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Fence Etiquette

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 2:23:00 AM EST5EDT

When you were growing up, your parents or another adult most likely taught you table manners and etiquette. You know to say "please" when asking for something, "thank you" when you receive it and to swallow your food before you speak.

Just as there are rules for etiquette when you're eating with or otherwise interacting with people, did you know that there are etiquette rules when it comes to installing a fence? Even though your new wood or vinyl fence will be on your property, your neighbors will have to look at it day in and day out. It's polite to think about their needs and desires before you install your new fence.

Observing fence etiquette isn't just polite. It's also common sense. You don't want to upset the people who live closest to you, nor do you want to end up on your homeowners' association's naughty list. Following these guidelines can help you stay polite when installing your new fence.

Keep the Fence on Your Property

Etiquette rule one when installing a vinyl or wood fence in Orlando, Fl. or another part of the state is this: Install the fence on your side of the property line. If you're not sure where your property begins or ends, consult the property drawing, or survey, to confirm.

If you don't have access to the survey, you can hire a licensed surveyor to come out and identify your property's boundaries.

Have the "Nice" Side Face Your Neighbors

Some types of fences, particularly wood, has two sides. The "outside" or "nice" side is the side that's meant to be seen. The "inside" of the fence usually has the posts of the fence visible.

It's not only more courteous and polite to have the good side of your fence face your neighbors' property or face the outside world. It also makes sense. Many people install a fence as a way to beautify their homes and property. By having your fence put its best foot forward, you'll be doing exactly that.

Talk to Your Neighbors First

Although you don't always need your neighbor's permission or blessing before you put up a fence, it can be a good idea to talk to them and let them know your plans before you get started. If you speak to your neighbors first, you give them a chance to share any concerns they might have about your fence with you. You also want to let them know that you're not necessarily installing the fence because of anything they might have done.

You can also work together to come up with a solution to any issues that they bring up or find ways to put their minds at ease. For example, if they are concerned about the appearance of your fence, you can show the photos of it before it's installed. You can also discuss boundary lines and reassure them that your fence will be on your property.

Maintain Your Fence After Installing It

Once your fence is up, your work isn't finished. To keep on your neighbors' good sides, you want to maintain your fence, so that it continues to look attractive. Clean the fence regularly to remove any dirt and debris. If it's a wood fence, you might want to re-seal it on annually or repaint or refinish it when it starts to look worn out.

Working with a professional fence contractor can help you navigate the fence etiquette minefield. To learn more about the benefits of having your new fence professionally installed, contact Fence Outlet today.

Posted in General By Holly Halladay

How to Choose a Fence that fits your personality and style

Thursday, February 21, 2019 3:02:00 AM EST5EDT

It's the little details that help to make a house a home. The way certain features look can help define your home's overall style and give it some personality. One of those features is the fence you choose for your property.

Although you might look at a fence as something that serves a purely utilitarian role, the truth is, a fence can make your property look fantastic. It can also reflect your overall taste and design preferences.

Whether you're looking for a vinyl fence, aluminum fence or wood fence in Orlando, Fl., here are some tips to help you choose one that reflects who you are.

You're All About a Classic Look

If you're into the classics and want your home to reflect your traditional tastes, you can't go wrong with a white picket fence. Today's picket fences are available in either wood or vinyl, meaning they are even easier to care for than ever before.

You Want Something Stately

If the first word your friends use to describe you is "elegant" or "refined," and your home echoes that style, then you're likely going to want a fence that is as elegant as you are.

In that case, an aluminum fence might be your best bet. Aluminum fences can add a touch of elegance to your property. You can make the fence even more elegant by choosing decorative finials for the tops of the posts, such as fleur-de-lys or an estate scroll.

You're Looking for a Rustic or Natural Look

If you're the person people turn to when they're looking for a natural recipe or some DIY advice, you might want a fence that reflects your commitment to nature or to a rustic design. An unfinished wood fence, which lets the natural beauty of the wood shine through, might be your best pick.

You Like to Mix Things Up

If you're the type of person to get bored with a style or design and if you like to change things up from time to time, then an unfinished wood fence might also be a good choice for you. Here's why: You can paint the wood any color you'd like. Once you get bored with that color, you can cover it up with a coat of primer and try a new one out. You can also paint a mural or other pattern on the fence to make things interesting.

You'd Like Some Privacy, Please

Maybe you're the type of person who likes to keep to themselves and who doesn't want others to see what's going on in your yard. In that case, a privacy fence is going to best meet your needs. Privacy fences come in range of styles. You can choose a wooden fence if you prefer a natural look.

If you want the look of wood but the low maintenance of vinyl, another option is SimTek Ashland. It looks like wood but is made from vinyl. SimTek also makes an EcoStone privacy fence that is made from vinyl but designed to look like a rustic stone fence.

Need more advice and guidance on choosing the fence that reflects who you are and your home's style? The professional fence installers at Fence Outlet are happy to help. Visit one of our seven Florida locations or reach out for a quote today.

Posted in General By Holly Halladay

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

Cost-Effective Fencing Options for the Budget Conscious

Thursday, March 19, 2015 5:29:00 PM EST5EDT

If the cost of a new fence is a bit of a concern, you should know that there are budget-friendly options out there that may fit your budget better. Rajul Patel, president and founder of Fence Outlet, Central Florida's fencing experts, notes that while a fence can be a costly addition to your yard – especially if you are enclosing a large area – fencing is usually considered a necessity in today’s landscape design. "To maintain your property's privacy, security, appearance and value, fencing is really a must," Patel said. "But if you’re on a budget, or just frugal by nature, there are other effective and attractive fencing options for you. Today's fences last for years without needing expensive repairs, allowing you to get the most out of your investment." Here are two cost-effective fencing solutions:

Chain link fencing

Chain link is one of the most budget-friendly fencing options currently available. It can blend with the surrounding landscape and is not as noticeable as other fencing types. With regard to maintenance, chain link fences are very durable and require few repairs. Chain link is available in galvanized or black, green and brown vinyl coated finishes, and is perfect for securing residential, commercial and industrial properties.

Vinyl fencing

Another budget-friendly fencing material is vinyl, although according to Patel, it is not usually thought of as a lower-cost option. The cost savings come in after the initial investment because of vinyl fencing’s durability and low maintenance. A vinyl fence can last for decades, requiring few repairs and little maintenance. "Not only is vinyl fencing attractive, it also is extremely durable and will not rot, peel, rust or turn yellow or brittle," Patel said. "So no matter what your budget, there is an attractive and effective fencing option for you."
Posted in General Products By Fence Outlet

Improve Curb Appeal with a New Fence and Updated Landscaping

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 2:23:00 PM EST5EDT

Many property owners initially install a fence for safety and security reasons. A new fence, however, can also help increase curb appeal and property value. Guests, neighbors and other outsiders will definitely notice the increase in visual interest surrounding your property, especially when accented with contemporary landscaping.

Rajul Patel, president and founder of Fence Outlet, Central Florida's fencing experts, wants homeowners to make a design plan and consider how a fence and landscaping work in tandem to compliment a home’s exterior. "Fences can provide both functional and aesthetic qualities," said Patel. "When you add a well-planned landscape design, the results can be beautiful."  Following are some tips to consider.

A fence can provide immediate results and can be used in the following ways

  • Screen unsightly views
  • Provide privacy
  • Define the edge of the property
  • Provide a backdrop for water features, statues & art, plants, and other objects in the landscape

Landscape Considerations When Using Fences

  • Incorporate a variety of plant types to accent an attractive fence
  • Consider the color, texture, or material of the fence when accenting with plants
  • Plant appropriate distances from fence for mature plant size
  • When building a new fence think about what materials will complement the existing plantings and structure
  • Use drip irrigation to minimize water damage to the fence
  • Check municipal codes for height and setback requirements
"I believe that homeowners should think about their home's exterior presentation as much as they painstakingly consider their interior furnishings or wall colors," said Patel. "At Fence Outlet, we can help you select the fence materials and colors that will give your home that 'wow' factors."
Posted in General By Fence Outlet

Fence Outlet Offers Homeowners Fence-Buying Checklist

Monday, December 15, 2014 8:24:00 PM EST5EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (Dec. 15, 2014) – There are many reasons to install a fence ranging from backyard safety to preventing intruders to increasing curb appeal. With hundreds of different fence styles and products to choose from, selecting the right fence requires research and consideration of factors including budget, purpose and goals.

When looking to buy and install a fence, Rajul Patel, president and founder of Fence Outlet, Central Florida’s fencing experts, suggests referring to the following check list:

1. Follow the Rules – Fences are subject to local zoning codes, which dictate the maximum height allowed, how far they must be from property lines, and whether they’re even permitted in front yards. Also, if you’re in a neighborhood association, a historic district, or a fairly new development, you may face further limitations on fence style, height, and location. The professionals at Fence Outlet can determine any zoning issues and obtain a permit, if needed.

2. Be a Good Neighbor – If possible, check with any neighbors whose property are adjacent to your new fence to give them a chance to prepare for the change. Also, ask your neighbors to confirm your understanding of where the property lines are.

3. Consider Your Goals – The purpose of your fence will help narrow your choices. There are four basic types of fences to choose from:

Privacy fence: If the goal is to block sight lines, you need solid fencing, which generally means it’ll have tightly spaced vertical boards, pickets, or framed panels to prevent you from seeing out and others from seeing in. Privacy fences should be at least 6 feet tall.

Security fence: To keep people out, you’ll want a fence that is six feet tall or higher to hinder anyone from simply hopping over it. Pickets or other spiky tops also help deter intruders.

Decorative fence: If the goal is to enhance curb appeal or establish property lines, the fence doesn’t need to be nearly as large or obtrusive. You can choose one that’s just two to four feet high, and with spaced pickets, latticework, or a variety of ornamental options that don’t block the view, but enhance it.

Safety fence: To create a dog run, enclose a pool area, or deter wildlife from entering your property, without blocking the view, the most durable and affordable option is a wire fence, such as chain link.

4. Pick your material – Once you’ve determined the goal of your fence, then you will need to choose the material it’s made from; this will determine its price, the maintenance it needs, and its warranty.

Wood: By far the most common fence material, wood provides a traditional look at a moderate price. Depending on the wood you choose, Fence Outlet recommends treating it with a stain or wood preservative to protect it from insects, rot, and ultraviolet light.

Vinyl and composite: These faux-wood fences are made from either solid vinyl or a mix of wood fibers and plastic resins. In either case, the material is formed into rails, pickets, and other fence parts that get assembled piece-by-piece. Vinyl looks exactly like the real thing, so if you want a wood fence, this is a way to get it without all of the maintenance.

Iron and aluminum: The classic wrought-iron fence can be anything from an ornate decorative property-line marker to a tall, spiky enclosure that provides high security. These fences aren’t actually wrought iron; they’re made from welded tubes of steel or aluminum. A good metal fence will need virtually no routine upkeep, just an occasional touchup.

Chain link and wire: The most economical of fences, chain link also has the advantage of almost disappearing into the scenery, especially if it has a black or green plastic coating on the mesh.

In conclusion, Fence Outlet’s showrooms in Orlando, Oviedo and Tampa offer all of these products, plus arbors and gate openers. Many customers also turn to Fence Outlet for professional, timely and quality fence installation. “Our team will help you measure your project and assist with ordering all the materials on-line,” said Patel. “Then, you can turn the entire professional installation over to Fence Outlet for a complete turnkey project.”
Posted in General By Fence Outlet

Provide Added Security And Safety With A Fence

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 1:33:00 PM EST5EDT

With all sorts of new electronic and internet-based security systems out on the market today, Fence Outlet owner Rajul Patel likes to remind residential and commercial property owners of a security system that has survived the test of time: the fence.

 "Nothing provides initial security better than a sound and solid perimeter fence."
According to fence industry experts, a fence is one of the primary building blocks for a home or business security system. According to Patel, "nothing provides initial security better than a sound and solid perimeter fence." The physical security barrier provided by a fence provides one or more of the following functions:

  1. Gives notice to the legal boundaries of the outermost limits of the home or business.
  2. Deters casual intruders from penetrating a secured area by presenting a barrier that requires an overt action to enter.
  3. Demonstrates the intent of an intruder by their overt action of gaining entry.
  4. Causes a delay to obtain access to a home or business, thereby increasing the possibility of detection.
  5. Creates a psychological deterrent.
  6. For a business, a fence demonstrates a corporate concern for facility security.
  7. Provides a cost effective method of protecting a home or business.
The team at Fence Outlet explains that a fence not only offers privacy and security for your home or business, but can also increase property values. Fence Outlet offers fences made out of either vinyl, aluminum, steel, wood or chain link. "While price is often the first consideration when choosing a fence, homeowners also need to scrutinize what they are trying to protect and the best materials for the job," said Patel. "Buyers need to understand that a strong fence provides safety and security, and most importantly a peace of mind."

The strongest fence materials, according to Patel, are:

  1. Welded Steel
    Known for its strength, security and durability, especially in industrial and commercial applications. Fence Outlet's welded steel fences are suitable not only for residential users but also for commercial applications such as retail businesses, storage facilities, schools, golf courses and recreational parks.
  2. Ornamental Aluminum
    Ornamental aluminum fences creates a coveted "estate look" which expresses privacy and security.
"It is important to consider why you are installing a fence, what it is protecting and of course its ultimate purpose," said Patel. Long-term property values, curb appeal, safety and security all provide good reasons to install a fence, so Patel recommends customers consider all their options.
Posted in General By Fence Outlet

FENCE OUTLET CUSTOMERS INCREASINGLY CHOOSING VINYL

Saturday, June 14, 2014 12:22:00 PM EST5EDT

ORLANDO/OVIEDO/TAMPA, Fla. (June 11, 2014) – Fence Outlet, Central Florida’s fencing experts, showcases a wide variety of colors and styles of vinyl fencing, also known as “PVC” (poly vinyl chloride). Vinyl fencing has evolved over the years, becoming increasing popular due to its distinct advantages. The durability, versatility and low maintenance appeal of a vinyl fence makes it the practical replacement for wood.

Fence Outlet describes their vinyl fencing as being extremely low maintenance. Vinyl is a durable product will not rot, peel, rust or turn yellow or brittle (like the old PVC patio furniture of the past). Offering a lifetime warranty, vinyl fencing is the practical replacement for wood.

“While price and appearance are often important initial considerations when choosing a fence, consumers also need to understand the inherent characteristics of each fence material,” said Fence Outlet owner & founder, Rajul Patel. “For example, vinyl is extremely easy to care for, while steel offers strength and security. So, it is also important to consider why you are installing a fence, what it is protecting and of course its ultimate purpose.”

Fence Outlet strives to locate and stock “Made in America” vinyl fencing products. “These days, customers like heating that 95 percent of our fence products are made in the USA,” said Patel. “Not only does this commitment imply quality, we are also helping to keep jobs in America.”

Fence Outlet’s showrooms in Orlando, Oviedo and Tampa offer vinyl fencing products. Many customers also turn to Fence Outlet for professional, timely and quality fence installation. “Our team will help you measure your project and assist with ordering all the materials on-line,” said Patel. “Then, you can turn the entire professional installation over to Fence Outlet for a complete turnkey project.”
Posted in General By Fence Outlet
Local real estate expert Dela Armstrong from Benchmark Real Estate Group in Altamonte Springs offers this perspective: "Fences help sell homes, especially to prospective buyers who have pets and/or children. Many homebuyers do not want the hassle of installing a fence, so houses that already come with attractive and secure fences will sell before those without."

Rajul Patel, president of Fence Outlet, also likes to explain to customers that a fence not only offers privacy and security for your home or business, but it can also increase property values. "While price is often the first consideration when choosing a fence, homeowners also need to understand that certain products offer more curb appeal, thereby adding value to their property, which should also be a factor," says Patel.

According to Patel, the two most attractive fence materials are:

Wood Fences

Wood fences are very popular in Florida. Fence Outlet offers classic wood fences in both cypress and pressure treated pine, however they highly recommend cypress since it is native to Florida and can handle a wet-to-dry climate.

Ornamental Aluminum Fences

Ornamental aluminum is another popular fencing material in Florida since it creates the coveted "estate look," but won't rust like a steel fence can. Offering a lifetime warranty and minimum maintenance, ornamental aluminum fences can be customized in a variety of colors, grades and styles.

Long-term property values, curb appeal, safety and security are all good reasons to install a fence, so Patel recommends his customers consider all their options. "It is important to consider why you are installing a fence, what it is protecting, and of course its ultimate purpose."
Posted in General By Fence Outlet

Fence Outlet Outperforms 'Big Box' Stores in Selection, Price & Service

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 9:45:00 PM EST5EDT

ORLANDO/OVIEDO/TAMPA, Fla. (February 13, 2013) – Fence Outlet, Central Florida’s fencing experts, blows away “big box” retailers by providing customers a larger selection, lower prices, faster delivery and superior customer service. Also, Fence Outlet offers shoppers a combined 48,000 square-feet of showroom and inventory of fencing supplies in seven convenient locations Orlando, Tampa, Oviedo, Melbourne, Daytona, North Port or Port Richey. With thousands of professional installations dotting the Central Florida landscape, Fence Outlet is quietly protecting and enhancing the community. Customers appreciate knowing that Fence Outlet boasts 20 years of business success and accreditation from the Better Business Bureau (BBB). “We are not a massive, national chain,” said Fence Outlet owner & founder, Rajul Patel. “We are your neighbors, like you, living and working in Central Florida.”

Selection

Not only is Fence Outlet locally owned, management strives to locate and stock “Made in Americawood, vinyl and aluminum fencing products. “We are proud to say that 95 percent of our fence products, including our PVC, are made in the USA,” said Patel. “And, it’s important to point out that consumers should be aware of buying imported PVC fence products. They are not necessarily manufactured to the same specifications as domestic manufacturers.”

Price

“When you buy a Fence Outlet fence you receive a one year warranty on the workmanship,” continued Patel. “Plus, you deal with us – the local folks at Fence Outlet – not some outside third party located in another state (or country).”

Service

Fence Outlet has full-time service technicians on staff whose job it is to make sure customers are happy with your Fence Outlet product from start to finish. Their work is regularly reviewed and audited so that Fence Outlet’s customer service department maintains the highest level of customer satisfaction. “Unlike the national hardware stores where you are just a number, at Fence Outlet, you are our neighbor,” said Patel. “Your business is just as important to us AFTER you purchase from us.” Always looking to improve the shopping experience and enhance customer service, Fence Outlet recently launched a new web site boasting easier navigation features, same day fence installation estimates, electronic shopping cart, before-and-after gallery and many other features that make it easy for customers to purchase an affordable, quality fencing on-line. Fence Outlet’s five showrooms included inventory of a wide selection of vinyl, aluminum, steel, wood, chain link, arbors and gate openers. “Fence Outlet boasts a huge inventory so we are able to fill just about any fencing order, with no wait,” said Patel.
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