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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 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

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

Ready for Clay Vinyl Fence?

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

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

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

June 18, 2018 ~ Posted By Jim Jenkins

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

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

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

Meet Your Frederick Fence Team by Service and Location!

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

Commercial Solutions

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

Residential Fence Solutions

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

Frederick County, Maryland

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

Carroll County, Maryland

• Louise Barnard

Montgomery County Maryland

• Perry Orman
• Paul Stambaugh

Howard County, Maryland

• Jeff Black

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

• Luther Fitzgerald

Loudoun County, Virginia

• Paul Abel

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

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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 a new fence 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 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 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 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!

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 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 fence 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 Deer Fence to protect your flowers and vegetables from rabbits, squirrels and groundhogs.

Installing Deer Fence—Our Approach

If you’re a DIY enthusiast, Deer Fence 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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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 fence 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 started on your vinyl fence project!

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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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Happy Holidays from Everyone at Frederick Fence!

December 23, 2017 ~ Posted By Jim Jenkins

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Happy holidays from Erin, Todd, Charlie, Kelly and Diane Powers!

Before we all take a little time off this week to honor and celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, we want to take a moment to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas.  No matter what holiday you celebrate this time of year, we hope that each of you have a joyful holiday season with your family and friends.  Our wish is that everyone throughout the world find peace in their hearts and that we all learn to take better care of each other.

Thank You For a Fantastic Fence Season

Frederick Fence had an amazing 2017, thanks to you, our amazing family of clients.  As you may have read in this blog, our company celebrated its 35th year in business, an achievement we know is made possible thanks to the thousands of clients who chose us as their vendor for a fence solution.  We’re extremely proud to serve each one of you—we consider every client to be part of our family.  We value your patronage and we truly appreciate knowing that many of you have stayed with us as you’ve moved to bigger homes or have moved out on your own and chose us to put a fence around your first home.  We are truly humbled in our success when we think of all the great people we’ve serviced for nearly four decades. This was a monumental year for our company as we officially changed leadership since opening our doors many years ago.  Our founder, president and original owner, Charlie Powers, officially transferred ownership of Frederick Fence to his children—Erin, Kelly and Todd—and they are all happy and proud to be part of the next generation of Frederick Fence.

Our Newest Addition

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Meet the newest Frederick Fence member: Finn Maddox Orman!

At Frederick Fence, we are pleased to announce the newest addition to the Frederick Fence family: Finn Maddox Orman, born to Perry Kelly (Powers) Orman, our Retail Sales Manager and Owner.  Charlie Powers, of course, is overjoyed to have a new grandchild to spoil!

See You in 2018

We hope that you and yours have a safe and prosperous new year and that you have the best year possible in 2018!  So long as the weather holds out and the ground doesn’t freeze any time soon, we’ll still be here to help you with any of your fencing needs.  Whether it’s a new fence, a small repair or materials for your own fence build, Frederick Fence is open for business.  If you have a question about a product or material, you can either click on our chat feature or just give us a call! Happy holidays, everyone!

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Winter Warning: Get Your Fence Repairs Done Now!

December 15, 2017 ~ Posted By Jim Jenkins

broken-fenceTemperatures are falling, holidays decorations are up, and hopefully by now you’ve remembered to shut off your outside faucets so that nothing bad happens while we experience chilly scenes of winter the next few months.  Before you settle in for the long cold spell here in the NOVA/MD area, we encourage you to take a few minutes and walk along your fence line to make sure that your fences are fine and that you’re not in need of any repairs.

If there’s a warped board or two or your fence panels are starting to lean, it’s best to get them fixed before we have our first major snow as a dense snow fall can sometimes prove detrimental to a fence that’s starting to fall apart.  Since our area can also experience an ice storm or two in the middle of winter, you may also consider trimming the branches on trees that may tend to droop or fall over should they end up covered in ice.

Here are a few of our tips for making sure your fence survives the winter months so you can return to the great outdoors and enjoy your yard once the warmer temperatures return:

Taking Care of Wood Fences in Winter

Check your wood fence and make sure that there are no warped boards or panels.  A heavy snow can easily create more damage.  Remember, it’s not just the snow that causes damage, it’s also the heavy winds and freezing temperatures that can wreak havoc on your fence’s structure.

If you own a split rail fence, make sure that the snow doesn’t tend to settle on any one section as the weight from the snow can cause the rails to break in the middle section.

If you’re a dog owner and you tend to let your dogs take care of their business in your yard instead of taking them for walks in winter, just make sure that your dogs refrain from trying to dig themselves out of your yard during cold weather.  Yes, sometimes your four-legged loved ones can damage your fence, especially if they’re left to their own devices in the cold.

Got a new snow blower and can’t wait to use it?  Just remember not to get to close to your fence or bump up against it while removing the snow as you could easily damage your fence should the rotors rub up against the lower portion of the fence panels.  Those high speed snow blowers are great and we recommend buying one if you live in our area; just don’t lose control of your machine and let it hit the fence—especially if you have a gate that straddles a walkway!

Inspect Your Vinyl (Aluminum and Wrought Iron) Fence

The good news about vinyl fence is that its maintenance free and so the most you may need to do during winter is wipe it down if any yard debris has left any kind of stain on the panels.  As long as your fence panels are set in concrete with posts at least three feet deep, you should be fine.  However, if you’ve purchased a home with an existing vinyl fence, we encourage you to check the integrity of your fence’s structure after any winter storm to make sure there are no panels that need reinforcing.

picket-fence-in-snowLikewise, if you own an aluminum or wrought iron fence, there’s not much you need to do to prepare for winter; just remember to take a walk and ensure your fence’s structure remains intact should we experience a brutal winter storm.

The only real danger for these types of fences are trees that may fall should they be subject to extreme winds and freezing rain.

Need a Fence Repair Now?

Regardless of whether or not we installed your fence, our service teams are happy to come out and repair your fence.  Depending upon the magnitude of the repair, we can take care of it while you’re away from home!

Need to replace a board or two and need materials?  Stop by our showroom on Tilco Drive during regular business hours and we’ll be more than happy to get you what you need to repair fencing issues.

To get started, either use our online chat feature to discuss a fence repair cost estimate or give us a call to schedule your repair or materials pick up!

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