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Frederick Fence: 2018 Fall Hours
2019 Winter Hours

October 31, 2018 ~ Posted By Jim Jenkins

pumpkins on a fenceFall brings about so many changes. The leaves all turn colors before they drift toward the ground, the temperatures drop and so everyone needs to bundle up and the hours spent in daylight just seem to decrease with every drive to and from work. And at Frederick Fence, we go from our summer schedule into our fall and winter hours.

If you’re a DIY enthusiast or someone who wants to see samples of our fence building materials up close and personal, we welcome you to stop by our headquarters on Tilco Drive in Frederick, Maryland. However, please make note of our fall and winter seasonal hours so you know when to plan your visit!

Frederick Fence Fall 2018 Hours

From now until Friday, 30 November 2018, you can visit us during the following hours:

  • Monday through Friday: 7:00 AM until 5:00 PM
  • Saturdays: 8:00 AM until 12 NOON

Frederick Fence Holiday Season 2018/Winter Hours 2019

From December 1st through the end of 2018 and on into winter 2019, you can visit us during the following hours:

  • Monday through Friday: 7:00 AM until 4:00 PM
  • Saturdays: CLOSED

Need Help With a Fence Outside Our Office Hours?

If you’re a homeowner and looking to install a fence this fall or winter, congratulations! You picked a great time of year to get a fence as the time between contract and installation decreases now that the summer rush is over! If you need a fence, you can always contact us via our chat feature or call us at 1-800-49-FENCE and we’ll send out one of our fence consultants to your home and provide a free estimate. If there are specific materials you’d like to see up close, just let us know and we’ll bring samples to your home with us!

If you’re a fence contractor or a DIY enthusiast and need fence materials and need a bit more flexibility in picking up supplies, give our office a call during regular business hours and we’ll see what we can do to meet your schedule!

Thank You for Making Summer 2018 an Amazing One

We’d like to thank each and every one of our customers for making our 2018 summer season one of the best! It’s our pleasure to work with so many wonderful homeowners and collaborative business customers in the Frederick area.

We’ll be here as long as the weather holds out and the ground doesn’t freeze; we’re always a click or a phone call away!

Happy Fall Everyone!

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Chain Link Fence:
Maintenance Tips to Last its Lifetime

October 16, 2018 ~ Posted By Jim Jenkins

While most new home communities make use of vinyl or wood fencing as their main fence material, there are still a lot of neighborhoods that allow homeowners to select from a wide variety of materials to create a perimeter around their homes. Many still choose one of the most affordable fences on the market that can keep outsiders from entering the yard while keeping pets and children safe inside: chain link fence. If you happen to own a home surrounded by one of these fences or are looking to install a fence that will last many years without blowing out your home improvement budget, here are a few maintenance tips for taking care of a chain link fence:

Keep Your Chain Link Fence Vine Free

Keeping vines, flowers and shrubs off the fence affords you greater longevity for your chain link fence.

A lot of homeowners think that vines on a fence are a wonderful way to add natural beauty to their yard. While that may be true, we don’t recommend that you grow vines, flowers or any kind of decorative plant on a chain link fence. While they may look nice, plants can grow through the chain link, causing the fence to lift on the bottom, which can create slight warps among the panels. This combined with a heavy snow or rain season can result in the fence losing its structural integrity over time. What you have left is a fence with leaning sections or bowing panels, which can cause severe bowing. Plants can also burst through the links and cause them to break, leaving sharp openings which can harm bot h humans and pets if they’re not careful.

Clean Your Chain Link Fence A Couple of Times a Year

This many sounds like a time-intensive process, but a good hosing down of your chain link fence will help it last a long time. You don’t need to do much—if you own a power hose, a good spray once a year easily does the job for keeping the fence clean. If you have a regular hose, just set your nozzle on the highest setting and give it a good watering down. For any areas with a bit of a buildup, you can often just take a bucket of water and a sponge to get rid of mud, bird poop, clumps of leaves and other debris stuck to your fence. For truly tough areas, you may need to get out a scrub brush and some dish soap mixed in with your water to keep the fence sparkling clean.

Apply Rust Protection Every Spring

If you want that chain link fence to last more than two decades, applying rust protection each spring can help you reach your goal. The most problematic area of a chain link fence is the bottom portion and many homeowners never seem to look down until that fateful day when they realize that the fence is completely rusted out just above the ground, especially if you have flowers planted close to where the fence sits. Don’t let this happen to you! Set a calendar item in whatever app you use (or mark the free calendar you get from China Garden. Come on, we know you have them hanging in your kitchen or office!), and when May rolls around, head to your local box store to get enough Rust Oleum (one of our favorites) and apply it to your fence. One can of spray covers about 15 square feet and you can even purchase it with a color in mind if you want to give your fence more visual appeal.

The greater level of care you provide to your fence–such as applying rust protection and repairing sections as soon as you notice any damage–makes a world of difference as to how long your fence can lat.

Repair Your Chain Link Fence When You Notice an Issue

One of the main reasons why homeowners love chain link is that if you have a sprawling yard, it’s an affordable material that’s fairly free of intense maintenance. However, over time you may find that certain sections of your chain link fence may require some maintenance. If you have children or pets that pull on or jump on the fence often, you may see a need to strengthen the connection between a panel and a post. You may also find that after a heavy winter and wet spring that the hinges on your gate may get a little rusty. Additionally, after years of heavy use, your gate may start to sage or dig slightly into the ground.

As soon as you notice something about the fence that requires a bit of a repair, take care of it right away. If you don’t, all you’re doing is setting yourself up for either a major repair job over time or the need for a replacement fence sooner than planned.

Take the time to take care of your chain link fence and it will last a long time. You can tell a homeowner who makes the effort as their fence looks as good as new once spring time rolls around because they’ve both cleaned it and made some repairs to keep the entire fence looking as if it was recently installed. It’s not all that hard to do and the one weekend you spend in the spring means the difference between a fence that last six to seven years versus eighteen to twenty. Just ask any of our fence consultants!

Thinking About Chain Link Fence?

If you’re in the market for a new chain link fence, you now have several options available to you that are much better than what was available just a few decades ago. You can now get a fence with dark green or black panels and posts and you can also build a fence with a vinyl or powder-coating, options that will automatically prolong the lifespan of the fence you install. You can also purchase commercial grade galvanized steel, which is great for homeowners with larger animals (think large dogs or horses) as these fences are extremely durable and can withstand a lot of pressure.

If you’re weighing your options for a new chain link fence or have one that needs some maintenance, contact us at 1-800-49-FENCE, click on our chat button or go to our Contact page and we’ll visit your home (or business) and give you a complete estimate.

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Here Kitty, Kitty! Keeping Your Feline Safe with Cat Fence

September 24, 2018 ~ Posted By Jim Jenkins

Cats are highly curious and exploratory creatures. So a big dilemma for homeowners is how to keep them safe when they go outdoors. Photo by Stein Photography

When homeowners typically install a fence on their property to keep their four-legged loved ones safe, they do this with their dogs in mind. Dogs are easy to keep inside your yard so long as the fence is tall and the fence is high enough to contain them should they get a running start before attempting to jump over it. But what do you do if your furry loved one happens to be a cat?

Cats are notorious for their curiosity and exploring nature. An indoor cat will always find a spot inside the house to hide away, particularly if it’s a small opening at the top of the room that let’s them tunnel to another part of the house. They are also fearless creatures and often love to climb and jump from place to place, which is why most homeowners think that allowing a cat to roam free outdoors is a bad idea. No one wants their little purring pal to run off while chasing a bird or a squirrel, only to be caught off guard and fall prey to a moving car, an angry dog or worse, a stray cat looking for a fight.

If you are lucky enough to have a cat in your family and want to give them a chance to play outdoors without having to watch them every minute, then consider installing a cat fence!

Cat Fence: Keeps Kitty Safe in Your Yard

Yes, the idea that you can keep a cat contained within a backyard seems like crazy one, but you can do it with a special fence product that you can either install on its own or purchase a special kit that allows you to add the cat-specific barrier on top of an existing privacy fence.

You can get a cat fence kit that goes on top of your existing fence to keep your furry friends inside your yard.

How does it work?

Simple. Cat fence toppers Cats are naturally drawn to anything that appears sturdy to them, which is why they have no problems climbing up bookcases, ladders or some walls—including most wood fences. The mesh material is what prevents the cat from ever going over the fence as they cannot balance themselves or easily latch onto it for support.

The curved pipe of the fencing topper also prevents them from finding balance, meaning cats will avoid the enclosure since it doesn’t look sturdy for them to climb over. Likewise, cat fence toppers have no gaps to further tempt your cat to ever go through it and because the mesh gets mounted at the top of the fence, a cat has no place to balance itself to attempt to claw or chew through the netting.

A major benefit for cat fence is that in addition to keeping your cats safe inside your yard, it also keeps other cats and wild animals from climbing over the fence into your yard, which also helps keep your furry friend safe. Even if you own dogs, this fence is great for keeping unwanted visitors off your property who might annoy your canine and tease them when you’re not around. And since we live in an area prone to significant snow fall, you can also get “snow clips” which prevent damage to the mesh and brackets during heavy snows.

The mesh material combined with the three foot piping to keep it in place means your cat will not want to chew or paw it as a cat will stay away from anything that doesn’t appear to be “sturdy.”

Looking for the Purr-fect Way to Keep Your Cat Safe Outdoors?

Want to expand your cat’s habitat and give them a safe place to play outdoors that will prevent them from running away? Click on our chat button give us a call at 1-800-49-FENCE or visit our Contact page and we’ll send out one of our Residential Fence Consultants to share with you our solutions for designing a new cat fence or installing a cat fence kit on your existing one.

 

 

 

 

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Chain Link Fence:
Still One of the Best When it Comes to Protecting Your Business

September 18, 2018 ~ Posted By Jim Jenkins

Security remains one of the main reasons why businesses install fence around their property. Whether it’s to prevent thieves from running off with valuable inventory, stop burglars from gaining entrance into their offices or secure an environment meant for highly classified activities, a strong fence helps protect a business’ assets around the clock. According to the Frederick County crime report, in 2017 there was a decrease by 6.4% in crimes involving property from the year before. What accounts for this decrease? Some of this is due to the new technologies such as web-enabled security camera systems and motion activated lights. Another reason for this is that business owners are making greater use of security fence.

One of the most popular fences when it comes to security is chain linked fencing. Despite an incline in the residential market for chain link fence in newer residential neighborhoods, chain link fence remains a popular option for businesses looking to secure their outer perimeter and keep uninvited guests offsite. Here are a few reasons why commercial companies still make significant use of chain link fence:

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Chain link security fence: Still a cost-effective solution for keeping people off your property!

 

 

Chain Link Offers a Low-Cost Security Solution That Goes in Fast

Compared to other fence materials such as aluminum or wrought-iron, chain link fencing is highly cost effective compared to most other materials. When you compare other fence materials that provide strength and reliability, chain link comes in at a fraction of the cost of other materials.
If you have an extremely tight budget and need to cover a lot of ground, chain link gets the job done and keeps your project in the black. This explains why you’ll often see chain link installed around sports fields, playgrounds and industrial areas.

Chain link is also easy to install compared to other types of fence and so the time it takes to plan and build a fence is relatively quick. Businesses appreciate the quick turnaround, which speaks to why many companies use chain link as a temporary fence around a build site since the steel posts can be easily pulled out of the wire and the ground fencing itself can be rolled up and moved to a different location.

Chain Link Keeps Your Property Secure

When someone is scouting an area for places to rob, chain linked fencing acts as a deterrent as chain link is made from galvanized steel, one of the strongest metals in the fence industry. Additionally, you can increase the strength of your chain link fence through various mesh and gauge sizes—the smaller both are, the more difficult it is to climb or cut them. For additional security, you can often build a chain link fence higher in on a commercial property than in a residential area; sometimes you can build fences to be more than 12 feet high.

An add-on that also helps keep intruders off your property is barbed wire arms or strands. Installing them at the top of your fence helps keep people from trying to climb over the fence. Just make sure you check your local zoning laws regarding the use of chain link fencing and barbed wire.

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A popular option for newer chain link fences makes use of a color coating to either blend in or stand out on the property.

Chain Link is Easy to Maintain and Repair

Chain link fence requires minimal effort to maintain as there’s virtually no upkeep involved. For businesses, that’s a great benefit as a company can simply install their fence and not worry about it. To keep the fence clean, all you need is some soap and water or a strong hose to keep the fence looking shiny and new over time. You can also choose to add protective coatings in various colors to the fence to give your fence greater curb appeal, especially if your business sits adjacent to a residential area.

Chain link fence makes for one of the easiest fences to repair—especially if the fence gets hit by accident or becomes damaged through an act of extreme vandalism. In many cases, the old section that’s damaged gets cut out and replaced and you often match the newer fence pieces with the older sections, so it looks seamless once installed. If your fence begins to chip due to extreme weather conditions, you can easily touch up the fence and either repaint or recoat it to increase the life of your fence.

Chain Link Fence Offers Long-Lasting Durability

Chain link fencing remains one the industry’s most durable fences out there when it comes to security thanks to some of the chain linked fence materials. If you want a fence to last the life of your business, you can choose from either vinyl or galvanized steel coated fences. These fences can withstand harsh weather conditions, including heavy snows and strong winds in addition to protecting your business from unwanted guests.

Need a Chain Link Solution

Looking for a chain link fence for your company? Click on our chat button give us a call at 1-800-49-FENCE or visit our Contact page and we’ll send out one of our Commercial Fence Consultants to price out a chain link solution to help secure your property. We’ll even discuss some of our additional security features as well as other fence solutions given your business and security needs!

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Season of Change: A Goodbye and Hello at Frederick Fence

August 28, 2018 ~ Posted By Jim Jenkins

One of the distinguishing factors that makes Frederick Fence such a popular company among its customers and employees is its family atmosphere. Whether you’re a customer who bought a home nearly 30 years ago, a repeat customer on your third move or a new homebuyer in Frederick, you’re considered part of the family for this fence supply company. It’s one of the core values built into the company by our founder, Charlie Powers, since 1982.

When you look at Frederick Fence’s staff, you’ll see folks who have been there from day one—as well as a few recent additions—who call this place home. As with most families, there are those who simply choose to sometimes move on to get to the rest of their lives and sometimes there are new arrivals that continue to bring a richness and depth to the group. This summer, Frederick Fence will lose one of its most cherished family members while simultaneously welcoming a new one. We’d like to take a moment to honor them both!

Farewell to our master repairman–John Angles. Thank you for your many years of service and for being such an incredible asset to our team!

Goodbye to Our Friend and Master Craftsman, John Angles

If you’ve called Frederick Fence for a repair on your fence in the past 20 years, chances are that John Angles paid a visit to your home. Hired initially in 1988 as a Foreman and Deck Builder, John has acted as Frederick Fence’s Service Manager since 1998 in charge of all repairs. Having taken a brief break in his early employment, John has skillfully applied his master carpentry skills to the delight of many customers within the Maryland, Virginia, DC, West Virginia and Pennsylvania area. “John is a brilliant problem solver,” says Erin Powers, Vice President. “He can fix practically anything and always manages to make people happy when he visits their homes. We’re all sad to see him go, but nearly 30 years of service is truly a great way to end his time with us.”

Originally from Dickerson, Maryland, John comes from a large farm family—he’s one of nine children— and is widely known and loved by Frederick Fence staff and its customers for his warm and friendly approach to making fences whole again. “He loves coming into work knowing that he’s going to spend a lot of his day fixing people’s problems,” says Powers. “He has a generous spirit that’s infectious and fun—people around him are always smiling.” After his many years of service, Angles plans to spend much of his time traveling and seeing the country, his friend and family from his RV; however, he’s still open to do the occasional creative fence design project should a customer specifically require his amazing carpentry skills.

We wish you all the best, John Angles. Thank you for all you’ve done and for your truly humble but inspiring dedication to Frederick Fence.

Hello to the New Mrs. Powers

Frederick Fence sends many blessings to both Todd and Laura Powers. Congratulations on your wedding–may you share many years of happiness and joy!

The Powers family at Frederick Fence recently celebrated its newest addition—Todd Powers, son of Charlie and Diane and the company’s Director of Vinyl Operations, recently married Laura Lebherz. Todd and Laura were married on August 11 at St. John The Evangelist Catholic Church in downtown Frederick, followed by a reception of about 200 of their closest family members and friends at the Walkersville Overlook.

Todd met his bride about five years ago through mutual friends and got engaged earlier this year. Their first date featured target shooting and dinner and the rest is history. “It’s great to have another female in our ever-growing family,” says Erin Powers. “We were all thrilled that Todd found his true soul companion when he met Laura; this is a very happy time for us.” After their wedding, the couple honeymooned in Antigua.

As for their future, Todd and his lovely wife are still figuring out what happens next for them. According to Erin and Kelly Powers—Todd’s sisters: “Our biggest hopes are that they soon take advantage of the amazing babysitting service that Charlie and Diane Powers offer up to all their children and that we see a bigger home and fence in their future!”

We wish Todd and Laura all the best and many happy years of marriage in the decades ahead.

 

 

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Finding Calm Before the Fall: Tips for Decluttering Your Yard

August 22, 2018 ~ Posted By Jim Jenkins

Got old pieces of fence or shrubs that don’t add to your yard’s appeal? Take a weekend and clean out your yard now in time for next spring, where you can truly make a fresh start!

For many, our outdoor spaces become our own personal sanctuary. A place where we can unwind, relax, enjoy time with our family and friends and enjoy our own personal space. But just like our indoor space, our own outdoor oasis can sometimes benefit from a substantive overhaul after a few years of tranquil indifference. Children grow older and so why keep that wooden swing set with that dented yellow slide attached to it (you know the one—we’ve all got one in our neighborhood that just sits there!)? Maybe you’ve recently looked under your deck to fondly gaze upon those 15 to 20 flower pots and think “next year, I really will use them, knowing that you said the same thing five years in a row. Maybe you wish that your spouse would just pitch those old shears that don’t cut a darn thing, but still hang in the shed only because he or she claims “they just need oil.” Yes, sometimes you need to do some spring cleaning within your yard—especially when fall is approaching! To help you restore some peace and tranquility for next year—here are some tips for decluttering your yard now!

Commit to One Weekend With Everyone Involved

Rather than promise to do the garden one weekend, the tool shed one night next week or the front lawn when the temperatures cool down, commit to a plan where you take on your yard within one dedicated weekend. Even if this brings you to a state of slight overwhelm, it’s better to work through the pain and get it done all at once! This way, you can tackle the shed, the garden the deck and any other outdoor living areas and have a sense of accomplishment when all is said and done. Before starting, take a night before the weekend and simply sit down with the other folks who share your home (yes, put them ALL to work with you so everyone shares in the fun) and develop the map to tidying up the yard.

Fall is a great time to get rid of those flower pots you say you’ll use next year…when you know you really won’t!

Preferably assign folks an individual space, create an action plan cleaning out each area together. Sure, it’s easy to have your children focus on something like their own swing set or the sandbox, or have your husband do the tool shed. However, what often happens is that folks can get distracted when left to their own devices. Taking on each yard area together means everyone plays a part in going through the entire yard at the same time! This way, you’re less likely to still feel frustrated when someone says, “I finished” and you look over and see that what they meant was that the mess has simply moved to a new position and you still have items in your yard you know need pitching!

Plan With the End in Mind

Surely you’ve read that book about those seven habits by now! Rather than just go through the motions of decluttering your yard, write out a statement that captures exactly what the yard needs to look like by the time you’re done! If your goal is to toss every tool that doesn’t work properly, then make that a goal to check off once you complete the entire process. Have a plan for your life to have only flowers planted in the ground around you? Then make it a line item to commit to tossing every single empty pot. Tired of honeysuckle in your yard? Then make one of your items to uproot it and cart it off!

The important thing to do here is recognize what it will take to make your yard an oasis again. Imagine what you want every area of your yard to look like and how organized you’d like your spaces to become.

Organize the Work

When going through the process of cleaning out your yard, divide it into areas–like under the deck–to maximize your effort in getting it done!

There are several ways you can approach the backyard clean-up effort, just make sure you choose one that will ensure you get the job done during one weekend. You could map out a plan and tackle the biggest problem areas first or start with the front and work your way back to the very end of the yard. If your worst nightmare is having a shed where the tools are scattered about, then start there! Can’t stand having a ton of items that no longer work (like old fountains or ratty looking Adirondack chairs with boards missing) under your deck? Then make that your priority for a starting place!
The bottom line is that if you’re taking on the entire yard, make a plan that you can fully work to completion and get the worst items out of the way first so that you can breeze through the less problematic areas—like maybe your flower beds.

Keep What You Love—Toss What Needs to Leave

Ever hear of the KonMari Method™ of creating blissful spaces? Marie Kondo created a great system for tidying up that results in creating spaces that leave you feeling joyful. As you’re going through the yard, Kondo’s approach encourages you to pick up every item and determine whether or not it gives you a “spark of joy,” meaning if an item is broken or brings you a sense of frustration or dread, then it’s time to toss it out, recycle it or sell it. The goal is to keep only those things that have value to you that you still need.

Have outdoor furnishings that are old and past their prime? Now’s a good time to simply let it go as part of your decluttering process!

Sometimes this process can draw up a lot of emotions—and if you have a strong reaction to something ask yourself why you’re having them. For example, it can be tough to toss out an entire swing set that your children played on for many years. However, if they’re off to college with no plans of moving back home and your main goal is to create a fresh-looking space, then maybe it’s okay to donate the swing set to a new home so a young family can create precious memories. After all, you’ll still remember you have a child each time they text you and ask to add funds to their checking account!

As you’re going through the entire yard, you can create several distinct areas for items you intend to keep, recycle, sell or donate. You can also create a “need to think about this” section so that as you draw to the end of your backyard cleaning process, you can revisit certain items that may have fond memories attached to them, but you still need to come clean about the fact that maybe it’s time for them to go. This is where doing this as a family unit can be helpful—sometimes your spouse or your child will be the one to move you in the right direction to deciding (or vice versa). Sometimes it takes someone else to help you appreciate that those nasty red clay bottoms need to go since there’s no pot to put on top of them!

Don’t be surprised at the end of the process that you realize that you need to add new items because of your efforts. Getting rid of a rake with missing teeth could mean it’s time for a new one! Maybe you need to replace that torn canopy on your pergola so water stops leaking through! (If you do own any outdoor items that you’ve purchased from one of the box stores, go to GardenWinds as they sell replacement parts for all outdoor décor!).

Be Grateful For What You Have and What You’ve Done

Once you’ve gone through your decluttering your yard, take time to appreciate your efforts and enjoy your yard again. Spend time in your yard before the temperatures turn cold and see what you notice about this newly organized space. Maybe you’ll see openings for new items to come in next year once the temperatures warm up, or maybe you’ll go online and find that the expensive outdoor furniture set you always wanted is now 60% off, so don’t feel guilty about filling up the yard with something new and beautiful! After all, it’s your own personal sanctuary—why not enjoy it the best way you can!

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Once you’ve decluttered your yard, you can breathe a sigh of relief and know that your outdoor oasis is always there for you!

Need a Fence to Go With that Perfect Oasis?

As you declutter your yard, consider looking at your existing fence. If it’s looking worn down and starting to fade or warp in places, then maybe it’s time to replace certain portions of the fence or get a new one. Fall is a great time for a fence as installation times tend to be shorter and it’s often easier to get permits approved once the summer season ends. If you need help designing that perfect outdoor oasis, then let us help you put a fence around the backyard of your dreams! Click on our on-line chat icon, visit our Contact page or just give us a call at 1-800-49-FENCE to get started on your outdoor sanctuary!

 

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Modern Fences for Modern Homes

August 3, 2018 ~ Posted By Jim Jenkins

RiverPlace, just outside of the Frederick City Limits, offers home buyers the potential to live in a modern environment.

When you drive through neighborhoods in the Maryland, DC and Northern Virginia area, one of the trends you’ll encounter are more contemporary building styles in new developments. For example, the River Place townhomes by Wormald resemble a futuristic city with their clean lines and minimalist facades. Visit any of the newest Toll Brothers homes in Loudoun or Montgomery County and you’ll see homes that combine elements like brick and stone to form homes that look as if they were plucked right out of stylish urban metropolis.

If you’re looking for your first home or wish to move to a more urban and modern community, you’ll also want a fence that complements a contemporary home. There are some great modern fence and gate options available to you, many of which combine manufactured with natural materials. Here are some of our options for fences for these modern style homes:

Vinyl Fencing

Vinyl fencing represents the new standard for most housing communities sprouting up in the area. Vinyl fencing is one of the most durable fences as it never fades, warps, bows or rots and can

Vinyl fence offers you multiple options that work well with a contemporary home, including the look and feel of natural wood.

withstand the harshest weather conditions. These modern house fence designs maintain the beauty within a planned community and create great curb appeal when it’s time for putting the house on the market.

Vinyl fencing offers homeowners many choices when it comes to colors and textures—some vinyl fence panels now look like wood to where you must get up close to see that the panel is manufactured and not natural! You can also have your panels be one color and your posts a different one to create a more futuristic and eye-popping space. Many homeowners prefer vinyl privacy fences to create a private oasis in their backyard while making use of vinyl split rail or pickets in front.

The best thing about vinyl fencing is that you’ll install just one fence as they last for many years. Depending upon the community you choose, you can often roll the cost of your fence into the mortgage. When you purchase a Wormald townhome at Eastchurch in Frederick, you automatically get a six-foot, white vinyl privacy fence!

Aluminum Fence

Aluminum fence with a flat rail to enclose the panel complements a minimalist style home.

Aluminum fence is a popular option for modern homes as this fence’s panels carry the clean lines from the home to the ends of the yard. Home owners traditionally install aluminum fence with ornamental fence caps or finials; for homes with a modern look, a clean fence rail at the top of the panel helps maintain the minimalist look the home conveys. You can also combine other elements such as brick or stone for a base and then install an aluminum fence on top to create more visual interest.

Wood Fence

Even though wood is one of the oldest and most traditional of fence materials, you can still create a modern look with a contemporary wood fence! For example, you can build a privacy fence where the wood planks are attached horizontally as opposed to vertically. You can also choose to create a wave effect with the boards or integrate metal shelves and lights within the fence. You can also stain and seal the fence with colors that complement the home—such as black, gray or dark brown. You can also build fence made from square pickets and install a top rail that squares off the fence, giving it a more modern look.

True, you will need to maintain this fence and reseal it or replace boards or panels over time, but wood fence makes sense if you’re trying to design a minimalist looking perimeter to match the look an feel of modern architecture on your property.

Frederick Fence is Here to Help You Go Modern

You can easily combine fence materials such as aluminum and brick for a more modern look and feel.

Purchasing a home in a new community and need a fence? Are you looking to replace an existing fence for something more contemporary? Frederick Fence is here to help!
Just let us know what your ideas are, and we’ll work with you to design a fence solution that complements your modern home! Click on our on-line chat icon, visit our Contact page or just give us a call at 1-800-49-FENCE to get started on your historic fence project! 

 

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Fencing a Home in a Historic District

July 16, 2018 ~ Posted By Jim Jenkins

Considering buying a home in the downtown Frederick area? Thinking of looking into other areas such as Emmitsburg, Thurmont, or New Market? Have a home in Hagerstown or Middletown? Before buying a home or installing a fence, one major factor you need to consider is that some of these have historic areas within them and each of these counties may limit the type of fence materials you can use to build a fence around your home.

Fencing in Frederick’s Historic District

Frederick County, in particular, has an entire set of guidelines for both home and fence construction in its historic area, resulting in some commercial retailers from locating in the downtown area. This is done to protect the historical architectural style within the city. In addition to fence materials, you are also limited to how tall the fence can be, the type of railings you can build in and around your front entrance and the types of materials you can use to treat your fence once it’s built.

Wrought iron railings in the historic district in Frederick help preserve the historical feel of the downtown area.

For example, the guidelines for wood fence in downtown Frederick clearly state that “Any species of untreated, non-composite wood can be used for wood elements in the Historic District, except as prohibited by building codes. Plywood may be approved, but only where the edges are not visible. All visible wood surfaces must be painted or stained with a solid, opaque stain that resembles a paint finish and conceals the wood grain.” So what does this mean for home owners (and commercial businesses)?

Frederick’s historic district requires that visible pressure-treated wood only can be used where wood is in direct contact with the ground, such as posts, lattice and some structural and trim elements. It also can be used for structural elements that are concealed. However, there are exceptions, so that means that your steps, porch posts, porch floors, trim and balustrades cannot be built of pressure-treated wood; nor can you use pressure treated wood for all street-facing gates and fences. You also cannot use board on board fences, stockade and split rail fences as well as vinyl fence.

Two of Frederick Fence’s finest installers adding a fence in the Historic District.

Walk around Frederick’s downtown area and you’ll see that many buildings make use of decorative metal such as cast iron, sheet metal, pressed metal and corrugated metal in front, while many backyard areas make use of wood fence, such as five or six-foot privacy fence (five is the norm and you must seek special permission from the Historic Preservation Commission for six-foot fences), picket fence or chain link.

What to Do When Building a Fence in a Historic Area

The most important thing to do when you build a fence in a historic area is obtain a fence permit and then check whether you need to contact a county or city’s historic district and read the guidelines before submitting a permit. Failure to do this will result in delays and—if you’re not paying attention—additional fees should you begin building a fence without prior approval. We’ve seen homeowners attempt to build a fence without contacting the county first and if you happen to live in a historic district, you can pay lofty fines and shell out additional costs to build a fence that meets city code. Bottom line: do your research on fence regulations before building a fence in a historic district or work with a professional fence vendor who already knows how to navigate through the permit and approval process.

Popular Fence Materials in Historic Districts

If you want to live in a historic area, there are many materials to choose from to ensure your fence upholds the natural charm that comes with living in a home with great architectural appeal. The most popular fence materials you’ll often see include:

Wood Fences

Wooden fences—especially picket fences—are popular in many historic areas. However, note that in many instances, you can use wood materials to fence in the backyard area as opposed to the front. Picket fences are popular in many historic areas as are solid board fences with cap boards or “dog ears,” which are rounded edges.

Wrought Iron

Wrought iron remains a most popular fence material for homes situated in a historic district. These fences offer a classic look that go well with Victorian or Federalist style homes. The drawback to authentic wrought iron is that it can be among the most expensive of materials to fabricate and often require a lot of care to prevent them from rusting. A great alternative to wrought iron is aluminum; just make sure you can use ornamental aluminum in your area before ordering and installing your fence!

Brick, often combined with other types of fence materials, helps maintain the architectural legacy of historic areas.

Brick and Stone

Aside from wood and iron, historical districts often allow homeowners to build fences with bricks or stones, which were popular options as homes began to sprout up across America during its infancy. Many historical districts still feature brick fences around homes from when the homes were first built. You may also be able to combine brick with other elements such as wrought iron or aluminum or see brick fences that make use of negative space in their design to allow homeowners to peer through the fence from the privacy of their yards.

Ready for a Fence in a Historic District?

If you’re interested in purchasing a home in a historic district or have an existing home in one of these areas and need a new fence, we are more than happy to help you design an historic fencing solution that keeps you in compliance with all county and city codes. In fact, at Frederick Fence, we will handle the entire permit process for you!
Just let us know what your ideas are, and we’ll work with you to design a fence solution that complements your home and meets all city requirements! Click on our on-line chat icon, visit our Contact page or just give us a call at 1-800-49-FENCE to get started on your historic fence project! 

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New For Summer 2018! Clay Vinyl Fence!

July 3, 2018 ~ Posted By Jim Jenkins

Customers looking for a more natural color in a privacy fence now have a new color to add among their choices effective summer 2018: clay vinyl fence!

As of summer 2018, we’ve added this new color to our vinyl fence roster, meaning if you want to design a more organic looking environment in your backyard and want a fence color that creates a cohesive look, consider clay vinyl fence!

Colored vinyl offers the same benefits as regular vinyl, meaning once you install a clay vinyl privacy fence, there’s practically no maintenance required other than the occasional hosing to remove any plant debris. Clay vinyl fence will never warp or bow and can withstand even the most severe weather conditions that our area often endures.

At Frederick Fence, we fabricate our own vinyl fence, meaning we can work with you to design custom panels that include lattice work, multiple heights for hilly terrains and gates to accommodate larger driveways and entrances for other types of vehicles.

Why clay vinyl fencing? Through the years, many consumers have often requested new colors, and some prefer a more natural look other than white or almond. Clay vinyl fence features a darker, more earthy tone, that blends in well with rock gardens, water features and robust greenery. Clay vinyl fence panels also add great curb appeal to your home as they blend well with most materials—particularly homes with a brick, stone or vinyl façade.

Ready for Clay Vinyl Fence?

If you’re interested in clay vinyl privacy fence panels, we encourage you to stop by our showroom on Tilco Drive or schedule an appointment with one of our fence consultants who will be happy to bring a sample of clay vinyl fence out to your home so you can see how well it will look on your property!

Click on our on-line chat icon, visit our Contact page or just give us a call at 1-800-49-FENCE to get started on your clay vinyl fence project!

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Want Us to Pay You a Visit?
Ask for Your Sales Consultant By Name!

June 18, 2018 ~ Posted By Jim Jenkins

At Frederick Fence, we do things a bit differently than most home improvement organizations. We like to think of our customers as family. We don’t believe in flashy marketing campaigns or time-sensitive promotions to get you to buy a fence—we are all about providing the best materials possible that work to meet your needs and your budget.
You’re always welcome to visit our showroom and supply yard to see samples of our products and get your questions answered. However, when you need advice and want someone to help you build a fence for your home or business, we’re more than happy to send one of our team out for a visit!

When you invite us into your home or your business, we make sure we send only the most knowledgeable members of our family who will work with you to come up with the most reasonable fence solution you can afford.

Meet Our 2018 Team of All-Star Fence Consultants–Pictured Left to Right: Jeff Black, Louise Barnard, Paul Abel, Doug Martin, Luther Fitzgerald, Perry Orman, Justin Lambert and Wes Helsley. They’re here to help you make the best decision possible when buying a fence!

Meet Your Frederick Fence Team by Service and Location!

Need help designing a fence for your business or home? You can use the following list to either chat or with us or call and ask for your local fence consultant by name and we’ll work with you to schedule the best time for them to pay you a visit!

Commercial Solutions

We have two experts who partner with our commercial customers to help them design either fences, dumpster enclosures or even rails to meet their business needs:
• Doug Martin
• Jeff Black

Residential Fence Solutions

Our residential team is here to serve you when you need a fence to surround your home property. This fence sales team covers a lot of territory and will work with you to design a fence that meets your needs and works within your budget:

Frederick County, Maryland

• Paul Abel
• Luther Fitzgerald
• Wes Helsley
• Justin Lambert

Carroll County, Maryland

• Louise Barnard

Montgomery County Maryland

• Perry Orman
• Paul Stambaugh

Howard County, Maryland

• Jeff Black

Washington County, Maryland; Berkeley & Jefferson County, West Virginia

• Luther Fitzgerald

Loudoun County, Virginia

• Paul Abel

Don’t see your area listed in the above list? Simply use our online chat feature or give us a call at 1-800 49-FENCE and we’ll schedule one of our fence experts to visit your business or home!

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