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Season’s Greetings from Frederick Fence!

December 24, 2018 ~ Posted By Jim Jenkins

Now that the holidays are upon us, it’s time for all of us at Frederick Fence to wish you— our customers, family and friends—the very best for a wonderful holiday season and a safe and happy new year!

2018 was a banner year for us thanks to our many customers who became part of our Frederick Fence family. We also got the opportunity to help out some of our former family members who either purchased new homes, replaced old fences or had a fence repair. Needless to say, we are humbled that there are many of you out there who consider us the best company when it comes to meeting your fencing needs. We appreciate each and every one of you as you help us take great care of our amazing staff and allow them to all enjoy their lives with their families and friends.

When Charlie Powers first started our company in 1982, we had no idea that we would be here today with our same company name, mission and vision. Thanks to him, our incredible staff and all of you, we’re still here and we’re gearing up for what we hope will be a prosperous 2019.

We’re extremely proud to be part of the thriving Frederick area—we think it’s the best place to live, work, relax and do business! For many of us, Frederick has always been home and we’re thankful that others wish to live here and celebrate its local charm and community feel.

We’re busy making some changes for 2019—so you can expect some announcements early in the new year regarding our company and our website. We hope you’ll like what you see! Most of all, we hope that you’ll continue to visit our site, check out our blog for some tips and tricks on fences, and see what the next generation of Frederick Fence is up to in the months ahead.

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

 

 

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Frederick Fence: 2018 Fall Hours
2019 Winter Hours

October 31, 2018 ~ Posted By Jim Jenkins

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

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

Frederick Fence Fall 2018 Hours

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

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

Frederick Fence Holiday Season 2018/Winter Hours 2019

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

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

Need Help With a Fence Outside Our Office Hours?

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

If you’re a fence contractor or a DIY 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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Here Kitty, Kitty! Keeping Your Feline Safe with Cat Fence

September 24, 2018 ~ Posted By Jim Jenkins

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

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

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

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

Cat Fence: Keeps Kitty Safe in Your Yard

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

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

How does it work?

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

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Season of Change: A Goodbye and Hello at Frederick Fence

August 28, 2018 ~ Posted By Jim Jenkins

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

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

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

Goodbye to Our Friend and Master Craftsman, John Angles

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

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

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

Hello to the New Mrs. Powers

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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Finding Calm Before the Fall: Tips for Decluttering Your Yard

August 22, 2018 ~ Posted By Jim Jenkins

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

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

Commit to One Weekend With Everyone Involved

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

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

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

Plan With the End in Mind

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

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

Organize the Work

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

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

Keep What You Love—Toss What Needs to Leave

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Need a Fence to Go With that Perfect Oasis?

As you declutter your yard, consider looking at your existing fence. If it’s looking worn down and starting to fade or warp in places, then maybe it’s time to 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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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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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 Maryland 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 fence 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 for repairing fences.

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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6 Tips for Building a Split Rail Fence

November 25, 2017 ~ Posted By Jim Jenkins

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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