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How a Fence Could Help Protect Your Home

Thursday, March 28, 2019 4:08:00 AM EST5EDT

When you make a list of reasons why you want to add a wood fence to your property in Orlando or Tampa, Fl., what comes to mind? You might be interested in adding visual interest to your property or in clearly marking out your property's boundaries.

Have you thought about the ways that a fence can make your home safer? Whether you choose a wood fence, vinyl fence or aluminum fence, adding one to your property can help you feel more secure. Here are a few ways fences can help protect your home.

Pool Safety

In the state of Florida, residential pools are required to have a barrier that isolates the pool from the home. Fences must be a minimum height of 4 feet with no gaps in coverage. This is part of the Residential Swimming Pool Safety Act which was instated in 2009 to reduce the number of drowning fatalities in the state.

Keeps Burglars Out

There were more than 88,000 burglaries in Florida in 2017, the majority of which took place on residential properties. Installing a fence around the perimeter of your property can be an excellent way to keep burglars out.

Some fences are better than others when it comes to keeping burglars away. The taller the fence, the harder it is for a thief to climb. You might also consider installing a fence that has sharp or pointed details at the top to further deter thieves. As a bonus, pointed details can make the fence look more attractive.

An aluminum fence might be harder for a thief to climb compared to a wood or vinyl fence. Aluminum fences can also be more difficult for burglars to break or take apart.

The strength of the fence also affects how well it can deter thieves. A properly-installed fence, ideally one that's been installed by a professional fence contractor, will be stronger and more thief-resistant than one that isn't installed correctly.

Keeps Kids and Pets In

You want to keep burglars away from your home and property. But at the same time, you want to protect your children and pets.

Luckily, a fence both keep unwanted visitors out and keep the people and animals you love in. Installing a fence around your property means that your children and animal companions can play safely in your front or back yard without you worrying that one of them will wander away.

When choosing a fence, be sure to look for one that has a latch that's child-proof, so that your little ones can't open it and wander away from your property.

Blocks Off Certain Areas

Depending on the size of your property, there might be some areas that you want to make "off limits" to certain individuals. For example, you might have a garden area that you want kids or pets to stay away from. If you have a pool on your property, you might legally be required to install a fence around it as a safety measure.

Not sure which type of fence is going to make your home the safest? The professional fence contractors at Fence Outlet can help. Let us know what you're looking for and what you want your new fence to do and we'll make recommendations to help you choose the style and type of fence that will make you feel the most secure. Visit one of our seven locations across Florida to learn more today.

Posted in Customer Service By Holly Halladay

Vinyl Fence FAQs

Saturday, February 23, 2019 3:08:00 AM EST5EDT

When it comes to materials, you have a lot of options when you're choosing a fence. Along with wood and aluminum, fences can also be made from vinyl. If you're considering a vinyl fence, you might have some questions about the material and what makes it a better choice for you compared to wood or aluminum.

We've put together a list of some of the questions people ask most often about vinyl fences and vinyl fence installation in Orlando, Fl and nearby. If you don't see the answer to your question about vinyl fencing, feel free to get in touch with Fence Outlet. We'll be happy to answer any additional questions you have.

Is Vinyl Weather Resistant?

Vinyl is a weather resistant material, meaning it will not be damaged by cold, heat or wet weather. It won't rot after an extended period of rain or when the weather is very humid.

hat said, you will want to take care of your vinyl fence to keep it looking and performing its best for many years to come. You might want to clean your fence from time to time to remove any mold or mildew that might grow on it.

What Types of Vinyl Fences Are Available?

Vinyl fences come in a range of styles and colors. You can choose a classic, white picket fence style vinyl fence or a privacy fence, which has the pickets placed up against each other so that people can't see what's on the other side.

You also have the option of choosing a smooth vinyl or vinyl that has a pattern that imitates wood grain. Some types of vinyl fences are engineered to imitate the look of stone.

Can I Install My Vinyl Fence?

You can install a vinyl fence around your Florida property, but you don't have to do things on your own. Fence Outlet offers professional installation of vinyl and other types of fencing. Even if you would prefer to DIY, we can offer tips and guidance to help you get your project started on the right foot.

How Can I Clean a Vinyl Fence?

You might want to clean your vinyl fence every year or so, to keep it looking good-as-new. To do that, add a capful of laundry detergent to a bucket of warm water. Dip a sponge in the water/detergent mixture, then wipe the fence clean. You can rinse the fence by spraying it with water from a garden hose.

If you have more questions about vinyl fences, pay a visit to the Fence Outlet nearest you. We have seven locations, in Orlando, North Port, Daytona, Melbourne, Port Richey, Oviedo, and Tampa.

Posted in Customer Service By Holly Halladay

How to Choose the Right Fence Company

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 6:23:39 AM EST5EDT

When you're looking to install a fence at your home or around a commercial property, you have a few options. You can purchase materials for the fence and perform the installation work yourself. Or, you can contact wood, vinyl or aluminum fence companies in Orlando, Fl. and hire them to install your fence.

Choosing the right fence company for your project is a bit like hiring any other type of contractor. You want to work with the company that is the best fit for you. Factors that determine fit include the fencing materials the company offers, their prices and whether they are available at times that work with your schedule.

Finding the right fence company in the Orlando area is a three-step process. Here's what to do.

Step 1: Ask Around for Recommendations

One of the best ways to find reputable fencing companies is to ask people you know, such as relatives, co-workers and friends if they recommend any fencing contractors or companies. Getting recommendations from people you know, and trust is often a good place to start because your acquaintances or friends will be able to share details about their experience with the company with you.

It might be that no one you know has worked with a fencing company before. If that's the case, you're not out of luck. You can ask people on social media if they can recommend a company or read testimonials and reviews published by others online.

Step 2: Do Some Digging

After you've put together a short list of recommendations from people you know (or from online), it's time to dive in and do some research about each contractor. Now's the time to find out more about what the company offers, if they provide service to your area and if they have a store or outlet you can visit to look at materials.

The research phase is also an excellent time to learn more about the history of the company. How long has it been in business? Does it focus on residential customers only, just commercial properties or both? At this point, you might consider looking at before and after photos of the company's work, to see if you like their style.

Step 3: Talk to the Company and Get a Quote

The third step when choosing a fencing company is to approach the company to discuss your project. During this phase, you can also get a quote or estimate from the fencing contractor for your project.

Talking to a representative from the company will help to illuminate a few things. For one thing, asking for a consultation or estimate will help you determine if the company's willing to or capable of carrying out your project.

You'll also learn more about the company's work, its pricing and how long it expects your project to take. Ideally, the company will give you a quote in writing, which will outline the cost of the project and a timeline for it. The company should also explain what tasks it will take on, such as getting permits, and what tasks will be your responsibility.

The right fence company in Orlando, Fl will give you the fence you want, at price that works for your budget. When you're interviewing fencing contractors, don't be shy about asking questions. You want to really get to know the company before you decide to commit to working with it.

Posted in Customer Service By Holly Halladay

Vinyl, wood and aluminum fences aren't just for homeowner in Orlando, Fl. If you own or rent a commercial property, adding a fence to your property can offer numerous benefits. A fence can increase the aesthetic appeal of your commercial property, attracting new or more customers to your business.

Commercial fences also help to keep your property secure and enhance privacy. In some cases, they can help keep anyone who comes on to your property safe. Look at a few of the ways commercial fences help to keep properties and people safe and secure.

Commercial Fences Protect Employee Property

When your employees come to work each day, they should feel reassured that their vehicles and other property will be kept safe and sound while they are at work. An unfenced parking lot for employee vehicles can be an open invitation to vandals and thieves.

Adding a chain link fence around the parking lot will help to keep uninvited visitors away from your team's cars. The fence can have a drive gate that only opens when someone has the right access code or key.

Commercial Fences Protect Kids and Teens

In Florida, swimming pools needs to have a barrier around them to prevent people from accidentally falling into the pool and drowning. If you own a multi-family property that has a pool, installing a fence around the pool is a must.

The fence will keep children who might be unsupervised from falling into the pool. It can also act as a barrier to keep curious teenagers from sneaking into the pool at night or when there's no lifeguard on duty.

It's not only fences around swimming pools that will help protect kids. Installing a fence around a daycare property, school playground or other outdoor area where kids spend time will keep them from wandering off. The fence will also keep uninvited visitors from wandering onto the property and bothering the children.

Commercial Fences Lower Rates of Vandalism

If your commercial property has been having trouble with vandalism, such as graffiti or illegal dumping, adding a fence can keep the vandals away. You can construct a fence around the back of a restaurant or store to keep people from tagging the exterior walls. Some vinyl fencing allows you to pressure wash the graffiti off. You can also install a fence around a dumpster or the trash area of your property, so that people aren't tempted to add their own garbage to the pile.

Commercial Fences Create an Exclusive Experience

When people are out to eat, going shopping or living in a gated community, they want to feel that they are part of something special and exclusive. Part of feeling exclusive involves feeling secure in the knowledge that no unauthorized people can get access to the area.

Installing an aluminum fence or steel fence around a gated community or subdivision or around an exterior shopping mall or dining experience can help to create and maintain that feeling of exclusivity.

Adding a fence to your commercial property can not only help you, your employees, and your guests feel safe. It can also help to increase the overall value of your property. Whether your property is in Orlando, Oviedo, Tampa, North Port, Port Richey, Melbourne, or Daytona, Fl., contact Fence Outlet today to learn more about our commercial fence options.

Posted in Customer Service By Holly Halladay

You've decided to that it's time to install a fence around your property. You might be craving more privacy, want to create a safe play area for your kids, or want to feel more secure at home.

Now it's time for the million-dollar question: should you DIY or work with wood, aluminum or vinyl fence contractors in Orlando, Fl? If installing a fence on your own doesn't appeal to you, working with a professional fence contractor can be the way to go.

Before you hire a contractor, it's a good idea to ask them several questions. You want to get an idea of their experience and an idea of what you can expect from the fence installation process. Here are 12 questions to ask:

1. What Types of Fences Do You Have Available?

Ideally, the fence company will have a variety of fences available and will walk you through the pros and cons of each type.

2. How Do I Choose the Right Fence for My Needs?

An expert fence contractor should know the difference between a wood fence and a vinyl fence or a steel fence and an aluminum fence. They should listen to your needs and what you want from a fence, then make a recommendation that's just right for you.

3. Do You Have References?

If a contractor has a good reputation, they will have a list of references who you can contact to learn more about what's like to work with that particular contractor.

4. Can I Look at Examples of Your Past Work?

It's also a good idea to ask to look at a portfolio of previous projects the contractor has worked on. That way, you can get a sense of their experience and the quality of their handiwork.

5. Are You Insured and Licensed?

Don't work with an unlicensed or uninsured contractor, there's just too much of a risk that something will go wrong. A contractor who has the appropriate license and needed insurance will be able to provide proof of both. Using a contractor that is not licensed or insured can leave you open to liability if they cause damage or get hurt.

6. Who Handles the Permitting Process?

If you need to get a permit to install your fence, ask to find out whether that responsibility falls to you or whether it's something the contractor handles. If a contractor asks you to pull the permit, buyer beware. This may be because they are not licensed, insured and approved by the municipality.

7. Am I Responsible for Contacting Utility Companies?

The same goes for contacting utility companies. You might need to get in touch with the gas company or electric company before digging to make sure there aren't any gas or power lines under the property. Find out if the contractor does that or if you're meant to do it.

8. Is There a Warranty on Your Fencing Products?

Many fence installation companies will offer a warranty on their products and on their workmanship. The warranty might vary based on the type of fence you choose.

9. What Is Included in the Quote?

When you get a quote or estimate from the contractor, ask what it includes. You might want to ask for an itemized quote so that you can verify that includes all aspects of the project or not.

10. How Long Will the Installation Take?

It's a good idea to find out how long the project will take so that you can plan the rest of your life accordingly.

11. Do You Offer Financing?

How will you pay for the fence? Some contractors offer financing to help you fit the price of a new fence into your budget.

12. What Challenges Does My Property Present?

If your property is flat, installing a fence is usually a relatively straightforward project. The contractor will need to make some adjustments to the fence if you have a slope or if the land isn't entirely level. A professional fence contractor should give you an idea of how they'll handle uneven property and what you can expect from it.

13. Can You Find My Property Pins?

Make sure the contractor finds your property pins or has your property surveyed and follow property lines.

Posted in Customer Service By Holly Halladay

Fencing for You

Not all fencing options are the same. For example, vinyl fencing from Orlando, FL, is both beautiful and decorative. When you're looking for a new fence, make sure to check for possible options. Some fences are good if you're looking for decorations. Other fences are optimal for security. Consider what options will best suit your needs.

Vinyl: Beauty

When you're looking for vinyl fencing in Orlando, FL, you're probably seeking beauty. Vinyl doesn't rot. It doesn't peel. It won't peel. Your vinyl fence won't turn yellow. And, with the right kind of vinyl, it won't start to brittle. You can also choose from multiple colors to personalize your fence. If you want a fence that will keep its beauty, vinyl is a great place to start.

Vinyl: Durability

Besides keeping its beauty, vinyl is also a durable material. If you're concerned about having a fence that grows weaker with time, vinyl is the answer. Rot and rust won't affect your fence. And, with a lifetime guarantee, you can be sure that your vinyl fence will remain stable. So, if you want something that will last, vinyl might work.

Chain Link: Security

If you want something that will keep you safe, chain link is a good material for your fence. If you want a tall fence to ensure no one climbs over, chain link fences are great options. It's also cost-effective. So, if you're on a budget and need to keep unwanted visitors out, consider adding some chain link fencing.

Chain Link: Low Maintenance

If you like spending your time at the beach, you don't want to spend to spend much time working on your fences. Since they're galvanized, chain link fences don't rust. And, if you're concerned about having to deal with dust or debris, chain link fences don't collect either. Sweep off a few cobwebs and leaves, and you should be fine.

Aluminum: Style

If you would like to add style to your yard, aluminum is a great option. Like the last two options, aluminum won't rust. So, if you've dreamed of owning an estate, aluminum may be a good addition to upgrading your home. Maybe start by choosing from one of the many colors such as white, black, bronze, or another color you like.

Aluminum: Stability

Maintenance is minimal when it comes to aluminum fencing. And less maintenance means more free time. Your fence will also come with a lifetime warranty as backup. So, if something happens, you don't need to fret. Besides, the coating it comes with prevents rust. You can have a beautiful fence that will last a lifetime.

Wood: Environmental Beauty

Whether you prefer cypress or pressure treated pine, you can find a wood fence that fits your outdoor needs. If you want to add something to your yard that adds a natural feeling, wood fences are a great option. Your wood fence can also be customized with panel styles. Whether you like scalloping or doming, both options are available.

Wood: Withstanding Weather

If it's weather you're concerned about, cypress wood can handle Florida's climate. Cypress doesn't need any chemical treatments, allowing it to naturally withstand both dry and wet weather. It's dense and won't warp in high humidity. So, if you need something that will hold its shape, consider adding a cypress wood fence to your estate.

Steel: Protection

When you install a steel fence, it comes with three qualities: durability, strength, and security. This is a good option if you need something for an industrial or commercial situation. You don't want to make a gamble when it comes to protection. So, if you need privacy, steel can provide what you need.

Steel: Easy Upkeep

Water and a washcloth are all you really need to keep your steel fencing clean. Upkeep is simple, and it will keep its shiny in every season. If you're looking for simplicity, steel is a great choice. It helps keep you safe on the inside and look great on the outside.

What Next

With those options in mind, consider what might work best for your home. If you want security and easy upkeep, try steel or chain link fencing. Wood fencing is great for adding a sense of environmentalism. Aluminum fencing has both style and stability. As for vinyl fencing, it offers both durability and beauty. Consider what fencing option suits your needs best.
Posted in Customer Service By Fence Outlet

What to expect when buying a fence

Thursday, May 21, 2015 3:48:00 PM EST5EDT

There are many reasons why a homeowner may want to install a new fence. Whether it's for safety, security, pet containment or overall property aesthetics, having some knowledge of the process can help make for a better buying experience. Fence Outlet owner & founder Rajul Patel has taken the time to explain what you should know and expect when buying a fence.

Finding a reputable fencing company

"First of all, whether the property owner uses Fence Outlet or another company for the fence installation, we strongly recommend that you do your homework and research -- find out who are the reputable professionals in your area," said Patel. "Look at factors like how long they have been in business, and how well they service their customers AFTER the sale. Lastly, insist on getting an accurate assessment of the work required and estimate project costs before making any final decisions or commitments."

What costs are included in a fence estimate?

Once you have chosen a fencing company, Patel then explains what people should expect when they see free fence estimate offers. Make sure that the estimates that they receive includes the following:
  1. Costs for materials
  2. Costs for labor
  3. Costs for delivery
  4. Costs for any permits if required

Contractors

If an old fence is being taken down by the contractor, you should make note if that's included in the estimate as well. If your contractor asks you to get the permit, this should raise a red flag -- is this contractor licensed and insured? Here are a few more questions you should ask your contractor before beginning work:
  • Who will pay for any damages, if incurred, during the installation?
  • Who will pay to move the fence if it was installed without a permit from your local municipality?
Patel reiterates that homeowners should "insist on an accurate assessment of the work required and estimated project costs before making any decisions or commitments."

How Fence Outlet can help you

With a combined 80,000 square-feet of showroom and inventory in Orlando, Oviedo, Tampa, North Port, and Port Richey, Fence Outlet provides a variety of fence materials including wood, vinyl and aluminum. We also carry chain link and steel fencing for both residential and commercial applications. Fence Outlet also offers customers professional, timely and quality fence installation. "Our team will help you measure your project, provide you with a free cost estimate, and assist with permitting for a complete turnkey installation project. If you choose to do it yourself, just bring your measurements in to one of our stores and we can provide you with a detailed cost breakdown including delivery and tax."
Posted in General Customer Service By Fence Outlet

Florida’s Cooler Months Are Ideal For New Fence Installations

Thursday, November 13, 2014 10:09:00 PM EST5EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (Nov. 12, 2014) – Rajul Patel, president and founder of Fence Outlet, Central Florida’s fencing experts, likes to point out that the winter season is a great time to install a new fence, especially in Florida.

“Florida is a bit different that the rest of country since as the temperatures drop, we spend even more time outside,” said Patel. “I like to tell my customers that when they are considering landscaping updates and what new barbeque to buy, it is also important to think about a new fence since a fence literally puts a frame around the entire property.”

Following are the reasons why now is a good time to install a new fence:

  1. Fence Installations take place year-round: In Florida, fence construction is as easy to do in winter as it is in the summer. Fence Outlet’s professional installers don’t contend with snow, and the chance of rain is reduced, so a new fence goes up in no time.
  2. Scheduling an estimate is easy: With a team of experts at the ready, Fence Outlet makes scheduling an estimate easy. No matter what the time of year or weather conditions, our estimates will be at your home as scheduled and do the job in a timely manner.
  3. Pet Safety: Even in Florida, it can sometimes be chilly and inclement in winter making walking the dog one of the last things you want to do. With a new fence protecting your yard, your family pet can “go” outside while you stay warm inside the house. Plus, if you get a new puppy as a holiday gift, this new addition will be safe and secure from traffic and other dangers outside your fence boundary.
  4. Flexible Buying Options: Around and after the holidays, money can be tight, so many customers take advantage of the flexible buying options offered by Fence Outlet including zero-percent financing for 12 months
With a combined 68,000 square-feet of showroom and inventory of fencing supplies in five locations, Fence Outlet offers fences made out of vinyl, aluminum, steel, wood or chain link. “Our customers appreciate the large selection, low prices and fast delivery we offer at Fence Outlet,” said Patel. “I am encouraging potential customers to call us for a quote -- we help with selection, measuring, delivery and installation – we are there every step along the way.”
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Cypress Handles Florida’s Varied Climate and is Insect Resistant

ORLANDO, Fla. (Feb. 25, 2014) – Fence Outlet, Central Florida’s fencing experts, showcases a wide variety of fence products, each offering distinct advantages, but when it comes to wood in Florida, Fence Outlet strongly recommends Cypress.

According to Fence Outlet owner & founder, Rajul Patel, Cypress is the clear choice in Florida. “Cypress wood is native to Florida so it handles our inconsistent wet-to-dry climate. It requires no chemical treatments and is naturally resistant to termites and insects,” he said. “Cypress is also a denser, more fibrous wood that does not warp and twist in Florida’s high humidity.”

Known for its beauty and durability, Cypress is among the most popular wood fences on the market. It is available in each of Fence Outlet’s five locations: Orlando, Oviedo, Tampa, Port Richey and North Port. “When you consider all of its benefits and characteristics, all of us at Fence Outlet agree that when it comes to wood, Cypress is your best bet,” said Patel.

Fence Outlet customers enjoy flexible buying options offered at Fence Outlet, including zero-percent financing for 12 months. After they purchase their new wood fence, many customers turn to Fence Outlet for the professional, timely and quality fence installation. “Our team in the showroom or on-line will help you measure your project and assist with ordering all the materials,” said Patel. “Then, you can turn the entire professional installation over to Fence Outlet for a complete turnkey project.”
Posted in Customer Service By Fence Outlet

Fence Outlet offers the extras that the "big box retailers" cannot

Thursday, February 20, 2014 5:36:00 PM EST5EDT

Rajul Patel, president and founder of Fence Outlet, likes to point out that his company offers customers a variety of fence service extras and financing options that the national retail chains cannot. From free online professional fence installation estimates and new fence zero-percent financing offers (for qualified customers) to next-business-day delivery and five convenient locations throughout Central Florida, Fence Outlet differentiates itself from its competitors.

"We do everything we can at Fence Outlet to accommodate our customers' needs," said Patel.  "When compared to the big boxes, our differentiating factor is service."

In late 2013, Fence Outlet announced the opening of two new stores in Port Richey (north of Tampa) and North Port (south of Sarasota). With a total of five locations, Fence Outlet now offers customers a combined 68,000 square feet of warehouse and showroom, and over $3 million in inventory.

Fence Outlet offers fences made out of vinyl, aluminum, steel, wood or chain link and stocks all needed supplies. They provide a larger selection, lower prices and faster delivery when compared to the national chains. With more than two decades of business success, accreditation from the Better Business Bureau and thousands of professional Fence Outlet installations throughout Florida, Fence Outlet is quietly protecting businesses and neighborhoods across the Sunshine State.
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