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How Automatic Gates Work

Automatic gates provide extra secuirty for your home or business.

How much does an automatic gate cost?

There’s nothing like an automatic gate to keep your property secure and ensure privacy, whether the gate is for a home or business. Partnered with cameras and lighting, automatic gates make up an important portion of any complete security plan.

What you pay for an automatic gate depends on what kind of gate you want and the features you want on it, such as keypad or card-based entry. On average, the simplest systems featuring a new gate with opener will cost about $2,000, while more sophisticated systems may cost $10,000 or more. Size, type and materials are the primary factors in cost. A 10-foot fence, depending on the material used, costs about $700 to $1,300.

When deciding on an automatic gate, you’ll also want to consider maintenance costs.

If you are looking to install electric gates for your home or business in Plano, TX, make sure to consult the professionals at DFW Fence Repair. We can install or repair any type of automated gate, from vertical lift to sliding gates, and can customize it to fit your property.

How much does it cost to install a gate?

No matter what kind of automated gate you decide to install, it will require the services of trained professionals like us. We work with you to keep our installations affordable.

As mentioned above, automatic gates cost anywhere on average between $2,000 to $10,000 to install, whereas manual gates cost about $500 to install. Much of the cost will depend on the size and style of the gate and the components you add to it. Keypads, for instance, cost anywhere between $100 to $300, while adding cameras could cost anywhere between $1,000 to $2,000.

Besides automatic gates, DFW Fence Repair also installs a range of other gates, including custom iron gates, chain link and wood gates, as well as pool gates. Give us a call at 469-342-3003 to learn more about our extensive fencing services.

Keypads can be added for automatic gate access.

How does an automatic gate work?

Automatic gates are pretty simple to operate. Most gates either swing or slide to allow entry or exit. Let’s say you’ve called your air conditioner service for HVAC maintenance and the technician needs to get in through your gate. Here are the steps that will get the technician through the gate:

  • A visitor usually contacts the property owner via intercom when the visitor is outside the gate.
  • The gate is opened by an electric impulse sent either from a remote control or by a keypad or other sensor device mounted near the gate.
  • The gate swings or slides open, allowing the visitor inside.
  • Once the visitor is clear of the gate, it swings or slides back into position.
  • A control box manages all of this. The box is usually battery powered, though some are solar powered.

What is gate automation?

Any security gate that uses electricity for it open and close is an automated gate. The gate automation can be above ground or concealed below ground. It functions as above, opening and closing based on an electric impulse sent by remote control, keypad or other sensor. Some systems can be timed to open at specific times.

How much is an automatic gate opener?

As with anything, the cost of the automatic gate opener will depend on the size and type of gate being installed. On average, though, battery-powered gate openers cost between $1,000 and $4,500. Heavy and large gates will require high voltage openers and the cost runs to the high end of that range.

You can also get solar powered gate openers for about $250 to $650.

Automatic gates for homes

Driveway gates for residential properties are some of the most common automatic gates installed. You can get them in a variety of styles, sizes and materials to fit your home’s design.

Anytime you install a driveway gate, they should be part of a security system that includes cameras and good lighting. This will ensure the best deterrent to intruders.

Automatic gates without electricity

If you have a power outage, your automatic gate should be set up so it can function without electricity. Fire codes require electric gates to default to unlocked position when there is a power outage as a safety precaution. This system might be controlled either by a battery-powered back up or manually.

Automatic gates and fencing

Automatic gates should be installed to pair with your fencing for the best security. When we install your gate system, we make sure your gate and fencing work together to protect your home or business, as well as make sure its design is attractive enough to fit with your home’s design as well.

Automatic access gates

There are several options for automatic gate access. For entry you have electric sensors, remote control, keypads and card readers. You can install these for exits as well, but you can also install a variety of in ground sensors that open the gate from the inside when a vehicle gets near it.

Other access options include cameras, magnetic locks or long range transmitters.

Gate installation

Interested in installing an automatic gate for your home or business in Plano, TX. Get in touch with the fencing professionals at DFW Fence Repair. Call 469-342-3003 today for an estimate.

Laws on Property Line Fences

Multiple fences on different sides of a property line.

We can help you decide where your property line fence should go.

Trespassing deterrence. Not wanting to look at neighboring yards. Privacy. Whatever the reason, some homeowners choose to put up a fence. This can be especially important in places like DFW, and the surrounding areas, that have substantial plots of land available. There are plenty of people who own ranches or work with larger animals, and need something to keep the livestock fenced in. But what style of fence is the best for your yard? What decisions go into the fence building process? Can I put a fence on my property line? Most importantly, what are the laws regarding fence on a property line? Knowing your legal rights as a homeowner can keep the city or county from giving your fence project the ax before it’s completed.

Anyone wanting to build a fence on their property line should look into city or county property line fence laws. Most will have rules, regulations, and laws posted that determine what you can or cannot do. It’s important to follow these guidelines. Even if you have a neighbor or neighbors who say they don’t mind, they could potentially challenge your fence further down the road. They also might move, and the person who replaces them might care a great deal. If you belong to a homeowners’ association, they might decide to get involved in the fence building process. If you follow the listed guidelines and rules, there isn’t much anyone can do to keep you from building your dream fence.

What does property line mean?

A property line is the technical boundary between your property and surrounding properties, alisted by the county. If you’re unsure of where your property line is, there should be maps in the county assessor’s or county recorder’s office. You can ask for any maps that have listed boundary lines that are available for public viewing. If there is already a fence on your land, this can help determine if there is an existing issue with your property line vs fence that is already on the property.

How Close Can You Build a Fence To Your Property Line?

This should be one of the first things you decide after verifying the property line. Different building jurisdictions allow different things. Some cities or counties stipulate that a fence must be 2, 4, 6, or 8 inches away from the property line. Others will let homeowners build directly on the property line. Building directly on the property line can cause issues and disputes. There also may be issues with a tree on property line fence, like overhanging branches. Technically, you can only trim branches up to your property line, but not in to your neighbors property. If a tree damages a fence from neighboring property, that neighbor is liable for the damages to the fence. But what if there is a tree directly on the property line? You will have to reach an agreement with your neighbor, or risk litigation.

Do I Need My Neighbors Permission to Put Up a Fence?

White picket fence encircles property

Whether you want a fence for style or function, we can help!

Homeowners who follow the city and county laws and regulations should not need their neighbors permission to put up a fence. However, your neighbor could become involved if putting up a fence means replacing part of the boundary for their property. Or if they consider the style of fence you choose to be an eyesore. There is the potential for them to take you to court to have the fence changed, or even removed. If your neighbors think you’ve built the fence out of spite, they’re much more likely to take you to court.

If your neighbor already has a fence in place, then you can ask them to connect your fence to theirs for continuity. However, then you become half responsible for damages, repairs, and upkeep to the shared fence. This is also only possible if you’re allowed to build directly on the property line. Otherwise, you’ll need to build your own fence to correct distance away. If you’re building a fence on a property line outside of the suburbs, things can be simpler or more complicated depending on the neighbors. If you’re putting up a fence and you’re the only one using it for a boundary, then you have sole liability for it. If your neighbors use it as a boundary as well, then you share responsibility for it.

Property Line Fence Ideas

You’ve done the research. You know the rules. You’ve spoken with the neighbors, and they’re supporting your new fence completely. Now it’s time to pick your style, your materials, and contractor. But what type of fence on property line should you build?

  • Wrought Iron It’s solid, it’s durable, and it presents a classic Gothic-era look. It’s not especially common, so it maybe hard to connect to neighboring barriers, but it is a good choice for front and back yards. These can have custom-made iron gates for a consistent and uniform look.
  • Security Somewhat similar to wrought iron, but with more of a focus on keeping people out than looking fancy. These are usually concrete or iron, with spikes at the top to deter intruders from climbing them.
  • Chain Link It’s cost effective and allows people to see through it. If you want to create a
    boundary for a field or plot of land without a focus on security or privacy, this is the choice for you. If you want a shorter fence for your front yard, this is a cheaper and more durable alternative to the picket fence.
  • Picket This is the fence of the classic “American Dream” home. Picket fences can be used to as a boundary to define property lines, as well as keep in small children and pets. However, the picket fence is more for style and decoration than anything else.
  • Pine/Cedar The classic wooden fence for backyards. This option generates more privacy than the chain link or picket alternatives. If installed by professionals and treated correctly, it can last just as long and be just as durable as other options.
  • Custom Maybe you want wrought iron on top of a small brick wall? You have a design in mind, or an idea that you can’t quite visualize, and you want to combine elements. There are professional contractors out there who will work with you to help you realize your dream fence.

Man drills a fence in place

Our professionals can help you build your dream fence.

Finishing Touches

You’re almost finished. You’ve answered the question “How close can I build to my property line?” You coordinated with neighbors and county guidelines to ensure that your dream fence isn’t upsetting or in an illegal place. You’ve designed your perfect boundary to your property that will keep intruders out, and your family, pets, or livestock safely inside. Now you just need to have it built. Just like you would only trust professionals with roof repair, you should trust professional specialists to help you build your dream fence. If you or someone you know is interested in building a custom fence on a property line in Plano, TX, contact DFW Fence Repair at 469-342-3003 to get started today! 

Getting the Most From Your Hunting Lease

hunter walks in forest with gun

Prepare For Texas Hunting Leases By Getting Your Fencing Installed or Repaired

Hunting is a popular activity in the South. It has divided many people in the modern age, but has been practiced since primitive hunting times. While back then, no laws were required to hunt for food, nowadays jurisdictions are in place known as hunting leases that help to regulate the proper hunting of wildlife. These annual hunting leases like the Texas hunting leases not only help landowners make money buy leasing their land to hunters for a short time, but can also control the growth of unwanted wildlife.

A yearly hunting lease can be obtained from the person you wish to enter on their land to hunt their game. You are limited to certain areas of the land that the owner has marked off using fence installation. If you stray too far, hunting lease cell boosters can signal you back to the designated area. The most popular form of hunting is for deers, which requires a deer lease. If you are thinking about charging texas hunting leases for your Plano, TX property, call DFW Fence Repair at 469-342-3003 to ensure that your fencing is properly marked to keep hunters in their assigned areas.

What’s a Hunting Lease?

A hunting lease is an agreement between the lessor and hunters (the lessees) that allows them to hunt on the lessor’s land during specified time periods. The lessees pay to hunt on the lessor’s land either by acre or by person. You can lease for more than one type of animal if you have multiple in-demand species on your property. Ways to improve a hunting lease could be improving the habitat of the desired species to increase their population before leasing, and alternating leasing during seasons. For example, if you have multiple game species on your land like deer and turkey, you can work year round by leasing to deer hunters in deer season and turkey hunters in turkey season.

What Are The Different Types of Commercial Leases?

hunter approaches ducks

Leasing Your Land Is a Great Way To Make Extra Money

The quite a few different types of commercial leases, but the three that are most popular are full service, net, and single net leases. What is unique about texas deer leases is that they don’t fit into any of those categories. The way hunting leases work is that the hunters are only charged whenever they visit the property that they want to hunt on, whereas with other typical leases like an apartment lease, you are charged monthly whether you live there or not due to the contract you signed. Texas hunting leases are generally all inclusive, allowing up to a certain amount of kill, and sometimes with lodgings and camping included in the price.

Is It Legal to Hunt on Your Own Property?

Usually, the answer is no. While you may have rights to the land as the owner, you don’t have rights to the wild animals that may roam on it. Generally, the wild animals are protected under the government, but there are a few exceptions. Some wild animals can be classified as “nuisances,” such as foxes killing the landowner’s chickens or feral hogs encroaching on their land. You may then obtain a special hunting or trapping permit from the government to capture these “nuisances” even if it is outside of normal hunting seasons.

How Many Acres Do You Need To Deer Hunt?

The minimum size of land you need for hunting deer with a rifle is 50 acres, though you only need 10 acres if you are hunting them with a bow. The same measurements apply to hog hunting, while only 5 acres are needing for turkey hunting. It doesn’t matter what size your property is to lease it, as there are a variety of hunters who prefer different sized plots. Just remember to section off your land to keep hunters from straying further than they are wanted. Texas hunting leases in Plano, TX can be issued by acre or person, which helps landowners control how far hunters wander on their property. If you have any questions, or need help sanctioning off parts of your property with fence installation, call the fencing contractors at DFW Fence Repair at 469-342-3003 today.

Hunting Lease Tips

If you do decide to lease your land, here are some deer lease essentials every landowner needs to know before allowing hunters onto their property.

  • How many people are coming per day?
  • Are they splitting the lease cost and do they understand the lease rules?
  • Make sure that your lease location is noticeably marked and understood by hunters and that they do not cross over the border
  • Set guidelines on how hunters should act around other livestock or if they get near your fences to lessen damage
  • Know your liability rights as a landowner should someone get hurt on your property.

Which Type of Farm or Ranch Fencing Do You Need?

cows leaning against barbed wire fence

For Cow or Horse Farm Fence Installation, Call Us Today!

If you have any type of livestock, you know how important it is to keep them contained and safe. Horses like to kick fences which can lead to them escaping, or cattle can get frightened or become curious and walk through the fence. Then you always have to keep in mind predators who are looking to attack your beloved and prized animals. Animals like coyotes like to prey on young calves, so having a sturdy fence is vital. Farm and ranch fencing installation helps with large wild animal control. For example, barbed wire or electric fences help protect cattle and calves from being killed or eaten by coyotes. If you need ranch or farm fence installation or repair in Plano, TX, call DFW Fence Repair at 469-342-3003 today.

The Best Types of Fences for Horses and Cows

Horses and cattle typically need very different fencing. Cattle will stay put with any fencing, but horses get restless and need tough fences that can handle rough playtime. Both sets of animals can stay in fencing made out of wood, pipe, or electric. Barbed wire should never be used for horse fencing as horses cannot see the thin wire and get seriously injured and tangled up in the fencing.

  • Split Rail: Made of panels of horizontal wood, split rail fences are good for both cattle and horses. The panels are thick enough for both animals to see from far away, and the wood is durable from horses ramming or kicking it.
  • Pipe: The most durable of the fencing types, pipe cannot be kicked down by horses, yet they are comfortable enough for both cattle and horses to rest their heads on or in between the rails.

How To Care For Your Wood Fence

Tall Brown Wood Fence

To Make Your Wood Fence Last As Long As Possible, Keep It Out Of Soil

If an underground pipe bursts in your yard, you will obviously need underground pipe repair. But many homeowners don’t think of what other damage your flooded yard can cause. Foundation shifts, backflow, and even ruined fences can happen the longer your underground pipe is not repaired. If that happens, you will need Plano, TX emergency fence repair. You can prevent your fence from rotting from outside sources by maintaining it. To learn more about how to care for your wood fence in Plano, TX, call DFW Fence Repair at 469-342-3003 or keep reading.

How To Keep Your Wood Fence Lasting Longer

  • Since wood fences are staked in the ground for stability, they absorb all the moisture from the soil and rot faster. By pressure testing and treating them with moisture and insect repellent sprays, this prevents the part of wood that is underground from rotting.
  • Staining the wood fence not only gives it a nice finish, but helps to prevent the wood from expanding whenever it rains. Wood absorbs moisture, and too much moisture causes the wood to expand too much and crack and splinter.
  • If you can, try staking the wood posts in gravel or concrete. This way they are not in contact with soil and will not be constantly wet.
  • Stainless steel nails, posts, and rails are recommended because they are sturdy and won’t rust. While more expensive than regular nails, they last longer as typical nails unscrew and corrode over time.

What is the Best Type of Fencing For Horses?

All farming animals need to be kept corralled in order for a farmer to protect their livelihood. If an animal escapes, danger could befall them and profits could be lost. Keeping animals like horses, cattle, and goats contained also helps to protect them from predators like coyotes and other farm animals who don’t get along. Horses, especially, need to be kept contained, as these wild beasts love to roam. If you are a farmer or rancher and need horse fencing in Plano, TX, call DFW Fence Repair at 469-342-3003 today.

Safe Horse Fencing Is Important In Keeping Your Animals From Hurting Themselves

How Tall Does A Fence Need To Be For A Horse?

Unlike cattle and goat fences which can be much lower to accommodate the shorter animals, horses need taller fencing to keep them from being able to jump over the fence. A standard of 5 feet of fencing is recommended, but if you have stallions, you may need 6 feet tall posts. Make sure that along with the tall fence posts you get, that they are durable, as well. Horses love to kick fencing, and if the posts are weak, they can easily crumble and cause serious injuries.

Which Fences Are Safest For Horses?

Having a safe fencing option is vital when owning horses, as horses frequently get tangled in fencing and injure themselves. While barbed wire fencing may be the cheapest option and works great with cattle, it grievously injures horses. Horses cannot see the thin wire and walk right through the barbs, requiring emergency and expensive vet visits annually. That is why many states have made it illegal to use barbed wire as horse fencing. The best horse fencing options are pipe and cable, mesh, electric, vinyl, and wood.

  • Pipe and Cable: Made of thick pipe posts and braided cable wire rails, this metal fence is the best option for horse fencing. The pipe and cables can actually bend under pressure, so if a horse does get tangled in it, the fence will fall instead of trapping, panicking, and furthering injuring the horse.
  • Mesh: Weaved mesh wires are placed over the fence rails, and are commonly referred to as “no climb fencing” because the mesh makes it impossible for the horses’ hooves to be able to get stuck in the fencing.
  • Electric: The electric fencing sends a quick zap to the hooves whenever a horse gets too close to the perimeter. Electric fencing for horses is not cruel, but trains them to psychologically stay away from the fence.
  • Vinyl: Vinyl is safer than wood fencing, but looks the same. Vinyl is harder to split, causing less injuries.
  • Wood: The classic horse fence, wood split rails can be dangerous when broken. If nails are facing the wrong way, horses easily kick the rails off or in half, or even walk right through them, cutting themselves up in the process.

Call Us Today For Horse Fencing Installation

Keep your beloved horses safe and contained by providing them with the best horse fencing in Plano, TX you can. The gate and fence contractors at DFW Fence Repair can install your new horse fence when you give us a call at 469-342-3003.