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Questions to Ask Yourself Before Installing a Fence

Monday, January 28, 2019 6:49:00 AM EST5EDT

You've decided that 2019 is the year you're going to install a fence around your property. Perhaps you'd like to fence in your backyard to create a safe play area for your kids. Maybe you want to install a cute picket fence along the edge of your front yard. Whatever your reasons for wanting a fence, here are a few questions to ask yourself before you contact wood, vinyl and aluminum fence companies in Tampa, Fl.

Why Do I Want a Fence?

It helps to have a clear understanding of why you'd like to install a fence around your home. If you decide to work with a fencing contractor, they'll be better able to recommend certain types of fence to you based on your needs.

A few common reasons for installing a fence include:
  • Enhancing privacy.
  • Increasing safety and security (such as a creating a safe area for your children or pets to play or installing a fence around a pool).
  • Increasing curb appeal.
  • Protecting a garden.
  • Marking property lines and boundaries
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What Type of Fence Do I Want?

Even if you're completely new to fence shopping, it's likely that you have some idea of the type of fence you'd like to install around your home. A few things to think about when asking yourself about the type of fence that's just right are:

  • Material. An aluminum fence around a home in Tampa, Fl. can create a distinguished, elegant look. Meanwhile, vinyl or wood fences can be ideal if you are concerned about privacy.
  • Style. Fences come in a range of styles, from your classic wood or vinyl white picket fence to ornamental metal fences.
  • Height. Do you want neighbors and others to be able to see over the top of your fence or do you want to create a completely private, enclosed yard? A taller fence, such as a six-foot-tall fence, will give you more privacy than a shorter fence.

What Is My Budget?

How much can you comfortably spend on your fence? Having a dollar amount in mind before you start the project can help you determine what type of material you want, as well as whether you can hire a contractor.

Do I Want to Hire a Contractor or DIY?

Speaking of hiring a contractor, would you rather have a professional fence installer do the work or would you rather do-it-yourself? Although a DIY project can be fun and enjoyable for the right person, plenty of homeowners decide to hire a professional contractor, as they know that doing so will take some of the burden of measuring, ordering materials and performing the hard work of digging and placing the fence off of their shoulders.

Do I Need Approval Before Installing the Fence?

One last question to ask yourself before you get started with a fence installation project: Do you need to get approval or permission from anyone before you get started? Getting approval can mean getting the appropriate permits, but it can also mean making sure your project is in the clear with your homeowner's association and with your neighbors.

When it comes to installing a fence, it's better to ask first and get your paperwork and permits in a row, than must deal with the hassle of restarting a project that's not up to code.

Posted in Wood Fencing By Holly Halladay

Tips to Prevent Wood Rot

Friday, January 25, 2019 6:10:02 AM EST5EDT

When you install a wood fence around your home in Orlando, Fl., you want the fence to look as great as possible for as long as possible. Often, your wood fence will be the first thing people see as they approach your property and will be what creates either a positive or negative impression in their minds.

The heat, humidity and other weather conditions in Orlando and other locations throughout Florida do present one problem for homeowners with wood fencing: The risk of rot, including wet rot and dry rot. Rot can make your fence look worn out. It also affects the strength and effectiveness of the fencing.

Here's what you can do to minimize the chance of wood rot and to keep your fence in the best shape possible, for as long as possible.

Choose the Right Type of Wood

Some types of wood are better than others for homes in Florida. Cypress, a type of hardwood, is an ideal pick for the Florida climate. It's able to withstand whatever the weather throws its way, from high heat to 100% humidity, without rotting, warping or cracking.

Hire a Professional Fencing Contractor

When you install the posts of your wood fence, you want them to have as little contact with the soil as possible. Posts that are resting in the soil are likely to soak up moisture from it, leading to rot and a shorter lifespan. Although you can DIY your fence's installation, hiring a professional fencing contractor will help you avoid the risk of rot and will help increase the longevity of your fence.

Clean the Fence Regularly

A clean fence is slower to rot than a fence that is covered in dirt, grass clippings or fallen leaves. When debris builds up the surface of the fence, it can trap moisture underneath. Wipe down the fence regularly or use a broom or a brush to sweep debris off the pickets and posts. If leaves fall and collect along the bottom edge of the fence, it's a good idea to rake them up and away from it.

Along with keeping the fence clean and clear of debris, there might be times when you need to give it a shower. Use a hose or pressure washer to spray down the fence. If it needs a deeper cleaning, you can pour a bit of detergent into warm water and wipe down the pickets to remove any built-up dirt.

Protect and Seal the Wood

Adding a coat of stain or another sealant to a wood fence helps to protect it from moisture damage. The stain forms a protective barrier on the wood's surface, so that water can’t seep in. As an added benefit, the stain can also give the wood a more attractive color, helping it to make your home look even more inviting.

You can test your fence to see if it's in need of a new coat of sealant or stain by spraying it with water. If the water forms beads on the surface, the fence is in good shape. If the wood absorbs the water quickly, it's time for a new coat.

Posted in Wood Fencing By Holly Halladay

Wood Privacy Fence vs PVC Privacy Fence: Pros and Cons

Thursday, December 20, 2018 3:26:00 AM EST5EDT

If you want to keep nosy neighbors or random passersby from seeing what's going on in your yard, installing a privacy fence is the way to go. Privacy fences are available in a range of materials and styles. To qualify as a privacy fence, fencing needs to be at least 4-feet tall and be solid.

When deciding between a PVC privacy fence and a wood privacy fence in Orlando, Fl., it helps to weigh the pros and cons of each option first. The expert fence installers at Fence Outlet can also help you decide between a PVC or wood privacy fence.

Wood Privacy Fences: Pros

As a fencing material, wood offers many benefits to homeowners. Here are just a few:

  • Affordable cost. Wood fences in Orlando, Fl. tend to be among the most affordable fencing options. The exact cost of your fence will depend on its size and whether you choose pine or cypress.
  • Easy cleaning and repairs. Wood is a pretty easy material to clean if it gets dirty. You can wipe it down with soap and water and rinse it off. If part of the fence needs to be repaired or replaced, it's a short job to remove the damaged picket or post.
  • Choice of colors and styles. Wood offers a lot of flexibility when it comes to style. You can paint your fence or stain it. You can also choose pickets or balusters that are cut into intricate or interesting shapes.

Wood Privacy Fences: Cons

Wood fences do have some drawbacks that are worth being aware of as a homeowner. If you choose a wood fence, keep in mind the following:

  • It requires maintenance. Wood is a natural material and it will wear down over time and with exposure to the elements. You can keep your wood fence looking new with regular maintenance, such as a new coat of stain or paint, and regular cleaning.
  • Pests love some types of wood. Wood can be subject to damage from pests. The good news is that there are some types of wood, such as cypress, that are pest (termite) resistant.

PVC Privacy Fences: Pros

PVC privacy fences offer some benefits to homeowners and they might be the right option for you. Some of the advantages of PVC privacy fences include:

  • They are durable. PVC fences are generally maintenance free and are built to last.
  • They can withstand extreme weather. The strength of PVC fences means that they can usually withstand extreme weather, such as Florida's thunderstorms and hurricanes.
  • They resist rust. The materials used to make PVC privacy fences are usually either rust-resistant or specially treated to repel rust.

PVC Privacy Fence: Cons

No fencing option is perfect, and PVC privacy fences do have a few drawbacks. They include:

  • Higher cost. Vinyl fencing materials tend to cost more upfront than wood. In exchange for the higher cost, you often get a longer fence life, which can help to make a PVC privacy fence more affordable in the long run.

Should you choose a wood or a PVC fence? The pros at Fence Outlet can help you decide. Visit one of our seven locations in Florida to learn more today.

Posted in Wood Fencing By Holly Halladay

History of the White Picket Fence

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 3:26:00 AM EST5EDT

The white picket fence is as American as apple pie. When people dream of owning a home, one of the things they often picture in the yard is a white fence. But have you ever thought about where the idea of the white picket fence came from?

The history of the white picket fence is older than the United States itself. Learn more about the story of the picket fence and why it's a "must-have" for so many homeowners.

What is a White Picket Fence?

What makes a picket fence different from other styles of fencing is the use of pickets—vertical boards or posts that often have a pointed top. (The word "picket" comes from the French word piquer, meaning "to pierce.") The vertical pickets are evenly spaced along horizontal rails to create the fence. Usually, picket fences are just a few feet high.

The Early Picket Fence

You can trace the origin of the white picket fence back to the days when colonists from England and other parts of Europe were making their way over to what's now the United States. As people began to settle in the American colonies and began to build their own homes, many of them wanted to set up barriers to clearly mark what was theirs.

People installed picket fences around their properties as a way to claim their turf and in an attempt to keep others from wandering onto their property or stealing things. Back then, the fences were made of wood because it was a readily available material.

There are a few theories as to why the earliest picket fences were painted white. The whitewash could be a sign of wealth and privilege. People setting up white fences effectively told their neighbors that not only were they wealthy landowners, they also had the means to set up and maintain a clean, white fence.

Another explanation for the white color of the fences is that white is eye-catching and easy to see. A person returning home at night could see their fence from a distance. The white color of the fence was also easy to see in daylight.

Modern Day Picket Fences

The modern-day picket fence has a lot in common with its early ancestors, but it's also evolved somewhat over the years. Although wood fences are still a popular choice in Orlando, Fl., vinyl fences are also available nowadays.

Both vinyl and wood picket fences are easy to take care of and are meant to be durable and long-lasting.

Although people don't equate having a picket fence with having an immense amount of wealth anymore, the style of fence is still part of the "American Dream." Picket fences are also still used to mark boundaries or to provide a bit of extra security around a house or yard.

If you're interested in installing a picket fence around your property in New Port Richey, Orlando, Melbourne, Daytona, Fort Myers/North Port, Tampa, or Oviedo, Fl., Fence Outlet can help. Visit on of our seven locations in Florida and learn more about our professional installation services today.

Posted in Wood Fencing By Holly Halladay

Why Should Your Property Have a Fence?

Monday, November 19, 2018 1:28:00 AM EST5EDT

The white picket fence might be part of the traditional American dream, but have you ever thought about why people like to put fences around their properties? Aluminum, wood or vinyl fences in Orlando, Fl. have a lot of benefits to offer homeowners.

Here are five reasons your property should have a fence.

Fences Provide Privacy

Even if you're friendly with your neighbors, you might not want them to be able to see everything you do out in your yard, every single day. You want to be able to enjoy a quiet family dinner on your patio or a quick swim in the pool without the entire neighborhood watching.

A wood or vinyl fence with the pickets close together can create a sense of privacy in your yard. People who pass by on the sidewalk or road won't be able to see what's going on behind the fence. Your neighbors also won't be able to see what you're up to in your yard, either. If you want to include your neighbors in your backyard fun, you can always invite them over.

Fences Can Make Your Yard Safer

Having an aluminum, vinyl or wood fence around your Orlando property can make it safer in two ways. If you have children, a fence can provide a barrier that keeps them from running into the street or wandering away from home. You can also set up a fence around areas in your yard that you want to keep the kids away from, such as your swimming pool.

A fence can also keep intruders out. Depending on the height of the fence, people might not be able to climb over. If you can lock the gates of the fence, doing so will provide extra security.

Fences Create Visible Boundaries

It's important to have boundaries and a fence can help you clearly define them. Where does your property end and your neighbors begin? You can clearly mark the dividing line with a fence.

Fences Can Block Outside Noise

If you live on a busy street, here's a reason to consider setting up a fence around your property: The physical barrier created by the fence can also create a noise barrier.

If you're looking to use a fence as a noise barrier, your best option is a wood fence with a solid construction and no space between the pickets. The height of the fence also determines how well it will block or muffle sound. A six-foot-high fence will block sound better than a shorter fence, for example.

Fences Can Look Good

Fences offer more than just functional benefits. A fence that coordinates with your home and landscaping can also improve the aesthetic value of your property.

With the right fence, your home's curb appeal can go through the roof. Not only will your property look inviting to you, your family, and your friends, but it will also look inviting to anyone who might be interested in buying it if you decide to sell in the future.

Fence Outlet has seven locations in Florida and offers professional fence installation. If you'd like to take advantage of the benefits of putting a fence around your property, visit us today.

Posted in Wood Fencing By Holly Halladay

The Impact of Florida Weather on Vinyl Fencing

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 1:15:00 AM EST5EDT

Florida's weather is both a blessing and a curse. It's known as the "Sunshine State" but also happens to be the thunderstorm capital of the US. Plenty of people flock to Florida for its warmth and sunshine, but at the height of summer, that warmth can become oppressive.

If you're a homeowner who's considering buying a vinyl fence in Orlando, Fl, you might wonder what your state's wacky weather will mean for the durability and longevity of your fence. In many cases, vinyl fencing can take whatever Florida's weather has to throw its way.

Will All That Sunshine Cause Vinyl Fencing to Fade?

If you’re installing a new fence in Orlando or another part of Florida, it’s important to note the quality of your PVC fence products. Fence Outlet manufactures PVC fences to ensure that we have complete control of the quality of product we sell. Our PVC is made from the best virgin, never recycled materials. Non-virgin vinyl, sometimes called recycled vinyl, might be made of materials or made in a way that they are liable to fade, chip or be brittle.

Can Vinyl Fencing Take the Florida Heat?

The average high temperature in Florida is in the low to mid-eighties. During the hottest month of the year, July, the average high is 91 degrees Fahrenheit. That's too hot for many people, but is it too hot for your vinyl fence?

The answer is no. Vinyl fencing is designed and produced in a way that makes it able to withstand a wide range of temperatures, including Florida's heat.

What Will Humidity and Rain Do to Vinyl Fencing?

Moisture, whether from humidity or rain, can damage some materials if they are left unprotected. That's why many wood fences are sealed or stained and why some metal fences have a rust-proof finish.

Vinyl is water resistant and won't rust or rot if exposed to water. It's able to sit through Florida's many thunderstorms and can handle the humidity of the state without breaking a sweat.

Will Vinyl Fencing Survive a Hurricane?

Professional installation can help your vinyl fence in Orlando, Fl. weather rain, heat, wind and more in the Sunshine State. Contact Fence Outlet today to learn more about our vinyl fencing and our installation and design options.

Posted in Wood Fencing By Holly Halladay

5 Benefits of Horizontal Wooden Fences

Friday, November 2, 2018 8:06:00 AM EST5EDT

When many people think of wood fences in Orlando, Fl., what comes to mind is the classic white picket fence. While the white picket fence is still a popular choice among homeowners, a relatively new style of fencing has gained in popularity recently.

Horizontal wooden fences are now one of the more in-demand options for homeowners. Instead of having the pickets lined up next to each other vertically, horizontal wood fences feature planks that stack one on top of the other. The look is somewhat different from the typical picket or privacy fence and plenty of people love it.

If you're considering a horizontal wood fence, here are a few benefits of choosing one.

Increased Privacy

If one of your goals is to create a private, enclosed yard by adding a fence, a horizontal wood fence can be the way to go. The positioning of the planks horizontally means that there is less likely to be any gaps or spaces between them, creating the best barrier between your yard and the outside world.

Modern Look

In recent years, horizontal wood planks have become the new "it" style when it comes to fencing. For homeowners who want a contemporary or modern look in their front and back yards, horizontal fencing can be the ideal option.

There are a few reasons why horizontal fences look so modern and fresh. The arrangement of the planks so that they stretch across the yard, rather than up and down, helps to visually elongate the look of the fence, making your property look bigger, too.

Horizontal wood fences are often combined with other elements, such as columns made of stone or concrete pillars. The mixing of materials can add to the contemporary look and feel of your property.

Customizable Style

Horizontal wood fences are available in a wide range of styles. You can opt for a privacy fence if you wish or choose a fence that has some spacing between the planks if you want a more open look.

You also have the option of choosing the size of the planks and the color of the fence. Since the fence is made of wood, you can stain it or paint it pretty much any color you'd like.

Durability

In Florida, the best type of wood for a horizontal wood fence is cypress, but other options are available, based on your budget and preferences. No matter what type of wood you choose, you can rest assured that your fence will last, especially if you stain and seal it to protect it from the elements.

Safety and Security

A tall, horizontal wood fence creates a safe and secure area around your home. If you have children, you don't have to worry about them wandering away from the confines of your backyard. A horizontal fence can also keep unwanted visitors off your property.

Fence Outlet has seven locations in Florida that are ready to serve all your fencing needs. If you're interested in learning more about horizontal wood fences and seeing your fencing options up close and personal, pay a visit to one of our locations today.

Posted in Wood Fencing By Holly Halladay

How to Take Care of Your Vinyl Fence

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 8:15:00 AM EST5EDT

Vinyl fences are known for their attractiveness, versatility, and durability. Properly maintained, they can provide years of reliable protection. However, if you have vinyl fencing in Orlando, FL, there are some things you'll have to do to keep it in tip top shape.

Vinyl Fences Are Nearly Maintenance Free

One of the reasons vinyl fences are so popular is because they require practically no maintenance to keep them standing. As opposed to wood, and some kinds of metal, you won't have to treat your fence to protect it from either rot or rust. However, if you want it to look sharp, you will have to clean it. Fortunately, this doesn't require much work.

Rinse It Off

Due to the non-porous quality of vinyl, to keep it free from dust, small particles, and spider webs, you just need to spray it down once in a while. When you're gardening or watering your lawn, take a couple of minutes to hose down your fence. Rinsing off your fence every couple of months will keep it looking fresh.

Try a Rust Inhibitor

For a more thorough cleaning that'll get rid of some those tough spots, you can use a rust inhibitor and a sponge. Apply the rust inhibitor directly to the problem area, then gently dab. If the stain persists, a soft brush should do the trick. We recommend using Sno Bol which can be purchased at Walmart for $3.00.

Other Types of Cleansers

If you're cursed with a stain that is particularly hard to get rid of, there are other types of cleansers you can experiment with. One particularly effective product is The Magic Eraser. Designed like a sponge, The Magic Eraser doesn't require any additional cleanser or a cloth. You just apply to the affected area, but avoid using a stiff brush, as that could scratch your vinyl fence.

Pressure Wash

If you've just moved into a property with an older vinyl fence, or you've neglected your own fence for some years, you may have to consider using a power washer. Pressure washing the fence will be more effective than a regular garden hose at removing stains and debris, but won't scratch the vinyl the way heavy scrubbing might.

Mildew Stains

Though not common, mildew can be an issue in Florida. While there are chemicals you can use to get rid of the mildew, it's recommended to use as mild a formula as possible - or mixing your own at home - to prevent any unwanted damage to the vinyl.

Rest assured that when you're researching wholesale vinyl fences in Orlando, FL, maintenance will be at a minimum. While there are cleaning options should you encounter a tough stain, for the most part, periodically hosing your fence down is all the maintenance you'll ever need.

Posted in Wood Fencing By Holly Halladay

How to Properly Maintain a Wood Fence

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 7:47:00 AM EST5EDT

Wood fences provide a yard with a beautiful, timeless look. However, they also require a bit of upkeep in order to last and to keep that beauty for many years. If you've recently had a new wood fence installed on your property, here are a few tips for properly maintaining wood fences in Orlando, FL.

Apply a Sealant

First and foremost, you need to ensure that your new fence is properly sealed. Your fence is going to be exposed to the elements 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, throughout the entire year, so it needs as much help as it can get. A sealant helps to protect the wood from the rain, humidity, and your sprinklers. By repelling this moisture and preventing it from seeping into the wood, sealant will help to prevent rotting and warping in your fence boards, adding years to its life.

Minimize Spraying

As already mentioned, your wood is going to take quite a beating from the Florida elements. And just because it's been sealed doesn't mean you should take its durability for granted. As much as possible, you should minimize wetting your fence with your hose or sprinkler. The less moisture your wood is exposed to, the less likely it is to warp or rot. So, adjust those sprinkler heads if you have to, and you'll get more life out of your fencing.

Cut Back Plants

Finally, make sure that you don't allow bushes or vines to grow on or up against your fencing. There are 2 main reasons for this. First, plants tend to retain some moisture, so if they're right up against your fence, they can cause more moisture to seep into the wood, leading to rot.

Additionally, bushes will push up against the fence more and more as they grow, and vines will add more and more weight to the planks as they climb. The same goes for trees; if you have a tree with a low-growing branch that is pressing against your fence, cut the branch away to ensure your fence isn't damaged by it. The less weight and pressure on your fence, the longer it will last, so cut back the plants and keep them away from your fence.

If you follow these tips, you'll get more life out of your wood fence in Orlando, FL.

Posted in Wood Fencing By Holly Halladay

How to Maintain A Wood Fence in Florida

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 7:47:00 PM EST5EDT

A wood fence can be a great way to add curb appeal with its natural beauty, provide a layer of safety and security, and potentially add value to your home. Some homeowners, however, may be concerned about utilizing a wooden fence in the humid state of Florida. A wood fence does require more care than aluminum or PVC, so Fence Outlet is offering some tips to help maintain a wood fence.

When looking at installing a wood fence, here are some tips to consider:
  • Make sure to get pressure-treated wooden posts; because they go into the ground, they are more susceptible to insects and moisture.
  • Within the first year of installation, apply a wood preservative to seal your new fence. A sealant is like wax on a car; it protects the fence from the elements.
  • Homeowners also should prevent sprinklers from wetting the fence, which can cause the wood to deteriorate faster. Many sprinklers can be calibrated to adapt to their surrounds and increase efficiency. An alternative is to use drip irrigation to minimize overspray.
  • Bushes, vines and other vegetation should be kept off the fence. The less weight and moisture-attracting plants on the fence, the better.
  • Don’t use cleaning products on your fence. Just use a hose and plain water to clean.
"In Florida, the wood fence product we recommend is Cypress since it is native to Florida, thus can handle our inconsistent wet-to-dry climate," said Rajul Patel, president and founder of Fence Outlet. "Plus, it requires no chemical treatments and is naturally resistant to termites and insects. Cypress is also a denser and more fibrous wood that does not warp and twist in Florida’s high humidity."
Posted in Wood Fencing By Fence Outlet

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