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Stockade Fencing: What You Need to Know

Monday, June 11, 2018 5:38:34 AM EST5EDT

The first stockade fences were built as a defense around military forts. The rough-hewn saplings had gaps that were filled with moss and mud to make more of a windbreak. Today’s reasons for building a stockade fence are much different. A stockade is used as a wood privacy fence, to protect a garden, or for decoration around a house or property perimeter.

About Cypress Wood

Cypress is native to the southern United States, growing best in swampy conditions. Cypress is a slow-growing, deciduous tree that sheds its needle-like leaves every winter. Some of the oldest cypress trees have been dated to 364 AD, and grow up to 120 feet tall. The trunks of mature cypress range from 3-26 feet in diameter.

Benefits of Cypress Wood

There are many manmade materials on the market today, as well as fabricated steel and aluminum. The best material for a fence is cypress wood. Why cypress? Cypress makes its own natural preservative called cypressene. Cypressene makes the wood resistant to insects, rot, and decay. Unlike other species of wood, cypress doesn’t need to be pressure-treated, with chemicals that are toxic to the environment, to maintain its strength and appearance. Cypress wood doesn’t trap dust, dirt, and other allergens, making it ideal for a healthier environment. Cypress has a natural, honey-like hue, and if you leave your fence wood natural, it will weather to a soft grey. Cypress readily accepts stain and other finishing options without the weight that pressure treated pine demands. Cypress is also a sustainable and renewable resource. It grows in thirteen states in the southeast and is native to Florida. Cypress regenerates annually more than what is harvested.

Building a Stockade Fence

If you are planning on building a stockade wood fence in Tampa, FL, wood fence companies might sell you wholesale wood to save money. Be sure to request mature cypress for the most durable wood fences. Young cypress hasn’t fully developed the same durable properties as older trees. The zoning for a tall wood fence can be a maximum height of six feet, anything taller will require a variance. A stockade fence has vertical boards placed tightly together, with no gaps between the boards. The tops of the boards are typically cut to a point to discourage climbing over, but many stockades have even tops. A stockade fence takes a lot of lumber to build. By choosing cypress for the fence, the natural durable qualities will help the fence last a long time. The lifetime of a fence will depend on the climate where it is built, and whether the wood is left natural or stained. A cypress fence can last 10-15 years or longer, making it more cost-effective over time.

Construction Tips

There are many pre-assembled sections of fences on the market. They are less expensive, but heavier to move to the site. Another drawback to pre-assembled sections is the grade of the land. You might end up with big gaps under sections of fence. Buying individual boards is more expensive, but the fence can be customized to the lay of the land, with no gaps to crawl under. Unless you have a lot of time and muscle, a professional builder will be able to erect the fence to your specifications and in a lot less time.

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Why Cedar is Not Your Best Choice for a Fence

Friday, June 8, 2018 5:32:12 AM EST5EDT

When it comes time to install a fence for your home, you're usually going to make a choice between wood and vinyl. While both options have different pros, it’s important to have all the information you need to make an informed decision for your home.” If you're interested in purchasing a new wood fence in Orlando, FL, there are a few things you should be made aware of.

Don’t Believe the Cedar Hype

Many want cedar, however, there are no native cedars in the Americas. We're so used to woods being called cedars, they're just commonly described that way by stores who have no idea what they're really selling. Usually, what we call "cedar" is actually cypress, but you never really know for sure. If somehow you are able to find cedar, there are several different types of wood which fall under that name. Depending on where you live, the cedar might be called Eastern White or Western Red, but even these are relatively arbitrary descriptors of different species of wood.

Why Cedar and Florida Just Don’t Mix

Many want the decay resistant properties of real cedar. However, this is a characteristic to be found mostly in the heartwood of cedar and is not as present in second growth or sapwood cedar. So if you were to purchase a cedar wood fence in Orlando, FL, not only is it likely you're not actually purchasing a cedar fence, it's even less likely the "cedar" you're buying will have the decay resistant properties which made it a popular wood to begin with. Living in Florida, where a thunderstorm is likely to rage without warning and disappear as suddenly as it appeared, rapid weather changes can speed up the decay process in “cedar” fences.

Alternatives to Cedar

Cypress is a wood that is natural to Florida, so it's suited to withstand the dramatic changes in the weather without warping or changing color. Like natural cedar, cypress is resistant to decay and termites, but without containing the naturally occurring toxicity of cedar. Another lovely wood alternative is pressure-treated pine. When properly treated, pine can last a lifetime, and most companies provide a warranty protecting your pine fence from termite infestations. Also, you may not be aware how much vinyl fences can be made to resemble wood. Coming in a variety of styles and colors, vinyl is incredibly durable and requires practically no maintenance.

When it comes to purchasing a fence for your home, you want to know what you're getting. With cedar, that's often not the case. That's why you're probably better off choosing cypress, pine, or vinyl for your fence.

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Beginner's Guide to Choosing the Best Vinyl Fence Style

Tuesday, June 5, 2018 5:18:58 AM EST5EDT

When it comes to choosing fencing for your home, you can't go wrong with vinyl. Easy to assemble, and incredibly simple to maintain, vinyl isn't subject to termites or decay, and always looks sharp. Vinyl has one of the best manufacturer warranties. One of the advantages of vinyl in fencing is the spectacular variety of styles and colors available. Vinyl can be made to impersonate practically any material, and it can do so seamlessly. There are so many options, one of the hardest things about vinyl fencing is deciding which type of fence works best for you. Before checking out vinyl fence companies in Orlando, FL, here are some hints for choosing your ideal vinyl fence.

What Are the Neighborhood's Policies about Fencing?

The last thing you want to do is find a style of vinyl fence you fall in love with, only to discover it's not permitted. Check in advance to see what your neighborhood association's rules are. Not only will this prevent you from buying a fence you can't use, it will help narrow down your options, assisting you in your ultimate choice. HOA's will often have rules regarding the color of a fence as well. Perhaps you're not permitted to have a wood board on board fence. Orlando, FL, is home to hundreds of different homeowner's associations, each with their own set of rules. Check with your first before proceeding.

What Fence Do Your Neighbors Have?

It's not just a matter of what is allowed, it's also important that your fence is attractive in the context of its surroundings. Look around your neighborhood to see what choices your neighbors have made. You might find something you like regarding color or style. Ideally, you'll find something that complements your neighbors' homes as well your own.

Fit in with Your Surroundings

Besides the other buildings in the area, what are the other aspects of your man-made and natural surroundings that will have an impact on your fence? If you live in a rural area, perhaps a vinyl fence with the appearance of wood, such as cypress, would look best. If your home is in a more urban setting, consider more modern-looking fencing. Like any architectural element, you don't want your fence to clash with its surroundings; you want it to embrace them. Choosing the right fence has the effect of enhancing the appearance of both your home and the community.

Don't Forget Your Home

When all is said and done, a fence is an accent to your home, so make sure the styles of your home and fence are in sync. A rustic-looking home will likely look best with a brown, slatted fence. If you have a Victorian cottage style home, a white vinyl picket fence may be perfect. You can make a bold statement with your fence, so make sure you choose the right style for your home.

With so many options in vinyl fencing, anything you can do to narrow down your choices will make your decision that much easier.

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Why Aluminum Fencing Is Better Than Iron Fencing

Saturday, June 2, 2018 5:01:10 AM EST5EDT

Choosing the right fencing might seem like an easy decision to make, but it can quickly become more complex once you start doing a little bit of research. There are many styles of fencing and a number of different materials. Narrowing it down to a single option can be difficult, but it doesn't have to be. Aluminum fencing has a number of advantages over iron fencing, and most people will be more than pleased with the results.

Aesthetics

Many people love the look of wrought iron fencing because it reminds them of historic areas and older architecture. It has a sort of antique appearance, and many people find that to be quite appealing. But you don't have to choose iron to get that aesthetic. There are many aluminum fences that are manufactured to imitate wrought iron. In fact, it's virtually impossible to tell the two apart. Whether you want a modern style of fence, or you want something that would be at home near an historical building, you can find an aluminum fence that will give you the look and that you want.

Installation

Iron is heavy and can rust quickly. The weight might be a good thing if you're looking for a very heavy-duty fence, but most people won't have any such need as heavy-duty capability can be found in other fences with more longevity. The weight of iron also tends to make it more labor-intensive to install. Aluminum fences are built and specifically designed to be supremely easy for installation. It's quicker and less demanding for the installation crew.

Maintenance

It's no secret that iron is prone to rust. Although iron fences typically include some form of rust protection, there's a limit to what it can accomplish especially in our Florida climate where it rains frequently. Iron that's left out in the weather will always rust, eventually. It's simply a matter of time. That means iron requires some degree of upkeep, since you can't just leave it alone and not worry about it. An iron fence that's forgotten about will eventually degrade, and you'll eventually need a new fence. That's expensive and unnecessary.

Aluminum fences don't need nearly as much attention. They require minimal repairs. Depending on the grade you choose, aluminum fencing can be great for residential or even industrial projects. Weather is of limited concern, and the fences can handle daily wear and tear with little fuss.

Options

People like to have options, and aluminum offers a multitude. In addition to different grades, aluminum fences come in a variety of styles and many different color variations. Choosing aluminum as your go-to material doesn't mean that you have to compromise in terms of appearance. You should be able to find something that suites your preferences quite easily. When speaking with aluminum fence companies in Orlando, FL, be sure to check out their selection. It may be more impressive than you imagine.

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Important Accessories Used in Aluminum Fencing

Thursday, May 10, 2018 8:00:00 AM EST5EDT

The consistently beautiful weather means that it's time to install your aluminum fence. Here's a little secret: Fence installation doesn't have to be a drag. Installing a fence is exciting! Not only are there more customization options available for aluminum fence panels than ever, but aluminum fence installation can add to the value of your home. Why not take pride in your decision to add a fence to your property? The best way to do this is with cool and functional fence accessories.

With fence accessories, you can make your aluminum fence your own. Some accessories have useful application, while others are purely for fashion. What they all have in common is their availability at your local fencing outlet. Inquire within, and while you're at it, ask about how fence accessories in Orlando, FL, can benefit you and your property.

Here are a few of the most important accessories used in aluminum fencing and their uses. For more information about the accessory cost and aluminum fence cost, contact your favorite local fence shop.

Caps

These are the moldings that rest atop fence posts. These are more for appearance than anything, but they can really turn your aluminum fence into an eye-catching installation. One of the best things about aluminum is how malleable it is, making all different varieties of caps possible, like those that are flat or spherical.

Scrolls

Scrolls are an awesome way to give your fence a Victorian vibe. Perhaps you don't want your fence to be just a security measure, but a work of art. Scrolls can help you achieve this. Of course, they're more of a fashion statement than a functional accessory, but they come in such a variety that they're hard to resist.

Locks

You may think locks are purely functional, but they're another accessory that you’ll find in large supply at most fencing companies. There are padlocks, latches, hook systems, and more. A fencing expert can evaluate the kind of lock that will keep your gate secure and looking good.

Rings

Like caps or scrolls, rings are meant to decorate your fence and make it appear a cut above the rest. Rings are a simple but elegant decorative choice that you'll be glad you decided to incorporate into your aluminum fence.

For information on how to implement any of these accessories, get in touch with your local fence contractor today. They're also happy to answer any questions you have about installation, maintenance, or aluminum fence prices. Enjoy the warm weather and bring in the summer in style!

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How to Choose the Right Fence for Your Home

Friday, May 4, 2018 7:41:00 AM EST5EDT

Buying a new fence for your home is a lot more complicated than most homeowners realize. There are so many different factors to keep in mind like your needs, the cost, maintenance requirements, and more. Use the tips below to choose the right kind of fence to install on your property.

Review the Different Types

There are more styles of fences than you may realize. Before selecting one for the house, familiarize yourself with the different materials used to make fences. Some common types of fences include wood, vinyl, aluminum, chain link, PVC, and wrought iron. Consider the appearance and the benefits of each style. Keep in mind that not all fences of the same material will look the same, so there is still a lot of room to express your design style with each type of material. When thinking about the design, don’t forget about the door and other design features you want to include. Aluminum fence doors in Orlando, FL, are a great way to add a personal flair to the fence.

Consider Your Needs

Why are you buying a fence? Do you want to increase your privacy, improve the visual appeal, or keep a pet or child safe? Knowing why you need the fence will help you to choose the right one. Be sure to prioritize your needs over your wants. Picking the right fencing now can also increase your property value, which will pay off when it’s time to sell the house.

If you need privacy, choose a wood or vinyl fence. Aluminum fencing is a great option for homeowners who want to improve the appearance of their yard. When trying to protect a child or pet, there is no one fence that works better than the others, so long as the fence is chosen and built with containment in mind. With a dog, choose a barrier that they won’t be able to dig under or jump over.

Set a Budget

Determine how much you want to spend on the new fence. Be realistic with your estimates, especially if you have specific requirements. Contact a fencing contractor to obtain quotes for the different types of materials you are considering. This information will be vital when making your final decision.

Think about Maintenance

Consider the amount of maintenance required, the time it will take, and the associated costs. Wood fences require the most work as they need to be painted and stained every few years. Vinyl and aluminum are generally low maintenance options, though they are more difficult to repair than wooden fences. With wood, you can simply replace the damaged board. If you need to replace a damaged aluminum or vinyl panel, it can be challenging to find a piece that matches, especially if the manufacturer no longer makes that product.

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Unique Ways to Make Your Fence More Attractive

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 6:21:16 AM EST5EDT

Fences serve a function. They define where your property begins and ends, while providing some privacy, and keeping dogs and children from roaming the neighborhood. That doesn't mean, however, that they can't be attractive. There are a number of things you can do to get the most out of your vinyl privacy fence. Tampa, FL, has countless hobby and supply shops where you can find creative ways to upgrade your yard with one of these fun ideas.

Bird Houses

Why not share your yard with some winged friends by decorating your fence with bird houses? Hanging bird boxes from hooks screwed into your fence, or installing them along the top of your fence, is a playful way to adorn your yard with folk art while attracting some pleasant wildlife to your home. Birds could always use some feed, and you could use the entertainment, so putting bird houses on your fence kills two birds with one stone - if you'll pardon the expression.

Try a Mural

Instead of leaving that fence blank, consider decorating it with a lovely work of art. If you're an artist yourself, a fence is a wonderful canvas for you to stretch out creatively. If painting isn't your thing, you probably know a friend or family member who's a skilled painter. Having someone make their mark on your fence with an attractive or thought-provoking mural is a great way to add distinction to your home.

Planters

There's no reason your garden has to end at the fence. Increase the greenery in your yard by installing planters along the face of your fence. Hanging planters, or installing them vertically via a ladder design, brings life to what could otherwise just be a blank space. Before making any physical changes to your fence, make sure to contact your fence manufacturer to see if it affects your warranty. Adorn your fence with flowers you find attractive, or use the planters as a unique, vertical herb garden. Either way, planters are a welcome solution to filling out your yard with some color.

Light It Up

Consider draping your fence in fairy lights. Strings of lights resting over the top of the fence, or strung up and down vertically, are excellent at providing a soft, warm glow to your yard. Far preferable to flood lamps, fairy lights invite you to relax with friends over a glass of wine. Strings of lights are a civilized solution the problem of a blank space, as are solar-powered caps that charge during the day and light up at night to add a classy look to your fence.

Hanging Art

Think of your fence the way you would your home, and fill the blank spaces with works of art. You'll want them to be weather-proof, so look for metal works of art, or decorative plates. These are the kinds of things that, as they age, grown in character, and only become more attractive.

Fixing up your yard doesn't end with your fence. Once you get creative and start searching for vinyl fence supplies in Tampa, FL, there's no telling what you'll come up with.

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The Pros of Having a Vinyl Fence around Your Garden

Monday, April 30, 2018 7:38:12 AM EST5EDT

It's that time of year that anyone with a green thumb loves, the months that you get to pay extra special attention to your garden. Whether you're a floral gardener, you're cultivating your own food, or you're doing a little bit of both, you want to keep your garden protected. Installing a fence is the perfect way to do this. Installing a vinyl fence gate in Tampa, FL, is a cheap, quick, and effective way to keep your garden safe from hungry critters. A professional fence company can complete a garden project in as little as one day!

So why opt for vinyl fencing as opposed to aluminum, steel, or wood? Vinyl fence installation comes with quite a few exclusive benefits that pertain to a variety of areas including cost, ease of installation, and longevity. You don't want to spend months on the project and you don't want workers outside of your house forever. At Fence Outlet, we provide the resources you need to get the project completed in record time.

Keep reading to find out why employing the help of your local vinyl fence store is your best bet for protecting your garden.

Installation

You already know that vinyl is a terrific option if you want installation to be quick and easy, but why is this? This is in part because vinyl is an easy material for manufacturers to manipulate. Therefore, they design panels specifically for easy DIY and professional installation. The tongue and groove pieces fit together seamlessly and slide into place.

Vinyl is also extremely light, mitigating the effort of hauling around heavy equipment to complete the project. Unlike with wood, painting and sealing isn't necessary once the fence is installed. There's no chance of rust or rot, which means that contractors don't have to take additional measures to prevent them.

Longevity

Once you get past the one or two days it takes to get your garden fence installed, its life expectancy is between 20 and 30 years. If you maintain care of your fence, the color will stay vibrant. Unless your style preference changes, it's unlikely you'll have to replace your fence for decades to come. What's more is that even though vinyl fencing is one of the cheapest options on the market, it lasts longer than wood and quite a bit longer than most of its metal counterparts. Just think about the peace of mind you'll gain by keeping groundhogs and other creatures out of your garden for decades to come.

Variety

If you're fencing your garden specifically, you may want a fence that matches the theme of your garden. This isn't a problem when you go with vinyl. Thanks to the reliability of the materials, vinyl is available in numerous colors, sizes, shapes, styles and textures. Whether you want to go smooth and sleek or you want something with a faux wood grain, you'll be able to find it. Ask your local fence distributor about the options that they offer.

If you want to install something functional and beautiful to protect your garden, consider vinyl fence panels in Tampa, FL. Enjoy gardening season!

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Helpful Tips for Choosing the Right Fence for Your Yard

Saturday, April 28, 2018 7:20:00 AM EST5EDT

Many homeowners put fences around their yards, and they all have their own reasons for doing so. The saying goes that "good fences make good neighbors," but in reality, the right fence can do far more than that. But how do you know what kind of fence is the right fence for your yard? Here are a few things to consider and some questions you might want to ask yourself before you make a final decision on what type of fence you want.

Priorities

First, ask yourself what your priorities are for your fence. Write them down in order of importance. Is your main goal to provide an enclosed area for your children or your pets? Are you mainly concerned with adding some privacy to your yard? How important are aesthetics for your fencing? Knowing which things are most important will help guide your decision-making process.

For example, if you simply want to enclose your yard so you can let your dog outside without a leash, and privacy is not a major factor to you, then you probably don't need a tall privacy fence. A picket fence will keep your dog close to home while providing a nice aesthetic.

Upkeep

Ask yourself how much upkeep you're willing to put into the fence. This can help to guide you in deciding which material to use. Wood, though beautiful, requires staining and sealing every few years. But if you're willing to put in that time, it will greatly add to the value of your home and give it a natural look.

By comparison, aluminum and vinyl fencing are very low maintenance. However, if aluminum fencing is damaged, you need to replace a full panel. Vinyl tongue and groove (T&G) is a bit easier to replace if damaged, but you’ll need to replace the damaged slat, while you could replace a single plank on a wood fence. These are all factors you'll want to think about.

Pricing

Of course, pricing is always a factor when doing any major project on a home. The cost of a new fence can vary widely based on the material type, fence height, length of the fence, and the quality of the material you're using. Typically, wood is going to be at the top end of the pricing spectrum, closely followed by vinyl. Aluminum fence prices in Tampa, FL, will be much lower, which could make the material a good choice if you're on a tight budget or if you need a lot of fencing.

HOA

Finally, if you live in an area with an HOA, be sure to speak to them before you start any project. They will likely have guidelines regarding the height of your fence, as well as materials you can use and colors you can paint your fence. Knowing this in advance will help your aluminum fence installation in Tampa, FL, go much more smoothly, and can also make your decision-making process much easier.

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How to Prepare for DIY Fence Installation

Thursday, April 26, 2018 6:50:00 AM EST5EDT

If you're taking the initiative to install your own fencing, don't jump into the project just yet. Before you clutter up your yard and start the major construction, you should be sure that you and your yard are properly prepared for the upcoming project. Here are 5 ways to prepare for the installation job you have ahead of you.

Know the Material

First, be familiar with the material you'll be using. Different materials have different methods of installation and require different tools. For example, if you're working with wood, you'll not only need nails, but wood treatment and paint coat as well. When in doubt, go to a wood fence store in Orlando, FL, and ask a professional what materials you'll need, as well as any tips they might have for your project.

Gather Your Tools

Next, make sure you have all of the tools you’ll need for the project. As mentioned above, this is going to be closely related to the material you’re working with, but there are some universal tools you will need like a post hole digger, saw, hammer, safety gloves, glasses, etc. The specific tool you will definitely need if stick building your fence is a nail gun. If you are using prefabricated fence panels, you can use a hammer and nails to nail your fence sections to the posts.

Measure and Mark Carefully

Carefully measure the perimeter of your property and mark exactly where the fence will be installed. This should never be a guessing game or a time to just "eyeball it". Installing your fence in the wrong place can lead to issues with property lines down the road. Additionally, a careful measurement will help you to ensure that you have enough materials for the project.

Dig Deep

Before you even bring in the fencing materials, you can dig out the holes for the fencing. In order for your fence to be strong and secure, you'll want to ensure that it has a nice, deep foundation. If you're using a prefabricated fencing kit, the instructions will tell you how deep you'll need to dig. If working with scratch material, the depth of your foundation will depend on the height of your fence, so do a little research to find the right depth for your particular project.

(Note: After installing a few fencing panels, you can lean heavily against the fence to check that the foundation is deep enough. It should be able to withstand heavy pressure without trouble.)

Clear the Area

Finally, make sure you have enough space before you start hauling in the materials. Store your patio furniture if you need to, and have your kids keep their toys in the garage for a few days. A clear, uncluttered yard will not only leave you more space for setting out the materials, but it also makes for a much safer worksite. Make sure to keep kids and pets away from the old wood fence. Rusted wood nails could be exposed so it’s best to take extra precautions. Now, you're completely prepared to install your wood fence in Orlando, FL.

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