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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 in winter or fall, 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 fence 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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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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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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Adding Security to Your Property: Gate Operators

May 1, 2018 ~ Posted By Jim Jenkins

 

Gate Operators add an extra layer of security to either an existing or new fence so you can control who enters and exits your property.

Gate Operators add an extra layer of security to either an existing or new fence so you can control who enters and exits your property.

When security ranks as the main issue for installing a fence on your home or commercial property, consider adding an additional layer of security to keep unwanted guests out and your family, pets and other animals in by purchasing a gate operator as part of your fence solution.

Just like buying a fence, you have multiple options available to you when purchasing a gate operator solution.  Typically, the most advantageous place to install a gate operator is across a driveway onto your property; however, depending upon your needs, you can also install a gate operator anywhere along the fence perimeter where you enter and exit the property.  For example, some farm owners may install a gate operator system on their property for moving cattle, horses and livestock between certain areas of the farm, particularly if they have a designated feeding area or shelter during severe storms.  Both homeowners and property managers may purchase a gate operator system to protect their swimming pool areas.

When purchasing a privacy fence gate operator system, there are several things to consider before deciding upon which solution best meets your needs.  Some things to consider include:

  • Do you have a single or dual gate?
  • Does your gate swing or slide?
  • Does your gate swing into or away from your property?
  • How long is each gate leaf?
  • How much does each gate leaf weigh?
  • Do you wish to use electric or solar power for the gate operator system?
  • How easy do want to make it for entering the property?
Gate Operator equipment is easy to install and can be strategically placed so you barely notice it when you come and go from your home.

Gate Operator equipment is easy to install and can be strategically placed so you barely notice it when you come and go from your home.

Depending upon how you answer these questions, you can choose among several different options for gate operator systems.  Many homeowners in this area now go for convenience and choose

the most automatic way possible to enter their property—using an automatic gate opener where you can use a phone app to open the gate as you pull into your driveway.  If you have an existing gate on your property and wish to automate the process, you can often purchase the appropriate equipment and add the gate operator without too much difficulty; however, be mindful that depending upon the type of fence you have now, a gate operator may require some additional reworking of the existing fence to accommodate the installation of an automatic system.

If you’re building new security fencing for your home, you’ll need to think about the type of material you plan to use, such as wrought iron, wood, aluminum, vinyl, or chain link. Then you’ll need to consider what type of security gate options you want such as:

  • Automatic
  • Self-closing
  • Self-latching
  • Swinging

Most commercial gate operator systems are intended to control both entry and security to a facility. Whether it’s for gaining or controlling access to the property, securing a storage area or

Gate Operator equipment means no one can enter your property without having to enter a code or announce who they are, meaning you keep your family, pets and outdoor animals safe.

Gate Operator equipment means no one can enter your property without having to enter a code or announce who they are, meaning you keep your family, pets and outdoor animals safe.

protecting a swimming pool or tennis court, there are a wide variety of commercial options that can go into a gate operator system.

Looking for a Gate Operator System for Your Property?

If you’re evaluating what type of gate operator system would work best for your home or business, contact us at Frederick Fence and we’ll help you determine what options would work best for your protection fence project’s budget based on your needs.  We have a dedicated gate operator team that we partner with on all our projects that require a gate operator system that makes sure you get the very best system when it comes to serving your needs and exceeding your expectations.

Have questions about security fence installation?  Just click on our Chat feature or give us a call at 1-800 49-FENCE and we’ll be happy to help you!

With gate operators, you can easily install them to work with most any kind of gate materials. You can even build a custom gate that showcases your property and add valuable curb appeal.

With gate operators, you can easily install them to work with most any kind of gate materials. You can even build a custom gate that showcases your property and adds valuable curb appeal.

 

 

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2018 is Heating Up and So Are Our Showroom Hours!

April 9, 2018 ~ Posted By Jim Jenkins

The weather is (finally) starting to warm up, flowers are starting to bloom, and the sun is out for longer periods of time.  This can mean only one thing—the Frederick Fence Showroom, located at 1505 Tilco Drive in Frederick, Maryland is ready for you to drop by and see the latest and greatest fence materials now in stock!

Weekday Hours

Monday through Friday, you can visit Frederick Fence’s showroom between the hours of 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM.  We’re located just outside downtown Frederick, just off I-70, directly across from the Maryland Vehicle Emissions Inspection Station—so we’re easy to find with any GPS application.

Weekend Hours

Beginning April 2018 through late Fall, you can visit our showroom on Saturdays from 8:00 AM until 12:00 PM.

Visit our showroom on Tilco Drive in Frederick, Maryland! We're located across the street from the Maryland Emissions Inspection Station!

Visit our showroom on Tilco Drive in Frederick, Maryland! We’re located across the street from the Maryland Emissions Inspection Station!

Why Stop by the Frederick Fence Showroom?

Most people stop by our showroom to purchase fencing materials for their DIY projects.  You bring your truck and we’ll load you up with everything you need for your fence project, including your fence building materials and all the hardware you need for building fences.

Our yard is now fully stocked for 2018, meaning you can come by and get all the chain link, wood, aluminum and vinyl materials you need for a new fence or for a small fence repair!  If you’re a new DIY aficionado, you can work with any of our showroom associates or local fence consultants to get installation tips as well as simple instructions on how to build a fence for your home.

Are you a local commercial fence contractor?  Make sure you inquire about our contractors discount—we’ll offer you a competitive deal to keep you going during the peak fence installation season! And if your vehicle isn’t quite large enough to haul away all the materials for fence building, we’ll work with you to set up a delivery schedule that keeps you on your timeline!

And if you’re a homeowner who’s simply looking for options and want to know a bit more about what goes into fence design and installation—our staff is here to show you our various types of wood, aluminum and vinyl you can use to build the fence of your dreams!

Frederick Fence accepts cash, checks, and all major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover Card).  For large fence projects, we offer several options for financing your fence investment through Wells Fargo; note that all fence financing through Frederick Fence selected options are subject to credit approval.

Don’t Delay, Visit our Showroom in 2018 To Get Your Fence Project on the Books

Warm weather means that the fence installation season will soon kick into high gear. IF you want your fence installed in time for the summer season, the best thing you can do is stop by our showroom now to have your questions answered and get your fence in our installation queue as soon as possible! Remember, we also handle getting your fence permits as well, which means when you deal with Frederick Fence, you get our one-stop, full service resources to help you complete your fence project within a budget that meets your needs!

Don’t need to stop by and want to get started now? Just click on our Chat feature or give us a call at 1-800 49-FENCE and we’ll be happy to help you!

If you’re a Frederick Fence customer, make sure to share photos of your completed project on our Facebook Page!

Have a great spring and incredible summer season!

 

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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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Why Vinyl is the Fence Material of Choice at Frederick Fence

February 14, 2018 ~ Posted By Jim Jenkins

For many years, chain link and wood were the most popular fence materials for the average consumer and business owner.  They were (and still are) reasonably priced, easy to install and satisfied many needs, especially when it comes to keeping your children and pets inside the yard. Watch any television show or news broadcast from the 1950’s through the late 70’s and you’ll see many family sitcom homes surrounded by a chain link or wood perimeter.  Since the 1980’s, however, a new fence material arrived in the marketplace that’s now one of the most popular fence materials—especially in new housing communities that include a fence with the purchase of a home! We’re talking about vinyl fence.

Four Reasons Why Vinyl Fence Materials Rank as One of the Top Fence Materials

At Frederick Fence, we do our own routing, meaning you get the strongest and best vinyl fence posts possible that last a lifetime!

At Frederick Fence, we do our own routing, meaning you get the strongest and best vinyl fence posts possible that last a lifetime!

Vinyl fence, when first introduced, was considered a fence material for the wealthy.  Now it’s practically the market standard for new and first-time homeowners.  Why is this fence material so popular now?  Here are four reasons why:

Toughness
When it comes to fence materials that can withstand everything Mother Nature and humankind has to offer, vinyl fence remains the undisputed champion of strong fence materials. Vinyl fencing materials can survive the harshest of weather conditions that come with every season, whether it’s high temperatures, gushing rains, or blustery snows. Additionally, with vinyl, you never have to worry about pests, decay, and fungus. You put vinyl fence up and you’ll own a fence that will last for years.  Even the best crafted wood fence that can last up to 20 years will eventually require some type of repair.  And after several difficult winters or summers, wood fences may require you to replace worn down sections or apply some pressure-treated product to make them last.  Not vinyl!  You put it in the ground and it will most likely last longer than you own your home!

Maintenance
Other than the occasional hosing to remove dirt (which the rain often does for you), there’s no maintenance necessary for a vinyl fence, meaning you can simply enjoy it without having to invest in a lot of your weekends to make it last.  Imagine what you’ll do with all that extra time!  Wood fence requires periodic inspections to check for warps and bows as well as potential rot.  Additionally, to ensure your fence lasts more than five to seven years, you’ll need to apply some chemical treatment to seal it and a stain to maintain or enhance its color.  Depending on the size of your fence, those materials can get expensive through the years when you combine them with fence repairs due to extreme weather conditions.  With vinyl, you never have to worry again once it’s in the ground!

Cost
Vinyl costs more than wood and chain link.  That’s a fact and we don’t hide that from customers. Think long term and what you’ll soon realize is that vinyl costs less over the life of your home.  Once it’s in the ground, we’re taking no additional costs!  Except in cases of extreme weather or someone who fails to properly use their car or truck breaks, your vinyl fencing will last and last.  Planning on staying in your home for more than 10 to 15 years?  With vinyl, you’ll pay for that fence once and will maintain its value when you sell your home.

Flexibility
With vinyl, you can now design a fence that both meets your needs and expresses your creativity.  You can now design your own fence in practically every color or you can purchase vinyl fence panels that look exactly like wood, but will never warp, bow or eventually rot!  You can also choose from privacy panels to split rails or even design custom lattice work or ornate gazebos to match your fence.  In other words, with vinyl, you can have the most unique fence that reflects your personality and style—just be sure to check with your homeowner’s association or country government to make sure what you design meets their regulations and codes!

Celebrating Ten Years of Vinyl Fence Fabrication at Frederick Fence

Our vinyl fabricator allows us to custom the width and height from blank profiles, meaning you can design the vinyl fence of your dreams!

Our vinyl fabricator allows us to custom the width and height from blank profiles, meaning you can design the vinyl fence of your dreams!

In 2008, Frederick Fence made the wise decision to invest in its own vinyl fabrication shop, meaning we can take pure vinyl materials and make our own posts and custom panels for our customers.  When our customers choose vinyl fence panels, they’re getting a strong fence what we help create from raw vinyl sheets, which makes our vinyl fences a bit more cost effective.

We pride ourselves on having a small, but expert team of three vinyl technicians—headed by our very own Todd Powers, who can take a blank profile and turn it into the fence of your dreams.  One reason why our vinyl fences are more durable is that we can route and shape our own post rails, meaning we can custom the size of the post and cut our own holes in the posts.  When we assemble them with our panels, they remain in place and will never fall out of alignment.  Some vendors may sell one size of post, which are sometimes not routed.  Instead you have to use clips to keep all the pieces together which equates to a fence that’s not as secure, strong or even as attractive.

Another difference is that we use 100% virgin vinyl.  Some vendors will say that they use vinyl made up of recycled materials.  While that may sound environmentally friendly, you need to inquire further as to what the vendor means by “recycled.”  Some manufacturers are great about telling you the basis for using recycled materials, such as PVC pipe.  That’s all well and good but there are some manufacturers who definition of recycled means that you could be purchasing the fourth or fifth generation of recycled materials, which can range from used milk cartons, old credit cards, buckets, jugs and cups.  Yes, not all recycled vinyl is created equal and that’s why we stick with 100% virgin vinyl so you get the best quality materials on the market.

Ready for a Vinyl Fence?

Want to purchase just one fence for your new home?  Need to replace an old wood fence and never want to spend another weekend fixing it?  Looking for a custom color or a textured surface to match your outdoor décor?  At Frederick Fence, we’ll help you design the perfect vinyl solution to meet your budget and achieve your dreams!

We’ll send one of our expert fence consultants out to your home to showcase all our unique styles and designs.  You can even stop by our headquarters on Tilco Road and we’ll show you our color samples to inspire your design!  And if you’re a DIY enthusiast—good news!  We can show you how to install a vinyl fence that will last!

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

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Wood Fence Installation: Assembled Versus Stick Built Fence

November 15, 2017 ~ Posted By Jim Jenkins

Are you a DIY devotee and wonder what type of wood fence design to install?  There are two ways to install a wood fence—you can either install assembled panels or build your panels on site.  It all depends on what your needs are and the grade of your property.  Here’s some basic information to help you decide:

Stockade fence is the most popular type of assembled fence for DIYers.

Stockade fence is the most popular type of assembled fence for DIYers.

Assembled Fence

The only type of fence we install in panels is stockade fence, which is a six foot privacy fence.  If you’re looking to build a fence where you, your children and pets can enjoy the outdoors without being observed by everyone around you, installing a stockade fence is highly cost effective compared to vinyl. Paddock fence installs also tend to go quickly and easy as most of your time is spent measuring the posts to hold up the sections.

One of the biggest downsides of using assembled fence is that you cannot accommodate a grade (a slant or hill on the fence perimeter) and you would need to step your wooden fencing panels. If you have a yard with any type of hills or slope, it’s best to stick build your fence rather than installing fence panels.

Stick Built Fence

When a fence is stick built, the posts are set, runners are strung, and then the fence is boarded.  This way the fence can flow with the grade.  It is often sturdier as well because it typically is installed with joist clips for the 2x4s and uses the highest quality pressure treated or cedar boards.  Stick built fence requires significantly more time than assembled fence and a bit more skill as you constantly have to pay attention to the grade each step of the way.  You also need to measure twice as joist hangers requires an EXACT space between posts. If you measure incorrectly, your fence will turn out uneven and will not be as sturdy.

When working with stick built fence, remember your fence needs to flow with the grade of your ground in order to remain both even and sturdy.

When working with stick built fence, remember your fence needs to flow with the grade of your ground in order to remain both even and sturdy.

Just remember that wood fence is typically installed in 8’ wide sections; most pre-made wooden fencing panels are cut to this width.  When you install a fence and a portion of the fence that is less than 8’, you would need to cut the panel down to fit (which can sometimes be a pain).  If you’re building a fence and one of your sections requires you to install a 28’ stretch of fence, do not install three 8’ wide sections and then a small 3’ section, people will see the panels and think that the one small panel looks like a mistake on your part.  We recommend splitting the difference among several sections to make them all appear to be similar widths.  Trust us, it will look more appealing than the odd shorter section on one end of the fence.  When you install pre-made fence panels, you’ll just need to cut several sections to achieve that consistent look.

If you’ve never built a fence before and need help, feel free to use our online chat feature and we’ll be happy to answer your wood fence design and installation questions. For expert wooden fence installation advice, stop by our showroom on Tilco Drive and our fence experts will give you all the tips you need for a successful fence installation. In fact, if you want the best price on quality wooden fence materials, just bring your truck by our shop and you’ll drive home with everything you need to build a fence!

 

 

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How to Measure for Your DIY Fence

August 10, 2016 ~ Posted By Kathy Crum

Do you love doing things yourself? Make sure to measure for your DIY fence correctly!

Do you love doing things yourself? You should try a DIY fence project. Just make sure to measure for your fence correctly!

So, you’re out building your DIY fence in your yard. You can see the finish line, but realize that you didn’t purchase enough fencing material. DIY fence projects can be a lot of fun for anyone who loves using their hands. In order to save the most amount of money and effort, you need to make sure that you are ordering the right amount of material for your project. There a couple aspects of the building process that you need to take care of before you jump right into digging holes in the yard. This is how you can accurately determine how much fencing material you need for your DIY fence project.
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