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2018 is Heating Up and So Are Our Showroom Hours!

April 9, 2018 ~ Posted By Jim Jenkins

The weather is (finally) starting to warm up, flowers are starting to bloom, and the sun is out for longer periods of time.  This can mean only one thing—the Frederick Fence Showroom, located at 1505 Tilco Drive in Frederick, Maryland is ready for you to drop by and see the latest and greatest fence materials now in stock!

Weekday Hours

Monday through Friday, you can visit Frederick Fence’s showroom between the hours of 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM.  We’re located just outside downtown Frederick, just off I-70, directly across from the Maryland Vehicle Emissions Inspection Station—so we’re easy to find with any GPS application.

Weekend Hours

Beginning April 2018 through late Fall, you can visit our showroom on Saturdays from 8:00 AM until 12:00 PM.

Visit our showroom on Tilco Drive in Frederick, Maryland! We're located across the street from the Maryland Emissions Inspection Station!

Visit our showroom on Tilco Drive in Frederick, Maryland! We’re located across the street from the Maryland Emissions Inspection Station!

Why Stop by the Frederick Fence Showroom?

Most people stop by our showroom to purchase materials for their DIY projects.  You bring your truck and we’ll load you up with everything you need for your fence project, including your fence materials and all the hardware you need for building fences.

Our yard is now fully stocked for 2018, meaning you can come by and get all the chain link, wood, aluminum and vinyl materials you need for a new fence or for a small fence repair!  If you’re a new DIY aficionado, you can work with any of our showroom associates or local fence consultants to get installation tips as well as simple instructions on how to build a fence for your home.

Are you a local contractor?  Make sure you inquire about our contractors discount—we’ll offer you a competitive deal to keep you going during the peak fence installation season! And if your vehicle isn’t quite large enough to haul away all the materials for fence building, we’ll work with you to set up a delivery schedule that keeps you on your timeline!

And if you’re a homeowner who’s simply looking for options and want to know a bit more about what goes into fence design and installation—our staff is here to show you our various types of wood, aluminum and vinyl you can use to build the fence of your dreams!

Frederick Fence accepts cash, checks, and all major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover Card).  For large fence projects, we offer several options for financing your fence investment through Wells Fargo; note that all fence financing through Frederick Fence selected options are subject to credit approval.

Don’t Delay, Visit our Showroom in 2018 To Get Your Fence Project on the Books

Warm weather means that the fence installation season will soon kick into high gear. IF you want your fence installed in time for the summer season, the best thing you can do is stop by our showroom now to have your questions answered and get your fence in our installation queue as soon as possible! Remember, we also handle getting your fence permits as well, which means when you deal with Frederick Fence, you get our one-stop, full service resources to help you complete your fence project within a budget that meets your needs!

Don’t need to stop by and want to get started now? Just click on our Chat feature or give us a call at 1-800 49-FENCE and we’ll be happy to help you!

If you’re a Frederick Fence customer, make sure to share photos of your completed project on our Facebook Page!

Have a great spring and incredible summer season!

 

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Spring is the Perfect Time for Ordering Your Pool Fence!

April 2, 2018 ~ Posted By Jim Jenkins

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Have a pool? Make sure you also have a fence that surrounds it to meet state and county standards or run the risk of huge legal fees should something happen!

Planning to install a swimming pool on your property this year? Have an existing pool that got installed last fall and still needs a swimming pool safety fence to live up to code in your county?

If your goal is to have a pool fence in time for that July 4th celebration in your back yard, now’s the time you’ll want to get your pool fence order in so that you can host your party while meeting the guidelines within your county!

Why Now is the Time to Get Going on Your Pool Fence

Spring is the best time to order your pool fence, even if your pool won’t go in the ground until May or June.  If you wait to order your pool fence from a vendor after your pool gets installed in June, you’ll have difficulty getting the fence installed in time for your holiday celebration.

Why?

It’s a matter of scheduling.  Once the warm weather breaks, the busy season for fence installation kicks in.  Ordering a fence in early spring means a huge difference in getting placed on the installation schedule for any vendor.  This time of year, there are fewer customers in the queue waiting to get permits from the county where they reside as well as fewer homeowners waiting for a fence to get installed.

The longer homeowners wait to order the pool fence during warmer weather, the longer it can take to get on the schedule to get the fence installed. Even if your pool isn’t scheduled for delivery until late June, you need to get your fence order on the books now so that once you fill the pool with water, there’s a fence around it.  Failure to comply with having a fence around your pool means putting your investment at risk.

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Pool fences keep your family, friends and pets safe and can also keep out unwanted guests.

Why You Need a Pool Fence Before Taking Your First Dip

Every state and local government has its own set of pool fence regulations that all consumers and businesses must follow when there’s a pool on their property.  Failure to follow these guidelines means being subject to significant legal risks, such as being sued if there’s an accident. A great start for understanding the implications of pool ownership is to check out the guidelines the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission publishes each year.

These helpful guidelines can keep you out of trouble and ensure that your pool area meets regulations and minimizes your legal risk should there be an accident.   Things you can do to minimize risk include:

  • Follow all home safety guidelines and laws for pool ownership in your area.
  • Always supervise your children and their guests—never leave a child unattended even for just a few minutes.
  • Keep your and your guests’ pets away from the pool area.
  • Make it a rule that no one swims alone—that includes both adults and children.
  • Don’t mix alcohol and pool time—if someone has had a few drinks, keep them out of the pool.
  • Keep your pool fence locked to keep uninvited guests out of the pool area; consider an alarm on the fence for maximum safety.
  • Make sure your homeowner’s insurance includes coverage for liability lawsuits as a result of pool injures or death. Some policies do not cover pools with slides or diving boards so before installing them, find out what your insurer covers!

 Thinking About a Pool Fence?

If there’s a pool fence in your future this summer, give us a call now and we’ll send one of our expert consultants out to your home to give you an estimate for the perfect pool fence solution.  Whether it’s wood, aluminum or vinyl, we’ll work with you to develop the ideal fence solution that maintains local regulations and works within your budget!

You can either click on our chat feature to the left, give us a call or visit our Contact page to get started.  You can even come by our showroom and look at samples of swimming pool safety fence options!

Just remember that if you want a fence installed by July 4th, you need to act as fast as possible to meet that date!

 

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No Problem is Too Dear For Deer Fence

March 26, 2018 ~ Posted By Jim Jenkins

Poly Mesh Deer Fence is an environmentally safe and cost effective way to prevent deer from making your garden their evening buffet.

Poly Mesh Deer Fence is an environmentally safe and cost effective way to prevent deer from making your garden their evening buffet.

One of the major concerns for any homeowner living adjacent to a wooded area is deer.  Even though they are beautiful animals and seemingly benign in nature, many consider them to be a major nuisance as they can destroy an entire vegetable garden and flower bed in a single evening.  To add to the misery of a frequent visitation from these mammals, they also are carriers for ticks, which can drop from the deer and find their way onto your loved ones, causing significant health issues like Lyme Disease.

So what’s a homeowner to do if he or she wants to preserve the beauty of their yard and the health of their family and pets? Thanks to the folks at Deerbusters, you can now purchase deer fence!

Deer Fence—The Latest Peaceful Solution in Deer Damage Prevention

Deerbusters’ deer fence provides peace of mind when it comes to an economical solution for those who live in some of the more rural areas of Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania.  Those with sprawling property may find six to eight-foot privacy fence too expensive a solution to keep deer off their land, and they may find split rail fence to small a solution as the average deer can jump a fence that’s six feet tall or less.  We’ve seen some homeowners attempt to keep deer off their property with a vengeance, sometimes using spikes on their posts to keep the deer out.  The problem?  No one wants to deal with the aftermath of a panicky deer in their yard who’s been sliced open—it’s not pretty and can scar your children when they see Bambi running around the yard in pain.

Deer fence offers a peaceful solution in that Deer Fence is made of plastic—resembling a piece of fine mesh—meaning the fence won’t hurt the deer as they’re more likely to bounce off it should they try to leap over it.  Plastic deer fence is not necessarily new; they’ve been used to protect lawns, gardens and farms for over a decade. As more and more folks move out toward the country, they’re becoming more popular among folks who would otherwise like to keep these four-legged animals from becoming frequent visitors.  Deer Fence is also much more environmentally friendly than using any kind of spray to keep deer off your property.

These plastic deer fences are attractive to those looking for an alternative fencing solution because they’re made of semi-rounded strands, making them lightweight, durable and nearly invisible. The flexibility of this material makes the fences easy to store, install and repair. Deer Fences are unique in that they are reinforced at the bottom with tightly woven mesh, meaning deer and elk are less likely to chew their way through. And the other good news?  Deer mesh fence kits typically last 15 to 20 years and can withstand most harsh weather conditions.

Depending upon your needs, you can either enclose a small vegetable or flower garden with Deer Fence or run it throughout an entire orchard.  If your property backs up to a large wooded area, one of the benefits of this fence is that you will barely notice it from a distance, meaning that it will have little impact on the line of sight on your property.  Note that some homeowners concerned with deer constantly trying to jump onto their property may choose to place white tape running through the center of the mesh panels to dissuade the deer from trying to jump or run through the fence.

Other Uses for Mesh Deer Fence

In addition to keeping out those pesky deer who would think nothing of making your garden a buffet for a night, you can also use Deer Fence as a cost-effective way to build an outdoor enclosure for both dogs and cats.  Some pet owners prefer these inexpensive structures as opposed to invisible dog fence or electric fence for cats as Deer Fence will never have a negative impact on your pet’s health or wellness.

You can even use smaller sections of Deer Fence to protect your flowers and vegetables from rabbits, squirrels and groundhogs.

Installing Deer Fence—Our Approach

If you’re a DIY enthusiast, Deer Fence is relatively easy to install; however, Frederick Fence can easily work with you to create a strong Deer Fence solution that meets your needs and your budget.  When installing Deer Fence, we will use heavy line posts, made of galvanized steel and weather-resistant powder coating, meaning you’ll get a Deer Fence that’s built to take persistent pressure and survive the elements.

Currently, Frederick Fence offers the Trident Extruded Deer Fence, which is lightweight and extremely durable and can withstand up to 650 lbs. of brute strength.  If you’re dealing with a substantial deer and elk problem, you can work with Deerbusters to purchase a higher grade of Trident poly or Deer Fence constructed with metals.

Ready to Tackle Your Deer Problem?

Curious about installing Deer Fence before deer visitations and tick season kicks in to high gear?  Want to get a custom solution that combines your existing fence—such as split rail—with Deer Fence to keep the little mammals away from your vegetables or flowers?  Either click on our Chat Button, or get a fence estimate by giving us a call or visiting our Contact page, and we’ll send one of our Deer Fence Experts out to your property to put together a Deer Fence solution long before your plants become dinner!

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New For Spring! Go Natural with SimTek Vinyl Fence

February 26, 2018 ~ Posted By Jim Jenkins

Introducing SimTek's Ecostone(R) Privacy Vinyl Fence

Introducing SimTek’s Ecostone Privacy Vinyl Fence

Looking for privacy in your back yard and want to minimize the sound of your neighbors?  Prefer something that looks more natural and blends in with your garden or pool?  Want a fence that you simply install and never have to worry about again?

Frederick Fence can help you achieve these goals with one of the newest fences on the market—the SimTek Ecostone® privacy vinyl fence!  This new product—with its decorative rock panels—affords home owners the opportunity to create a gorgeous backyard oasis, where you can enjoy your privacy and keep your loved ones and furry friends protected while surrounded by walls that appear to be made of granite!

SimTek comes in a variety of natural looking colors that easily accent any outdoor area.

SimTek comes in a variety of natural looking colors that easily accent any outdoor area.

Manufactured by Certainteed—the nation’s leading brand of exterior and interior building products—the SimTek Ecostone® vinyl fence comes in a variety of colors and panel sizes that gives you the opportunity to develop a unique look and feel for your fence so that it blends in perfectly with your outdoor living space.  With colors such as desert, gray, multiple shades of brown or event white, the sky’s the limit in terms of how you can design your fence solution to create a natural environment.  You’re also getting one of the most durable vinyl products on the market as SimTek’s panels are made to withstand temperatures from -40 degrees to +140 degrees. Like most other vinyl fences, SimTek Fence will never need painting or staining and will not warp.  These panels also block 98% of direct sound, meaning you can enjoy the great outdoors and don’t have to worry about what your neighbors can hear!

SimTek Fences are engineered with steel-reinforced polyethylene, which makes them highly durable, fade free and uniquely graffiti resistant.  These gorgeous rock walls can also withstand constant hurricane winds of up to 110 MPH with gusts of up to 130 MPH.

If you’re looking for a natural fence and want to vary your panel heights to adjust for the slope of your backyard, don’t worry!  SimTek fence panel heights start as low as 3 feet high and can go as high as 12 feet, giving you maximum privacy for your outdoor living area! While you cannot modify the panel heights, you can cut your panels to any custom width to remain consistent with your property line.  Before you opt to build a 12 foot fence, make sure you check with your HOA or local county government to ensure your fence design meets code limits.

SimTek Gates private both a natural look and a sturdy entrance in and out of your property!

SimTek Gates provide both a natural look and a sturdy entrance on your property!

Ready for that Natural Look?

Looking to build a new fence and want something unique that most home owners won’t have?  Want the perfect fence that will meet pool code and look like it belongs with the swimming pool?  Want a fence that complements a robust flower garden?  Consider ordering a SimTek Ecostone® fence and then let us do the building so you get to unwind and relax in your private oasis!

We’ll send one of our expert fence consultants to measure and price the SimTek Vinyl Fence solution! Click on our on-line chat icon, visit our Contact  page or just give us a call at 1-800-49-FENCE to get started on your Ecostone® project!

SimTek vinyl fence with its granite-like texture creates a natural look that complements practically any outdoor space!

SimTek vinyl fence with its granite-like texture creates a natural look that complements any outdoor living space!

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Why Vinyl is the Fence Material of Choice at Frederick Fence

February 14, 2018 ~ Posted By Jim Jenkins

For many years, chain link and wood were the most popular fence materials for the average consumer and business owner.  They were (and still are) reasonably priced, easy to install and satisfied many needs, especially when it comes to keeping your children and pets inside the yard. Watch any television show or news broadcast from the 1950’s through the late 70’s and you’ll see many family sitcom homes surrounded by a chain link or wood perimeter.  Since the 1980’s, however, a new fence material arrived in the marketplace that’s now one of the most popular fence materials—especially in new housing communities that include a fence with the purchase of a home! We’re talking about vinyl fence.

Four Reasons Why Vinyl Fence Materials Rank as One of the Top Fence Materials

At Frederick Fence, we do our own routing, meaning you get the strongest and best vinyl fence posts possible that last a lifetime!

At Frederick Fence, we do our own routing, meaning you get the strongest and best vinyl fence posts possible that last a lifetime!

Vinyl fence, when first introduced, was considered a fence material for the wealthy.  Now it’s practically the market standard for new and first-time homeowners.  Why is this fence material so popular now?  Here are four reasons why:

Toughness
When it comes to fence materials that can withstand everything Mother Nature and humankind has to offer, vinyl fence remains the undisputed champion of strong fence materials. Vinyl fence can survive the harshest of weather conditions that come with every season, whether it’s high temperatures, gushing rains, or blustery snows.  Additionally, with vinyl, you never have to worry about pests, decay, and fungus. You put vinyl fence up and you’ll own a fence that will last for years.  Even the best crafted wood fence that can last up to 20 years will eventually require some type of repair.  And after several difficult winters or summers, wood fences may require you to replace worn down sections or apply some pressure-treated product to make them last.  Not vinyl!  You put it in the ground and it will most likely last longer than you own your home!

Maintenance
Other than the occasional hosing to remove dirt (which the rain often does for you), there’s no maintenance necessary for a vinyl fence, meaning you can simply enjoy it without having to invest in a lot of your weekends to make it last.  Imagine what you’ll do with all that extra time!  Wood fence requires periodic inspections to check for warps and bows as well as potential rot.  Additionally, to ensure your fence lasts more than five to seven years, you’ll need to apply some chemical treatment to seal it and a stain to maintain or enhance its color.  Depending on the size of your fence, those materials can get expensive through the years when you combine them with fence repairs due to extreme weather conditions.  With vinyl, you never have to worry again once it’s in the ground!

Cost
Vinyl costs more than wood and chain link.  That’s a fact and we don’t hide that from customers. Think long term and what you’ll soon realize is that vinyl costs less over the life of your home.  Once it’s in the ground, we’re taking no additional costs!  Except in cases of extreme weather or someone who fails to properly use their car or truck breaks, your vinyl fence will last and last.  Planning on staying in your home for more than 10 to 15 years?  With vinyl, you’ll pay for that fence once and will maintain its value when you sell your home.

Flexibility
With vinyl, you can now design a fence that both meets your needs and expresses your creativity.  You can now design your own fence in practically every color or you can purchase vinyl fence panels that look exactly like wood, but will never warp, bow or eventually rot!  You can also choose from privacy panels to split rails or even design custom lattice work or ornate gazebos to match your fence.  In other words, with vinyl, you can have the most unique fence that reflects your personality and style—just be sure to check with your homeowner’s association or country government to make sure what you design meets their regulations and codes!

Celebrating Ten Years of Vinyl Fence Fabrication at Frederick Fence

Our vinyl fabricator allows us to custom the width and height from blank profiles, meaning you can design the vinyl fence of your dreams!

Our vinyl fabricator allows us to custom the width and height from blank profiles, meaning you can design the vinyl fence of your dreams!

In 2008, Frederick Fence made the wise decision to invest in its own vinyl fabrication shop, meaning we can take pure vinyl materials and make our own posts and custom panels for our customers.  When our customers choose vinyl fence panels, they’re getting a strong fence what we help create from raw vinyl sheets, which makes our vinyl fences a bit more cost effective.

We pride ourselves on having a small, but expert team of three vinyl technicians—headed by our very own Todd Powers, who can take a blank profile and turn it into the fence of your dreams.  One reason why our vinyl fences are more durable is that we can route and shape our own post rails, meaning we can custom the size of the post and cut our own holes in the posts.  When we assemble them with our panels, they remain in place and will never fall out of alignment.  Some vendors may sell one size of post, which are sometimes not routed.  Instead you have to use clips to keep all the pieces together which equates to a fence that’s not as secure, strong or even as attractive.

Another difference is that we use 100% virgin vinyl.  Some vendors will say that they use vinyl made up of recycled materials.  While that may sound environmentally friendly, you need to inquire further as to what the vendor means by “recycled.”  Some manufacturers are great about telling you the basis for using recycled materials, such as PVC pipe.  That’s all well and good but there are some manufacturers who definition of recycled means that you could be purchasing the fourth or fifth generation of recycled materials, which can range from used milk cartons, old credit cards, buckets, jugs and cups.  Yes, not all recycled vinyl is created equal and that’s why we stick with 100% virgin vinyl so you get the best quality materials on the market.

Ready for a Vinyl Fence?

Want to purchase just one fence for your new home?  Need to replace an old wood fence and never want to spend another weekend fixing it?  Looking for a custom color or a textured surface to match your outdoor décor?  At Frederick Fence, we’ll help you design the perfect vinyl solution to meet your budget and achieve your dreams!

We’ll send one of our expert fence consultants out to your home to showcase all our unique styles and designs.  You can even stop by our headquarters on Tilco Road and we’ll show you our color samples to inspire your design!  And if you’re a DIY enthusiast—good news!  We can show you how to install a vinyl fence that will last!

Click on our on-line chat icon, visit our Contact  page or just give us a call at 1-800-49-FENCE to get started on your vinyl fence project!

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Visit Frederick Fence at the Frederick County Home Show in March!

January 23, 2018 ~ Posted By Jim Jenkins

Looking for some ideas on how to renovate your kitchen?  Want to know what kinds of tiles would work best in a newly designed bathroom?  Need some free advice on options targeted to increase the return on investment for your home improvement project?  Want to know what new Frederick Fence products will arrive in time for the spring and summer installation season?

If you want to get these questions and more answered so you can make the best-informed buying decision to improve your home, plan on dropping by the Frederick County Building Industry Association (FCBIA)’s 43rd Annual Home Show!

The FCBIA does an amazing job of bringing together vendors who serve the greater Maryland, DC and Virginia area to help home owners create, build or maintain the home of their dreams.  For two days, you can get all your questions answered on the latest renovation trends and product improvements to make the most of your home improvement budget.  Whether you’re trying to figure out whether to replace your floors in hardwood, the ins and outs of putting a pool in your backyard, or what fence material is the most maintenance free, the Frederick Home Show is the place to visit this spring to gather information and develop your 2018 home upgrade plan.

More than 160 exhibitors typically attend this event, including some of our favorite vendors:

  • Fitzgerald Furniture
  • Dan Ryan Builders
  • Browning Pools
  • Cedarbrook Deck and Patio
  • And many more!

If you’re looking for a new home in the Maryland area, this is the best event you can attend to learn the latest and greatest within the building industry. Be sure to stop by the Frederick County Building Industry Association booth (just inside Building 9) with your questions.

Meet Our Frederick Fence Team

Several of our Frederick Fence team will be on hand to answer all your DIY fencing questions and show you some of our favorite fence materials that home owners now choose when they upgrade their fence from chain-link or wood to aluminum or vinyl.  Stop by Booths #1301 and 1302 and say hello—we’d love to see you!

The Frederick Home Show takes place March 17 and 18 at the Frederick Fair Grounds.   The 2018 show is open from 9-5 on Saturday, 10-4 on Sunday.  And the best part?  Admission is FREE!

Planning on making a full day of information gathering?  Don’t worry, there’s plenty of food and drink available at the Fairgrounds!

Can’t Make the Show But Have Questions Now About Fencing?

If you have questions about designing the perfect fence solution for your home or business and can’t wait until the Frederick Home Show, you can either click on the link for our on-line chat feature, visit our Contact page or just give us a call at 1-800-49-FENCE!  We’re here to help make the most of your home and look forward to helping you select the best fence that meets your budget!

See you at the Home Show in March!

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Happy Holidays from Everyone at Frederick Fence!

December 23, 2017 ~ Posted By Jim Jenkins

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Happy holidays from Erin, Todd, Charlie, Kelly and Diane Powers!

Before we all take a little time off this week to honor and celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, we want to take a moment to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas.  No matter what holiday you celebrate this time of year, we hope that each of you have a joyful holiday season with your family and friends.  Our wish is that everyone throughout the world find peace in their hearts and that we all learn to take better care of each other.

Thank You For a Fantastic Fence Season

Frederick Fence had an amazing 2017, thanks to you, our amazing family of clients.  As you may have read in this blog, our company celebrated its 35th year in business, an achievement we know is made possible thanks to the thousands of clients who chose us as their vendor for a fence solution.  We’re extremely proud to serve each one of you—we consider every client to be part of our family.  We value your patronage and we truly appreciate knowing that many of you have stayed with us as you’ve moved to bigger homes or have moved out on your own and chose us to put a fence around your first home.  We are truly humbled in our success when we think of all the great people we’ve serviced for nearly four decades. This was a monumental year for our company as we officially changed leadership since opening our doors many years ago.  Our founder, president and original owner, Charlie Powers, officially transferred ownership of Frederick Fence to his children—Erin, Kelly and Todd—and they are all happy and proud to be part of the next generation of Frederick Fence.

Our Newest Addition

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Meet the newest Frederick Fence member: Finn Maddox Orman!

At Frederick Fence, we are pleased to announce the newest addition to the Frederick Fence family: Finn Maddox Orman, born to Perry Kelly (Powers) Orman, our Retail Sales Manager and Owner.  Charlie Powers, of course, is overjoyed to have a new grandchild to spoil!

See You in 2018

We hope that you and yours have a safe and prosperous new year and that you have the best year possible in 2018!  So long as the weather holds out and the ground doesn’t freeze any time soon, we’ll still be here to help you with any of your fencing needs.  Whether it’s a new fence, a small repair or materials for your own fence build, Frederick Fence is open for business.  If you have a question about a product or material, you can either click on our chat feature or just give us a call! Happy holidays, everyone!

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Winter Warning: Get Your Fence Repairs Done Now!

December 15, 2017 ~ Posted By Jim Jenkins

broken-fenceTemperatures are falling, holidays decorations are up, and hopefully by now you’ve remembered to shut off your outside faucets so that nothing bad happens while we experience chilly scenes of winter the next few months.  Before you settle in for the long cold spell here in the NOVA/MD area, we encourage you to take a few minutes and walk along your fence line to make sure that your fences are fine and that you’re not in need of any repairs.

If there’s a warped board or two or your fence panels are starting to lean, it’s best to get them fixed before we have our first major snow as a dense snow fall can sometimes prove detrimental to a fence that’s starting to fall apart.  Since our area can also experience an ice storm or two in the middle of winter, you may also consider trimming the branches on trees that may tend to droop or fall over should they end up covered in ice.

Here are a few of our tips for making sure your fence survives the winter months so you can return to the great outdoors and enjoy your yard once the warmer temperatures return:

Taking Care of Wood Fences in Winter

Check your wood fence and make sure that there are no warped boards or panels.  A heavy snow can easily create more damage.  Remember, it’s not just the snow that causes damage, it’s also the heavy winds and freezing temperatures that can wreak havoc on your fence’s structure.

If you own a split rail fence, make sure that the snow doesn’t tend to settle on any one section as the weight from the snow can cause the rails to break in the middle section.

If you’re a dog owner and you tend to let your dogs take care of their business in your yard instead of taking them for walks in winter, just make sure that your dogs refrain from trying to dig themselves out of your yard during cold weather.  Yes, sometimes your four-legged loved ones can damage your fence, especially if they’re left to their own devices in the cold.

Got a new snow blower and can’t wait to use it?  Just remember not to get to close to your fence or bump up against it while removing the snow as you could easily damage your fence should the rotors rub up against the lower portion of the fence panels.  Those high speed snow blowers are great and we recommend buying one if you live in our area; just don’t lose control of your machine and let it hit the fence—especially if you have a gate that straddles a walkway!

Inspect Your Vinyl (Aluminum and Wrought Iron) Fence

The good news about vinyl fence is that its maintenance free and so the most you may need to do during winter is wipe it down if any yard debris has left any kind of stain on the panels.  As long as your fence panels are set in concrete with posts at least three feet deep, you should be fine.  However, if you’ve purchased a home with an existing vinyl fence, we encourage you to check the integrity of your fence’s structure after any winter storm to make sure there are no panels that need reinforcing.

picket-fence-in-snowLikewise, if you own an aluminum or wrought iron fence, there’s not much you need to do to prepare for winter; just remember to take a walk and ensure your fence’s structure remains intact should we experience a brutal winter storm.

The only real danger for these types of fences are trees that may fall should they be subject to extreme winds and freezing rain.

Need a Fence Repair Now?

Regardless of whether or not we installed your fence, our service teams are happy to come out and repair your fence.  Depending upon the magnitude of the repair, we can take care of it while you’re away from home!

Need to replace a board or two and need materials?  Stop by our showroom on Tilco Drive during regular business hours and we’ll be more than happy to get you what you need to repair fencing issues.

To get started, either use our online chat feature to discuss a fence repair cost estimate or give us a call to schedule your repair or materials pick up!

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6 Tips for Building a Split Rail Fence

November 25, 2017 ~ Posted By Jim Jenkins

Traditional wood split rail fence is both economical and fairly easy to install.

Traditional wood split rail fence is both economical and fairly easy to install.

Homeowners like split rail fences as they are among the simplest and most economical type of fence to build.  Drive around the rolling hills of the western Maryland area and you’re sure to see quite a few of them surrounding some lovely farms or gorgeous homes in suburban areas.  To many of us at Frederick Fence, there’s nothing more gorgeous than a split rail fence—they’re one of the most decorative and you can now build them using vinyl, which means the sections will never warp or fade!  A majority of the time you’ll see split rail fence covered with welded wire, which helps keep your children and pets in the yard and pesky critters like deer and rabbits off property.

Adding a split rail fence to your yard augments its appearance with a natural, rustic beauty. Split rail’s design is simple and it’s one of the easiest fences for a first time DIYer.  If you’re considering building a split rail fence soon, here are seven tips to help you build fence that will make your process easier:

 

  1. Consider installing a split rail style gate.  It’s a lot easier than installing a picket gate fence.  However, if you want to install a picket gate and are not sure how, call us for help!
  2. Make sure to set your posts on 10’6” centers.  Rails for a split rail fence are 11’ tip to tip.  The ends of rails are tapered or “paddled” so they can overlap when they are put in the post. If you set you posts 10’6” from the center of post to center of post, this will give you the perfect space to accommodate the rails.
  3. Rails should overlap 3” on either side. If you have less overlap, the rail are more likely to fall out over time, if your posts are too close, you can’t overlap too much and the rails won’t fit.
  4. Secure your rails with a nail on the ends and corners, and short sections.  These portions of fence are the most likely to move.  The ends are corners are called terminals and bear a lot of the load.  The short sections are custom built and need to be secured to avoid any rails falling out.
  5. Dry pack all post holes with about 25 lbs of concrete.  This will keep them in place even among the harshest of weather conditions.  If your posts are not properly set, your fence may become less sturdy over time and you may find yourself re-installing some sections if we have to endure a lot of harsh weather during winter and spring.
  6. Your gate opening should be 2” wider than the width of the actual gate panel in order to accommodate for the hardware
3 rail vinyl fence

Vinyl split rail fence is the perfect fence for DIYers wanting to install one fence to last a lifetime that requires little to no maintenance!

Got more questions on building a split rail fence? You can chat with us online or just stop by our showroom on Tilco Drive—we’re open weekdays until 5 PM during winter and we’ll be open on Saturdays from early spring through late fall—we’re happy to offer you everything you need to build a split rail fence!

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Wood Fence Installation: Assembled Versus Stick Built Fence

November 15, 2017 ~ Posted By Jim Jenkins

Are you a DIY devotee and wonder what type of wood fence to install?  There are two ways to install a wood fence—you can either install assembled panels or build your panels on site.  It all depends on what your needs are and the grade of your property.  Here’s some basic information to help you decide:

Stockade fence is the most popular type of assembled fence for DIYers.

Stockade fence is the most popular type of assembled fence for DIYers.

Assembled Fence

The only type of fence we install in panels is stockade fence, which is a six foot privacy fence.  If you’re looking to build a fence where you, your children and pets can enjoy the outdoors without being observed by everyone around you, this is a great fence that’s highly cost effective compared to vinyl.  Paddock fence installs also tend to go quickly and easy as most of your time is spent measuring the posts to hold up the sections.

One of the biggest downsides of using assembled fence is that you cannot accommodate a grade (a slant or hill on the fence perimeter) and you would need to step your wooden fencing panels. If you have a yard with any type of hills or slope, it’s best to stick build your fence.

Stick Built Fence

When a fence is stick built, the posts are set, runners are strung, and then the fence is boarded.  This way the fence can flow with the grade.  It is often sturdier as well because it typically is installed with joist clips for the 2x4s and uses the highest quality pressure treated or cedar boards.  Stick built fence requires significantly more time than assembled fence and a bit more skill as you constantly have to pay attention to the grade each step of the way.  You also need to measure twice as joist hangers requires an EXACT space between posts. If you measure incorrectly, your fence will turn out uneven and will not be as sturdy.

When working with stick built fence, remember your fence needs to flow with the grade of your ground in order to remain both even and sturdy.

When working with stick built fence, remember your fence needs to flow with the grade of your ground in order to remain both even and sturdy.

Just remember that wood fence is typically installed in 8’ wide sections; most pre-made wooden fencing panels are cut to this width.  When you install a fence and a portion of the fence that is less than 8’, you would need to cut the panel down to fit (which can sometimes be a pain).  If you’re building a fence and one of your sections requires you to install a 28’ stretch of fence, do not install three 8’ wide sections and then a small 3’ section, people will see the panels and think that the one small panel looks like a mistake on your part.  We recommend splitting the difference among several sections to make them all appear to be similar widths.  Trust us, it will look more appealing than the odd shorter section on one end of the fence.  When you install pre-made fence panels, you’ll just need to cut several sections to achieve that consistent look.

If you’ve never built a fence before and need help, feel free to use our online chat feature and we’ll be happy to answer your wood fence design and installation questions. For expert wooden fence installation advice, stop by our showroom on Tilco Drive and our fence experts will give you all the tips you need for a successful fence installation. In fact, if you want the best price on quality fence materials, just bring your truck by our shop and you’ll drive home with everything you need to build a fence!

 

 

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