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Debunking the Myth…You CAN Install a Fence in Winter!

February 10, 2017 ~ Posted By Jim Jenkins

Even though Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow—meaning we’re all in for six more weeks of winter—now’s one of the best times of year to install a fence!

What? Seriously? You’re thinking “But it’s winter! Isn’t it too cold to install a fence?”

Just because we’re roughly six weeks away from the official start of Spring (March 20, 2017 to be exact), doesn’t mean you have to wait until the weather gets warm to put a fence around your property. Yes, the outdoor home improvement industry does slow down during colder months, but that’s typically because most homeowners hibernate indoors during winter. Unless the ground is truly frozen solid several inches below the surface, installing fences in winter is still possible. That’s right, even if we get a few inches of snow—as long as it’s not frozen solid and caked with ice, you can still install fences in winter.

Advantages to Buying a Fence NOW!

Here we are in early February and look at the weather conditions for the DC, Maryland, Northern Virginia, and Southern Pennsylvania areas. We’ve had a few days where the unseasonal highs were in the 70-degree range and the lows have barely dipped below the low 30’s. True, we may still see a bit of snow and who knows how low the temperatures will go, but the environmental conditions outside lend themselves nicely for digging three-foot post holes that serve as the guide for installing fence.

Buying in February and March also means that your fence project ends just as many your neighbors begin shopping for fence. That means longer waits to get permits approved, longer delivery times for getting the fence installed and the less time you have to truly enjoy your outdoor creation once the warm temperatures settle in and you start wishing it would snow or turn cold again.

If your idea of the perfect fence for your home is a custom design—one that includes ornate lattice work, a vibrant vinyl color or a unique logo welded to your driveway gate—now’s the best time to get started on your fence project. Custom work always takes longer because manufacturers keep a low inventory on special materials. If you want an iron gate that has trees, geometric patterns or your family name welded in a decorative font, these orders take time. During the summer months, people are surprised when they hear highly ornate fence materials can take as long as six to eight weeks to produce. That’s because there’s a high demand for custom work in summer and there are—realistically—only so many local vendors who specialize in custom fabrication of fence materials.

If you know you want something new and different that creates maximum curb appeal and sets you apart from your neighbors, get that fence project started now while there’s a lull!

Waiting until mid-June to get started on a fence project means more waiting to get what you want. Calling this time of year means your fence project can go in the ground even faster than getting your tax refund (You do know that April 15th is not that far away either!)!

Even if You’re Just Thinking About it….

If you’ve planned ahead for your home improvement needs and a fence is on your list, give us a call now or click on our online chat feature and see how easy it is to get your fence project underway. We think you’ll be surprised at how short the timeline will be.

You can also use our free online estimate tool, which gives you a realistic idea of how much your fence will cost! And, of course, any of our fence experts are more than willing to come to your home and walk you through a variety of options should you want some advice on the best fence to meet both your needs and your budget.

And Just in Case the Big Chill Happens…

If the weather does dip and things turn bitter cold and we’ve only just begun work on your fence, don’t worry! As soon as the ground thaws, we’re right back out there to get your job done in time for spring!

Still have questions about winter fence installation? Call us at 1-800-49FENCE!

 

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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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Invest in a Dog Fence! Your Dog Will Love Playing in the Summer Sun

May 16, 2016 ~ Posted By Kathy Crum

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Frederick Fence offers a variety of fencing options to suit your dog’s needs.

After being cooped up inside all winter, rarely given time to frolic about independently, your dog will love the opportunity to stretch out those muscles with our dog fence options. Go outside! A new DIY dog fence will help you stay active. Playing fetch is a wonderful bonding activity for you and your 4-legged friend. While playing, constantly worrying about your dog running away will be an irritation of the past with the help of tasteful dog fence options. Before getting ahead of yourself, there are several different DIY dog fence solutions to consider before deciding on which is best for your scruffy best friend.

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Seven Fence Installation Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make

April 19, 2016 ~ Posted By Kathy Crum

Many things can go wrong prior to your fence installation. Know what to avoid before you start!

Many things can go wrong prior to your fence installation. Know what to avoid before you start!

With the beautiful springtime finally upon us, you may very well be thinking of putting up a fence or replacing an old one. And, while the do it yourself fencing spirit is appreciated, it’s only too easy to make a mistake (or several mistakes) and wind up back at square one after days or even weeks of installation. Putting up a fence is often part of creating a home and for the do it yourself fencing enthusiast, building his or her own fence is one of the greatest projects to undertake.  Read more…

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