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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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Our Most Frequently Asked DIY Questions and Answers!

October 15, 2017 ~ Posted By Jim Jenkins

At Frederick Fence, we love it when DIYers choose to take on the task of building their own fence.  In fact, sometimes the most rewarding thing you can do as a home owner is take personal pride when you step into your yard and see the outcome of your own handiwork!

Sometimes, however, a DIY enthusiast needs a little help.  Even though fence installation seems like a relatively easy process, we often get the same questions time and again from folks looking to build their own fence.  To help you with your next DIY fence project, we’ve assembled our most frequently asked questions and answers!  Hopefully seeing them here will help you should you decide to take on the great outdoors and build a fence for your home!

arch topHow wide is the gate?

With the exception of a split rail style gate, all of our gates are made to fit an opening.  The gate itself is not the size listed.  For example, an aluminum 4’ wide gate Is actually 46.5”, which is designed to fit in an opening of 48”.

Do you sleeve a vinyl post over a wood post?

Not only is it not necessary, it’s also not recommended.  Our vinyl posts are structural and do not need reinforcement.  The only time you might need them are for gate posts, which use metal inserts.  Putting a wood post inside a vinyl sleeve makes it more vulnerable to problems as the wood post is likely to bend, twist, or warp inside the vinyl sleeve.

Do I need to call utilities?

Yes, before you dig any hole for your DIY fence post installation! Failure to do so may result in some expensive repair damage that any county will force you to pay for, along with some hefty fines.  Don’t risk it at all!  Call before you dig!

vinyl pool fenceWhat do I need to do in order to make my fence meet pool code?

Typically, with the exception being Montgomery county, swimming pool fencing should be at least 48 inches above the side of the barrier, facing away from the swimming pool. Some states have pool fence regulation indicating the fence needs to be at least 60 inches.  Openings in the pool fence should be no larger than 4 inches wide.

There should be no more than 4 inches of space between the pool surface and the bottom of your fence.  When a fence is comprised of diagonal rails, the maximum opening between diagonal pieces should be no more than 1 ¾ inches.  Pool fence gates should be self-latching, and open away from the pool. The gate should also be self-closing.

Why don’t you sell cedar posts?

Cedar is not recommended for ground contact.  It is susceptible to rotting.  We use pressure treated pine posts that are treated for in ground contact.

Is your aluminum painted?

No.  We use aluminum fencing that comes with a Dupont certified powder coating that surpasses a salt spray test of 10000 hours.  We use an Alumiguard product, which we feel is the industry best!

How tall should my deer fence be?

On average, a deer fence is 8’ tall.  However, deer can jump really high, so don’t be surprised if a deer ends up on your property from time to time!

How do you keep rabbits out of your yard?

It is often suggested that you install a wire fence, and “trench” or bury about 4-6” of the bottom of the fence.

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Planning on starting your own fence project? Stop by our showroom on Tilco Drive in Frederick, Maryland to get everything you could possible need to build your own fence!  Our fence installation experts are always on hand to answer your questions in person!  You can also use our online chat feature during regular business hours for a quick answer!

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The (Vinyl) Fence With Something Extra: Natural Looking Color!

July 15, 2017 ~ Posted By Jim Jenkins

Remember when vinyl fence appeared in the marketplace and you could have any color you wanted so long as it was white? Yes, there used to be a time when manufacturers sold only one color of vinyl fence, which looked great in almost every setting.   In fact, many home owner associations often choose white as the main color for vinyl fence in many communities. White vinyl offers a clean look and if your goal is to establish community-wide curb appeal with a consistent fence style and color scheme, vinyl fence makes sense as it’s easy to maintain and never requires staining and painting.

But what if you live in an area where you have the freedom to choose both the style and color of your fence and you’re a bit creative and want to make a statement that reflects your unique personality or design a fence that complements the colors for your home’s exterior?

Simple, build a vinyl fence with natural-looking color!

Thanks to the amazing folks at CertainTeed, you can now design the perfect vinyl fence with an earthy color and texture that truly satisfies your singular taste in exterior décor while also looking like a natural part of your outdoor environment. Whether it’s a split rail fence built for simplicity and traditional charm or six-foot privacy fence that offers you and your family the opportunity to live outdoors without observation, CertainTeed’s Bufftech line of innovative vinyl products will showcase your home and yard at highly affordable rates.

Textures and Color: Blended to Perfection

One of the major innovations from Certain Teed home owners can choose from include a variety of textures in a fence design. If you want a smooth, classic look, you can always go with a smooth texture for your fence. However, if you prefer the look and feel of natural wood or the graininess of stucco walls, you can design a vinyl fence with either of these textures, and in various colors ranging from shades of brown to almond and clary. These natural colors will complement a yard filled with trees, shrubs and plants.

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Split Rail and Pickets: An Open Fence with Diverse Views

Looking for a strong, open fence for enclosing your horses, livestock or four-legged friends and want to install a fence that lasts a lifetime? CertainTeed’s Bufftech wood vinyl fence products come in wither a smooth or grain texture and offers the authentic look of a painted wood fence, but comes with the durability, low maintenance and limited-lifetime guarantee. The good news is that you can choose from 2 to 4 rails and mix it with a crossbuck pattern if you want a little variety in your fence design.

Want more traditional vinyl fence options? You can also design the perfect natural looking picket vinyl fence in various colors and picket sizes, included single-sized straight pickets to more concave pickets that create a swoop pattern.

Style and Privacy: A Wining Combination

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Want to relax outdoors in maintain some peace and quiet and a chance to enjoy your pool without being in a fishbowl? CertainTeed’s Bufftech privacy fences are truly works of art when it comes to color! In fact, their wood grain privacy sections look so authentic that casual passersby may not realize that they’re looking at a vinyl fence! If you want a more ornate and polished look, their stucco fence offers you that rich textured feel without having to ever worry about it peeling, chipping or cracking from the sun’s hottest rays. For added accents, you can also top your vinyl privacy fence with several lattice styles or design a fence that swoops in certain sections, giving you the ability to transition from low to high fence so you can still observe what’s beyond your yard while maintaining some sense of privacy.

 

Gates and Accessories to Match Your Unique Fence

CertainTeed’s Bufftech vinyl products include gate sections that complement every fence design, based on your unique style and color. You can go with a solid panel fence or design a concave or convex gate with lattice work on top that will truly set your entrance apart from the rest of the fence. For added beauty, you can also add a vinyl arbor or pergola to your fence, along with a variety of decorative post caps, including ones with solar powered lighting.

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Design the Fence of a Lifetime

When you install a wood vinyl fence, you’re getting the fence that will typically last the entire lifetime of your home. Now that you can choose vinyl materials with the look and feel of natural wood, a vinyl fence serves as a more cost-effective solution given that even the best wood fences often require full replacement after many years of enduring the extreme heat, wet and cold the seasons in our area bring.

Curious to see all the vinyl fencing supplies available to you? We encourage you to come by our showroom and see some of the amazing CertainTeed samples in person or schedule one of our expert fence consultants to stop by your home with the latest samples and up to date brochures. Simply click on our chat feature, fill out our Contact form,  or give us a call at 301 663-4000 and we’ll help you design the perfect, most unique colored vinyl fence to showcase your property!

Want something a little more whimsical and unique?  Check back for our next entry where we talk about some truly wild ideas for vinyl fence!

 

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8 Tips To Build A Wood Fence Gate

April 6, 2015 ~ Posted By Kathy Crum

One of the most important parts of a fence is the fence gate.  There’s nothing more unappealing to a fence expert then seeing a perfectly beautiful wood fence that flows as you scan it, only to have that view interrupted by a sagging or warped gate.

Gates are often the most difficult part of your fence installation as you have to be spot on with your measurements and you often need one additional pair of hands when it comes time to hang the gate off your posts.  If you’re a DIY enthusiast and have never built a gate before, here are some tips on how to build a wood fence gate.  Read more…

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