The Boise Fence Blog

Three Common Fencing Mistakes to Avoid

Adding a fence to your property is an exciting time! Adding fencing is often one of the last touches before completing your dream property, and at Certified Fencing, we love getting to participate in that great accomplishment. However, installing a fence comes with a lot of considerations. Here are three common fencing mistakes we see here in Boise, Idaho:

1) Incorrect Placement

Building a fence seems relatively simple: just figure out where you want to put it, and install the fence. A mistake that we see all too frequently is when a fence is placed without making sure that the property lines are absolutely crystal clear. There are few worse mistakes than completing an installation and finding out after the fact that you've built the fence on your neighbor's property--or that you cut a few off of your own yard! At Certified Fencing, we will walk you through every step of your fence planning to make sure we do it right the first time.  

2) Inconvenient Gates

Gates increase the usability of your yard, but the spot you reflexively plan to put your gate may not be the most convenient location. Because a gate places a hanging weight on the fence, it's critical to place the gate where the fence has a lot of strength. Additionally, if you plan to put an RV, boat, or other large gadget in your yard, you will need to consider whether the large gate you install allows an adequate angle and space to maneuver from the driveway into the parking space. 

3) Inadequate Planning 

Many fencing materials--like vinyl or aluminum--come in sections of fence, making them a little less flexible. If the dimensions of your fence don't fall perfectly into the sizes these fences make, you will need to plan in advance to custom order a section of fence to perfectly enclose your yard. It's an easy mistake to make, but "measure twice, cut once" is a phrase that definitely applies to fencing. 

Additionally, it's important to be proactive and find out where utility lines and sewage pipes are laid. Running into a pipe or wire when installing a fence post can complicate more than just laying the fence, so it's critical to do your research and have this information at hand when installing a fence. 

We hope this list of three common fencing mistakes helps prepare you for the potential pitfalls of installing a fence! At Certified Fencing, our priority is to serve our clients and friends here in the Boise area. If you need additional information or help, give us a call at (208) 449-2040!

Top Three Things to Look for in a Fencing Company

We live in a day and age where finding a variety of businesses is incredibly easy. You can quickly type a few words into Google and have literally hundreds of businesses at your fingertips. This is a modern convenience we are all grateful for, but it can be a little overwhelming! Today, we'll be discussing the top three factors you should take into consideration when hiring a fencing company here in Boise, Idaho. 

1) Location 
When you land on a website for a fencing business, one of the first things you should verify is that you live within that business's service area. Websites are different from the traditional brick-and-mortar store in that you can easily stumble onto a website for a business that's halfway across the country. Or, the business may serve neighboring areas, but that isn't helpful if it doesn't take clients from your exact location. For example, here at Certified Fencing, we serve Boise, Kuna, Nampa, Meridian, Caldwell, Eagle, Star, Fruitland, Middleton, Twin Falls, and surrounding areas, but we would not be a good fit for a client in, say, Coeur d'Alene. 

2) Experience
Whether you need a wrought iron fence or a cedar fence, you want to be sure that the business you hire knows what they're doing. A properly maintained and repaired fence should last many years, and you want to make sure that installing the fence is done right the first time. It's usually fairly easy to find out when a business was established, and whether or not they have the experience to install a high-quality fence. Many websites also sport a gallery where you can see examples of the business's work, or client testimonials where you can read reviews written by real clients. 

3) Offers What You're Seeking
Last but not least, it's important to verify that the business you're considering offers exactly what you're looking for. Not ever fencing business offers repairs, so if you need a minor repair, double check that that's a service offered by the business you're researching. If you need a specific, less common service like temporary fence rental, it can be harder to find a business with that service, so your search should be very specific to help you find the right business for you. 

We understand that finding the right company for you can be a challenge! We hope these tips will help you quickly sift through the businesses that aren't a good fit so you can connect with the business that will serve you best. Give us a call at (208) 449-2040 to find out if Certified Fencing is the right company for you! 

Top Three Picks for Commercial Fencing in Boise, ID

There's a lot to consider when managing a commercial property. From managing the buildings and necessary repairs and utilities, parking lots and grounds maintenance, landscaping, fire codes and more, making decisions about your commercial property can quickly become exhausting. There is a massive amount of research that goes into figuring out each of the numerous moving parts. At Certified Fencing here in Boise, Idaho, we're passionate about serving you best and want to help you in whatever ways we can. Today, we'll be discussing our top three picks for commercial fencing solutions, and we hope it will help guide you in your decisions as you consider what kind of fence to add to your commercial property. 

1. Chain Link Fencing

Chain link fences are perhaps the most popular material used for commercial fencing. Chain link fences are an affordable option by the yard and are effective at what they do: keeping the premises secure in a cost-effective way. Chain link fences are especially popular for industrial areas, for schools and playgrounds, baseball fields, and more. If privacy is a concern, vinyl slats can be woven into the links to create a privacy fence

2. Aluminum and Wrought Iron Fencing

For commercial properties that boast a smaller campus, a decorative aluminum or wrought iron fence may be a desirable option. Although these materials have a higher start-up cost for the initial installation, these materials are among the most durable fencing materials. If properly maintained, aluminum and wrought iron fences can last for decades. Additionally, these elegant metal fences have a charming, classic appeal, lending any property a sophisticated and high end appearance. These factors may be influential for private businesses with a high-end clientele. 

3. Temporary Fencing

Temporary fencing is a solution often used for construction sites, demolition, concerts, festivals, and other events. While temporary fencing isn't part of the permanent landscape, renting fencing can help create order and keep trespassers out. Our team of experts at Certified Fencing will deliver, set up, and pick up temporary fencing on the schedule you need for your commercial event. The peace of mind that comes with our temporary fencing service is worth every penny to keep your event or project running smoothly. 

Whatever the fencing needs of your commercial property, Certified Fencing is ready to help you! We serve clients in the Boise and Meridian areas, and are passionate about providing top-tier services. Give us a call at (208) 449-2040 for more information today!

Best Fence for Dog Owners

When installing a fence, it's important to keep in mind the member of your family who will spend the most time in your yard: man's best friend, your fur baby, your four-legged pal. Here are a few things to consider as a dog owner: 

  • Functionality: can the fence keep your dogs in your yard? 
  • Visibility: will your dog enjoy seeing out onto the street from your yard? 
  • Aesthetic: does the fence meet your dogs needs while also being something desirable for your property?

At Certified Fencing, we've rounded up the top three options for fencing for dog owners

1) Chain link

Chain link fences are a popular option among dog owners, especially for owners who opt to install a dog run. Chain link fences are relatively affordable and allow your dog to see out onto sidewalks, where other dogs or people may interest them. These fences are fairly secure and easy to maintain, but they do not afford much privacy. 

2) Aluminum or wrought iron

Although pricier, aluminum and wrought iron fencing shares many of the advantages and disadvantages of chain link fences; they allow your dog to see more of its surroundings but do not offer much privacy in your yard. However, aluminum and wrought iron fences are often viewed as more high-end than chain link fences, so if the aesthetic of the fence is important to you, this may be the fence for you!

3) Cedar: best of both worlds

Lastly, cedar is a popular and versatile option for pet owners. Cedar fences offer more privacy to your space, and an idea that is rapidly gaining popularity is creating a window for your pup to be able to see out. There are many affordable options for acrylic bubbles to be installed in cedar fences, which is a delightful and creative solution to creating a situation where both privacy and your dog's ability to see out has been preserved. And, if you ask us, seeing a happy dog's face through a dog window never fails to brighten our day. 

There are a lot of options to consider when choosing a fence, and even more factors at play when you have a dog to consider as well. For more information or for fencing services in the Boise, Nampa, and Meridian areas, contact us or give us a call at (208) 449-2040 today!

Pros and Cons of a Wrought Iron Fence

If you're planning on putting in a fence, you may have noticed that there are many, many options. There are half a dozen pros and cons to each material from cedar to aluminumvinyl to chain link fences. Today, we'll be discussing the pros and cons of wrought iron fences; these fences are sometimes called rod, rot, raw, and cast iron, and are among the most popular of fences today. 
Wrought iron fences have been used for centuries and often bring to mind gothic architecture and elite mansions. Wrought iron is timeless and classic, serving to provide security while beautifying the property. Additionally, wrought iron can be molded or cast into different patterns and shapes, giving you flexibility when it comes to the finer details of your fence. 

A second pro is durability. Because wrought iron is made from, well, iron, it's incredibly difficult to break. It's far stronger than other popular fencing materials like wood or vinyl, which gives it a much better reputation as a security fence. And, as long as the iron is sealed or painted and maintained properly, the iron itself is protected from the elements so it will not corrode. Once you have a wrought iron fence, it won't need to be replaced for a very, very long time. 

Wrought iron is a sturdy, high-quality material, which also places it on the pricier end of fencing materials. Especially if you choose to customize your fence, the costs can add up. Wrought iron is certainly more expensive than its less durable counterparts. 

In addition to being expensive, a wrought iron fence does not provide much privacy. If your reasoning for wanting a fence includes wanting increased privacy, wrought iron may not be the material for you. 

Building a fence is often the last stage of finalizing your property and is an exciting time! If you have wrought iron on your list of possible materials, we hope that this list of pros and cons has been helpful to you. Happy fencing, and please contact us with any questions for fencing needs in the Boise and Nampa Idaho area. 

Cedar or Vinyl: Which is a Better Privacy Fence?

It's common for our clients living in Boise, Meridian, Nampa and surrounding areas to live in neighborhoods where a privacy fence will allow you and your family to more fully enjoy your property. Privacy fences allow you, your family, and your guests to enjoy the whether in your yard without having to worry about being seen, and they also block your view into your neighbors' yards as well. The two most common materials to build a privacy fence are cedar and vinyl.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Cedar 
Cedar wood has been popular for fencing for many, many years; in fact, it's one of the most popular materials to use for fences out there. Unlike vinyl, cedar fences are typically sourced from sustainable sources, and the nature of the material is a definite win for the ecologically conscious consumer. Of the various types of wood used for fences, cedar is a stand-out candidate due to the fact that it's a hardwood and naturally resistant to rot, mold, and insects. Cedar has stood the test of time and gives a home a natural, cozy feel to it. 

The disadvantage of cedar as a privacy fence is that it is a natural material; as the fence ages, knots in the wood may come loose and it's much more difficult to produce a seamless fit between each slat. If you need a fence that will block out every possibility of being seen, cedar may not be the best option for you. 

Advantages and Disadvantages of Vinyl
Conversely, vinyl--also called PVC--can be used to create fences that fit together seamlessly, providing a near-perfect privacy from eye level. Additionally, the plastic nature of vinyl gives makes it very easy to clean with a quick rinse and keeping the fence looking brand new for many years. Many newer neighborhoods use vinyl; it's an aesthetic and practical choice for the modern American family. 

On the flip side, vinyl is not nearly as eco-friendly as cedar; it's a plastic, which means that it may take a very long time to break down once it's no longer needed as a fence. Additionally, if the fence is damaged, an entire panel may need to be replaced, leading to more waste. 

All in all, both cedar and vinyl are excellent options for a residential privacy fence. Depending on your specific needs and preferences, one material may be more suited to your property. When considering only the aspect of privacy, vinyl has higher odds of providing completely privacy over cedar, which provides a close alternative. To further discuss your fencing needs with a professional, call Certified Fencing at (208) 449-2040 today! 

The Benefits of Installing a Cedar Wood Fence in Boise, Idaho

Have you been thinking of installing a privacy fence in your yard? There are so many options to choose from, from the less expensive fence styles like chain link or vinyl, to the more expensive ones like decorative aluminum or wrought iron fencing. One of the best options for a privacy fence is a cedar wood fence. Not only beautiful, cedar fencing can be a great option for your yard for a number of reasons: 

  1. Long-Lasting: Cedar wood fencing material can be one of the more durable of fencing materials when it is properly maintained. It can withstand the cold of winter and the heat of summer, as well a as precipitation as long as a regular sealing takes place. 
  2. Cost Efficient: This type of fencing might be more expensive at the beginning, but cedar wood fences and gates can actually be incredibly cost efficient. This is because installation can cost less, and the actual material can withstand the Boise, Idaho seasons much better than other types of cheaper fencing materials. Maintaining a well-made wood fence is much less expensive than continually having to repair and replace a cheaper fence material. 
  3. Adds value: A well made cedar wood fence or gate is a beautiful way to add value and ambiance to your home. Potential buyers find value in the functionality of cedar wood fencing, as it offers the highly desired options of durability and privacy and is incredibly effective at keeping children and pets safe in the yard. 
  4. Customizable: Cedar wood fencing can be made into many different fencing styles, from a split rail ranch style fence to board on board. Whether you would like an 8 foot privacy fence or security gate or a 4 foot front yard or driveway ranch style fence, a wooden fence can really be created into anything you need. 
Whether you are looking for a fence that is beautiful, durable or functional, you won't be disappointed with a cedar wood fence. Well worth the investment, a cedar fence or gate can add value to your home. Whatever your reasons may be for installing your cedar fence, our professional technicians at Certified Fencing can help. We will make sure the fence is installed correctly, which will ensure that your fence will last as long as possible and be safer from possible rot, pest infestations or damage. 

Our wood privacy fencing contractors from Certified Fencing guarantee affordable, high quality lumber for your fence. From preparing the material to building, installing and staining your fence, we do it all! If you are in the Meridian, Nampa, Caldwell, Kuna, Star, or Eagle, Idaho areas, call us today at (208) 449-2040 or fill out our online form on our website for a free estimate!

When Should I Repair My Fence?

Living in the Boise, Idaho area comes with some extremes in the weather and temperature. These conditions tend to be hard on cedar, vinyl and even wrought iron fences, resulting in rotted or broken fence posts, dry rot concerns and even pest infestations. Some signs that you need to repair (or even replace) your fence include: 

1. Leaning wooden or vinyl fence: If your fence is leaning or even swaying in the wind, it is important that the broken area of the fence is repaired before the entire system fails. Whether the culprit is a loose or rotting fence post or faulty supports, our fence repair specialists at Certified Fencing can fix the problem before it turns into a much more expensive need for an entire fence replacement. 

2. Physical damage: Sections of your chain link, aluminum or cedar fence could break for various reasons, including high winds, personal accidents, or a tree falling onto the fence. Missing pieces or sections could also signal that animals or people have or could enter you property. Our team at Certified Fencing will determine whether its only necessary to repair a small area or if its more important to fix a larger area of your fence. 

3. Pest Problem: At Certified Fencing, our cedar wood fencing is treated with special products to help prolong resistance to pests and rot. However, without consistent maintenance and repair, any wood fence or gate can become susceptible to bugs. Look for tiny holes in the wood, soil that is not level beneath a fence post, or simply just the presence of a lot of insects on or even around your fence, be it a ranch-style, board on board or other style of cedar wood fence. 

4. Moisture and Dry Rot Concerns: A good fence installer knows that when installing a wood fence, its important to not let any of the wood touch the ground, including the posts (which are secured in concrete instead). With time and weathering however, these conditions might change, leading to moisture from the soil creeping into the wood itself. To know if this has happened, look for discolored wood, mildew, mold or even brittle-looking wood on your fence. If you do see evidence of this, contact Certified Fencing as soon as possible so that we can replace the rotted posts. 

If you are seeing any of these signs, call Certified Fencing at 208-449-2040 to schedule an appointment. We serve Boise, Idaho as well as Nampa, Meridian, Eagle, Kuna and all surrounding areas. From repairing a rotting fence posts to completely replacing an old fence, our professional technicians can get the job done right! 

Everything You Need to Know About Gate Installation

When installing a new cedar wood, vinyl or aluminum fence, it is important to consider what will make your fence as functional as it is beautiful: a gate. When it comes to gate installation and repair, Certified Fencing offers quick and affordable fencing services. But first you'll need to decide which fence will best meet your yard's needs. There are several factors to consider when choosing the placement and type of gate in your new fencing, including: 

  1. Number: Typically, a home or business needs at least two gates to optimize functionality. This usually includes an entrance or exit gate for people as well as a utility gate to push things in and out of, like lawn mowers and landscaping supplies. If you have a front yard fence, consider where would be the best place would be for yourself, family and guests to enter into your front yard. As far as a utility fence goes, make sure it is in a spot that is easily accessible to gardening tools and other larger items that will frequently go in and out, like trashcans. Feel free to contact Certified Fencing at 208-449-2040 to talk over possible gate addition options. 
  2. Width and Height: The width of your gate will depend on what you would like the gate to function as. Is it a decorative aluminum front yard gate that only people will use? Then a thinner gate will suffice. It is meant to be more of a security or utility gate? A wider cedar wood gate or a taller aluminum gate could be a good pick for you. 
  3. Aesthetic: Depending on the look you are deciding on for your front or backyard landscape design, you might choose anything from a wrought iron to a vinyl gate. It all depends on the type of fence you already have or are thinking about installing. Depending on that fence material, you can choose a gate material or look that will compliment the style or material. 

To get more inspiration on what sizes, looks, and placements you would like for your new or repaired gates, stop by our gallery! From rustic looks to more classic or contemporary styles, our fencing experts at Certified Fencing are happy to work with your vision to choose the right gate and fencing materials for your dream yard. Serving Boise, Meridian, Eagle Idaho and surrounding areas, we are here to help you get the most functional and beautiful fence possible. 

The Difference Between Decorative Aluminum and Wrought Iron Fencing

When it comes to choosing residential or commercial fencing supplies for home and business owners in Boise, Idaho, the sheer variety of choices can seem daunting, especially if you are trying to decide whether to go for an aluminum fence or a wrought iron one. While the cost and look of both of these types of fencing is similar, they do have some keep differences that could help you determine which one would fit your needs best. 


While this fence material is incredibly durable, wrought iron gates and fences will eventually rust due to the nature of the material, so occasional maintenance is a must. It is recommended that a wrought iron fence and gates should be professionally painted and repaired every 10 years. 

Aluminum fencing on the other hand is maintenance free. You'll never have to worry about a peeling or cracking fence finish or rusting. Aluminum fence materials and supplies can cost a bit more than wrought iron fences, but considering the lack of upkeep you might actually save money in the long run by installing an aluminum fence. 


Aluminum fencing is an easy to install fence. It is also relatively easy to repair, which makes it even more low maintenance. Rather than have to replace a entire decorate metal fencing panels, a single picket can be switched out in an aluminum fence. 

Similarly, wrought iron fence installation is fairly easy. Metal fence repairs can be a bit trickier because they require cutting away the broken or bent fence pickets and welding new fence materials in their place. 


Besides being a great choice for decorative fencing for historic districts, wrought iron fencing is a great choice for areas that will get a lot of wear and tear or needs to hold up as a high security fence. It is best used on flat terrain or on top of a retaining wall.  

Aluminum fence materials are lightweight and durable, making them ideal for use in areas with uneven, sloping terrain.  Some types of aluminum fence designs are also in regulation with pool fencing requirements. 

Have more questions? Feel free to contact Certified Fencing today at (208) 449-2040 to talk over all of your residential or commercial fencing options. As one of the top fence and gate supply companies in the area, we can help you decide which fence material would be right for your space.