Why Your Next Fence Needs to Be Bamboo

bamboo fence After months of cold, spring is finally here. Spring is the perfect time to embark on home improvement and DIY projects. Most people will spend their time fretting over fertilizer brands and flowers to plant, but if they really want to do a solid DIY home improvement project, they would revamp their fence.

Fences aren’t just essential for dividing properties; they also add some serious value to your home. You may be imagining lacquered wood, plastic, or maybe even chain link right now, but if you want fencing material that is durable and will look beautiful for years to come, you should consider bamboo poles and fencing.

Bamboo isn’t just for tiki-bars, and is an especially appealing option for fencing. This is because . . .

Bamboo is a green fencing material

If you’re concerned about the environment, bamboo is your go-to for fencing. Bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants on the planet, making it an incredibly renewable resource. It grows so fast that it can be harvested and turned into wood pulp and materials in only three years. Typical wood like cedar can take a whopping 30-50 years to be harvested again. Bamboo also doesn’t require a lot of water to grow, which means fewer associated resources wasted.

Bamboo is affordable

You know how we mentioned before that bamboo grows very fast? Since it thrives so well and in such abundance, bamboo one of the most affordable fencing materials available. Many other traditional fencing materials cost more due to their costly manufacturing and/or farming processes.

Bamboo is stronger than wood

Let’s clear up one big misconception about bamboo: it looks like wood, it feels like wood, but it actually isn’t wood. Bamboo is actually a very hardy kind of grass – so hardy, in fact, that it’s actually stronger than most kinds of wood. Bamboo has been used to build homes, bicycles, and other structures because of its strength. Bamboo also has the added benefit of being naturally termite proof. Termites are incapable of digesting the high amount of silica found in bamboo, so you won’t have to worry about them snacking on your new fence.

At Fence Center, we offer bamboo poles and rolls of fencing so that you can create a private, stylish yard. Take a look at these and our other fencing options and find the one that’s right for you!

Which Style of Vinyl Fencing Is Right for You?

Are you in need of a good quality fence for your home, ranch, or even just your pool? If so, then Fence Center can help! Fence Center offers countless styles and varieties of fences for your current and future needs. One of our most popular, versatile styles is our vinyl fence option. If you’ve decided to invest in one of our vinyl fences, than you’ve already made a great decision, but which one should you get? With so many different types available, this step can easily become overwhelming. Fortunately, we compiled a guide that can help you decide which style is best for you.

If you want privacy . . .

Privacy w/ Lattice Top Panel- 48 Inch High x 72 Inch WideIf privacy is your main concern, then you will want an appropriately-named privacy style fence. This fence offers maximum seclusion and protection for your home and yard and is known for being incredibly durable. It features aluminum reinforcements and 6″ tongue and groove slats. The Privacy Style Fence is available in white and tan lattice with either a plain top, lattice top, or closed spindle top. It starts at $83.98 per 6 x8 panel.

If you live where harsh weather is the norm . . .

	 Contemporary Straight Top Panel- 48 Inch High x 72 Inch WideIf you live in an area known for frequent downpours, snowstorms, dust storms, or other harsh weather conditions, then you will need one of the most durable vinyl fences that money can buy. A traditional picket style fence is your best option to handle the weather, since it allows the wind to pass through, and the vinyl material will never require a paint job or rust removal. These fences come available with a contemporary straight top, classic straight top, contemporary pool code, contemporary scalloped top, classic stepped top, and classic scalloped top styles. They start at the price of $75.58 per panel.

If you live on a farm or own a large parcel of land . . .

	 2-Rail Ranch Rail Panel- 42 Inch HighA ranch rail style fence is your best bet if you are looking to fence in a farm or other large piece of land. These fences are extremely affordable, costing you only $17.65 per panel. They are known for being incredibly durable, especially in severe weather, and can outlast their wooden counterparts by a long shot. Vinyl ranch rail style fences come in the following options: 2-rail, 3-rail, and 4-rail. When choosing an option, consider your current and future needs. For instance, if you have a farm with lots of animals, you’ll need to choose a fence that they cannot easily jump over, squeeze through, or get stuck in.

If you only need it on a very small area . . .

Semi-Privacy Panel- 48 Inch High x 72 Inch WideSometimes, you may have a project where you only need to fence in a very small area. In that case, you may want to opt for the semi-privacy style vinyl fence. These fences are especially ideal if you are looking to fence in a pool and the surrounding area (such as the deck) for extra privacy in the summer. There are many options available for this type of fencing, including 48 x 72 inch-wide panels, 48 x 96 inch-wide panels, corner posts and post caps, and privacy gates. Fence Center gives you multiple options that allow you to create a custom fence that works for your current and future needs. If you are unsure about which options to purchase, give us a call at 888-336-2358 or e-mail us at sales@fencecenter.com. We’d love to help you out!

When you purchase a vinyl fence from Fence Center, you can be sure to get the highest quality product at the most affordable price. Our fences are built to last, so you will always get your money’s worth. Visit our website today at http://www.fencecenter.com/ to explore all of our fence offerings and to get your free price quote. Don’t forget – we’re currently offering 5% off all orders! But hurry, this offer will only be available for a limited time!

How to Make Your Backyard a Retreat

backyard retreat shutterstock_200092415With spring just around the corner, many of us are itching to spend more time outdoors and one way to make the outdoors a little better is revamping your backyard and turning it into the ultimate oasis. Imagine having extra outside living space where friends and family can gather for a relaxing time outback. With a little planning and prepping, you can be on your way at designing a gorgeous backyard retreat for you to enjoy year after year! Here are some tips to plan and prepare for a picture perfect backyard.

1. Serene and Inviting Elements

When you take a look at your backyard, you want to see a very inviting area that is complemented by serene touches. Consider the construction of a deck or patio because you will want an outdoor extension off your back door. The patio or deck can be the ideal spot for seating, a barbeque grill and even some flower boxes. Line some comfortable benches along the perimeter of the patio or deck for additional seating and consider a fire pit for extra warmth at night and the option of roasting marshmallows.

2. Lush Landscape

A backyard won’t be complete until you get your hands a little dirty. Strategically place bushes, flowers and trees in your yard to add visual appeal. Choose plants that best suit where you live so they can thrive all year round. Place mulch around the plants and create a barrier between grass and mulch with pavers or river rock. Don’t forget to seed and feed your lawn to have the greenest grass around and install sprinklers to make maintenance a breeze.

3. Add Privacy Fencing

While you may be best friends with your neighbors, adding privacy fence around your backyard can truly create that oasis/retreat feel because sometimes you might want to enjoy your backyard alone. There are various fencing options you can choose from that include vinyl, wood, aluminum and so much more – so select a style that fits your taste and complements your homes’ exterior. However, don’t forget to install aluminum fence gates so you can have more than one point-of-entry into the backyard.

4. Water Feature

small water fall shutterstock_498204Nothing is more soothing than listening to the sounds of moving water and you can get that by adding a water element to your backyard. Create a self-contained waterfall with river rocks and greenery for a natural look. Take the design a step further by incorporating a mini koi pond for live fish that are easy to care for.

Creating a backyard retreat takes some creativity and time to plan but the final product will be pleasing and well worth the effort. Don’t forget to add lighting around your yard for nighttime enjoyment and as an eco-friendly option, check out solar powered lights!

4 Things to Consider When Installing a Fence

black fencePutting a fence up around your property can provide you with numerous benefits you can enjoy year after year, but there are some considerations that you must keep in mind before you install it. Will it match the exterior elements of your home? Will your homeowners association approve the fence? Are you fencing in the entire property or just a portion? There are several other questions to ask yourself before you start digging for the post so check out these four things to consider when installing a fence.

1. Know What You Want

One of the first things that property owners should know is why they want a fence. Perhaps you want an area designated in your yard for your dog? Or do you want to beef up the security around your home? Chances are your wishes are very diverse but can complement each other and serve double duty. Whatever the purpose, a fence can provide you with many functions, but the first step is choosing the main reason for it before you make the investment.

2. Fence Material

Fences can be constructed with a variety of materials from wood to vinyl to aluminum and deciding which material works best for you can be challenging. If you are looking to add elegance to your property, consider an aluminum fence because it’s an economical alternative compared to wrought iron fences and is rust-free. Those on a budget can benefit from aluminum fencing because it’s long-lasting and maintains its’ beauty. Vinyl fencing can give you more privacy than other materials because the slats can be snug against each other in each panel. Wooden fencing can give you that white-picket-fence look if that’s what you desire. Either way, fences come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors so your options are nearly limitless!

3. Map It Out

Installing a fence takes some thinking, and mapping out where your fence will be around your property can give you more precise estimates on the cost and a visual to imagine its placement. Be sure to locate the best spot to place a gate and if you are installing a fence in the backyard, keep your lawn equipment in mind. Perhaps you have a riding lawnmower – you want a large or double-sized gate to provide access for the mower to move around the property.

4. Research  

Like mentioned above, some homeowner associations may require you to follow certain guidelines when installing a fence. This may also be the case in certain cities and neighborhoods, so be sure you check out any information about installing a fence. Additionally, if you have a pool, you will need to install a fence that meets your local BOCA (The Building Officials and Code Administrators) standards. To take the guess work out, aluminum fences from Fence Center meet BOCA codes!

Have a fence question? We would love to help! Feel free to contact us here or call 888-336-2358.


The History Of Bamboo

bamboo (2)Bamboo is synonymous for its unmistakable look, Asian flair and high strength qualities, but do you know about its’ history and origins? Bamboo was first recorded in use about 5000 years ago in ancient China where it was often used to build tree houses. Dating back to the Han Dynasty in 206 to 221 B.C., bamboo was used to make paper and books while fast-forwarding to the Ming Dynasty (1386 to 1644), it was used for bedding and flooring. Bamboo has been put to use in a variety of ways and even has some practicality in Chinese medicine and cuisine.

Environmentally Sustainable

Wherever you come across bamboo, it’s becoming a part of our lives more than you may think because there is a bamboo alternative in almost every industry from clothing to dishware to furniture. This versatile plant is technically considered a type of grass yet it has more strength and integrity than wood and even some steel alloys. It has a higher compressive strength than brick and concrete, too. Interestingly enough, bamboo grows faster than any other kind of wood plant in the world, making it one of the most sustainable plant species around. Certain species of the plant can grow up to 35 inches in a matter of 24 hours! Generally speaking, the plant can reach maturity in five years while some popular hardwoods can take up to 120 years to reach maturity.

Everyday Use

It’s a given that bamboo is becoming more popular, as it has great eco-sustainability, which is why so many products are now made with the plant. Take for instance the Japanese martial art of kendo, bamboo is used to craft arrows, bows and swords for the practice. You may also find it in musical instruments such as panpipes and flutes in Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador. A very trendy use the woody plant is used to construct bamboo fence rolls – this type of fencing material typically last longer and weathers better than traditional wood fences and is naturally termite resistant. Additionally, in 1979, a group formed the American Bamboo Society where it provides general information about the plant, research support for new species and more.

It’s quite obvious that bamboo has made its’ way around the world with many different uses. From bamboo fence rolls to bamboo wine to bamboo furniture, this versatile plant serves useful in a number of ways. Whether you are fencing in your property or are trying an exotic wine, bamboo is becoming more mainstream everyday!

Outdoor and Indoor Winter Decorating Ideas

decorating-your-home-in-winterIf you like the colder weather or not, the cooler temps is here to stay…at least for a few months! With that being said, you should embrace the season and decorate your home to match the scenery and the approaching holiday. While you may be prepping for a holiday get together, you should add some festive decorations to your home before the big day arrives. From interior decorations to ones outside, check out these tips to make this years’ holiday and season one to remember.

Outdoor Winter Decorating Tips

First, let’s start with exterior decorations because it’s going to be the first thing your guests see when they arrive at your home. Generally the winter is associated with snow, so it would make sense to place an inflatable snowman and igloo in your yard! Not only do they fit perfectly in with the season, but they add a fun vibe to your home.

Next, consider adding string lights to your vinyl fence and roof line. You can find a variety of colored lights or just use white for a crisper look. Also, some string lights now come with LED bulbs so they use a lot less energy than their traditional counterparts. Additionally, if you feeling the holiday spirit, hang some festive ornaments on the fence for that extra pop of color!

Indoor Winter Decorating Tips

After you have decorated the exterior of your home, it’s time to get the inside looking good. You may want to incorporate some natural elements in various places in your home like wreathes on doors, mini evergreens sitting on end tables and other winter essentials sprinkled throughout.

When it comes to your dining room table, make it as festive as possible with themed centerpieces, placemats and napkins. If you check out your local craft store, you will often find great knick-knacks and winter-themed items to use as table decorations. Once you’ve gotten the dining room complete, you can continue the holiday/winter theme throughout your home.

Bonus Tip: consider using the same styled dining room centerpieces on your coffee tables in the living room because it will make your home feel cozier. Additionally, you may want to strategically place candles around your home because they will create a relaxing ambiance and can even smell like pine trees and a wood burning stove. Since you have gotten the basics down for the decorations, all you have left to do is cook!

Do you go to extra lengths to decorate your home in the Winter? We’d love to hear from you!

Is Your Property Secure?

homeAccording to the FBI, over 2 million home burglaries are reported each year in the United States and victims suffer more than $4.6 billion dollars in lost property. Knowing such numbers can be shocking but have you taken the time to make sure your property is secure? With the holiday season quickly approaching, you may want to think twice about revamping the security measures around your home. Statistics show that thieves target homes more frequently during the holidays. That fact is a given because many consumers make extra gift purchases that vary from expensive jewelry to the latest electronic devices.

With that being said, you should start investigating ways to increase your home security. A simple and attractive form of security is installing a perimeter fence around your property. A fence can serve as the first line of defense against unwanted visitors. Of the many great qualities that fences can provide is the additional aesthetic appeal because they can heighten the overall appearance of your home. Depending on your specific tastes, there are numerous options when it comes to fencing material. Most consumers would use one of the following; steel, aluminum, vinyl or chain link fences.

Whichever fencing material you choose, you are increasing the safety of your homes’ occupants and protecting the valuables inside. It’s an industry standard for fence gates to feature locking mechanisms that further enhances the safety around your home. Fences are available in a variety of heights and can extend up to 8 feet tall, making it a challenge for any would-be thief. Not only will you be keeping burglars out, fences also deter rodents and other pesky wildlife that you don’t want around your yard.

Installing a security fence can reduce the risk of break-ins substantially and give you peace-of-mind. With the added potential of increasing your house value, fences give you a wide range of benefits. These include privacy, improved curb appeal and safety. Before you start your holiday shopping, consider installing a fence for additional home security!

4 Popular Kinds of Fencing Material

Fall is here, and a lot of homeowners are taking time to do home repairs before the weather gets too cold. Most people believe that the majority of outdoor home work happens in the spring and summer, but homeowners that want to protect their property from harsh fall and winter weather will protect it now. Many people will focus on repairing their siding, cleaning their gutters, and even giving their lawn and gardens one more round of fertilizer before the weather gets too cold.

One other thing that you can do – if you really want to protect your home and improve your property – would be to get a new fence this fall. The right fencing can do wonders for your home, and the only problem is finding the right material for the project. There are a variety of materials you can use for your fence, but before you choose one you should learn about the most common types:



Do you love the look of wood fencing, but want something that will last a little longer and require less maintenance? If so, you should look into getting a vinyl fence. Vinyl is very affordable fencing material, and it often looks much more uniform than wooden fence posts. It is very easy to maintain, and you won’t be required to re-paint it or add any kind of sealant.


Chain Link

When most people picture a typical fence, they immediately imagine a chain link fence structure around property. Chain link is one of the most durable, affordable, and all-around practical fencing options for your yard. Not only does it come in different heights, there are even color coated options that can be chosen to complement your existing structure and desired color scheme. If you are concerned that chain link won’t offer enough privacy, there are slat inserts and even hedge link inserts that can be used to fill the spaces in your fence.


Not all metal fences are chain link. A metal fence can come in a variety of styles and patterns, some more utilitarian, others more decorative, and aluminum fencing is just one of these further options. Aluminum is a great choice for homeowners who want a bit more than just function from their fencing, but don’t want to pay an arm and a leg to get it. The material is long-lasting, maintenance free, and comes in an assortment of colors, styles, sizes, and heights.


A further step up on the fencing chain, steel has most of the advantages of aluminum, with the additional benefit of being about four times as strong. Steel also has the classic appearance of wrought iron, but without the rust, maintenance, and lack of flexibility that come with it. In fact, steel is able to withstand dramatic landscape changes and many years of severe weather without bending or breaking.

4 Ways to Spruce up a Chain Link Fence

chainChain link fences make great additions to your home. They are cost efficient, safe, and allow you to have a sense of privacy and security around your property. These fences are especially beneficial for families with dogs and young children that may like to spend some time outdoors. However, they do have one minor disadvantage: they can be a little more challenging to decorate compared with picket fences or other wooden styles. Metal chain link fences cannot simply be painted over to match the color scheme of your home (though we do offer some color options to help you match!). That doesn’t mean they can’t be improved at all, though – it just calls for a little bit more creativity. Here are 3 ways to spruce up a chain link fence:

  1. Decorate it with plastic cups. It is easy to decorate your chain link fence with plastic cups; you can paint them and place them directly into the holes of your fence. Find an interesting pattern you’d like to recreate online or arrange them to make a certain slogan or phrase. This is an especially good way to celebrate birthdays, sporting events, milestones, and other fun get-togethers. Check out Pinterest for different ideas and patterns to use.
  2. Grow plants through the fence or lining it. Do you have a green thumb? If so, it’s time to combine your gardening and craft skills and apply them to your fence. Place some of your favorite plants along your fence and allow them to grow through it. As they begin to get tall, you can weave the vines right into your fence for a rustic look. This idea works especially well for vines like ivy or jasmine. Another option is to line the fence with decorative trees, shrubs, and flowers. Try planting Green Giant Thujas or Italian Cypresses and then placing a narrow bed of flowers in front of them.
  3. Weave it. Flowers and vines aren’t the only items you can weave your chain link fence with. If you’re not much of a gardener but enjoy the weaving idea, try using bamboo or even just colorful strips of paper through your fence. This is a great way to make your fence stand out a bit more and appear more attractive.The bamboo will help to create a cool earthy vibe for your fence, while colorful paper will create a more fun and bohemian feel. Try both to see which one you like better.
  4. Add Privacy Slats. Privacy slats can be woven into either the top or bottom of your chain link fence. Their primary purpose is to offer more privacy and security to your home, however, they offer many cosmetic benefits as well. For example, you can choose from a white, beige, blue, brown, green, black or redwood fence. You can also do a reed or bamboo fence to create a unique earthy or bohemian feel to for your yard. Fence inserts are also available. There is no shortage of creative options available through the use of our privacy slats.

Chain link fences don’t have to be boring. While they are mainly known for being functional and providing safety, security, and privacy to your home, that doesn’t mean you can’t get creative and have fun with them. These unique tips will allow you to indulge in your creative side and have a bit of fun with your fence. You can even change it up every few weeks or months. With the right designs, your fence will be the talk of the town!

How to Get the Most Out of Bamboo Fencing

bambooBamboo fencing is becoming increasingly popular, in part because of how many different ways it can be used to create tasteful, natural fence lines. The most common form of bamboo fencing is the bamboo fence roll. Bamboo fence rolls are essentially a line of vertical bamboo poles that are connected by hidden wires and rolled up for storage and shipping. Once you get them to your, yard you can simply unroll them directly onto your fence supports, adding your bamboo in just minutes. Although easy to assemble, bamboo fence rolls look as if you hand attached hundreds of bamboo poles one by one. This combination of ease and elegance has made them popular.

But many homeowners aren’t sure how to get the most out of a bamboo fence. They can appreciate how beautiful bamboo looks in the yards and gardens of others, but since it isn’t a traditional landscaping material in the west, it can be hard to imagine how to put it to use in your own yard. Here are a few tips that can help you get the most out of bamboo fence rolls:

  1. Bamboo fences work especially well with Asian-inspired landscaping – You don’t have to go all-out Zen garden to make your bamboo fence look at home, but it can help to add a few other elements that complement the eastern feel. For example, a Japanese maple, an Asian statue or a small koi pond are all excellent elements in almost any garden, and help make your bamboo fence look at home.
  2. You can frame a bamboo fence to change the way it looks – We’ve seen people use large wooden fence posts that break up the bamboo, as well as add a top stringer or top and bottom stringers that give the fence a more framed look. Give these framing elements a dark, contrasting color to really set off the bamboo.
  3. Bamboo fences don’t have to be tall privacy fences – Shorter bamboo rolls are available and can be hung over chain link fence or a metal deck railing to provide a beautiful, peaceful feel to an otherwise drab space.
  4. Weatherproofing your fence will help keep it looking pristine – Bamboo can lose its blonde color over time, so consider adding a clear acrylic weatherproofing coat to keep it looking like new.

These are just a few tips, but there are hundreds of ways to put bamboo fence rolls to work in your yard. How are you planning to use bamboo fencing?