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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 fencing installation.

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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The Role of a HOA in Residential Fencing

January 12, 2016 ~ Posted By Kathy Crum

Many neighborhoods have a local HOA which regulates certain additions, demolitions, and renovations made to homes within their designated areas. The central focus of many satirical TV episodes and notorious for being strict, you may be worried about installing residential fencing with a HOA.

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Check with your HOA regulations before installing residential fencing.

In most cases, a HOA regulation on fencing is fair and beneficial. Although this may not be true with all HOA chapters, you are likely okay to install most home fencing. However, be aware of the following information regarding HOA and residential fencing.

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Important Winter Fence Maintenance Steps to Do Now

December 17, 2015 ~ Posted By Kathy Crum

Winter officially begins in just a few days on December 21st. Frederick has its share of snow and freezing temperatures, which can cause havoc for many home owners with winter fence installation. Outdoor faucets need drained, pipes need to be monitored for freezing, and of course, the fence should be prepared for a wet, bitter season.fence-maintenance-frederick

Luckily, winter fence installation and maintenance is quick, easy, and can save you money and time. Follow the steps below to make sure your fence makes it to the next season in one piece.

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Top Tips for Wooden Fence Maintenance

December 11, 2015 ~ Posted By Kathy Crum

Wooden fences are highly valued for their curb appeal and natural durability. However, like any fence, they do require maintenance to remain in good shape. Wooden fence maintenance is important due to the susceptibility of mold, rot, and splintering. Not sure what steps to take to ensure proper maintenance?wooden-fence-maintenance-frederick

Below, we’ll give you the top tips for wooden fence maintenance, so you can keep your fence looking new. A well-maintained fence is a fence that lasts.

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