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Wood Fences and When to Replace Them

November 20, 2018 ~ Posted By Jim Jenkins

Wood fence remains one of the most popular fence materials home and business owners use to surround their property; however, they do have a limited life span compared to other materials such as vinyl, aluminum or wrought iron. Chances are if you’ve purchased an older home with a wood fence around it, you may notice more signs of aging on your fence than the indoors as many home sellers tend to concentrate on renovating the indoors for resale. Sometimes you can repair a wood fence when a board or two tends to warp or if a post gets damaged during severe weather conditions such as a wind storm or heavy snow. And then there’s that point at which you just need to recognize that you may need to replace either an entire section or the complete fence.

Common Problems for Wood Fence Owners

When entire sections of your fence have faded or begin to warp, it could be time for a new fence

Since wood fence comes from nature, it’s subject to nature’s laws and does not last forever, no matter how much care you put into maintaining your fence. Yes, you can seal and stain it (and we recommend you do that to prolong its life), but over time the elements can take their toll on the fence itself. In the Maryland, DC and Northern Virginia area, we’ve seen harsher winters, wetter springs and summers and chillier falls (which makes it seem as if we’ve traded places with the north west pacific areas like Seattle and Portland!) and all that constant moisture lessens the durability of a wood fence over time. Combine that with insects and short but radical shifts in temperature, and your fence is more likely to warp, splinter, bow or become discolored.

Not all wood sources are created equal; some wood fence materials tend to deteriorate more quickly. Frederick Fence customers benefit from wood fences that can last several decades as we use a higher grade of wood such as western red cedar, pressure-treated southern yellow pine, oak and black locust. One of the best things you can do before investing in a wood fence is research the type of wood used to make it. For example, you should refrain from ever building a fence with red oak as it’s considered an inferior wood and is highly unsuitable for fence posts.

Signs It’s Time for a New Wood Fence

When you notice that several sections of fence are leaning, you can often strengthen the fence again with new wood posts. But when the sections are simply falling down, then it might be time to consider a new fence. Once you reach that stage where pickets and boards are falling off or missing, a new fence often outweighs the cost of frequent repairs.
If your fence is more than eighteen years old and begins showing signs of rapid decline, you may also wish to consider replacing the fence. Once a fence approaches its second decade, chances are nature has run its course and it may be time to say goodbye. A good rule of thumb is that if you have to replace more than 20 to 25% of your fence’s panels or pickets, you’re better off having the entire fence removed and either replacing it with a new wood one or a more durable material like vinyl.

When weather takes it toll and entire sections of a fence collapse, it’s definitely time to consider replacing your wooden fence.

Still, some home owners prefer the rustic and natural look that a fence offers. They are indeed gorgeous works of art when carefully constructed and beautifully maintained. If you happen to live in an area where you have a choice of materials, wood can be a great option. Many newer home communities tend to favor a mixture of vinyl or aluminum and both offer major advantages over wood fence. But if your heart is set on that natural look and feel or if your budget is not ready to fence in a large sprawling area with costly materials, wood fences remain a wonderful option!

Ready for a New Wood Fence?

If you’re in the market for a new wood fence or in need of wood fence repair, our Frederick Fence team is here for you! Click on our chat feature, give us a call at 1-800-49-FENCE or stop by our headquarters and lumber yard at Tilco Drive and we’ll be more than happy to give you a free price quote and then take care of the entire installation process from start to finish! If you’re a DIY enthusiast and just need materials, we are always happy to assist you with your home fence project and give you all the details that go into building a wood fence that will last a long time!

 

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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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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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2018 is Heating Up and So Are Our Showroom Hours!

April 9, 2018 ~ Posted By Jim Jenkins

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

Weekday Hours

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

Weekend Hours

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

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

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

Why Stop by the Frederick Fence Showroom?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have a great spring and incredible summer season!

 

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No Problem is Too Dear For Deer Fence

March 26, 2018 ~ Posted By Jim Jenkins

Poly Mesh Deer Fence is an environmentally safe and cost effective way to prevent deer from making your garden their evening buffet.

Poly Mesh Deer Fence is an environmentally safe and cost effective way to prevent deer from making your garden their evening buffet.

One of the major concerns for any homeowner living adjacent to a wooded area is deer.  Even though they are beautiful animals and seemingly benign in nature, many consider them to be a major nuisance as they can destroy an entire vegetable garden and flower bed in a single evening.  To add to the misery of a frequent visitation from these mammals, they also are carriers for ticks, which can drop from the deer and find their way onto your loved ones, causing significant health issues like Lyme Disease.

So what’s a homeowner to do if he or she wants to preserve the beauty of their yard and the health of their family and pets? Thanks to the folks at Deerbusters, you can now purchase deer fence!

Deer Fence—The Latest Peaceful Solution in Deer Damage Prevention

Deerbusters’ deer fence provides peace of mind when it comes to an economical solution for those who live in some of the more rural areas of Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania.  Those with sprawling property may find six to eight-foot privacy fence too expensive a solution to keep deer off their land, and they may find split rail fence to small a solution as the average deer can jump a fence that’s six feet tall or less.  We’ve seen some homeowners attempt to keep deer off their property with a vengeance, sometimes using spikes on their posts to keep the deer out.  The problem?  No one wants to deal with the aftermath of a panicky deer in their yard who’s been sliced open—it’s not pretty and can scar your children when they see Bambi running around the yard in pain.

Deer fence offers a peaceful solution in that Deer Fence is made of plastic—resembling a piece of fine mesh—meaning the fence won’t hurt the deer as they’re more likely to bounce off it should they try to leap over it. Plastic deer fencing is not necessarily new; they’ve been used to protect lawns, gardens and farms for over a decade. As more and more folks move out toward the country, they’re becoming more popular among folks who would otherwise like to keep these four-legged animals from becoming frequent visitors.  Deer Fence is also much more environmentally friendly than using any kind of spray to keep deer off your property.

These plastic deer fences are attractive to those looking for an alternative fencing solution because they’re made of semi-rounded strands, making them lightweight, durable and nearly invisible. The flexibility of this material makes the fences easy to store, install and repair. Deer Fences are unique in that they are reinforced at the bottom with tightly woven mesh, meaning deer and elk are less likely to chew their way through. And the other good news?  Deer mesh fence kits typically last 15 to 20 years and can withstand most harsh weather conditions.

Depending upon your needs, you can either enclose a small vegetable or flower garden with Deer Fence or run it throughout an entire orchard.  If your property backs up to a large wooded area, one of the benefits of this fence is that you will barely notice it from a distance, meaning that it will have little impact on the line of sight on your property.  Note that some homeowners concerned with deer constantly trying to jump onto their property may choose to place white tape running through the center of the mesh panels to dissuade the deer from trying to jump or run through the fence.

Other Uses for Mesh Deer Fence

In addition to keeping out those pesky deer who would think nothing of making your garden a buffet for a night, you can also use Deer Fence as a cost-effective way to build an outdoor enclosure for both dogs and cats.  Some pet owners prefer these inexpensive structures as opposed to invisible dog fence or electric fence for cats as Deer Fence will never have a negative impact on your pet’s health or wellness.

You can even use smaller sections of 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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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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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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Buying a New Home and a New Fence in Frederick

September 24, 2017 ~ Posted By Jim Jenkins

Frederick_marylandIn terms of new housing opportunities, Frederick County remains one of the best places to live that’s just outside the Washington DC area.  With its revitalized downtown district, there are a plethora of bars, shops and fine dining establishments that make Frederick a destination for any special occasion.  Many visit Frederick to check out Top Chef contestant Brian Voltaggio’s Volt, and then end up hearing about the Tasting Room or the Wine Kitchen on the Creek, which are two of Frederick’s finest restaurants.  If you’ve never had a Tasting Room filet, you’re missing out on perfection!  If you’re into the outdoors, you can play tennis at Baker Park, hike the Catoctin Mountains or play golf at one of the area’s award-winning golf courses.

Work in the DC?  You’re in luck if you don’t relish the thought of driving down I-270 each day to the city as you can hope on the train to Union Station or take a shuttle bus to Shady Grove Station, and avoid the high parking fees and gasoline that a daily commute to DC often requires.  Work in the Chantilly or Reston area?  You can still avoid the I-270 traffic jams by taking Route 15 South each day and enjoy the view of the sprawling hills and green trees on each side of this two-lane road.

The great thing about most new communities in Frederick is that some offer a fence with the purchase of a home, depending upon which community you choose.  Having a fence included in the price of the house often makes it easier for home buyers as the fence is there when they take possession of the home, meaning they don’t have to worry about financing a fence afterward.  If you end up buying a home where you’re required to purchase your own fence, be thankful that many of these builders understand the value of curb appeal and allow just one type of fence—often maintenance free vinyl—to go on your property.

Looking for a new home and a new fence installation in Frederick? Here are a few of Frederick Fence’s favorite new communities where you can typically find our red and yellow signs within these neighborhoods.  Check them out and tell them Frederick Fence sent you!
Housing Developments with Great Fence Options in Frederick

Brunswick Cropssing offers a variety of home styles and requires vinyl fencing to maintain its community appeal

Brunswick Crossing offers a variety of home styles and requires vinyl fencing to maintain its community appeal

Brunswick Crossing features a variety of home models, ranging from town homes to single family homes to Villas where the master bedroom suite is on the first floor.  There’s also a pool with a poll house and a large community center and convenience to 26 miles of trails and walkways at Brunswick Crossing.  There’s also a plan to build a marketplace filled with shops and restaurants, including a new Weis Markets.  To ensure cohesion and improve curb appeal, Brunswick Crossing residents can purchase vinyl picket fence to surround their homes.

 

 

northpointe

Want to be part of the vibrant shopping and restaurant scene in downtown Frederick? Check out North Pointe, where owners can get a six foot privacy wood fence with their home!

North Pointe, featuring several home models by Lancaster Craftsman Builders, offers you the opportunity to live in downtown Frederick, where you can take advantage of the many shops, bars and upscale dining establishments that downtown offers.  Lancaster Builders prides itself on creating energy efficient homes, including optional solar panels that can reduce your utility bills by quite a bit!  Most homes come with a paved driveway and six-foot board on board privacy fence.

 

 

Ashcroft

Wormald’s Georgetown model automatically provides buyers with a six foot white vinyl privacy fence with a new townhome! And, even better, you can also purchase an elevator that goes to all floors!

East Church, a rapidly growing community located just one mile from downtown Frederick, features Wormald Homes’ Georgetown town home model, that comes with a two-car garage, optional loft and elevator that travels to all four floors and a great community center and swimming pool.  When you purchase one of their townhomes, you automatically have a six-foot vinyl privacy fence included in the price.

 

 

 

linton

Want to be close to the city but still enjoy scenic mountain views? Check out Linton at Ballenger Creek, where you also can purchase a six foot vinyl privacy fence with lattice work! The community is gorgeous!

Linton at Ballenger Creek offers both town homes and single-family homes, as well as elevator condominiums and town home condominiums.  Linton at Ballenger Creek is just minutes from downtown Frederick and offers its residents some quiet time away from the energy of downtown and gorgeous mountain views, meandering rivers, and historic landmarks right in your backyard.  This community allows residents to install six-foot vinyl privacy fence with lattice work on top, meaning you need to purchase just once fence that will last a lifetime!

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The Frederick Fence Story
Chapter 1: Humble Beginnings

March 20, 2017 ~ Posted By Jim Jenkins

When you look at the reasons why most entrepreneurs start their own business—personal freedom, professional pride and a drive to succeed— you’ll find that Charlie Powers’ motivations for starting Frederick Fence in 1982 appear no different. Having worked for three fence companies, including Western Fence, where he held 25% ownership, Charlie was driven to succeed. “Why did I do this? I wanted to make a living and care for my family. I never thought about the money; I was discontent working for others and wanted to do things differently. I felt I could do better.”

Thirty-five years later, Charlie’s tenaciousness, natural sales ability and commitment to always do the right thing, have allowed him to build one of Frederick’s most successful small businesses. With a large lumber yard and showroom located on Tilco Drive, Charlie Powers managed to exceed his expectations and dreams of supporting his family. However, the company’s current geography was barely in sight when Charlie first started Frederick Fence.

Starting from Scratch

On day one of the company, all Charlie had was a strong back, a truck and his friend, Jon “JC” Wisner, to help with labor. Charlie’s father, Billy, gave his son a loan of $5,000 to get started, which Charlie paid back in less than one year’s time. Charlie’s wife, Diane-who was working at the Maryland School for the Deaf when the company started—also pitched in by acting as “administrative support” and answering phones. With no warehouse to store materials or equipment—such as a forklift or drill—Charlie and JC purchased materials as needed. Thanks to one of his former employers—Western Fence—who extended him credit for vehicles and equipment, Charlie slowly built up enough business and revenue to purchase his first bit of property off Route 355, just south of downtown Frederick.

The original loan documents that started Frederick Fence

The original loan documents that started Frederick Fence

For $50,000, in the form of a five-year note, Charlie purchased a half-acre piece of property off Grove Road in 1985. At the time, the road on which the property sat had no name so Charlie named it Grove Lane. Because he lacked the funds to build a permanent office initially, Charlie set up shop on Grove Lane in a small camping trailer that had no bathroom. For Diane, this meant she had to walk to McDonalds when nature called!

When Charlie set up shop, Frederick looked extremely different. Back then, the county’s population hovered below 129,000 and I-85 was still a two-lane road. You could still see a lot of corn fields alongside most roads before hitting the downtown area. Popular restaurants then were the Red Horse, Barbara Fritchie’s (with its infamous candy cane sign) and the Chat and Chew on Patrick Street. Frederick County still had Blue Laws in effect and the major downtown revitalization was just beginning. Because there was no internet, you had to rely on the yellow pages and ads in newspapers to get customers. When you look at what made Frederick Fence a success, you can narrow it down to one key word: salesmanship.

The Secret’s in the (Sales) Sauce

If Charlie Powers gave you a sales pitch for purchasing a fence, you pretty much bought it. His approach to sales was simple: Be direct, offer a good price and deliver a quality product. For Charlie, customers were like family; his desire was to treat them fairly and build the best fence possible. In the early days, there were several occasions where upon finishing the last fence panel, Charlie would review his work and yank the fence out of the ground and start over because he didn’t like how he’d done the job. He never wanted a customer to ever feel dissatisfied with their purchase. Charlie was also highly persistent.

Recognizing that partnering with home builders would prove critical to his success, Charlie would repeatedly stop by the offices of Ryland Homes to meet with Bob Pearson, who was a buyer for the company in the 1980’s. Charlie would stop by unannounced and wait for Pearson until finally he met with Charlie just to “get him out of the office once and for all.” Once they met, Charlie began forging a relationship with Ryland Homes to where many a Ryland homeowner in the Frederick area now has a fence with that infamous yellow and red sign hanging on a back panel.

Signs, in fact, were what helped Charlie experience much of his early success. Instead of spending money on large ads, Charlie hung signs on his completed projects, which still serve as one of his best marketing tools. “A well-built fence sells itself,” says Powers. “When you put your name and company number on a fence, people will call because they know you can deliver.” Before there were toll-free numbers available and calls to certain parts of Maryland were considered long distance calls, Charlie was granted the use of Western Fence’s phone number—the same one still on the signs today: 301 663-4000—for use in the Frederick area. Having access to this already published number afforded Charlie the opportunity to increase his sales at a consistent pace. When he originally designed the signs and his logo, he purposely chose the Maryland colors of yellow, red and black as a symbol for creating community with each fence built.

Prior to setting up shop on Grove Lane, Charlie had four trucks and a handful of employees. Once he put his first trailer on the property, he increased his sales and installation staff to 15 and purchased a second trailer before finally building a small office in 1986. Charlie then rented a second piece of property across the street from Grove Lane so he could store inventory for fence materials and additional trucks.

If you ask Charlie if he expected this to happen, he’ll readily admit that this 35-year trajectory comes as a bit of a surprise to him. “Honestly, I thought I would still be digging holes,” Charlie says. The thought that he would go from a man with a strong back, a truck and one loyal friend (who is now Frederick Fence’s Operations Manager) to a business that operates with sustained success still humbles him.

In fact, once Charlie built his actual office building (with-finally-a working bathroom), things began to shift and the life of Frederick Fence took a surprising turn…

To be continued….  

 

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