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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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 fix your fence with replacement panels 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 fencing panels feature 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 commercial 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 to contact us, 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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No Problem is Too Dear For Deer Fence

March 26, 2018 ~ Posted By Jim Jenkins

Poly Mesh Deer Fence is an environmentally safe and cost effective way to prevent deer from making your garden their evening buffet.

Poly Mesh Deer Fence is an environmentally safe and cost effective way to prevent deer from making your garden their evening buffet.

One of the major concerns for any homeowner living adjacent to a wooded area is deer.  Even though they are beautiful animals and seemingly benign in nature, many consider them to be a major nuisance as they can destroy an entire vegetable garden and flower bed in a single evening.  To add to the misery of a frequent visitation from these mammals, they also are carriers for ticks, which can drop from the deer and find their way onto your loved ones, causing significant health issues like Lyme Disease.

So what’s a homeowner to do if he or she wants to preserve the beauty of their yard and the health of their family and pets? Thanks to the folks at Deerbusters, you can now purchase deer fence!

Deer Fence—The Latest Peaceful Solution in Deer Damage Prevention

Deerbusters’ deer fence provides peace of mind when it comes to an economical solution for those who live in some of the more rural areas of Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania.  Those with sprawling property may find six to eight-foot privacy fence too expensive a solution to keep deer off their land, and they may find split rail fence to small a solution as the average deer can jump a fence that’s six feet tall or less.  We’ve seen some homeowners attempt to keep deer off their property with a vengeance, sometimes using spikes on their posts to keep the deer out.  The problem?  No one wants to deal with the aftermath of a panicky deer in their yard who’s been sliced open—it’s not pretty and can scar your children when they see Bambi running around the yard in pain.

Deer fence offers a peaceful solution in that Deer Fence is made of plastic—resembling a piece of fine mesh—meaning the fence won’t hurt the deer as they’re more likely to bounce off it should they try to leap over it. Plastic deer fencing is not necessarily new; they’ve been used to protect lawns, gardens and farms for over a decade. As more and more folks move out toward the country, they’re becoming more popular among folks who would otherwise like to keep these four-legged animals from becoming frequent visitors.  Deer Fence is also much more environmentally friendly than using any kind of spray to keep deer off your property.

These plastic deer fences are attractive to those looking for an alternative fencing solution because they’re made of semi-rounded strands, making them lightweight, durable and nearly invisible. The flexibility of this material makes the fences easy to store, install and repair. Deer Fences are unique in that they are reinforced at the bottom with tightly woven mesh, meaning deer and elk are less likely to chew their way through. And the other good news?  Deer mesh fence kits typically last 15 to 20 years and can withstand most harsh weather conditions.

Depending upon your needs, you can either enclose a small vegetable or flower garden with Deer Fence or run it throughout an entire orchard.  If your property backs up to a large wooded area, one of the benefits of this fence is that you will barely notice it from a distance, meaning that it will have little impact on the line of sight on your property.  Note that some homeowners concerned with deer constantly trying to jump onto their property may choose to place white tape running through the center of the mesh panels to dissuade the deer from trying to jump or run through the fence.

Other Uses for Mesh Deer Fence

In addition to keeping out those pesky deer who would think nothing of making your garden a buffet for a night, you can also use Deer Fence as a cost-effective way to build an outdoor enclosure for both dogs and cats.  Some pet owners prefer these inexpensive structures as opposed to invisible dog fence or electric fence for cats as Deer Fence will never have a negative impact on your pet’s health or wellness.

You can even use smaller sections of mesh deer fencing to protect your flowers and vegetables from rabbits, squirrels and groundhogs.

Installing Deer Fence—Our Approach

If you’re a DIY enthusiast, deer mesh fencing is relatively easy to install; however, Frederick Fence can easily work with you to create a strong Deer Fence solution that meets your needs and your budget.  When installing a deer-proof fence, we will use heavy line posts, made of galvanized steel and weather-resistant powder coating, meaning you’ll get a Deer Fence that’s built to take persistent pressure and survive the elements.

Currently, Frederick Fence offers the Trident Extruded Deer Fence, which is lightweight and extremely durable and can withstand up to 650 lbs. of brute strength.  If you’re dealing with a substantial deer and elk problem, you can work with Deerbusters to purchase a higher grade of Trident poly or Deer Fence constructed with metals.

Ready to Tackle Your Deer Problem?

Curious about installing Deer Fence before deer visitations and tick season kicks in to high gear?  Want to get a custom solution that combines your existing fence—such as split rail—with Deer Fence to keep the little mammals away from your vegetables or flowers?  Either click on our Chat Button, or get a fence estimate by giving us a call or visiting our Contact page, and we’ll send one of our Deer Fence Experts out to your property to put together a Deer Fence solution long before your plants become dinner!

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New For Spring! Go Natural with SimTek Vinyl Fence

February 26, 2018 ~ Posted By Jim Jenkins

Introducing SimTek's Ecostone(R) Privacy Vinyl Fence

Introducing SimTek’s Ecostone Privacy Vinyl Fence

Looking for privacy in your back yard and want to minimize the sound of your neighbors?  Prefer something that looks more natural and blends in with your garden or pool?  Want a fence that you simply install and never have to worry about again?

Frederick Fence can help you achieve these goals with one of the newest fences on the market—the SimTek Ecostone® privacy vinyl fence!  This new product—with its decorative rock panels—affords home owners the opportunity to create a gorgeous backyard oasis, where you can enjoy your privacy and keep your loved ones and furry friends protected while surrounded by walls that appear to be made of granite!

SimTek comes in a variety of natural looking colors that easily accent any outdoor area.

SimTek fencing comes in a variety of natural looking colors that easily accent any outdoor area.

Manufactured by Certainteed—the nation’s leading brand of exterior and interior building products—the SimTek Ecostone® vinyl fence comes in a variety of colors and panel sizes that gives you the opportunity to develop a unique look and feel for your fence so that it blends in perfectly with your outdoor living space.  With colors such as desert, gray, multiple shades of brown or event white, the sky’s the limit in terms of how you can design your fence solution to create a natural environment.  You’re also getting one of the most durable vinyl products on the market as SimTek’s panels are made to withstand temperatures from -40 degrees to +140 degrees. Like most other vinyl fences, SimTek Fence will never need painting or staining and will not warp.  These panels also block 98% of direct sound, meaning you can enjoy the great outdoors and don’t have to worry about what your neighbors can hear!

SimTek fencing panels are engineered with steel-reinforced polyethylene, which makes them highly durable, fade free and uniquely graffiti resistant. These gorgeous rock walls can also withstand constant hurricane winds of up to 110 MPH with gusts of up to 130 MPH.

If you’re looking for a natural fence and want to vary your panel heights to adjust for the slope of your backyard, don’t worry!  SimTek fence panel heights start as low as 3 feet high and can go as high as 12 feet, giving you maximum privacy for your outdoor living area! While you cannot modify the panel heights, you can cut your panels to any custom width to remain consistent with your property line.  Before you opt to build a 12 foot fence, make sure you check with your HOA or local county government to ensure your fence design meets code limits.

SimTek Gates private both a natural look and a sturdy entrance in and out of your property!

SimTek Gates provide both a natural look and a sturdy entrance on your property!

Ready for that Natural Look?

Looking to build a new fence and want something unique that most home owners won’t have?  Want the perfect fence that will meet pool code and look like it belongs with the swimming pool?  Want a fence that complements a robust flower garden?  Consider ordering a SimTek Ecostone® fence and then let us do the building so you get to unwind and relax in your private oasis!

We’ll send one of our expert fence consultants to measure and price the SimTek Vinyl Fence solution! 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 Ecostone® project!

SimTek vinyl fence with its granite-like texture creates a natural look that complements practically any outdoor space!

SimTek vinyl fence with its granite-like texture creates a natural look that complements any outdoor living space!

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Visit Frederick Fence at the Frederick County Home Show in March!

January 23, 2018 ~ Posted By Jim Jenkins

Looking for some ideas on how to renovate your kitchen?  Want to know what kinds of tiles would work best in a newly designed bathroom?  Need some free advice on options targeted to increase the return on investment for your home improvement project?  Want to know what new Frederick Fence products will arrive in time for the spring and summer installation season?

If you want to get these questions and more answered so you can make the best-informed buying decision to improve your home, plan on dropping by the Frederick County Building Industry Association (FCBIA)’s 43rd Annual Home Show!

The FCBIA does an amazing job of bringing together vendors who serve the greater Maryland, DC and Virginia area to help home owners create, build or maintain the home of their dreams.  For two days, you can get all your questions answered on the latest renovation trends and product improvements to make the most of your home improvement budget.  Whether you’re trying to figure out whether to replace your floors in hardwood, the ins and outs of putting a pool in your backyard, or what fence material is the most maintenance free, the Frederick Home Show is the place to visit this spring to gather information and develop your 2018 home upgrade plan.

More than 160 exhibitors typically attend this event, including some of our favorite vendors:

  • Fitzgerald Furniture
  • Dan Ryan Builders
  • Browning Pools
  • Cedarbrook Deck and Patio
  • And many more!

If you’re looking for a new home in the Maryland area, this is the best event you can attend to learn the latest and greatest within the building industry. Be sure to stop by the Frederick County Building Industry Association booth (just inside Building 9) with your questions.

Meet Our Frederick Fence Team

Several of our Frederick Fence team will be on hand to answer all your DIY fencing questions and show you some of our favorite fence materials that home owners now choose when they upgrade their fence from chain-link or wood to aluminum or vinyl.  Stop by Booths #1301 and 1302 and say hello—we’d love to see you!

The Frederick Home Show takes place March 17 and 18 at the Frederick Fair Grounds.   The 2018 show is open from 9-5 on Saturday, 10-4 on Sunday.  And the best part?  Admission is FREE!

Planning on making a full day of information gathering?  Don’t worry, there’s plenty of food and drink available at the Fairgrounds!

Can’t Make the Show But Have Questions Now About Fencing?

If you have questions about designing the perfect fence solution for your home or business and can’t wait until the Frederick Home Show, you can either click on the link for our on-line chat feature, visit our Contact page or just give us a call at 1-800-49-FENCE!  We’re here to help make the most of your home and look forward to helping you select the best fence that meets your budget!

See you at the Home Show in March!

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6 Tips for Building a Split Rail Fence

November 25, 2017 ~ Posted By Jim Jenkins

Traditional wood split rail fence is both economical and fairly easy to install.

Traditional wood split rail fence is both economical and fairly easy to install.

Homeowners like split rail fences as they are among the simplest and most economical type of fence to build.  Drive around the rolling hills of the western Maryland area and you’re sure to see quite a few of them surrounding some lovely farms or gorgeous homes in suburban areas.  To many of us at Frederick Fence, there’s nothing more gorgeous than a split rail fence—they’re one of the most decorative and you can now build them using vinyl, which means the sections will never warp or fade!  A majority of the time you’ll see split rail fence covered with welded wire, which helps keep your children and pets in the yard and pesky critters like deer and rabbits off property.

Adding a split rail fence to your yard augments its appearance with a natural, rustic beauty. Split rail’s design is simple and it’s one of the easiest fences for a first time DIYer.  If you’re considering building a DIY split rail fence soon, here are seven tips to help you build fence that will make your process easier:

 

  1. Consider installing a split rail style gate.  It’s a lot easier than installing a picket gate fence.  However, if you want to install a picket gate and are not sure how, call us for help!
  2. Make sure to set your posts on 10’6” centers.  Rails for a split rail fence are 11’ tip to tip.  The ends of rails are tapered or “paddled” so they can overlap when they are put in the post. If you set you posts 10’6” from the center of post to center of post, this will give you the perfect space to accommodate the rails.
  3. Rails should overlap 3” on either side. If you have less overlap, the rail are more likely to fall out over time, if your posts are too close, you can’t overlap too much and the rails won’t fit.
  4. Secure your rails with a nail on the ends and corners, and short sections.  These portions of fence are the most likely to move.  The ends are corners are called terminals and bear a lot of the load.  The short sections are custom built and need to be secured to avoid any rails falling out.
  5. Dry pack all post holes with about 25 lbs of concrete.  This will keep them in place even among the harshest of weather conditions.  If your posts are not properly set, your fence may become less sturdy over time and you may find yourself re-installing some sections if we have to endure a lot of harsh weather during winter and spring.
  6. Your gate opening should be 2” wider than the width of the actual gate panel in order to accommodate for the hardware
3 rail vinyl fence

Vinyl split rail fence is the perfect fence for DIYers wanting to install one fence to last a lifetime that requires little to no maintenance!

Got more questions on building a split rail fence? You can chat with us online or just stop by our showroom on Tilco Drive—we’re open weekdays until 5 PM during winter and we’ll be open on Saturdays from early spring through late fall—we’re happy to offer you everything you need to build a split rail fence!

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