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Chain Link Fence:
Maintenance Tips to Last its Lifetime

October 16, 2018 ~ Posted By Jim Jenkins

While most new home communities make use of vinyl or wood fencing as their main fence material, there are still a lot of neighborhoods that allow homeowners to select from a wide variety of materials to create a perimeter around their homes. Many still choose one of the most affordable fences on the market that can keep outsiders from entering the yard while keeping pets and children safe inside: chain link fence. If you happen to own a home surrounded by one of these fences or are looking to install a fence that will last many years without blowing out your home improvement budget, here are a few maintenance tips for taking care of a chain link fence:

Keep Your Chain Link Fence Vine Free

Keeping vines, flowers and shrubs off the fence affords you greater longevity for your chain link fence.

A lot of homeowners think that vines on a fence are a wonderful way to add natural beauty to their yard. While that may be true, we don’t recommend that you grow vines, flowers or any kind of decorative plant on a chain link fence. While they may look nice, plants can grow through the chain link, causing the fence to lift on the bottom, which can create slight warps among the panels. This combined with a heavy snow or rain season can result in the fence losing its structural integrity over time. What you have left is a fence with leaning sections or bowing panels, which can cause severe bowing. Plants can also burst through the links and cause them to break, leaving sharp openings which can harm bot h humans and pets if they’re not careful.

Clean Your Chain Link Fence A Couple of Times a Year

This many sounds like a time-intensive process, but a good hosing down of your chain link fence will help it last a long time. You don’t need to do much—if you own a power hose, a good spray once a year easily does the job for keeping the fence clean. If you have a regular hose, just set your nozzle on the highest setting and give it a good watering down. For any areas with a bit of a buildup, you can often just take a bucket of water and a sponge to get rid of mud, bird poop, clumps of leaves and other debris stuck to your fence. For truly tough areas, you may need to get out a scrub brush and some dish soap mixed in with your water to keep the fence sparkling clean.

Apply Rust Protection Every Spring

If you want that chain link fence to last more than two decades, applying rust protection each spring can help you reach your goal. The most problematic area of a chain link fence is the bottom portion and many homeowners never seem to look down until that fateful day when they realize that the fence is completely rusted out just above the ground, especially if you have flowers planted close to where the fence sits. Don’t let this happen to you! Set a calendar item in whatever app you use (or mark the free calendar you get from China Garden. Come on, we know you have them hanging in your kitchen or office!), and when May rolls around, head to your local box store to get enough Rust Oleum (one of our favorites) and apply it to your fence. One can of spray covers about 15 square feet and you can even purchase it with a color in mind if you want to give your fence more visual appeal.

The greater level of care you provide to your fence–such as applying rust protection and repairing sections as soon as you notice any damage–makes a world of difference as to how long your fence can lat.

Repair Your Chain Link Fence When You Notice an Issue

One of the main reasons why homeowners love chain link is that if you have a sprawling yard, it’s an affordable material that’s fairly free of intense maintenance. However, over time you may find that certain sections of your chain link fence may require some maintenance. If you have children or pets that pull on or jump on the fence often, you may see a need to strengthen the connection between a panel and a post. You may also find that after a heavy winter and wet spring that the hinges on your gate may get a little rusty. Additionally, after years of heavy use, your gate may start to sage or dig slightly into the ground.

As soon as you notice something about the fence that requires a bit of a repair, take care of it right away. If you don’t, all you’re doing is setting yourself up for either a major repair job over time or the need for a replacement fence sooner than planned.

Take the time to take care of your chain link fence and it will last a long time. You can tell a homeowner who makes the effort as their fence looks as good as new once spring time rolls around because they’ve both cleaned it and made some repairs to keep the entire fence looking as if it was recently installed. It’s not all that hard to do and the one weekend you spend in the spring means the difference between a fence that last six to seven years versus eighteen to twenty. Just ask any of our fence consultants!

Thinking About Chain Link Fence?

If you’re in the market for a new chain link fence, you now have several options available to you that are much better than what was available just a few decades ago. You can now get a fence with dark green or black panels and posts and you can also build a fence with a vinyl or powder-coating, options that will automatically prolong the lifespan of the fence you install. You can also purchase commercial grade galvanized steel, which is great for homeowners with larger animals (think large dogs or horses) as these fences are extremely durable and can withstand a lot of pressure.

If you’re weighing your options for a new chain link fence or have one that needs some maintenance, contact us at 1-800-49-FENCE, click on our chat button or go to our Contact page and we’ll visit your home (or business) and give you a complete estimate.

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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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Spring is the Perfect Time for Ordering Your Pool Fence!

April 2, 2018 ~ Posted By Jim Jenkins

vinyl pool fence

Have a pool? Make sure you also have a fence that surrounds it to meet state and county standards or run the risk of huge legal fees should something happen!

Planning to install a swimming pool on your property this year? Have an existing pool that got installed last fall and still needs a swimming pool safety fence to live up to code in your county?

If your goal is to have a pool fence in time for that July 4th celebration in your back yard, now’s the time you’ll want to get your pool fence order in so that you can host your party while meeting the guidelines within your county!

Why Now is the Time to Get Going on Your Pool Fence

Spring is the best time to order your pool fence, even if your pool won’t go in the ground until May or June.  If you wait to order your pool fencing from a vendor after your pool gets installed in June, you’ll have difficulty getting the fence installed in time for your holiday celebration.

Why?

It’s a matter of scheduling.  Once the warm weather breaks, the busy season for fence installation kicks in.  Ordering a fence in early spring means a huge difference in getting placed on the installation schedule for any vendor.  This time of year, there are fewer customers in the queue waiting to get permits from the county where they reside as well as fewer homeowners waiting for a fence to get installed.

The longer homeowners wait to order the aluminum pool fence during warmer weather, the longer it can take to get on the schedule to get the fence installed. Even if your pool isn’t scheduled for delivery until late June, you need to get your fence order on the books now so that once you fill the pool with water, there’s a fence around it.  Failure to comply with having a fence around your pool means putting your investment at risk.

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Pool fences keep your family, friends and pets safe and can also keep out unwanted guests.

Why You Need a Pool Fence Before Taking Your First Dip

Every state and local government has its own set of pool fence regulations that all consumers and businesses must follow when there’s a pool on their property.  Failure to follow these guidelines means being subject to significant legal risks, such as being sued if there’s an accident. A great start for understanding the implications of pool ownership is to check out the guidelines the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission publishes each year.

These helpful guidelines can keep you out of trouble and ensure that your pool area meets regulations and minimizes your legal risk should there be an accident.   Things you can do to minimize risk include:

  • Follow all home safety guidelines and laws for pool ownership in your area.
  • Always supervise your children and their guests—never leave a child unattended even for just a few minutes.
  • Keep your and your guests’ pets away from the pool area.
  • Make it a rule that no one swims alone—that includes both adults and children.
  • Don’t mix alcohol and pool time—if someone has had a few drinks, keep them out of the pool.
  • Keep your pool fence locked to keep uninvited guests out of the pool area; consider an alarm on the fence for maximum safety.
  • Make sure your homeowner’s insurance includes coverage for liability lawsuits as a result of pool injures or death. Some policies do not cover pools with slides or diving boards so before installing them, find out what your insurer covers!

 Thinking About a Pool Fence?

If there’s a swimming pool fence in your future this summer, give us a call now and we’ll send one of our expert consultants out to your home to give you an estimate for the perfect pool fence solution.  Whether it’s wood, aluminum or vinyl, we’ll work with you to develop the ideal fence solution that maintains local regulations and works within your budget!

You can either click on our chat feature to the left, give us a call or visit our Contact page to get started.  You can even come by our showroom and look at samples of swimming pool safety fence options!

Just remember that if you want a fence installed by July 4th, you need to act as fast as possible to meet that date!

 

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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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Our Most Frequently Asked DIY Questions and Answers!

October 15, 2017 ~ Posted By Jim Jenkins

At Frederick Fence, we love it when DIYers choose to take on the task of building their own fence.  In fact, sometimes the most rewarding thing you can do as a home owner is take personal pride when you step into your yard and see the outcome of your own handiwork!

Sometimes, however, a DIY enthusiast needs a little help.  Even though fence installation seems like a relatively easy process, we often get the same questions time and again from folks looking to build their own fence.  To help you with your next DIY fence project, we’ve assembled our most frequently asked questions and answers!  Hopefully seeing them here will help you should you decide to take on the great outdoors and build a fence for your home!

arch topHow wide is the gate?

With the exception of a split rail style gate, all of our gates are made to fit an opening.  The gate itself is not the size listed.  For example, an aluminum 4’ wide gate Is actually 46.5”, which is designed to fit in an opening of 48”.

Do you sleeve a vinyl post over a wood post?

Not only is it not necessary, it’s also not recommended.  Our vinyl posts are structural and do not need reinforcement.  The only time you might need them are for gate posts, which use metal inserts.  Putting a wood post inside a vinyl sleeve makes it more vulnerable to problems as the wood post is likely to bend, twist, or warp inside the vinyl sleeve.

Do I need to call utilities?

Yes, before you dig any hole for your DIY fence post installation! Failure to do so may result in some expensive repair damage that any county will force you to pay for, along with some hefty fines.  Don’t risk it at all!  Call before you dig!

vinyl pool fenceWhat do I need to do in order to make my fence meet pool code?

Typically, with the exception being Montgomery county, swimming pool fencing should be at least 48 inches above the side of the barrier, facing away from the swimming pool. Some states have pool fence regulation indicating the fence needs to be at least 60 inches.  Openings in the pool fence should be no larger than 4 inches wide.

There should be no more than 4 inches of space between the pool surface and the bottom of your fence.  When a fence is comprised of diagonal rails, the maximum opening between diagonal pieces should be no more than 1 ¾ inches.  Swimming pool fence gates should be self-latching, and open away from the pool. The gate should also be self-closing.

Why don’t you sell cedar posts?

Cedar is not recommended for ground contact.  It is susceptible to rotting.  We use pressure treated pine posts that are treated for in ground contact.

Is your aluminum painted?

No.  We use aluminum fencing that comes with a Dupont certified powder coating that surpasses a salt spray test of 10000 hours.  We use an Alumiguard product, which we feel is the industry best!

How tall should my deer fence be?

On average, a deer fence is 8’ tall.  However, deer can jump really high, so don’t be surprised if a deer ends up on your property from time to time!

How do you keep rabbits out of your yard?

It is often suggested that you install a wire fence, and “trench” or bury about 4-6” of the bottom of the fence.

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Planning on starting your own fence project? Stop by our showroom on Tilco Drive in Frederick, Maryland to get fencing information and everything you could possible need to build your own fence! Our fence installation experts are always on hand to answer your questions in person!  You can also use our online chat feature during regular business hours for a quick answer!

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Choosing and Installing a Fence to Meet Your Needs

August 11, 2015 ~ Posted By Kathy Crum

Aside from deciding what home to purchase, one of the biggest decisions you’ll need to make about your home is whether or not installing a fence is right for you. Some people enjoy having an open perimeter that doesn’t block the view of the land around them; others need that strong perimeter to create a boundary to ether keep children and pets safe inside the yard or to keep intruders from using their yard as a passageway to another area.  Some find installing a fence helpful because they want an established boundary of their property that creates some privacy—especially when they live close to their neighbors.

Looking for residential fence options for your home? Based on what your needs might be, here are some helpful suggestions to consider before choosing and installing a fence.  Read more…

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