Can the water stains on the fence be removed?2024-03-12T10:42:54-05:00

High water damage on fence No. We know that water spots on a fence aren’t just marks on the surface; they’re deep scars that go through the wood’s grains. These stains usually happen when wood is exposed to water for a long time. The water gets into the wood and changes its look and feel. By cleaning and painting a fence, we hope to make it look much better overall, bringing back its beauty and keeping it safe from further damage. But it’s important for our clients to know that these steps will only make the fence look better; they won’t get rid of deep-set water spots completely.

These kinds of marks have become part of the wood’s structure, so you might still be able to see them on the fence even after it has been cleaned and stained again. Our professional treatment will make them look as little like them as possible, but the way the wood is made and how deep the water damage is can make it hard to get rid of completely.

We at Fence Makeovers LLC are dedicated to being honest and doing great work. We want your fence to look its best and want you to know the truth about water spots and how they affect wood.

Why is cleaning with a bleach solution preferred over power washing?2024-03-12T10:40:59-05:00

Why is cleaning with a bleach solution preferred over power washing the fence?

This question often comes up about why we like using a scrubbing solution to clean fences instead of power washing them. This choice was made because we want to keep your fence in good shape and make it last as long as possible. When you power wash, water is blasted at very high pressures, which gets rid of dirt and grime. This method can be too harsh for the wood, as it strips away not only the unwanted dirt and debris but also a fine layer of the wood’s surface called scarring. This aggressive removal compromises the wood’s integrity, leading to potential damage over time.

An uneven surface on the wood is often left behind after power washing. This texture isn’t just for looks; it can also change the way the fence feels, adding splinters and making it less safe to touch or lean against. This kind of damage not only makes the fence look bad, but it may also need more work or cleaning to get the surface smooth again.

Cleaning with a bleaching solution, on the other hand, is a softer method that gets rid of mold, mildew, and stains without using as much force as power washing. This method makes sure that the fence is cleaned well without damaging the wood’s surface, keeping its smooth smoothness and structural integrity. By using a cleaning solution, we make sure that your fence is not only cleaned well but also kept in a way that makes it look better and last longer, which is in line with our high standards for care and quality at Fence Makeovers LLC.

What type of stain do you use?2024-03-12T10:22:35-05:00

Our choice at Fence Makeovers of the type of stain materials used is Wood Defender stains. This shows how dedicated we are to providing excellent results when we fix and restore fences. This product stands out on the market because it is made with commercial-grade oil-based ingredients that are meant to protect wooden fences better and make them look better. This high-quality color is built around paraffin oil, which is a key ingredient known for its great ability to penetrate.

The molecular structure of paraffin oil lets it deeply soak into the wood. This makes sure that the color doesn’t just cover the surface but also goes deep into the wood fibers. For many reasons, this deep soaking is very important. For starters, it gives a strong barrier against the weather, including UV rays, water, and changes in temperature, which are common problems for outdoor wood buildings. The oil gets deep into the wood and keeps it from drying out, breaking, or warping. This makes the fence stain last longer for at least five years before it “needs” to be restained!

Second, using paraffin oil makes the wood look even more beautiful. The stain soaks into the wood, bringing out the depth and beauty of the grain. This creates a finish that looks natural and nice to look at. The color not only makes the fence look better, but it also protects it from damage from the elements.

The fact that Fence Makeovers LLC sells Wood Defender Stains, which are based on paraffin oil, shows that we care about quality and sturdiness. We know that a fence is more than just a boundary; it’s also an important part of the look and value of the outside of your house. By using only the best materials, we make sure that our work improves your fence right away and in the long run, keeping its beauty and strength for years to come.

What is the life expectancy of the stain?2024-03-12T10:16:55-05:00

We are committed to delivering not only immediate satisfaction but also long-term value to our customers.

This is shown by our service guarantees and the high quality of the goods we use, like our premium stains. When we do a fence makeover, we back it up with a strong 24-month guarantee. This shows that we are sure our work will last and look good. This guarantee is meant to give our customers peace of mind, knowing that their investment is safe from wearing out too quickly.

Our direct promise isn’t the only thing that lasts 3 to 4 years; the stain products we choose are known for being of the highest quality. These stains last a long time because they are made with high-quality ingredients that are made to survive the harsh conditions of being outside, such as UV rays, water, changes in temperature, and other things that normally damage wood over time. Because the stain is so strong, your fence will not only look good right after you apply it, but it will also keep looking good and be strong for a long time.

There is a difference between our 24-month guarantee and the stain’s expected life span of 3 to 4 years. This is because we want to exceed standards instead of just meeting them. It shows that we know that outside factors can affect how long a product lasts, and our promise is meant to cover any problems that come up within a reasonable time frame, giving our customers peace of mind that we will be there for them. On the other hand, the stain’s long life prediction tells you how good it is and how long it will last under normal conditions, giving you more time to decide if you need to reapply it.

This method is part of Fence Makeovers larger philosophy to not only meet but also exceed customer expectations. They make sure that every fence makeover not only improves the property’s curb appeal right away but also adds to its value and enjoyment in the long run.

Are rails replaced in the same location when the new rails are replaced?2024-02-27T14:17:52-06:00

We pay close attention to every step of the fence repair and restoration process, right down to how we replace the rails. When the time comes to replace worn or broken rails, we take a planned method that is meant to make your fence look better and last longer.

In order to be clear, when we change fence rails, we don’t just put the new ones in the same spot as the old ones. We choose a way in which the new rails are put in place just above or below where the old rails were. This method can be used for more than one thing:

  • Better Structural Integrity: By putting new posts above or below the old ones, we make the fence more stable by spreading the stress and weight out more evenly. This keeps the same spots from getting weaker over time and makes it less likely that the same spots will fail again. The fence gets a “fresh start” in terms of where weight and pressure are put on it.
  • Better durability: This way, we can escape old screw holes and weak spots in the wood where old rails were attached. Over time, these places can be broken into, which can make attachments less safe if they are used again. By moving the fence to new spots, we can be sure that the rails are fixed in wood that is stronger and less likely to be damaged. This makes the fence last longer overall.
  • Aesthetics: The durability and strength of the fence should always be the first priority, but how it looks is also important. We can often get a cleaner, more regular look by moving rails to new locations. This is because we’re not limited by the wear patterns or discoloration that may be around old rail sites.
  • For a longer time: This method can make your fence last longer. By carefully picking where to put new rails, we can make sure that the building as a whole gets an even amount of support. This can help the fence last longer by preventing damage from the elements and heavy use.

When you hire Fence Makeovers LLC, we promise that you will get a fence that not only looks great when we’re done, but also stays strong, useful, and nice-looking for years to come. One way we try to give our clients the best service possible is by paying close attention to every detail when replacing rails.

Why are fence rails replaced in a different location?2024-03-12T09:52:05-05:00

At Fence Makeovers, our expertise in replacing fence rails is grounded in a comprehensive awareness of how such updates can enhance both the structural integrity and visual appeal of your fence. The decision to install new rails in different locations than the old ones is grounded in a practical and preservation-focused rationale.

The process of removing old rails from a fence can indeed be invasive and potentially damaging to the existing structure, particularly to the pickets, which are integral to the fence’s function and appearance. Here’s why placing new rails in a different location is a strategic choice:

  • Minimizing Damage: The removal of old rails, especially if they are significantly deteriorated or have been in place for a long time, involves a certain amount of force and manipulation of the fence structure. This process can inadvertently exert stress on adjacent pickets, leading to cracks, breaks, or splintering. By choosing a new location for the replacement rails, we significantly reduce the risk of causing additional damage to these vital components of your fence.
  • Preserving Fence Integrity: The integrity of a fence is not just about its current condition but also its ability to withstand future wear and tear, storms and wind damage. Installing new rails in the same location as the old ones could compromise the fence’s stability. The previous attachment points in the pickets might have become weakened or enlarged, making them less capable of securely holding new fasteners. By selecting new locations for the rails, we ensure a stronger, more reliable attachment that contributes to the fence’s longevity.
  • Enhancing Structural Support: New rail locations mean that we can optimize the distribution of support across the fence. This strategic placement allows us to reinforce areas that may have been previously under-supported, leading to a more evenly balanced structure that can better resist environmental pressures and everyday use.
  • Improving Aesthetics: The aesthetic outcome of the fence repair is also a consideration. By avoiding the old rail locations, we steer clear of areas where the wood may be worn, discolored, or otherwise marred by the previous installation. This approach helps us achieve a more visually appealing result, with new rails contributing to a refreshed and rejuvenated appearance for your fence.

Our method is designed to enhance both the functional and visual aspects of your fence, ensuring that it not only stands strong but also looks its best. At Fence Makeovers, we are committed to employing techniques that maximize the durability and aesthetic appeal of your fence, considering every detail to provide you with the best possible outcome.


Do new fence rails, posts or pickets stain the same?2024-03-12T09:45:52-05:00

pickets stain the sameNo, fresh wood components such as fence rails, posts, or pickets tend to absorb stain a bit differently, resulting in a slight variation in appearance.

What do you do about vines, shrubs, leaves and fence artwork?2024-03-12T09:46:33-05:00

Tree Pushing Thorough FenceFor elements like vines, shrubs, leaves, and any artwork attached to the fence, we request homeowners to either clear these items themselves or, if they prefer, we can proceed with the staining process by carefully working around them.

What are the benefits of staining the fence?2024-03-12T09:28:16-05:00

Applying stain to your fence enhances its natural allure and safeguards it against environmental hazards, including the sun’s harsh rays, precipitation, and biological threats like mold and insects. This not only revitalizes the appearance of the wood, bringing out its inherent beauty, but also acts as a shield, extending the fence’s lifespan by preventing damage from weather and pests.

How long does the staining process take?2024-03-12T09:19:46-05:00

For the majority of projects, the entire staining procedure is commonly completed within the span of one day. The process starts in the morning with a thorough cleaning of the surface to ensure the best possible adherence and finish. Following this initial step, we allow the area to dry thoroughly for several hours, which is crucial for the sealant and stain to properly bond to the surface. Once the drying phase is satisfactorily concluded, usually by early afternoon, we proceed to the application of the sealant and stain. This approach ensures that from start to finish, your staining project is handled efficiently and effectively within a single day.

How long should I wait to stain my new fence?2023-09-11T13:05:25-05:00

If you’re working with a side-by-side configuration, you can apply the stain immediately. However, if it’s a board-on-board setup, it’s advisable to wait for the curing process, which typically takes 6-8 weeks.

Do you guarantee your work?2023-05-09T14:07:59-05:00

Yes we do have warranties.

  • We have a one year warranty on the concrete under the ground holding the posts. It does not cover leaning or broken posts from damaging winds and severe weather.
  • Our oil fence stain carries a 24 month warranty that will not come off the fence.
Do you subcontract your work?2023-05-16T13:51:29-05:00

At Fence Makeovers LLC, we do not utilize subcontractors for our operations. We take pride in having a dedicated and highly skilled in-house team that handles all aspects of our fence makeover projects.

No Subcontractors

By employing our own crew, we maintain direct control over the quality, timelines, and overall execution of each project. Our crew is trained and experienced in fence installations, repairs, and other related services.

At Fence Makeovers LLC, we prioritize delivering exceptional craftsmanship and ensuring customer satisfaction. By relying solely on our own crew, we can uphold our standards and provide consistent, reliable service to our valued homeowners. Should you choose to work with us, you can have confidence in knowing that your fence makeover project will be handled by our skilled and dedicated crew.

Our crews have been with Fence Makeovers for over 10 years.

If you have any further questions or would like to discuss your specific project requirements, please feel free to reach out. We are here to assist you and provide the best possible service for your fence makeover needs.

How do we know you are reliable?2023-05-09T13:54:51-05:00

Fence Makeovers is a reliable company for several reasons.

  • Firstly, they have a team of highly skilled and experienced professionals who are dedicated to providing top-quality services to their clients. The company takes pride in using only the best materials for their projects, ensuring that their fences are durable and long-lasting.
  • Additionally, Fence Makeovers is committed to providing excellent customer service, which is evident in their prompt response times, attention to detail, and willingness to go above and beyond to meet their clients’ needs. They also offer competitive pricing, ensuring that their services are affordable and accessible to a wide range of customers.
  • Finally, Fence Makeovers has a proven track record of successful 20 year track record of fence installations and makeovers, with many satisfied customers who have left positive reviews and recommendations. All these factors make Fence Makeovers a reliable and trustworthy company that customers can count on for all their fencing needs.

We are insured, bonded, and members with the BBB since 2005 with an A+ rating.

Do you accept credit card payments?2023-09-11T11:30:28-05:00

As a convenience to our customers we offer credit card options. By using this method of payment there will be a 3.5% convenience fee added. To avoid the convenience fee paying with a check, cashiers check or cash is available.

How Are Wooden Fence Posts Being Replaced with Metal Posts?2023-05-09T13:47:19-05:00

I am having my wooden fence posts replaced with steel posts and getting the fence power washed then stained and for this process the fence company has to take the fence down and put it back up tomorrow. Anybody know if there is a better way to do this without having to live with no fence for 1 day/night?

To answer your question, Yes there is a better way especially for security reasons! When replacing wooden fence posts with metal ones, it is important to maintain the stability of the fence throughout the process. Fence Makeovers does this by removing and replacing one post at a time, rather than taking down the entire fence. It should never be down nor should it be power washed due to the high pressure that will scar and splinter it. We prefer using a hydro caloric solution to remove the mildew, dirt and debris on the fence using 40 to 60 PSI equivalent to a garden sprayer and then staining it with an oil base stain.

What Cities Do You Serve?2024-06-04T13:32:15-05:00

Our service area includes many cities in and around Dallas and Collin Counties including Addison • Allen • Carrollton • Coppell • Dallas • Fairview • Farmers Branch • Frisco • Garland • Highland Park • Irving • Las Colinas • Lewisville • Lucas • McKinney • Murphy • Parker • Plano • Prosper • Richardson • Rockwall • Rowlett • Sachse • The Colony • University Park • Wylie. If you don’t see your city listed, just give us a call and we’ll see how we can help you.

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