Getting the Best of Both Worlds in Fence Materials: Mixed Media Fence

May 30, 2018 ~ Posted By Jim Jenkins

Sometimes home owners look at the many fence materials available to them and have trouble deciding which one appeals to them most. Some like the natural look and want a wood fence; some love the low maintenance aspect of vinyl. Then there are the folks who absolutely favor the appeal of aluminum. When you want to install a fence and just can’t decide on which one to choose, consider choosing a mixed media fence!

Introducing the New Mélange from Alumi-Guard

Thanks to the amazing and innovate team at Alumi-Guard, you can now build one of the most innovative fences available with their new Mélange product! With Mélange, you purchase a heavy-duty aluminum frame system and then fill it with whatever materials you want—wood, vinyl or even composite deck panels and you get a most unique and visually stunning fence solution!

Mélange allows you to take advantage of the sturdiness and durability of aluminum fence and presents the advantage of making that fence more visually appealing by allowing you to fill its frames with any material you desire. Mélange comes in 6 by 6-foot sections for your main panels and you can choose from with 4 or 5-foot openings for gates.

These powder coated aluminum frame kits are built to last as they are tested in Florida’s hot, humid, high salt concentrated environment. What that means to you as a consumer is that these frames have passed more than 10,000 hours of a salt spray test, meaning these frames can withstand extreme heat and will never chip, scratch or fade. The coating on these wonderful frames are twice as thick and hard as baked on enamel finishes and are much more durable than baked on enamel.

Mélange frames come in seven colors, which means when it comes to designing your fence, you can choose the most decorate fence possible once you begin mixing these frames with stained wood, colored vinyl or composite deck panel materials.

Making the Most of A Mélange Fence

When you purchase Mélange fence frame, you also need to decide what will go into those frames. To help you decide what materials to use inside the frame, Mélange comes in one of seven colors:


If you want to install a fence that requires little to no maintenance, choose among the many colors of vinyl or go with composite deck boards. Should you choose to go with composite deck panels, you can also install a separator bar across the section for further visual appeal. Want a more natural look? You can fill your aluminum frames with wood planks and stain them before installation.

Cost Considerations for Mélange

Before deciding on a mixed media fence solution, remember that a Mélange fence requires you to purchase multiple fence materials. True, the installation on this is easy since you’re putting an aluminum fence around your property; just remember that there’s additional costs for filling the panel and gate frames. If you’re working within a tight budget, this fence could easily exceed it! If you’re looking to create curb appeal for the front of your property, you can choose to use Mélange for the front sections that face passersby and then choose to install the rest of your fence with the material inside the frame. If you’re curious as to how this can work, one of our fence consultants can show you how to build a mixed media fence solution!

Ready for a Mixed Media Fence?

If you’re wanting to build a fence that’s both unique and innovative, Mélange is certainly a great choice! However, because it requires the use of multiple materials and frame panels throughout the perimeter, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with one of our fence design experts, so you understand how much materials to purchase to surround your home or commercial property.
Just click on our Chat feature or give us a call at 1-800 49-FENCE and we’ll send our one of our design consultants to put together a mixed media fence solution that meets your needs and budget!

 

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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 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 Fences 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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Getting Wild and Whimsical (Colors)With Vinyl Fence

July 30, 2017 ~ Posted By Jim Jenkins

Introducing the Grand Illusions Color Spectrum Estate Series!

Introducing the Grand Illusions Color Spectrum Estate Series!

Are you the type of homeowner that wants to stand out in your neighborhood? Do you wish you could design a fence that bursts with color? Have you ever asked yourself “Gee, I wish my fence was the same color as my front door and shutters?”

If you answered YES to any of the above questions, then consider designing a fence from the Grand Illusions Color Spectrum™ Estate Series! For more than 40 years, Illusions ® Vinyl Fence has been manufacturing and distributing high end fence products; their most recent innovation that’s transforming properties across the United States is its Estate Series line, where you can purchase vinyl fence in all styles and make use of 24 low gloss colors. If you want to use your creativity and design a fence like no other in your area, colored vinyl fence styles from this series is surely the way to go!

Bold, Brave and Colorful Options in All Styles

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The Illusions line…where it begins with your creativity and ends with a one of a kind colorful fence!

 

Grand Illusions Color Spectrum™ Estate Series offers you a wide spectrum of colors, ranging from multiple shades of green and blue, to orange, yellow, red and even purple! If your desire is to truly make a statement in your neighborhood and want a fence that will last a lifetime, this is your opportunity. The great thing about the Estate Series is that you can mix and match as many colors as you like with practically any style, whether it’s picket, split rail or privacy fence! That means if you’ve always wanted to build a vinyl privacy fence using the colors of the American flag or your favorite football team—as in burgundy and gold—you can get EXACTLY what you want! Thinking of painting your house light blue with yellow trim and want a fence to match? Now’s your chance!

One of the reasons why people love the Estate Series fencing paint is that if one of their existing colors is not what the homeowner wants, the company will work with fence vendors to develop a custom color. All Illusions needs is a swatch and they will work with you to design the fence of your dreams. Just be mindful that any custom color work will typically take a bit longer to develop and may incur additional costs to create your individual color scheme.

However, if you’re looking for something no one else will ever have, then this vinyl fence style offers you the perfect fence solution! And the good news is how long it will last!

With the Illusions series, you can design a fence with multiple colors!  Just remember, custom design will take longer and cost a bit more!

With the Illusions series, you can design a fence with multiple colors! Just remember, custom design will take longer and cost a bit more!

Colored Vinyl Fence: The One Fence You’ll Need That Lasts as Long as Your Home

True, you could put up a standard wood fence and choose to stain or paint it any color you like. However, you’ll need to constantly apply a fresh coat of color every few years to maintain your fence’s unique look. Wood fences can also occasionally warp and bow or suffer damage from the elements—especially difficult winters and extremely hot summers. When this happens, your fence can fade or the colors can sometimes end up looking distorted in certain sections depending upon the type of beating the fence takes from the sun or harsh rains or inclement weather.

The good news about vinyl fence is that it’s made to withstand the elements and it never fades. Vinyl fence is also maintenance free—once you install it, typically the only thing you’ll need to do is spray it with your garden hose to clean off any debris! That means your fence may last longer than the colors on your house, depending upon your building materials!

Want Color But Something More Traditional When It Comes to Vinyl?

Should you want a vinyl fence and want something that looks more natural, but with a bit of color, you can also choose to build your fence using Grand Illusions Vinyl Woodbond™ wood grain fence. You can chose a dark vinyl like Mahagony or Cherry or go as light as rosewood or Eastern White Cedar. These are some of the most gorgeous vinyl materials on the market and are completely lifelike!

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With this amazing Estate Series, you can choose the style of fence in practically every color, meaning you can match your door and shutters to turn your design dreams into reality!

Are You Ready to Get Wild With Color?

If you’ve been looking to build the most striking fence in your neighborhood and want something completely different from everyone around you, give us a call and we’ll send out one of our fence consultants to help you design a fence that’s truly unique. Simply click on our chat feature, visit our Contact page or give us a call at 1-800-49-fence and we’ll help you bring a dash of color to your neighborhood with your new vinyl fence!

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

July 15, 2017 ~ Posted By Jim Jenkins

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

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

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

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

Textures and Color: Blended to Perfection

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

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Split Rail and Pickets: An Open Fence with Diverse Views

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

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

Style and Privacy: A Wining Combination

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

 

Gates and Accessories to Match Your Unique Fence

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

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Design the Fence of a Lifetime

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

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

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

 

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Ranch & Paddock Fence

August 17, 2016 ~ Posted By Kathy Crum

Are you considering a fence for your property and want something that enhances the beauty of your yard or field? The perfect fence for any open area is a ranch style fence.  Sometimes called a paddock fence, this is the perfect solution for any type of terrain.  Ranch or paddock fencing is typically constructed out of wood (pressure treated pine, western red cedar, or rough cut oak board) or out of top of the line quality vinyl.

A ranch style fence can also offer security and peace of mind, especially when wire mesh is added to it. The wire mesh can help contain animals and will also allow a ranch style fence to meet the standards of BOCA (Building Officials and Code Administrators) for pool safety compliance.

A ranch or paddock fence is one of the more popular fence designs offered at Frederick Fence. With the endless options of style, height, color, and material, there is a solution for every need.

Check out this beautiful wood 3 board ranch style fence designed by Sales Rep, Luther Fitzgerald, and installed by crew Manuel and Antonio!

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Here is another great example of a beautiful 3 board ranch fence. It is constructed out 100% beige virgin vinyl.  Designed by Sales Rep, Louise Barnard, and beautifully installed by Foreman Mike Henline and crew!

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If you like what you are seeing, give us a call at 1-800-49-FENCE for a free estimate of ranch fence supplies!

 

Protect Your Loved Ones, Investments, and Peace Of Mind With A Privacy Fence!

June 17, 2016 ~ Posted By Kathy Crum

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A wooden privacy fence keeps intruders out, noise pollution down, and children safe.

Looking for some alone time after a stressful work week? Whether you’re reading quietly in your backyard, basking in the Maryland summertime heat, or taking a rejuvenating nap on your favorite lawn chair, having a peaceful environment to collect your thoughts is important. With constant noise pollution from busy highways, rowdy neighbors, and barking dogs installing a DIY privacy fence gives you that peace and quiet you’re so desperately searching for. Let’s take a look at how the right privacy fence  will give you a relaxing backyard oasis.

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Tackling Your Next DIY Vinyl Fence Project

April 1, 2016 ~ Posted By Kathy Crum

Do-it-yourself (DIY) projects have risen in popularity, and Frederick Fence is here to help. While a DIY vinyl fence project can save you money compared to hiring a contractor, Frederick Fence wants to ensure you get the maximum savings when you buy your materials.

Why choose a DIY vinyl fence?

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A DIY vinyl fence project can save you money. Contact Frederick Fence to get the best price on vinyl fencing materials.

If you have the tools and skillset, DIY vinyl fencing can save you a lot of money. On average, homeowners in the U.S. will pay approximately $2500 for a fence installation. That number can vary greatly based on the details of your project. Adding features like gates, ornamental fencing, additional garden or pool fencing and other requirements adds onto the cost. A big chunk of that cost is in labor and planning, so going the DIY vinyl fencing instantly cuts those costs from your budget. Read more…

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The Many Benefits of 3 Rail Vinyl Fence

October 5, 2015 ~ Posted By Kathy Crum

No matter where you go in the country, one of the most common fences you’ll find—especially in areas where the home sits on a large plot of land—is a 3 rail vinyl fence.

There’s just something pleasing about the openness of this fence, typically constructed of long pieces of wood, usually split lengthwise to form two to four or more rails inserted into holes within the fence posts and held in place by their own weight.  Rails are usually 8 or 11 feet long and can be round, half-round or even square or diamond-shaped.  Split rails remain popular as they are easy to build and most folks can build these fences almost anywhere, even on hard or rocky ground.

While most homeowners look to building three rail fences made of wood, we’ve seen an increase in the number of homeowners who now prefer placing a three rail vinyl fence on their property. Vinyl materials came about in the mid-20th century; however, it wasn’t until the mid 1980’s when manufacturers realized vinyl fences could be among the most durable of all fencing materials.  Fast forward a few decades and now you’ll find many educated homeowners want vinyl as their fencing material of choice.

Why the increase in popularity?  Here are a few reasons why homeowners prefer vinyl as part of their split rail fence solution when it comes to split or 3 rail vinyl fence.  Read more…

How to Install Vinyl Fence: Tips for the DIYer in You

September 15, 2015 ~ Posted By Kathy Crum

If you’re a DIY enthusiast who’s looking to build a solid, secure and maintenance free fence, look no further than how to install vinyl fence materials!

Installing vinyl fence projects can be the singular fence that lasts for as long as you own your home.  In fact, when you go to sell your home, that same fence will still be there, often adding value to your resale!  Vinyl is the most durable and permanent fence material on the market today.  Unlike wood fencing or most metals, vinyl can withstand the elements.  No matter how much sun exposure or snowfall it endures, vinyl fence will never fade, rot, rust, warp or ever appear to age.  Once you purchase it, you never need to worry about replacing it.  Read more…

Project of the Month

September 13, 2011 ~ Posted By Kathy Crum

Nice vinyl fence, recently installed on White Hall Road in Smithsburg, MD.  This is White Classic Picket with a Dip, beautifully installed by our foreman, Steve Miller and his crew.  Our senior sales executive, Bob Taylor, was the design consultant on this job.  This custom vinyl fence was fabricated in our state of art FVF (Frederick Vinyl Fabricators) shop, located in Frederick, MD. 

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