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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.

 

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:

Vinyl

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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.

Aluminum

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.

Steel

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.

How to Use the New and Improved Fence Estimator

One of the main reasons our customers make the decision to buy their fence online is because of convenience. The ability to pick and purchase a fence online certainly has its benefits. However, these benefits are only realized if you have the tools to make an informed decision.

This is where the Fence Estimator comes in. The Fence Estimator is our interactive fence cost estimator, which allows you to virtually construct the fence of your choice to get a quote. Recently, to meet our customers’ needs, we made a few little tweaks. Here are some things you find with the new and improved Fence Estimator.

Step 1: Build the Fence

The first step in using the Fence Estimator is building the fence. To begin, you will be asked to choose the type of fence and the materials you want to use. Once you do this, the fun can begin.

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With the Fence Estimator, you can recreate your backyard with the new fence in mind. Although it might take a few minutes to get the hang of it, we hope that you’ll find it to be the easiest way to get an accurate quote on your fencing project. Here are several tips to get you started.

  • To begin, drag the end posts to create the corners of your property.
  • Click the gate icon and click on the areas where you want to have gates on your fence.
  • Now it’s time to build the fence. Click on the fence icon. You should now see the fence icon on the posts now. Click one and drag it to another post to connect the two. Repeat until you have a complete fence. Click on the counters in the red fence lines to enter your linear footage.
  • We’ve included pool icons, shrubbery and patio icons, so you can recreate your backyard to give you a better sense of what the property will look like. Please feel free to use them.

Step 2: Choose Options & Accessories

Once you complete your fence building, you will see your Build Subtotal at the bottom of the screen. Now it’s time to choose your options and accessories. Here you will enter your fence height and other options to customize your fence. When you’re done, click the Get Quote button.

Step 3: Get Quote

It’s time to get your quote. All you need to do now is fill in your contact information, and you are done. You can view the PDF of your quote online, have it emailed to you, or have a customer representative contact you with more information about your fencing project.

That’s it. Easy, isn’t it? We hope this guide helps you as you use the Fence Estimator to construct the perfect fence for your property. For more information about our fencing materials and process, please don’t hesitate to contact us today at 888-336-2358.

5 Reasons You Need to Finish Your Fence NOW!

You know exactly what you want your fence to look like, and you’ve already checked out the fences for sale. But you’re not quite ready to start yet, right? It’s still early and you have all summer to build your fence. But think again – summer is the time when most of your social interactions will happen. All the barbeques, going out, weekend getaways, weddings etc. will have you continually putting the project off. After all, why do work when you can head to the beach? And these things are just the beginning! Fence Center is providing these five reasons that you should put your fence up now:

  • It feels good to get it out of the way – It may sound clichéd, but it’s better to get a big project done early rather than let it hang over your head. Fencing is no different; if you let it go, not only will you probably be nagged all summer (by yourself and/or your spouse), but it will just become a bigger and bigger hurdle to dive in and do it. Check out our fences for sale online, choose one you like, and get this project off your plate!
  • You can enjoy your fence all summer – While fences provide privacy year round, it really only matters when you’re active in your yard—during the summer months. If you wait till late in the season, you will spend the whole summer looking at a wide open yard, but if you finish it early, those parties and barbeques we were talking about earlier can be held in your yard instead of someone else’s.

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  • It’s easier to add landscaping elements – Few people envision their fence as just a bare wall surrounding their yard. The best fence lines also have landscaping elements, like a row of flowers along the bottom, hanging baskets on the fence post, shade trees in one corner, or vines or roses climbing right up the fence itself. If you finish your fence installation before summer, you still have a growing season to start all these plants and see them begin to flourish. But if you wait, you will either see them struggle or, worse, have to put off the landscaping part until next year!
  • Working in the dog days of summer is no fun – No matter where you live, spring is cooler than summer and early summer is cooler than late summer. Pull up a weather website and check the average temperatures for May, then August. Enough said.
  • Those fence sales won’t come in time – A lot of homeowners put off the project because they’re waiting to see prices drop later in the season. It is true that home and garden centers will discount their fences for sale eventually… but not until it’s late fall or winter! Waiting for a September sale means waiting for a sale that will never come. On the other hand, our online rates are exceptional year-round, so there’s no need to wait!

What kind of fence do you want to build? Whatever you need, we have it here at Fence Center. Call us at 888-336-2358 to find out what fence is best for you!

Supplies to Consider Before You Start Building Your Fence

The market for DIY is booming these days for the obvious reason – post recession America is still trying to save money where it can. If you need a new fence and think you can handle the job of putting it up, you may need a few pointers on tools and other supplies. Here is Fence Center’s checklist of things to consider before visiting our online store and making a purchase

What type of fence are you building?

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The main types of fencing used around most homes are chain link, wood and vinyl, each of which has its own advantages. Chain link is the cheapest of all and yet also the longest lasting, but it’s not as visually appealing as the others. Wood is a classic, is reasonably inexpensive up front, but requires more maintenance and doesn’t last as long. Vinyl is the best of both worlds, being attractive and also long-lasting, but the up-front cost is higher. This may be offset by its long life span and low maintenance costs. Decide which type to use ahead of time and figure out how many panels you will need for the space.

Do you need concrete?

Homeowners are divided on whether to use concrete mooring for the fence posts or not. In normal soil, it may not be necessary, especially for chain link fences (which don’t suffer as much wind strain) or if you’re digging deep post holes. For shallow holes, or to give added wind resistance to wood or vinyl, cement is a necessary part of your fence supplies.

How are you digging post holes?

In most soil types, a simple post hole digger is all you need—this is a hand tool that digs narrow holes perfect for fence posts. It is not recommended to dig a trench or use regular shovels, because you’ll need to fill in around posts with loose soil, weakening the posts’ mooring. In very tough soil, you may need a power auger, which can be rented instead of purchased (if you prefer).

Do you have the right tools?

Tools for building make up an essential part of your fence supplies. II the case of wooden fences, a power drill and wood screws are best—nails are not recommended. For vinyl or chain link fences, you can always ask Fence Center about the right equipment, which will include a crimping tool or a fence stretcher and tension clips, respectively.

What about paint, stain or sealant?

If you’re building a wooden fence, you will need to finish and seal it. Some paints are meant to be all-in-one paints and weather sealants; otherwise, you will need to put a clear weather protective finish over the paint or stain.

Is there anything else you’d want on hand before starting your fence project?

Tips to Get Your Backyard Ready for Summer Soirees

While the cold winter months may still be upon us, before we know it the long-awaited summer season will be here. Backyard parties and gatherings are a staple of summer for many. It’s the opportune time for family and friends to get together, whether for a reunion, party, or simply just to hang out.

Although a backyard gathering is less formal than a party held indoors, you still want your home to be as accommodating as possible. To help you prepare, here are a few tips to get your yard ready for your next summer soiree.

Trim and prune your trees
Since your trees most likely haven’t been touched all winter, you should take the time to remove any dead branches and rubbing limbs, and get rid of any hazards. Also, be sure to trim the shrubs around the walkways so that your guests don’t feel like they’re walking through a jungle. This will not only liven up your yard, but will help your trees and shrubs to stay healthy.
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Do some gardening
Brighten your backyard and make it feel more inviting with a beautiful backyard flower garden. Select a nice, visible area in which to plant the flowers, such as along a walkway or on the side of the patio. If you plan to have a larger garden, consider purchasing a combination of tall and short flowers for aesthetics. You may also want to keep the area protected and add some appeal with a small fence or a brick arrangement. You can also keep it simple by placing potted plants around the patio area and throughout your backyard.

Buy new patio furniture
Your backyard should be an outdoor oasis for relaxation and entertainment. Bring your home outdoors by creating a living room on your patio. Add a table with an umbrella and chairs with comfortable cushions. Arrange seating as you would in a family room to encourage gathering for good conversation. Don’t be afraid to use color to get your design to pop.

Add a new fence
One of the most common reasons to fence a backyard is to create privacy. A fence also adds aesthetics and keeps your pets secure. Whether your backyard doesn’t have a fence or you are looking to replace your current one, shop for cheap and elegant fencing to separate your outdoor space. There is an array of materials to choose from, such as wood, vinyl and metal, so opt for the one that makes the most sense for your wallet, longevity, and your personal sense of style.

Liven up your pool area with multi-colored stones
From a distance, your pool area may look fine, but close up, it’s probably a mess. The grass has probably deteriorated from the winter weather and the ground looks dry. Give the area style by adding a bed around the pool with multi-colored stones. The bed is easy to maintain and provides years of landscaping beauty.


What Is the Perfect Fence Material for the Winter?

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Unless you live in Florida or the Southeastern part of the United States, you probably have experienced the effects of winter this year. It didn’t take too long, for example, for the first blizzard to hit the Midwest and Northeast as Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Chicago all experienced pretty heavy snowfalls right after New Year’s. As you probably know firsthand, snow, although very pretty, can have some damaging effects on your home – especially your fence.

We’re here to tell you that if you have a wooden fence, it’s time to upgrade to a PVC vinyl fence. If you have been hit hard by winter or are looking for a low-maintenance fence, PVC vinyl fence materials are the perfect type of fence materials to protect your investment and your sanity. Here are several reasons why you should PVC this winter:

  • On the first warm weather day after winter, you’ll invariably see a number of your neighbors out there staining and painting their wooden fences. The moisture from the snow and sleet chip away at fence paint and create the need for frequent maintenance. Vinyl fences do not need such attention – in fact, they don’t need much attention at all, so you can devote your time to enjoying the weather.
  • Vinyl fences can resemble wooden fences but without the splinters. In addition to chipped paint, wooden fences also get beaten down by the snow, sleet, rock salt and high winds that accompany wind. This can ultimately result in splinters and broken fences. This could be especially dangerous if you have younger children or pets. If you love the look of wooden fences, but you need something more durable, a PVC vinyl fence is the way to go.
  • They’re also very comparable in price. Although you would think that it would cost a lot more money to have a PVC vinyl fence, given its durability and cleanliness, this isn’t the case at all. And given the fact that you’re going to need to spend more money on repairs and replacement, a PVC vinyl fence is far more durable in the long run.

For these reasons and more, more people are choosing to outfit their home with vinyl fences. And don’t forget to decorate your fence with cold weather outdoor plants. Some of our favorites include climbing roses and Boston Ivy. For more information on our selection of affordable PVC vinyl fences, please contact us today.

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