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Fall Into a New Fence – The Benefits of an Autumn Fence Project

October 25, 2016 ~ Posted By Kathy Crum

Even though summer’s now a distant memory, the pool is covered and the temperatures are colder, fall is one of the best times of year to install a new fence!  In fact, our motto at Frederick Fence is “if you can still see the ground, you can put a fence down!”

Why is fall a great time to install a new fence?

For one thing, a majority of home owners typically get a new fence when the weather’s warm, meaning longer waits for getting your permits secured and your fence installed.  The busiest season for ordering a fence runs from May through July—when EVERYONE in the neighborhood wants to put a fence on their property.  Most installations go in quickly, but when we get hit with summer storms and several days of wet weather, the installations can take longer, meaning more delays.  During the busy season, one hint that you might be dealing with a less than reputable fence company is when they tell you your fence can go in within a week—that tells you no one is making use of their services.  In summer, with a high demand for fence, you can expect at least a three to six-week lead time for installation.  However, in fall, things can take just a couple of weeks, including the permit process!  That means you still have time to enjoy your fenced-in yard and can let your children and pets play outside in safety.

Second, depending upon inventory and demand, you’re apt to find some discounts on materials or labor.  There’s no guarantee for this, but typically at the end of the busy season, your fence materials may cost slightly less or you may a reduced rate on labor, depending on customer demand.

Third, buying a fence in the fall means you’ll be ready for spring and won’t have to deal with the rush to get a fence installed when the weather warms up again.  As soon as the weather turns warmer, the phones tend to ring off the hook for fence vendors and then the race is on to see who can get their fence installed first.  If you happen to own dogs, having a fenced in backyard during the colder months is a true blessing as you can simply let your four-legged friends outside without having to walk them when the weather turns bitter cold.

A tip for home owners taking possession of a new home in fall

If you’re buying a brand new home this fall, you can roll your fence installation in with your mortgage, meaning you don’t have to shell out additional money for your fence once you buy your home!  Talk to your lender or give us a call at Frederick Fence and we’ll show you how you can easily add your fence to complete alongside your brand new home so you can immediately enjoy the security of knowing your children and pets will remain safe and sound inside your brand new yard when you move to your new home!

Ready to buy a fence this fall?

Ready to buy a new fence for your business or property?  Want to see what Frederick Fencer can do for you while the weather remains in our favor? Give us a call at 1-800-49-FENCE or use our online chat tool and we’ll send out one of our fence consultants who will make sure you get the best fence for the best value before the ground freezes up this winter!

Ready to build your own fence and want to purchase materials?  Simply stop by our showroom at 1505 Tilco Drive in Frederick and we’ll get you everything you need for your DIY project!  We’re open 7 AM until 5 PM, Monday through Friday!

Get your fence now and you’ll have one less project to worry about in 2017!

 

When To Replace Your Fence

October 13, 2016 ~ Posted By Kathy Crum

Fences are truly a thing of beauty.  They provide sturdy borders on your property that can enhance your property’s visual appeal while keeping your family and four-legged friends safe from harm.  Some, like vinyl or aluminum, are meant to last a lifetime.  Others, such as wood, last for many years, but will eventually show signs of aging.  When either nature or some man-made accident causes a lot of structural damage to your fence, it’s time to consider replacing it. After many a tough winter and unusually wet spring and summers, you may start to see boards warp or bow.  If this is happening on a majority of your fence panels, then maybe it’s time you consider replacing a fence.

Replacing Wood Fence

Wood fences are natural works of art that offer a natural boundary on your property.  Because wood is a natural material, it can suffer more damage than most other fence materials.  We live in an area that now seems to attract harsh, cold winters and brow-beating hot summers—seasonal weather wears down even the most durable of pressure-treated wood after more than a decade of extreme conditions.  Combine that with bugs, moisture, animals and man-made factors, and your wood fence will show signs of decay.

Many HOAs include guidance in their covenants that require home owners to maintain a healthy, visually appealing fence—especially the portions of the fence that a majority of the community sees.  If you have a lot of panels with warped or bowing boards, you may find yourself paying penalty fees for non-compliance as a horribly aged fence becomes an eye-sore and detracts from the neighborhood’s appeal.

Decay is a natural process for wood fence, which comes on more rapidly when you use an inferior piece of wood.  When you have severe wood decay happening, it’s more cost effective to replace a fence rather than repair it as eventually the entire fence’s integrity may become compromised, putting you and your family at risk.  Over the years, decay is almost inevitable if you have a wood fence, especially one of poor quality. Decay weakens a fence, which compromises both its integrity and safety.  A high quality fresh wood fence can far outlast one of poorer quality.

If your fence suffers from a preponderance of wood rot, which causes an unpleasant odor, mold, and unwanted stains, then it may be easier to replace the fence as opposed to repairing large segments of it.

Replacing Vinyl Fence

Vinyl is one of the best fences you can buy as its maintenance free and typically only needs a soaking from the hose to stay clean and immaculate looking.  However, sometimes damage can occur due to heavy snows in winter or if a vehicle hits the fence.  In most cases, you can typically replace the impacted panels or pickets.  However, if your fence has incurred extensive damage through man-made or natural disasters, it may be easier to place the fence depending upon the damage’s extent.

Replacing Aluminum Fence

Aluminum fences are highly durable and maintenance free; however, just like vinyl, may experience damage due to extreme weather conditions or impact with a vehicle or large piece of equipment.  If you have repair fencing, you can often replace either a section or an individual rail. However, in cases of extreme damage, you may need to replace the entire fence.

Cost Considerations for Replacing Fence

The bottom line on when to replace wooden fences often focuses on the cost of repairs versus replacement.  When the quote for repairing your fence is close to or exceeds the price of replacing your fence, it may be time to consider fence replacement.  Depending upon the age of the fence and how long you plan to own your property, sometimes it’s better to replace the fence with a longer-lasting, more durable material.  A pattern we’ve seen at Frederick Fence is people converting from wood fence to vinyl in most neighborhoods as HOAS realize that vinyl fence lasts a lifetime and preserves the cohesive beauty of the entire neighborhood.  Check with your HOA to see what materials you can use to build a fence on your property line!

If you’re simply ready for a change and want a new fence that’s structurally sound, maintenance free or structurally dense to create more privacy, then replacing a fence is also a sound idea!

Ready for a Fence?

For more information on residential fencing in Frederick, MD, contact us online or give us a call at 1-800-49-FENCE. We’re here to answer any questions you may have about fence replacement cost and commercial or residential fencing solutions.

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Introducing Tracy Cox, Our New Commercial Sales Executive

September 29, 2016 ~ Posted By Kathy Crum

Stop by our showroom or call and inquire about our commercial fence solutions, and you’re more than likely to make friends with Tracy Cox, our showroom sales executive.

Tracy brings her business savvy and amazing customer service skills to our company, having quickly mastered sales in the fence industry in just a short period of time.  A Maryland native from just down the road in Urbana, Tracy brings a wealth of sales experience and superior customer care to our team, having worked in several industries, including wine sales, equine management, and solar energy.

Tracy enjoys being part of the Frederick Fence Family because of the family-friendly atmosphere and the opportunity to apply her extensive sales background to help some of the small, independent fence vendors that visit our showroom experience greater sales success.  When she’s not working with customers in our showroom, Tracy devotes much of her time to the two four-legged loves in her life:  her 120 lb. Malamute, Great Dane Dog and her horse.  She also enjoys trail riding and speed events.

Tracy’s Favorite Fence

Tracy’s favorite fence solution is aluminum because she thinks aluminum is a clean, ornamental and functional fence material with a long life span.

The Frederick Fence Difference

For Tracy, what sets Frederick Fence apart from its competition is out Vinyl Fabrication process that allows the company to do custom fence jobs.  She also appreciates the Buying power Frederick Fence brings to the local scene and the ability to purchase and house enough wholesale stock so we offer our products at a much more reasonable price.  Tracy believes that Frederick Fence is all about selling a superior product for value-added product prices.

Learn more about the Frederick Fence difference!

Privacy or Split Rail

September 16, 2016 ~ Posted By Kathy Crum

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What type of fence is best for you?

You’re looking for a new fence for your home but can’t decide on whether your home requires privacy or whether to opt for a more aesthetic approach. Sounds like you’re on the fence about it (pause for dramatic effect). Read more…

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Get a FREE Online Estimate with Frederick Fence’s New Design Tool!

September 13, 2016 ~ Posted By Kathy Crum

Ready to buy a new fence? Want to replace an existing one?  Want to get a free initial estimate to give you some idea as to how much your fence will cost?

If you answered “YES” to any of the above questions, Frederick Fence has good news for you! You can now get a FREE online estimate of your fence online at Frederick Fence’s main website using our new online estimating tool, courtesy of GeoDraw!

Why get a Free Online Estimate?

Simple, a free online fence estimate offers you a great start for creating a budget for your fencing project before you sit down with one of our sales representatives! We believe that an educated and informed customer is the best customer to work with so we’ve added new technology to our site to make sure you know what’s in store for you when it comes time to buy or replace a new fence!  How do we do it?  Through a new tool called GeoDraw!

GeoDraw is an amazing new tool that allows you to draw your own fence line, choose a material and get an initial estimate for what a fence will cost. It’s simple and easy to use—all you need to do is enter your name and address and then GeoDraw interacts with Google Maps to pull up your address so you can design a fence that meets your needs.

After the Fence Estimate, Finalize Your Design With Us to Get the Best Price!

Once you design your fence and receive some initial pricing, one of Frederick Fence’s masterful sales representatives will contact you to finalize your fence design details to give you a final price on your fencing project. Some of the details that go into the final design include:

  • Ensuring your fence design rests within or on your property line
  • Scoping your land for any obstacles which can impact your fence installation (utility lines, huge rocks, hills, etc.)
  • Gates and hardware
  • Post accessories
  • Removal fees for existing fence

Once you get your final price, Frederick Fence goes to work for you as we manage the permit process, contact Miss Utility and then add you to our installation schedule so you get the perfect fence solution with ease!

Still Have Questions?

Still have questions about our online tool or what Frederick Fence can do for you? Use our online chat tool or give us a call at 1-800-49-FENCE and we’ll be happy to answer your questions!

 

So You Need a Temporary Fence

September 8, 2016 ~ Posted By Kathy Crum

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Protect your employees and your site with temporary fencing.

If you are not sure whether you want to invest in a temporary fence for your construction sites or not, consider these important factors. If your experience when it comes to leading projects is minimal, deciding on a temporary fence may seem frustrating. Below you will find some reasons why you should take another look at this cost effective fencing option.   Read more…

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Hurricane Proof Your Fence

September 1, 2016 ~ Posted By Kathy Crum

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Take preventative measures with your fence before a windy storm.

Tropical Storm Hermine is now roughly 8 hours from landfall along Florida’s Gulf Coast. It could potentially be the state’s first hurricane landfall since Hurricane Wilma in 2005.  The storm is expected to head north and while we may not experience full hurricane effects here in Maryland, there may be some inclement weather coming our way.

We may not need to board up the windows, but a few of those cookouts may need to move indoors. While you’re bringing in the patio furniture and covering up the pool, consider taking the time to ensure that your fence is prepared to handle all sorts of weather. Read more…

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Best Climbing Plants to Use on Your Deck

August 25, 2016 ~ Posted By Kathy Crum

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Make your fence unique with a lovely climbing plant!

Climbing plants do exactly what it sounds like they do—they climb! Climbing plants are a very versatile group of plants that can grow to cover or climb up many types of vertical surfaces like fences, walls, deck railings, arches, or obelisks. They do a wonderful job at helping to hide less beautiful areas of your landscaping and adding a pop of color to your deck. Here are some examples of climbing plants that will help to set your deck landscaping apart! Read more…

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Ranch & Paddock Fence

August 17, 2016 ~ Posted By Kathy Crum

Are you considering a fence for your property and want something that enhances the beauty of your yard or field? The perfect fence for any open area is a ranch style fence.  Sometimes called a paddock fence, this is the perfect solution for any type of terrain.  Ranch or paddock fencing is typically constructed out of wood (pressure treated pine, western red cedar, or rough cut oak board) or out of top of the line quality vinyl.

A ranch style fence can also offer security and peace of mind, especially when wire mesh is added to it. The wire mesh can help contain animals and will also allow a ranch style fence to meet the standards of BOCA (Building Officials and Code Administrators) for pool safety compliance.

A ranch or paddock fence is one of the more popular fence designs offered at Frederick Fence. With the endless options of style, height, color, and material, there is a solution for every need.

Check out this beautiful wood 3 board ranch style fence designed by Sales Rep, Luther Fitzgerald, and installed by crew Manuel and Antonio!

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Here is another great example of a beautiful 3 board ranch fence. It is constructed out 100% beige virgin vinyl.  Designed by Sales Rep, Louise Barnard, and beautifully installed by Foreman Mike Henline and crew!

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If you like what you are seeing, give us a call at 1-800-49-FENCE for a free estimate of ranch fence supplies!

 

How to Measure for Your DIY Fence

August 10, 2016 ~ Posted By Kathy Crum

Do you love doing things yourself? Make sure to measure for your DIY fence correctly!

Do you love doing things yourself? You should try a DIY fence project. Just make sure to measure for your fence correctly!

So, you’re out building your DIY fence in your yard. You can see the finish line, but realize that you didn’t purchase enough fencing material. DIY fence projects can be a lot of fun for anyone who loves using their hands. In order to save the most amount of money and effort, you need to make sure that you are ordering the right amount of material for your project. There a couple aspects of the building process that you need to take care of before you jump right into digging holes in the yard. This is how you can accurately determine how much fencing material you need for your DIY fence project.
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