Houstonians are like any other geographically-defined group of people: they have their quirks, and the quirk that drives me the battiest is the one that makes people completely blind to the ugliness of their own fences. All across Houston, people build impressive looking McMansions, a quarter million dollars and up, and then proceed to surround these suburban masterpieces with eight-hundred-dollar total-eyesore fences. Why?!? Can they not see that any good portrait is totally ruined if surrounded by garbage?
We can't have a World's Ugliest Fence contest in greater Houston because there would be so many spectacular entries that it would be impossible to declare a winner!
|In the "Structurally Intact But Degraded" competition category, who could possibly trump this?!|
Centerpointe Drive about a quarter mile northeast of Calder.
But just in case you remained unconvinced by that initial post, I have another example to present here. My in-laws are selling their house because of a job transfer. After seeing their initial real estate listing on HAR, my husband and I decided to help them out by staining their fence the same way we did our own.
|The section of Centerpointe closest to Calder is the oldest, and its fences currently look the worst.|
Danged good question and I don't know the answer to it (but when I find out, I will post below). We all better hope that it's the POA because if there's anything uglier than a degraded cedar fence, it's a discontinuous degraded cedar fence where individual homeowners have all conducted section replacements at different times and in the inevitably-different styles that result from using multiple contractors.
And the obvious question is... how much would it cost to clean and stain that mile of fences along Centerpointe? (And the fences line it on both sides, so it's actually two miles of fence).
I don't know. I CAN tell you that the stain brand referenced above is about $0.80 per fence-foot retail price to apply, not figuring in labor for pressure-washing and labor for the stain application. I also don't know how many years of extra life that kind of treatment adds to the fence, thus delaying replacement costs, and that's a very important question. Those of us who paid to stain our own sections of interior yard fence have an interesting predicament: only one side of the fence is protected from water damage, mold and algae growth, and ultraviolet degradation from sunlight. In our case, I essentially paid about two hundred bucks plus sweat equity to half-do a job. If I knew how much lifespan the staining could add to the fence, I could tell you whether it's worth me spraying each of my neighbors' fence sides, just to make our shared asset last longer and potentially cost less over the longer term.
Of course, that would leave those neighbors in the position of having to complete the rest of their own staining jobs, so you see what kind of a domino effect could result.
I'm not sure what the best answers are here. I only know that in our case, looking across our back yard to a moldy grey fence was not an option we were willing to accept.
|Would it be worth saving me from myself??|