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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Buying a New Home and a New Fence in Frederick

September 24, 2017 ~ Posted By Jim Jenkins

Frederick_marylandIn terms of new housing opportunities, Frederick County remains one of the best places to live that’s just outside the Washington DC area.  With its revitalized downtown district, there are a plethora of bars, shops and fine dining establishments that make Frederick a destination for any special occasion.  Many visit Frederick to check out Top Chef contestant Brian Voltaggio’s Volt, and then end up hearing about the Tasting Room or the Wine Kitchen on the Creek, which are two of Frederick’s finest restaurants.  If you’ve never had a Tasting Room filet, you’re missing out on perfection!  If you’re into the outdoors, you can play tennis at Baker Park, hike the Catoctin Mountains or play golf at one of the area’s award-winning golf courses.

Work in the DC?  You’re in luck if you don’t relish the thought of driving down I-270 each day to the city as you can hope on the train to Union Station or take a shuttle bus to Shady Grove Station, and avoid the high parking fees and gasoline that a daily commute to DC often requires.  Work in the Chantilly or Reston area?  You can still avoid the I-270 traffic jams by taking Route 15 South each day and enjoy the view of the sprawling hills and green trees on each side of this two-lane road.

The great thing about most new communities in Frederick is that some offer a fence with the purchase of a home, depending upon which community you choose.  Having a fence included in the price of the house often makes it easier for home buyers as the fence is there when they take possession of the home, meaning they don’t have to worry about financing a fence afterward.  If you end up buying a home where you’re required to purchase your own fence, be thankful that many of these builders understand the value of curb appeal and allow just one type of fence—often maintenance free vinyl—to go on your property.

Looking for a new home and a new fence installation in Frederick? Here are a few of Frederick Fence’s favorite new communities where you can typically find our red and yellow signs within these neighborhoods.  Check them out and tell them Frederick Fence sent you!
Housing Developments with Great Fence Options in Frederick

Brunswick Cropssing offers a variety of home styles and requires vinyl fencing to maintain its community appeal

Brunswick Crossing offers a variety of home styles and requires vinyl fencing to maintain its community appeal

Brunswick Crossing features a variety of home models, ranging from town homes to single family homes to Villas where the master bedroom suite is on the first floor.  There’s also a pool with a poll house and a large community center and convenience to 26 miles of trails and walkways at Brunswick Crossing.  There’s also a plan to build a marketplace filled with shops and restaurants, including a new Weis Markets.  To ensure cohesion and improve curb appeal, Brunswick Crossing residents can purchase vinyl picket fence to surround their homes.

 

 

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Want to be part of the vibrant shopping and restaurant scene in downtown Frederick? Check out North Pointe, where owners can get a six foot privacy wood fence with their home!

North Pointe, featuring several home models by Lancaster Craftsman Builders, offers you the opportunity to live in downtown Frederick, where you can take advantage of the many shops, bars and upscale dining establishments that downtown offers.  Lancaster Builders prides itself on creating energy efficient homes, including optional solar panels that can reduce your utility bills by quite a bit!  Most homes come with a paved driveway and six-foot board on board privacy fence.

 

 

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Wormald’s Georgetown model automatically provides buyers with a six foot white vinyl privacy fence with a new townhome! And, even better, you can also purchase an elevator that goes to all floors!

East Church, a rapidly growing community located just one mile from downtown Frederick, features Wormald Homes’ Georgetown town home model, that comes with a two-car garage, optional loft and elevator that travels to all four floors and a great community center and swimming pool.  When you purchase one of their townhomes, you automatically have a six-foot vinyl privacy fence included in the price.

 

 

 

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Want to be close to the city but still enjoy scenic mountain views? Check out Linton at Ballenger Creek, where you also can purchase a six foot vinyl privacy fence with lattice work! The community is gorgeous!

Linton at Ballenger Creek offers both town homes and single-family homes, as well as elevator condominiums and town home condominiums.  Linton at Ballenger Creek is just minutes from downtown Frederick and offers its residents some quiet time away from the energy of downtown and gorgeous mountain views, meandering rivers, and historic landmarks right in your backyard.  This community allows residents to install six-foot vinyl privacy fence with lattice work on top, meaning you need to purchase just once fence that will last a lifetime!

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The Frederick Fence Story
Chapter 2: Anchored Posts for Future Success

April 9, 2017 ~ Posted By Jim Jenkins

When you examine what makes a great fence, you look to its posts to ensure they are properly set to hold up its sections. They provide strength and a strong foundation that help its pieces remain in place year after year. When you look at the history of Frederick Fence, you realize that Charlie Powers’ vision and his values are the posts for the company’s prolonged success. Though he remains humble about his achievement, it’s his strong work ethic, family-minded approach to his work and exceptional salesmanship that have contributed largely to Frederick Fence’s growth.

Expanding Perimeters for Success

To coincide with putting the finishing touches on its Grove Lane office in 1986, Charlie purchased Seneca Fence and inherited many of the company’s staff, including Louise Banard, one of the company’s most accomplished fence consultants who still works at Frederick Fence to the delight of her colleagues and clients. This purchase allowed Charlie to expand his sales territory while continuing to cultivate both a highly skilled sales team and installation center that accounts for the significant growth Frederick Fence experienced while the local economy grew.

As real estate prices soared closer to the DC area, residents and businesses began looking for more affordable properties farther from the DC line. The difference in the starting price of a home further up I-270 seemed to vary by $10,000 with each passing exit until you hit the highway’s end at the crossroads of Route 15 and I -70. As new commercial and residential developments cropped up within Frederick and its surrounding counties, so did opportunities for Frederick Fence. The real estate boom in the late 1990’s offered significant opportunities for Charlie and his small company to where it sometimes took 12 weeks to put a fence in the ground. “Just sell the fence” was Charlie’s motto, “we’ll worry later as to how to get it built!”

An Eye for Talent

To handle the increased business, Charlie developed a clear vision of how to sell and build fences that endure. He also became skilled at how to attract and retain talent. Powers credits himself for hiring the brightest and best people, many of whom would stay at Frederick Fence for decades before moving on. Jay Ely joined the company in 1983 and would eventually become Charlie’s business partner before leaving the firm in 2014. Randy Fouche, who joined the company in 1983 to “answer phones, pour concrete and work in the supply yard,” now serves as one the company’s accounting staff. When asked why he’s stayed for more than three decades, Fouche says he knew Charlie was building something “special and different” to where he now views Powers as less of a boss and more of a father figure who genuinely cares about people.

If you ask Kathy Crum, Frederick Fence’s Office Manager why she has stayed since joining the company in 1989 as a bookkeeper, she’ll express her extreme appreciation for Powers, whom she considers one of her closest friends and mentors. “Charlie valued my opinion and placed his trust in me—I got to help him create a lot of different programs to help with sales and other departments in the company. You don’t often get that kind of freedom in other places. And then there’s the family atmosphere, which really sets us apart from most companies. People love the sense of belonging at Frederick Fence; they invest early and stay for long periods of time.” At one point in time, five of the six sales people working for Charlie had seventy-five years of fence consultation between them.

The distinction Charlie makes about his staff’s longevity is simple: “People work with me, not for me.” For him, every person who walks through the doors of Frederick Fence—whether they are an employee, client or vendor, they are family. If you know Charlie, you recognize that family represents a cherished bond for him. “I wanted to build a place where people wanted to stay,” says Powers. “I learned early on that I wasn’t always the expert and so I learned to listen and ask questions. I also would read and try to keep up with the world as it was changing so I could grow the business and provide for not just my family, but every person who placed their trust in me to get the job done.”

Bordering a Solid Future

As the local housing market continued to thrive in the early 2000’s, so did Powers’ desire to expand his company. The decision to purchase land and build Frederick Fence’s current headquarters on Tilco Drive was an easy one. “We needed the space for inventory and I wanted to increase our wholesale and resale business since there was a high demand for it,” says Charlie. Relocating to Tilco Drive paid off handsomely as a significant portion of Frederick Fence’s revenues still comes from residents and DIYers who frequent the showroom that showcases the wide-array of fencing materials and accessories Frederick Fence offers. In 2010, the company expanded its capabilities by purchasing equipment to fabricate its own vinyl fencing, allowing the company to upgrade its product lines now as more residential communities want fencing solutions with greater curb appeal.

“The internet also played a big major part in our growth. I’ve never been one for mailers and coupons. I like the idea of folks finding us on the web because it’s easier for us to explain what we do and how we do it without having to resort to cheesy sales pitches and discount coupons to get people to want to do business with us.” While many small businesses spend ample time looking over the shoulders to see what the competition is doing, Charlie prefers to find ways to continue to do what he does best—offer the best fence products at affordable rates. To keep up with doing business in the digital age, Charlie invested in new technologies, such as laptops, a CRM tool, and the creation of a behavioral based training program for his staff, which he contributes to more than a decade of sustained sales growth—even as the real estate bubble burst in 2008. “Nothing happens until we sell something, so my focus has been on making sure we have a great product and awesome people to sell that product.”

Looking Back and Moving Forward

Since opening shop more than 35 years ago, Charlie Powers ensures that something is always happening at Frederick Fence. Although it meant lots of sacrifices and missing meals with his growing family in those early years, Charlie credits his faith in God as the basis for his success. His spirituality and passion for the Bible are equally as important to him as are the enduring relationships he’s had with his wife, Diane, their children and the staff at Frederick Fence. Ask Charlie and he’ll unashamedly tell you that God’s been his co-pilot his entire journey, even today as he plans for what’s next in his life.

One thing is certain. So long as Charlie continues to share his unique knowledge and wisdom, Frederick Fence’s story will continue for years to come.

In our next chapter, we’ll have Charlie reflect on his success and what he’s learned over the years in his own words!

To be continued….  

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Bufftech Fence: Another Vinyl Solution for our Frederick Fence Family

January 12, 2017 ~ Posted By Kathy Crum

When it comes to fence materials, Frederick Fence prides itself on offering only the highest quality products on the market.  Several years ago, we invested in the equipment to fabricate our own vinyl fence panels.  However, with the increasing demand for vinyl fence, we realized we needed a secondary resource so that our homeowners continue to benefit from the best possible fence materials in the timeframe we need them.  Therefore, we’re pleased to announce our partnership with CertainTeed and their Bufftech fence—one of the nation’s leading producers of vinyl fence panels.

A Bit About CertainTeed®

CertainTeed, one of the nation’s leading developers of innovative and sustainable building products, has been in the home products industry for more than 110 years. Founded in 1904 as General Roofing Manufacturing Company, CertainTeed® offers exceptional exterior and interior building products, including roofing, siding, fence, decking, railing, trim, insulation, gypsum and ceilings. A subsidiary of Saint-Gobain and headquartered in nearby King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, CertainTeed and its affiliates have more than 5,700 employees and more than 60 manufacturing facilities throughout the United States and Canada.

In addition to making high quality fence products, CertainTeed has an extremely amazing community mission.  Two of their main causes are: Homes for Our Troops – an organization that builds mortgage-free homes for severely injured veterans post- 9/11, and YouthBuild USA – a program that encourages low-income youth to unleash their positive energy and intelligence to rebuild their communities and their lives.

Because CertainTeed shares our values, we are excited to include their Bufftech vinyl product line as an option for our homeowners.

The Bufftech Advantage®

Bufftech offers innovative style and exceptional performance when it comes to vinyl fence panels, offering a wide range of styles and colors.  Built with high-quality raw materials, reinforced rails, heavyweight pickets, routed rails and fence posts, and concealed fasteners, we know you’ll love their Bufftech vinyl as it will outlast and outperform all other makers of vinyl fence.

Bufftech is one of the strongest and most durable of fences made in the United States.  Backed by CertainTeed’s WindZone™ Performance, Bufftech products can withstand high wind and hurricane conditions such as winds up to 115 mph.  Bufftech also meets requirements and local code qualifications for pool fences, meaning your small children and pets will remain safe beyond the pool area with one of their fences.

Bufftech Colors and Textures

We love fence materials that look natural as there’s nothing more elegant and pleasing than the look of a rustic fence to border your property.  Bufftech offers a wide array of colors and textures, ranging from natural wood or stucco walls, that are maintenance-free and never need staining or painting.  Their ColorLast® fade protection program means that your Bufftech vinyl fence includes superior protection from the sun’s harsh rays and won’t fade.

Some of the colors Bufftech vinyl comes in include:

  • White
  • Almond
  • Natural Clay
  • Arctic Blend
  • Brazilian Blend
  • Honey Blend

Some of their panel styles include:

  • Galveston, which includes a steel-reinforced midrail on each panel
  • Chesterton, which is a solid flat panel with a steel-reinforced bottom rail
  • Lexington, which features a tongue and groove picket design

With these panel styles, you also receive a wide-range of options such as lattice work, curved tops, custom post caps, swoops, Victorian accents and many more, meaning you have the opportunity to design a custom vinyl fence that matches your home’s personality!

Are you ready to purchase the fence of a lifetime?

When you purchase a vinyl fence, you’re getting the one fence that truly lasts a lifetime on your property.  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 can show you the wonderful options available to you should you wish to build a vinyl fence on your property.  If you are curious about CertainTeed’s Bufftech materials, be sure to mention that when you call or fill out our online tool as we have an extensive set of materials to showcase this amazing fence product!

Want to build your own fence using the Bufftech line?  Stop by our showroom and warehouse at 1505 Tilco Drive in Frederick and we’ll get you everything you need for your DIY project!

Making a List and Checking It Twice…Remember To Ask Santa About a Fence!

December 7, 2016 ~ Posted By Kathy Crum

 

Before making your annual visit to your local shopping mall so you and your children can meet up with Santa Claus, one thing you may want to add to your holiday wish list is a new fence for Christmas.  We know that if you’ve been good all year that Santa would surely love to bring you a fence that will magically appear—along with a nice blanket of winter snow—to make your holiday the best and the brightest.  Given some of the amazing gifts he loads on his sleigh, a fence makes perfect sense for Christmas morning!

If you’ve asked the man in red to bring your family a new puppy or a horse, you’re going to need something to keep your new four-legged friend safe inside your property!  Santa also knows that there’s a good chance that we may have a warm spell in late December, which means if your children get a new trampoline, a bike or a swing set under your tree— and your property lacks a structure to keep them safe inside your yard—a new fence means everyone can enjoy their new outdoor toys before those brisk chilly temperatures really take hold of our area.

In reality, we have it on good authority that Santa’s sleigh cannot carry all those fences when he leaves the North Pole on the night of December 24th.  However, if you’ve recently purchased a home or if you do plan to add to your family with a few four-legged friends who will bring so much joy to your lives, December remains one of the best times of year for purchasing a new fence.

Why Buy a Fence in December?

Waiting until late spring or early summer means that everyone in your neighborhood will be clamoring for getting a new fence placed on their property.  This means that you may have to wait when the demand for fence projects reaches its seasonal high.  Even though our crews are highly efficient and install the highest quality fence possible, homeowners may need to wait up to four to five weeks depending upon when they place their order.  In fact, if a fence company tells you they can install a fence you order on the last of June by the end of the first week of July, consider why they have such a minimal wait time!

Buying a fence this time of year means we can go from the permit process to installation within a few days as opposed to several weeks, meaning that if you contact us in early December, chances are you’ll have your fence in time for Christmas morning!

Remember Your New Pets on Christmas

Planning to add a new four-legged family member on Christmas?  Getting a fence now means you can safely let your new little friend outside to take care of business without worry.  Any type of privacy fence –such as wood or vinyl panels—will do the job of keeping your pets safe outside.  They’ll also keep strangers from entering your yard and doing them harm.  Should you want a more open perimeter and wish to install an aluminum fence, we recommend panels with puppy pickets.

Puppy picket fence is a special type of aluminum fencing for dogs with a narrow row of pickets at the bottom of the fence. This prevents puppies or smaller dogs from escaping through the bars, getting their head stuck, or digging holes to get to the other side.

Before the Weather Outside Gets Frightful…

Most Decembers bring minimal snow fall and milder temperatures to the Maryland, DC, Virginia and Southern Pennsylvania area.  Unless Mother Nature gives us a month of soaking rain, we can send crews out most every day for fence installation.  Depending upon the size of your fence area, we can complete smaller projects—like townhomes—within two days.  Larger fence projects may take longer, but there’s still plenty of time for completing a project before those truly messy winter conditions settle in and keep us all safe inside our homes!

Ready To Fence in Your Holidays?

Want a new fence in time for the holidays or before winter arrives with its freezing temperatures and lots of snow?  Either give us a call any weekday before 5 PM or use our online chat feature, and we’ll schedule one of our special festive fence consultants out to give you a custom fencing project estimate! You can also get a free online estimate by clicking here!

Should you need a reason to avoid the mall, feel free to stop by our showroom on Tilco Drive in Frederick any weekday before 5 PM to take a look at our great samples.  You can even purchase fence materials if you’re inclined to build your own fence!

We thank you for stopping by our blog site—be sure to check out our other entries on fence materials and benefits of fencing if you’re still “on the fence” about what you want. May you, your family, pets and friends all have the best holiday season ever! See you in 2017!

Being Thankful by Charlie Powers

November 22, 2016 ~ Posted By Kathy Crum

Thanksgiving remains one of my favorite holidays of the year; I look forward to it almost as much as I do for that first glimpse of spring, when things begin to bloom and I know that Frederick Fence will be gearing up for our peak installation season.

One reason why I enjoy this time of year so much is because I so value taking time out of my life to reflect on where I’ve been, how Frederick Fence has changed, and how much it means to me to know that what started nearly 35 years ago, in a small trailer, has evolved into a dream come true—a flourishing small business!

Thankful for You

I cannot say how thankful I am that so many homeowners chose Frederick Fence as their partner of choice in building a border for their homes and establishments.  It means a lot that you selected our company to enhance your dream of home ownership and allowed us to place a fence around your home.  Whether it was for security, privacy or establishing a boundary for your property, nothing humbles me more than seeing that little red and yellow sign that tells me you’ve made Frederick Fence a part of your lives.

The same goes for the many commercial businesses, local and state governments, non-profit organization and housing developments that we’ve served over the years.  What I appreciate most about our business customers is that many of them started off as residential owners who appreciated our handiwork and called us when it was time to support their business ventures.  Another thing I am thankful for is that a lot of our commercial accounts came to us by sheer word of mouth—and that means more to me than any money you could ever spend on an advertising campaign.

If you’ve ever visited our About page, you’ll know that our core values are Family, Integrity and Loyalty.  I believe it’s those values that have allowed us to thrive for these past 35 years.  And I’m thankful that for most of our history, we’ve achieved our success through our quality craftsmanship, excellent word of mouth and our amazing team.

Thankful for My Crew

Truly, I would not be writing this today if it were not for my amazing crew—the folks who go out and install the fences.  Year after year, we’ve had some highly consistent folks who have shown up each day to go out and build some truly great fences.  What impresses me most is that they dedicate themselves to each project with the same rigor and care when it comes to construction.  Even if it’s a repair job, I know our crew does a great job.  This, for the most part, is due to my installation manager Eric Saum and operations manager Jon Wisner.  I cannot say how thankful I am that we’ve all been friends for most of my life.

Thankful for My Sales and Office Staff

I can take credit for starting Frederick Fence, but the fantastic folks who make up our sales and office staff remain my true heroes—they’ve helped bring in a lot of business and have weathered through many a lean season as the economy shifted over the years.  Not many companies can boast the kind of tenure we’ve had among our sales team.  Many of you ought to be familiar with two of our finest sales professionals—Louise Barnard and Doug Martin—as they’ve been here for most of our existence.  The same holds true with Kathy Crum—our office manager.  In many ways, Kathy has been one of my closest confidants.  I always trust and value her opinion and she keeps me honest on my worst days!

This year, I’m truly thankful for our current sales manager, Neil Forthman.  We hired Neil for his depth of knowledge in both fence and salesmanship.  He’s truly an asset to our organization and helped lead his team to produce one of our highest grossing seasons.  He’s extremely customer-focused and highly patient—he’s helped some of our newest folks learn the fence industry rapidly while also being there to address our customers’ questions and concerns.  Thanks, Neil!

Thankful for Family

Finally, I am thankful for my family.  I’ve got a truly wonderful wife and three children—all with some great spouses who have given me some amazing grandchildren.  I am thankful for their health and well-being, but what gives me the greatest joy is knowing that each of my children have chosen to be part of the next generation of Frederick Fence leadership.  My daughters—Erin and Kelly—and my son—Todd—make me proud every day.  They were given complete freedom to choose their vocation in life and all three made the decision to remain with Frederick Fence.

As I look forward to more time with my grandchildren and wife, I know that Frederick Fence will continue to succeed.  I am most proud that all my children have embraced my work ethic and I marvel at how they remain equally devoted to taking great care of our staff and crew as they do our many clients.

I don’t know that I’ll ever fully retire, but I am thankful that I can trust my family and our amazing employees to always do their very best to make Frederick Fence a great place to work and the right choice for our customers.

Once again, thank you, friends, for joining us here online and for letting us take good care of you over the years.  May you and your family and friends have a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration and may you have a joyful holiday season!

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“The folks I am most thankful for: my children and their families!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

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!

 

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