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Best Fences for Severe Weather

Tuesday, August 21, 2018 12:49:44 AM EST5EDT

Weather can have a strong impact on outdoor fencing. Strong storms, hurricane, hail and long days of rain can cause damage to your fence. If you’re looking for fencing material that withstands nature’s most brutal assaults, consider a fence from Fence Outlet in Tampa, FL.

Vinyl Fences in Severe Weather

Today’s vinyl fences are built to withstand high impact and excessive temperatures, which is important in the Florida climate. Vinyl is one of the strongest fence materials and is designed to contract and expand during severe temperature changes. Not only does vinyl perform great during high winds.

Cost Effective Fences for Severe Weather

For homes or business aiming to be cost effective, chain link fencing a go-to product. Although it doesn’t have the same aesthetic as vinyl or aluminum fencing, it’s a solid product that withstand high winds. This is because the chain link design allows rain and wind to move right through the fence. It makes it nearly impossible to knock down.

Aluminum Fencing in Severe Weather

In many neighborhoods, the fencing allowed is dictated by the homeowner’s association’s rules. Aluminum fencing is often one of the favored materials among homeowner’s associations. The good news is that where weather is concerned, aluminum fencing is a great option. Along coastal regions where salty air is a concern because of salt erosion, aluminum is a winner. It’s highly resistant to this type of corrosion.

Replacing fencing is not a cheap undertaking. When you’re installing a fence for the first time, make sure to choose one that withstands the typical weather conditions in Florida. If you’re interested in vinyl fencing in Tampa, FL, or any of the other options we’ve discussed in this blog, contact Fence Outlet to learn more about the product and how it stands up to the area’s unique weather conditions.

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How to Properly Maintain Your Aluminum Fence

Saturday, August 18, 2018 12:24:37 AM EST5EDT

Living in Florida means you enjoy beautiful weather year-round and spend a lot of time in your yard. One way you can get even more enjoyment from both your home and your yard is to install an aluminum fence. This provides safety for you and your visitors. Plus, if you have a pool or a spa, fencing is mandatory by law in Florida. An aluminum fence is one of the most attractive and durable choices in fencing and maintenance is important. Learn more about what to do to properly maintain your aluminum fence.

Keep Dirt to a Minimum

Your aluminum fence won’t be susceptible to weather or insect damage. In general, aluminum fencing lasts longer and requires less maintenance than other materials. One thing that can affect aluminum is dirt. Dirt by itself isn’t the issue, it’s what comes along with it that can contribute to wear and tear on your fence. Dirt is can be mixed with yard chemicals, which can contribute to oxidization. Make sure to check your fence periodically.

Take out the Garden Hose

Since they don’t require painting, aluminum fences are easy to clean. Your kids might not agree, but cleaning an aluminum fence is so easy, a kid can do it, and without too much supervision. Cleaning is as simple as grabbing some car soap and turning on the hose.

Use Simple Cleaning Solutions

As mentioned, solutions appropriate for aluminum fences can be as simple as soap and water. If you have small areas of the fence that need extra cleaning, car soap can be used. However, if it’s been awhile since the last cleaning, or large portions of the fence are especially dirty, it’s easy to contact Fence Outlet for additional questions. A soft sponge works great but steel wool, abrasive agents, or anything that contains harsh chemicals should not be used for cleaning on any fencing.

Don’t Forget the Gate!

Keeping the fence clean is important but don’t forget to check the gate. The gate should be adjusted once-a-year and the gate hinges need to be oiled. Pay attention to the weather. If it’s windy, make sure the gate isn’t left free to swing in the wind to reduce damage risk. If you’re unsure of how to perform these maintenance tasks, call your specialists in aluminum fencing at Fence Outlet, to come out and show you what to do.

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A Guide to Choosing the Right Fence for Your Property

Thursday, August 16, 2018 8:57:00 AM EST5EDT

Deciding to line your property with a fence is a great way to upgrade your home. Fences can add value and serve many different purposes. One of the main reasons why people have fences installed is to add privacy and protection, but there are many other factors to consider when choosing a fence. In order to make sure you’re choosing the right fence, putting it in the right place, and making it with the right materials, it’s important to take a few key items into consideration. These are some of the details that you should be exploring. Below is a quick guide to choosing the right fence for your home.

Define What Matters Most to You

As mentioned above, one of the main purposes of a fence is to add privacy to a home. But what about security? Just because a fence allows you to enjoy your yard without the gaze of onlookers, is it safe? Is it easy to come in and out of? Can pets or small children get out? These are some key factors to keep in mind when you’re in the designing stage. Once you know the level of security and privacy you want, you can then move on to the aesthetics. What do you want the fence to look like?

Consider Your Personal Taste and Style

There are two things to address when choosing the style of your fence. One, what is your personal style? What other fences have you seen around town that you truly love? Second, what is the design of your home? You always want to add a personal touch when adding something this big to your property, but the overall design of the property should flow. For instance, if you live in a modern home, aluminum, wood or vinyl would be your go to.

Determine Your Budget

Finally, it’s important to have a good understanding of your budget. Knowing a ballpark idea of how much you’d like to spend is necessary to move forward. Regardless if you’re looking for a tall wood fence in Orlando, FL, or a short aluminum fence that simply acts as an accent, we can help you determine the type of fence that works for your budget. If you have an idea of the purpose, the look, and how much you want to spend, you’re ready to schedule an appointment with Fence Outlet for an estimate!

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3 Vinyl Privacy Fence Ideas to Consider for Complete Privacy

Monday, August 13, 2018 8:25:34 AM EST5EDT

Everyone wants their yard to be beautiful and privacy is also important. For many homeowners, ensuring privacy means investing in a privacy fence. While there are several choices available, a vinyl privacy fence in Tampa, FL, may be your best option. It’s important for you to know what options you have at your disposal when considering privacy and appearance.

Solid Vinyl Fence with Lattice

There are a lot of ways to construct and design a vinyl fence, but a solid fence with lattice gives you privacy and character. You'll have to check local codes to learn about any restrictions on height, but a contiguous row of vinyl panels with lattice lining the top should offer you considerable protection against any unwanted invasions of privacy.

Semi-Privacy

If you don't like a feeling of full enclosure, you can always choose a semi-privacy fence instead. The gap is usually arranged as a 2:1 ratio, meaning that the opening is half the size of the panel. This might allow you to catch a glimpse of the world around you, while still creating an adequate barrier for privacy. Unless someone is standing a couple feet away and looking directly through the gap, they won't be able to see much of your yard. A semi-privacy is generally a nice compromise, to get the desired isolation with a little more openness.

Solid Vinyl Fence with Aluminum Top Rail

When considering unique looks and privacy, another option to explore is a solid vinyl fence with an aluminum top rail. This type of fence ensures privacy for your yard while enhancing the appearance of your home. There are many ways to work with wholesale vinyl fences in Tampa, FL. You simply have to find what works best for you while working with the professionals at Fence Outlet!

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5 Reasons to Use A Wooden Fence in Your Yard

Thursday, August 9, 2018 7:52:42 AM EST5EDT

You have a variety of materials to choose from when it comes to fences. Vinyl, aluminum and chain link are all popular choices for great reasons. Another popular choice is wood. Wood has been used for fencing for a very long time. Getting your fence from a wood fence company in Orlando, FL, could be the right choice for your home.

1. Cost Effective

Wood can be more cost effective to install than other materials. Many opt for wood fences because it can save money in the short term. Another bonus is privacy. If you’re seeking a budget friendly enclosure for your yard, a wood fence is a way to attain it.

2. Beautiful Appearance

Wood fences are beautiful. Stain them and allow them to retain their natural beauty or paint them to match your aesthetic values. Even better, when your aesthetic values change, it's easy to paint and repaint. Natural woods, like cypress, look great in natural surroundings and creates a cohesive atmosphere.

3. Long Lasting

Wood fences stand up to the forces of nature well. Wood fences can last about 10-15 years before they need to be replaced. Wood is impact resistant and, as mentioned earlier, it's easy to replace boards that get damaged when the impact resistance fails. If wood is treated correctly, it can last for decades!

4. Fit Your Needs

Wood fences can fit your aesthetic needs regarding different patterns and heights. If privacy and cost are your main value points, a wood fence is the way to go. On the other side of the coin, wood is a great choice when choosing a fence solely on curb appeal. If you want to add even more visual elements, gates can be especially decorative!

5. Easy to Install

Wood fence companies in Orlando, FL, know that it's easy to install wood fencing, which means you can get the fence up quickly and be enjoying its beauty and its benefits sooner than other materials. Wood may be the affordable, durable and adaptable fencing option you’ve been looking for!

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Wood Privacy Fence vs. Metal Privacy Fence: A Comparison

Monday, August 6, 2018 7:17:40 AM EST5EDT

Adding a privacy fence is one of the best ways to add to your enjoyment of your backyard. A privacy fence can make your backyard a cozy retreat. If you live in Tampa, Florida, you have many choices in material for a privacy fence. Wood and vinyl are two popular materials. Read on to compare the two, so you’re able to choose which type of privacy fence works best for you.

Pros of Vinyl Fencing

One of the most attractive things about using vinyl for fencing is that it doesn’t require painting. It’s also extremely easy to clean. Vinyl is loved for its versatility. If you’re looking for something that has a unique design and many options to choose from, this may be the choice of material for your privacy fence.

Pros of Wood Fencing

Many homeowners love the look of a wood privacy fence in Tampa, FL, for several reasons. First, wood is beautiful and accents any home well. In its natural state, wood creates a warm and inviting ambience, which is what people want in their backyard. Even if you decide to paint or stain, a privacy fence made of wood looks great. Another advantage of wood is that it’s usually cost effective. If you choose cypress, readily available in Florida, your fence will be made from a wood that’s naturally resistant to insects and rot resistant.

Cons of Vinyl Fencing

For true wood fence lovers, a vinyl fence won’t give you the same look, smell and feel of wood. However, you can opt to purchase a vinyl fence that is manufactured to resemble wood.

Cons of Wood Fencing

Florida’s hot sun and other weather elements can impact a wood fence. The inherent nature of wood means boards can warp. If you don’t pay attention to regular maintenance, wood can degrade after 10 years. One of the most significant disadvantages to wood fencing in Florida is rot caused by insects and moisture. Choosing a wood like cypress, however, means your fence is made from wood that resists rot naturally.

Now that you know a few things about wood and vinyl fencing material, it’s time to choose your privacy fence. If you’re still not sure which is the best material for you, take time to visit a Fence Outlet showroom and discuss metal vs. wood fence styles in Tampa, FL.

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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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