Monthly Archives: October 2013

Buying Your Fence from the Comfort of your Own Home

There’s no question that buying a fence can be intimidating at first glance. You have to figure out the type of fence, get your measurements right and go over neighborhood statutes and community zoning laws. You’ll also need to find a place that will sell you your fence at a price that won’t break your budget. It can be downright nerve-wracking if you’re not too careful.

In response to these concerns, one trend that has emerged is the increased acceptance of purchasing fence materials online. This is the very reason Fence Center was founded. As more and more people use the internet to pay their bills and complete other errands in their lives, we saw an opportunity to expand this pervasive use of the internet into home improvement.

Here are just some of the advantages you’ll find when shopping online for your fence:

You won’t have to worry about getting ready: Depending on where you live, going to your home improvement store can be a hassle. You have to deal with driving there, finding a parking spot and trying to navigate the warehouse-like setup.  And that’s if you only go to one. More likely, you’ll want to go to several to make sure you’re getting good value. Rather than deal with all of these things, shopping online allows you to shop anywhere you have an internet connection.

You can shop when you want: We all live busy lives. Making time to shop for a fence can be very inconvenient. That’s probably why hardware stores are as busy on Saturdays as they are usually the only day in the week where shopping is possible. Having the opportunity to shop online puts the power back into the consumers’ hands to shop on their own schedule.

You can get great prices: Because you’re shopping online, you’ll often find better prices than you would at a traditional brick and mortar store. That’s because there’s less overhead.  When you shop at Fence Center for bamboo fencing or whatever fence you’re looking for, you can rest assured that you won’t find fencing materials cheaper anywhere else.

Delivery Right to your Door: When you shop online, your order comes to you.The only thing you need to do is wait. When you purchase fencing materials from the store, you’ll most likely be responsible for bringing those materials home. This could take several trips with your truck or the help of some very generous friends.

You can get an estimate right away: Our Fence Estimator program allows customers to get an estimate on their plan right away. You can pick the material and the type of fence, which will then provide you with many different choices. From there, you’ll have the opportunity to draw the fence, indicate the number of gates you need and select your fence attributes to get your estimate immediately.

Still not sure if you should buy a fence online? Give us a call: 1-888-336-2358. 

Why Should You Go Vinyl/PVC over Wood with Your Next Fence?

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A fence is a fantastic investment for your home. Not only can it provide added security for children and pets as well as privacy, but it can add value to your home if you ever wish to sell it. However, a question you’ll need to determine pretty much right away is what kind of fence you want.  While wood is often the traditional material people think of when considering a fence, a growing number of people are looking for a more dependable option. Many are looking into vinyl – or as others know it, PVC. Here’s why:

It’s more dependable than wood: If you want a fence that can stand the test of time, you won’t find it with wood. Unfortunately, wood does not last very long, and a wood fence will last anywhere from 5-7 years before you’ll notice some major deterioration. Vinyl fences, on the other hand, will last 50 years or more. While wood might be cheaper in the short term, vinyl fence panels will be much cheaper in the long run.

You don’t have to worry about dry rot: One of the major reasons for the need to replace a wooden fence is dry rot and other fungal issues. Dry rot spreads quickly, and if you’re not vigilant to protect against it, it will quickly destroy your fence. This is not a concern if you have a vinyl fence.

It is approved by Tom Sawyer: The titular character of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer was not a fan of painting fences, but in all honesty, who really is? In addition to periodic maintenance, owners of a wooden fence will certainly have to pull out the paint brush every year or two to take care of the wear and tear it receives from the weather as well as human actions. Vinyl fences do not require a paint job ever. Think how differently the book would have been if Aunt Polly purchased a vinyl fence.

It can better withstand fire: An open flame and a piece of wood do not belong together. Wood is highly flammable, and a wooden fence that catches fire can put your home and family’s safety at risk. Vinyl, on the other hand, is very fire-resistant and even endorsed by the National Fire Protection Association for wire insulation.

For more information on vinyl fences or to receive a quote, contact a Fence Center representative today! Call 1-888-336-2358 or find all of our customer service information here.

Pin It to Win It Contest

We’re pleased to present our first Pin It to Win It Contest and it couldn’t be more simple to win a $100 AMEX gift card from FenceCenter.com.

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Enter our Pin It to Win It Contest Today!

Contest ends November 23rd, 2013. We will choose one board from the entries .One entry per person please!

Instructions:

1.  Create a Pinterest board and pin at least 5 Fence Center products and use the tag #FenceCenterRocks (select any fence or fence accessory you wish!)

2.  Repin this post to your board. Here’s a shortlink: http://bit.ly/fencecenterpinterestcontest

3.  Repin the contest pin to your board. http://www.pinterest.com/fencecenter/pin-it-to-win-it-contest/

4.  You can pin up to 10 additional products for extra credit.

5.  Submit your info to the form below.

UPDATE: CONTEST IS NOW OVER. WE WILL ANNOUNCE THE WINNER ON TUESDAY NOVEMBER 26TH!

Improve your chances by pinning more, tweeting or posting on Facebook. We will notify the winner by email.

PLEASE NOTE: you must be 18 years or older and be a resident of the contiguous Unites States to enter. If you do not meet this criteria, you will be disqualified and another winner will be chosen.

Fence Center Pinterest Contest Rules

Enter Fence Center’s Pinterest Contest for Your Chance to Win $100.00 AMEX Gift Card!

Good luck!