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Beginner’s Guide to Choosing the Perfect Fence

Monday, January 21, 2019 9:18:00 PM EST5EDT

You've decided that you'd like to install a fence around your property. But you're not sure where to start, what your options are or even what style fence is right for you.

Don't worry! Although the process of choosing the perfect fence can seem daunting, there are a few things you can do to simplify the matter and to make sure you end up with a fence that's just right for you.

Why Do You Want a Fence?

One of the first things to consider when you're choosing a fence is why you're adding a fence to your property. Do you want to create a barrier around your yard and house, so that nosy neighbors and curious passersby can't see what you're up to? Are you looking to add an attractive detail to your property's exterior? Perhaps you want a fence because you need to create a secure, safe place for your children or pets to play.

Your reasons for wanting a fence will influence what style and materials are best for you. For example, a wood fence or vinyl fence in Orlando, Fl. can be a good choice if you want to increase privacy. Aluminum fences tend to look attractive and can increase your home's style and flair.

Know Your Materials

The fencing material doesn't only determine its appearance and whether it makes a good privacy fence. Each type of fencing material also has different care instructions. For example, you might need to seal or stain a wooden fence to prevent rot. Vinyl fences are durable and weather resistant and usually, don't require much in the way of care or attention.

Consider Height

How tall would you like your fence to be? If you want the fence for privacy reasons, you're most likely better off choosing a taller option, such as a six-foot fence, rather than a shorter one, such as a four-foot fence. The height of the fence will also influence the materials you choose.

For example, most aluminum fences come in either four-foot or five-foot heights while vinyl fences are available at either four-foot or six-foot heights.

Make Sure Your Fence Follows the Rules

Depending on where you live, there might be rules and regulations regarding fencing. Some developments and homeowner's associations have tough rules governing the type of fence you can install or if you can even install a fence at all.

To avoid the wrath of your HOA, it's a good idea to re-read the by-laws or rulebook before you decide on a fence style, material and height. Once you're sure that your fence is in the clear, you can proceed as planned.

Posted in Products By Holly Halladay

Fencing Terms Every Homeowner Should Know

Friday, November 9, 2018 1:04:00 AM EST5EDT

Adding a fence to the perimeter around your property can be the finishing touch that makes your house feel like home. But once you start looking at vinyl fences or wooden fences in Orlando, FL, you might start to feel overwhelmed by all the terminology.

If you can't tell your pickets from your balusters or your corner posts from your end posts, don't fear! Here's a handy glossary of every fencing term you need to know.

Fencing Anatomy Terms

Whether you're in the midst of planning your fence or know exactly what you want but not how to describe, learning the lingo can help. You can use some of the more common fencing anatomy terms when talking to a fencing expert at Fence Outlet to help them work with you to design the fence that meets your needs.

Here are some words to know:

  • End Post. The posts of a vinyl or wood fence support the entire fence. An end post is found at the end of the fence and usually has holes, on one side only, for the rails. An end post might border a house or other structure or might connect to the gate of the fence.
  • Corner Post. A corner post also supports a fence or serves as the foundation. It has holes on two sides for rails. Usually, the holes are positioned at a 90-degree angle to each other.
  • Rail. The rails of a fence run horizontally between the posts. In some cases, a fence can only consist of posts and rails. In other cases, the rails provide support to the pickets or balusters. Depending on the height of the fence, there might be a top and bottom rail as well as a rail in the center.
  • Picket. A picket is a vertical length of vinyl or wood that sits on top of the rails. Pickets often have pointy tops. They can be spaced right next together to create a privacy barrier or positioned with gaps between them for a more open look.
  • Post Cap. The post cap rests on top of the posts of a fence. It serves two roles. It protects the post from weather damage. It can also be decorative.
  • Chain Link. Chain link is a type of fencing material usually made from a galvanized metal that is woven together to form a diamond-shaped pattern.
  • Hinges. Hinges connect the gate of a fence to a post. Hinge types include Tee hinges and Strap Hinges.
  • Latch. Latches allow the gates of a fence to firmly shut. A gravity latch falls into place on its own when the gate closes while a bolt latch has a bolt that needs to be slid into place to securely close a gate.

Now that you're familiar with some of the most important fencing terms, it's time to start putting together your fence. Visit Fence Outlet today to learn more about your vinyl, aluminum, and wood fencing options in Orlando, Fl.

Posted in Products By Holly Halladay

Fence Options for Communities and New Homes

Monday, November 5, 2018 8:53:00 AM EST5EDT

New homes and gated communities offer plenty of perks to homeowners. The fencing around the community creates a sense of safety and security—only people who have a legitimate reason to be in the confines of the community can get it. There's also a sense of increased privacy in a gated community, as the fence prevents curious passersby’s from seeing too much of what's going on, on the other side.

The type of fence that's best for your community depends on your needs and how you want the fencing to look. Here are a few fence options that are perfect for new home subdivisions and gated communities in Orlando, Fl.

Aluminum Fences

Decorative aluminum fencing around a community can enhance the security of the area while also enhancing the beauty of the area. Aluminum fences in Orlando, Fl are available in a wide range of styles. The balusters can feature decorative scrollwork or be cut in a way that resembles a wrought iron fence. Aluminum fences with a more minimalist, simple design are also available.

Aluminum is a fairly durable type of metal and fences made from it are able to withstand high levels of humidity and won't rust, even if they are left unpainted. You also have your choice of several different heights if you decide to use an aluminum fence.

It's worth pointing out that although aluminum fences are ideal for creating a barrier around a community, they do have spaces between the posts and aren't ideal as a privacy fence. If you are looking to create a sense of privacy around your community, other fencing options might be a better pick

Steel Fences

Steel fences have a lot in common with aluminum fences. Steel can resist humidity and is low-maintenance. Steel is also a very strong metal that can resist force and pressure.

Steel fences also come in a range of styles and can enhance the aesthetic appeal of a community. Steel needs annual maintenance in the Florida weather to prevent rusting. Aluminum will not rust which is why it’s sold more often in Florida.

Vinyl Fences

A vinyl fence can be a good choice for gated communities in Orlando, Fl. that want to keep curious eyes from peeking in. Vinyl fencing is also a good option for property developers who want to set up a barrier between subdivisions and who want to set up a barrier between new homes in a subdivision.

Vinyl fences come in a few different styles. The classic white picket fence style can add a certain traditional charm when used around new homes in a subdivision.

Meanwhile, privacy vinyl fences are ideal for developers who want to create shields between the properties in a subdivision. Another benefit of using privacy fences around new homes is that the fencing can help to improve the home's value, making it more appealing for current and future buyers.

Like aluminum and steel fences, vinyl fences are pretty tough. Fences made from virgin vinyl are fade-resistant and won't be damaged by the sun's UV rays. Vinyl fences are also moisture resistant and can withstand strong winds.

Which fence option is the right one for your gated community or subdivision? The professional at Fence Outlet's commercial division can help you find the fence that's best for your needs. To learn more, contact us for a quote today.

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Benefits of Installing a New Fence during Fall

Thursday, October 18, 2018 5:55:00 AM EST5EDT

The hot weather is coming to an end and Florida fall is setting in. While you’re probably looking forward to the many months of minimal yard work, this is one of the best times to consider installing a fence. From dark wood to light stains, there are many reasons that now is the best time to call wood fence companies in Orlando, FL.

Less Time

During the summer months, fencing crews are much busier than during other times of the year. Because the demand is higher, fencing companies find their schedules pushed out more. It could take you weeks or months to have a fencing crew arrive to measure, pour fence posts, and install the actual fence. By waiting until the fall months, you reduce the amount of time it will take to install your fence. Plus, if special permits are needed to install your fence, it will take less time to acquire them due to the reduced workload of the permit staff during the off-season.

Fewer Problems

Installing a fence could cause a disruption to the growth of your foliage. If you have grass, bushes, flowers, or trees that are growing along your future fence line, it’s important to time the install properly. The fall months provide the best time for an install because many of your plants are dormant. Because of this, it’s much easier to install the necessary posts without causing long-term damage to the other areas of your yard.

Better Spring

Imagine being able to enjoy your newly fenced yard during the beautiful Florida Winter. If you choose to have a fence installed during the fall months, there’s no need to wait for fencing companies to fit you in during their busy summer schedules. Instead, you can sit outside as soon as the warm weather hits, soaking up every ray of that sweet sunshine.

Don’t write off the fall months as a time free from yard work. Instead, capitalize on this time of year. If you’ve been contemplating having a fence installed, now is the best time to do it. A beautiful cypress wood fence in Orlando, FL, is exactly what you need to enjoy your yard to its fullest, so contact Fence Outlet for more info!

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Single vs Double Fence Gates: Where to Use Them

Monday, October 15, 2018 3:45:07 AM EST5EDT

There are a lot of factors that go into choosing the ideal fence. Do you prefer wood or aluminum? Steel or vinyl fencing? Orlando, FL, has fencing companies who can give you whatever material you deem most appropriate, but once you choose your fence and where to put it, one of the most important considerations is the type of fence gate: single or double? There are a few key factors that go into determining which type of gate is best for your fence. For example, the width of the opening you have for the gate is of importance. Here are a few other factors worth considering.

Swimming Pool Gates

This is a perfect example of the important role the width of the gate plays in determining whether you need a single or double fence gate. With safety being the primary concern, you'll want a narrow entrance to the pool area. Therefore, a single gate that is approximately the same height as the fence is desirable. Also, check local ordinances to make sure you're complying with the law (or your HOA) in choosing your pool fence and gate.

Walkways

If you have the need for a gate providing walkway access to your front door, that probably means you have a fence that surrounds your property. If this is the case, then security is paramount, so you'll need a single gate. A single gate is easy to lock and harder for intruders to breach. You also might have a fence that crosses a walkway that leads to your backyard. In this instance, either a single or double gate will do. If you plan on using the walkway to drive a car or move heavy equipment through, then a double gate is preferable.

Driveways

For the most part, gates that cross driveways are double gates. This provides the space necessary for an automobile while being easy to swing open or secure. If you have a driveway that's long enough to enter while the gate opens, position the gates so they swing away from the car and towards the home, so cars won't have to wait in traffic. Another thing to keep in mind is if there is enough space for lawn equipment to be brought in and out of your property through the gated area.

Slopes

If you're building a gate on a sloping bit of land, it can be difficult choosing the perfect gate. All gates - whether single or double - will need to be perfectly upright to function properly. Once you've chosen the location, the direction in which the gate will open will largely determine whether you install a single or double gate. Opening into a hillside, for example, probably means a single gate, since it will lack the room necessary for a double.

When you're ready to install that stone vinyl fence in Orlando, FL, remember these simple guidelines before selecting either a single or double gate and contact Fence Outlet for more information.

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Benefits of Gate Automation

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 2:13:00 AM EST5EDT

Just a few years ago, automatic gates were viewed as an extreme luxury item. Now, however, they're all over the place. While it's fun when you're a kid to watch a big automatic gate open and close, now that you're a homeowner yourself, there are some tangible benefits to gate automation.

Improved Security

Installing an automatic gate helps regulate who enters and exits your home with the click of a button, dramatically enhancing the safety for you and your loved ones. In addition, having an automatic gate makes it easy and convenient for you to come in and out of your driveway.

Keep Out Unwanted People and Pests

Running a fence across your driveway creates a barrier between your home and the outside world. An automatic gate provides one more obstacle that can keep intruders, snakes, and rodents away from your house. It's also great for keeping unwanted guests like solicitors at driveway's length.

A Cost-Effective Solution

There are many ways in which installing a fence with an automatic gate can save you money. For instance, you'll stand a better chance of getting a discount from your home insurance if you install a fence. Also, the presence of a gate is attractive to home buyers, thereby increasing your home's value. In fact, it's estimated a fence with an automatic gate can add as much as 5% to your home's value. Check out suppliers of aluminum fence accessories in Orlando, FL, to get an idea how inexpensive an automatic gate can be.

Curb Appeal

Automatic gates are available in all sorts of styles to match your home. Once you install a fence with an automatic gate, the whole look of your house improves, giving it an air of both authority and elegance that you'd never get without an automatic gate.

Visit your local supplier of aluminum fence gates. Orlando, FL, companies like Fence Outlet have dozens of varieties of fence gates from old and classic, to new and modern. Once you install your automatic fence gate, you'll love it so much, you'll wonder how you ever lived without one.

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PVC vs Wood Fences under Harsh Weather Conditions

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 3:33:54 AM EST5EDT

It’s no secret that weather can be an enemy of outdoor structures, including fencing. From harsh sunlight to high winds and rainstorms, there are plenty of weather conditions that have the potential to damage fences, especially in Florida. The quality of your fencing material can determine how often repairs or replacements are necessary. If you’re in the market for a new fence and comparing PVC fencing with wood fencing in Tampa, FL, here are some things you should know.

Which Is Better?

Typically, wood fences tend to run into issues due to poor installation techniques, subpar materials, and lack of maintenance. Often, homeowners cite fading as a reason they believe their wood fencing needs a replacement. The truth is that wood fencing in Tampa, FL, fades over time because of the harsh Florida sunshine. However, that doesn’t mean that the fence isn’t performing well. Regular maintenance that includes fence staining helps keep the fence looking nice and strengthens the wood. However, if fading is something that concerns you and you want a low-maintenance option, PVC vinyl fencing is a better choice for you.

Rain Protection

Florida certainly sees its fair share of rain, especially in the hot, humid summer months when those afternoon thunderstorms roll through. Water isn’t always a friend to wood fencing. Wood fence companies in Tampa, FL, advise their customers to make sure to regularly seal their fence to protect against water rot. Again, this is a maintenance issue. If you prefer the look of wood fencing, you need to commit to regular maintenance to prevent premature rotting. Homeowners who aren’t keen on yearly staining and sealing, whether doing it themselves or paying someone, will be happier with a PVC vinyl fence.

Wood fencing is beautiful and adds a rustic look to one’s property. Therefore, if you decide to install a wood fence, contact a company that has experience installing wood fences in Tampa, FL. Contact Fence Outlet for expertise to help you choose the best wood product for the environment, your home, and your budget.

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Tips for Choosing the Accessories That Complete Your Wood Fence

Saturday, September 22, 2018 3:17:12 AM EST5EDT

You've had a beautiful cypress or cedar wood fence in Orlando, FL, surrounding your backyard for years. The fence meets your main objectives; it gives you privacy, it allows a place for your children to play, or it provides a miniature park for your dogs. But now you’re ready to have some fun with your fence. It may be time to accessorize the fence to give it a little flair.

Here are a few ideas for wood fence accessories:

  • Choose a new gate. The gate doesn't have to look exactly like the rest of the fence. Make it more of an entrance way. Take care in choosing your lock. If you have a large dog, make sure the gate is sturdy enough so the dog can't knock it down or open it. If you have a small dog, make sure the dog can't crawl under the gate. Make sure a small child can't open the gate.
  • Brighten your yard. Use your cypress fence as an anchor for lighting. You can put lights on your post caps or attach them to the fence itself. Solar lights require no maintenance, and motion lights come on only when you're outside.
  • Make room for flowers. Like your porch, your fence can be used to display flowers. You can attach a flower bed to house flowers, or you can hang flower pots from the fence. Install a shelf under your flower bed that can be used for your garden tools. You may want vines to cling to the fence.
  • Make the birds a home. Attach a bird house or a bird feeder to your fence. Robins and hummingbirds can add life to your yard.
  • Put up some artwork. You can visit a garden center and find metal artwork in the shapes of animals or heavenly bodies. You can create a herd of cattle, a host of angels, or a sea of fish. If you're an artist, paint a mural, or hire someone to paint one for you.
  • Use your imagination. Let your fence make a statement. Attach things from the horse and buggy days, old kitchen utensils, antique street signs, hubcaps, or license plates. The next time you look at your cypress or cedar wood fence, think of the many ways you can add some nostalgia to your yard.
  • Don't forget the holidays. Decorate your fence with wreaths, garland, or lights.

Before you start building your cypress fence or adding accessories to your fence, make sure to check to see if any property restrictions limit what you can do. You don't want a letter from your homeowner association. Also, make sure to check your warranty before making any modifications to your fence. But for more info on accessories you can add, contact Fence Outlet today.

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Choosing the Right Fencing Contractor

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 2:42:32 AM EST5EDT

There are tons of great reasons to install a new fence on your property. Whether you are doing it for aesthetic purposes or for the increased security, you will be faced with a number of crucial decisions during the process. One of the most important choices you will need to make is which fencing contractor to work with. After all, the best fence in the world won’t do its proper job if it’s installed incorrectly. Review these important tips to ensure you choose the right fencing contractor for the job.

Get Recommendations

One of the best ways to find a great contractor in the area is to ask around. Talk to your friends, family, coworker, and neighbors to see if anyone can recommend a fencing contractor. Ask them about their experience working with the company, too.

Do Online Research

You can (and should) do your own research, too. Take a look at review websites to find top contractors in your area. Make sure to note the number of reviews to ensure a company is credible and experienced. Visit the website of each company to see which services they offer and to get a better feel for their business. Narrow down your list of contenders to the top five. Contact each of the companies to ask questions, gather more information, and receive a quote for the project. Though it can be tempting to simply choose the most inexpensive company, there are a few other factors you should keep in mind.

Consider the Quality of Materials and Services

The overall quality of the fence and the service the contractor provides is one of the most important things to keep in mind. Only work with vinyl fence contractors in Orlando, FL, that use high-quality materials on all of their projects. This will ensure that your new fence will remain functional and beautiful for a long time to come. The contractor you choose should also deliver high-quality services, too. They should be trustworthy, respectful, and knowledgeable any time they're on your property or interacting with you.

Experience and Past Work

In addition to quality products and services, the fencing contractor should also be experienced and have a proven track record. Look for a company that has many years of practice installing fences and fulfilling their customers’ every need. Choosing an experienced contractor gives you a lower chance of mistakes being made during installation. It also guarantees that your fence will be installed by an industry expert who knows exactly what they are doing.

Insurance and Licenses

Lastly, you want to ensure that the fencing company you work with has the proper insurance and licensing. You don’t want to be held liable if an accident occurs during the installation process. For all of your fencing questions and needs, contact Fence Outlet today!

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Installing Your Vinyl Fence on a Concrete Surface

Friday, September 14, 2018 2:33:10 AM EST5EDT

Putting up a Fence

So, you’ve decided to put a fence in your backyard and you’ve chosen vinyl as your material. You know you’ve already made a great choice in vinyl because of its low-maintenance properties and its ability to stand up to Tampa, FL, weather like extreme heat and rain. You especially like the fact that vinyl comes in so many color and style options. The tan fence you’ve chosen perfectly complements your home and yard. Now the only problem is figuring out how to get this fence into your chosen space.

This process could be a challenge because there is already concrete in that area. Fortunately for you, there's a way to install a vinyl fence on concrete that has already been poured. Read on for a chance to understand the ins and outs of installing a fence on this particular type of surface.

Know Your Concrete

  1. You first need to know how thick the concrete you’re working with is. The thickness of the slab will strongly influence what kind of installation process needs to take place. Naturally, the thickness of a concrete slab is indicative of its strength. If a fence is to be anchored in concrete with post towers, the slab will need to be thick enough that it can hold the post towers against weather events that are likely to occur fairly regularly, such as heavy rain or wind. This may be the least invasive or time-consuming process, but, unfortunately, it won’t work for every situation. The thickness of the concrete simply must be enough to support the post towers you wish to install in it.
  2. If you determine that your concrete pad is not sufficiently thick enough to hold a fence, you may need to use a core drill to make holes in the pad. You can install the fence posts in these holes and secure them by pouring more concrete in the holes around them.

Ask for Help

If you’re unfamiliar with any of these processes or you’re not used to using a drill, it’s important to, at the very least, get help from someone who has experience with them. Don’t be ashamed to simply hire the job out if you don’t think you can handle the intricacies of drilling through thin concrete without breaking it, anchoring posts straight, or pouring concrete correctly. So, when you’re looking for vinyl fence installation in Tampa, FL, and you’re working with a concrete slab, contact Fence Outlet for more information on how to get your end goal accomplished. You’ll be glad you did, and the fence you install will serve the purposes you set out for it around your home for years to come if you install it correctly from the beginning.

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