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Spring Home Improvement Projects You Should Consider Now

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Congratulations ladies and gentlemen, you’ve survived another winter, and we must say that this winter’s stretch was particularly rough.  Your home could probably use a little TLC now to make a comeback for the warmer months. The truth of the matter is that the early spring months are the perfect time to take care of those home improvement projects that you’ve been dreaming about all winter. Here are some of our favorites to get you started:

Get a New Fence: If you own a wood fence, you understand how the elements can affect your fence. First and foremost, snow and fences don’t make good partners. The snow warps and damages the fence. It can also cause fences to rust. We recommend installing a new aluminum fence as a highly durable, aesthetically-pleasing way to secure your property. Aluminum fences don’t rust and can withstand the elements far better than wood. As soon as the ground thaws, take some time to check out our extensive collection of aluminum fencing materials.

Take Care of Those Gutters: Okay, so you probably haven’t cleaned out those gutters in a while. We don’t blame you; it’s not the most fun job out there. Still, you should probably get the ladder and clean them out. The fall and winter months have produced a ton of dead vegetation, which could clog your gutters. Luckily, it’s very easy to clean them out. Just angle your ladder against your house, position a tarp below your gutters, and scoop the gunk out. It might be a good idea to wear some rubber gloves depending on how long you’ve waited.

Get Your AC Inspected and Repaired: Repeat after us: I will not wait until July when something breaks to have someone take a look at my HVAC unit. Anyone who has experienced an outage during the hot summer months knows how much of a pain it can be to get it fixed. You’re normally not alone in your procrastination, and it could take weeks for a HVAC repairman to have an appointment. It’s much smarter to have your HVAC unit inspected now when it’s not 100 degrees, so any repairs can be made. Remember that you can do some maintenance here too, like replacing the filter. A functional HVAC unit will be very useful during pollen season as well.

When it comes to home improvement projects, spring is the perfect time to get some things done. Now is the time to get out of the house and give your home a little TLC. Contact us today with any questions you might have about purchasing and installing your aluminum fence.

Keep Your Garden’s Food to Yourself: How to Keep Animals Out

We’re heading into the season many of us have been waiting for after such a long, cold winter. Spring! Most places are starting to thaw out, the sun is making an appearance more often, and some of us are starting to open our doors and windows again, if just to get some fresh air.

 

Many will begin to plan out their gardens soon, including some first-timers. However, don’t forget to plan for the security of your garden. Think about how disheartening it would be to get excited about your bounty, see it start to pop up, and then seeing it disappear overnight. The lucky ones will catch the culprits in action as the ground animals sneak up to get some lunch.

 

Here are a few different ways you can keep your garden animal-free:

 

Human hair

You can start by spreading out some human hair around the end of the garden. This tactic is especially useful for deer, which makes sense when you think about it. Deer run away from the smell of humans, and the hair has enough scent that the deer won’t touch it. The next time you get a haircut, take a few bags along with you and ask your salon if you can take some hair home. If they look at you funny, promise them some tomatoes!

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Red Hot Pepper

This one sounds a little silly, but it’s a totally effective, natural way to keep many types of animals from bothering your crop. Go to the grocery store and buy a large container of cayenne pepper powder and sprinkle it around the vegetable plants. When the animals approach them, the smell will sting and they’ll run away. If they get around to nibbling, they’ll get some pepper and that’ll stop them pretty quickly.

 

A fence

Of course, if you really want to secure the garden well, you can always put a fence around it. The red pepper will help with the small animals, but the fence will definitely keep the big ones out. Chain link is a good option because you can usually install doors easily and it’s also reasonably priced. You can even get your chain link fence supplies online at Fence Center and avoid the trip to the hardware store.

 

Don’t fret about animals as you start your garden, but don’t forget about them either! Using these simple tips will go a long way to ensuring your hard work will pay off all season, allowing you to enjoy the literal fruit of your labor.

 

Why 2014 Is the Year of Home Improvement

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As we say goodbye to 2013, there will invariably be an endless number of lists and trends articles that aim to predict what the New Year will be like. Well here is one more, but we promise there is some merit to this one as it deals with how you can add value to your home.  For many of us, the Great Recession a few years back destroyed the value of our homes.  Home repair projects to add value were obsolete as there wasn’t much of a market for sellers to begin with. Luckily, home values are rising – double digit percentages in many markets, and those home improvement projects are much more worthwhile today.

But where is this money being spent? Surprisingly, it’s not where you would think. Rather than spending a small fortune for an addition to a house or a complete bathroom/kitchen remodel, homeowners are turning their heads outdoors. Creating a nice outdoor living space will provide years of enjoyment or the perfect invitation for potential buyers to make an offer on your home. Here are some things you should consider including:

Get a new fence:  A fence is multi-functional structure that should be a part of any outdoor living space. A fence creates boundary lines, enables privacy from onlookers and provides security. It could also be an aesthetic addition to your backyard if you purchase a good one. What’s more, installing a fence has never been easier. If you are looking for a quick way to add value to your home and provide the foundation for a quality outdoor living space, a fence is an easy way to go about it.

Add elements that increase socializing: A number of money spent this year on home improvement will be devoted to space that can be shared for parties and get-togethers of any size.  Some of the more common things could include an outdoor grilling station, fire pit, newly paved patio or just an investment in quality outdoor furniture. On top of the social benefits, these elements can make your home stand out in the marketplace.

Invest in Landscaping Efforts: Although not anyone will admit it, many of us do judge a book by its cover.  Therefore, quality landscaping in place will go a long way in getting potential buyers to have a favorable outlook of your home before they even step inside.  Unless you have a green thumb, opt for professional services. You’ll be amazed by the ROI you’ll get.

If you’re looking for inexpensive fencing materials for the New Year, be sure to visit the Fence Center website. In addition to our already low prices, we have extended our clearance sale into January. Contact us today to learn more.

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Four Things to Consider Before You Put in that Pool

Now that Memorial Days has passed us, we are now in the beginning of
summer. And it didn’t take long for summer weather to come in full stride. The
following days after Memorial Day saw temperatures in the low nineties for most
of the Mid-Atlantic, which is well above the average high for the month of May.
If you have experienced this weather and are looking for ways to cool off, a
pool for your home might sound like a great idea. However, before you break
ground or pick out a new swimsuit, there are some things you must consider.
Here are four of the more pertinent ones:
  • What
    is your budget?
    There are many different kinds of pools out there and a wide variety of prices
    that coincide with every budget. The four main types of
    pools
    are gunite, fiberglass, vinyl and above-ground. While a gunite pool can
    cost as much as $40,000 in the end, you should be able to get an above-ground
    for under a $1,000. However, a gunite pool or fiberglass pool is a far better
    investment than an above-ground pool if you’re concerned about home value.
  • Don’t
    forget about the accessories:
    When considering budget, don’t forget about the
    accessories and costs that are inherent in owning a pool. These include the
    chemicals needed to clean your pool, any filter replacement parts or repairs,
    slides or diving board, cleaning tools, safety equipment and toys.
  • Your
    insurance and energy bills might go up too:
    Remember that a pool can be a hazard if not
    managed correctly. Because of this, you should expect to see your home
    insurance premiums go up, depending on your individual insurer. In addition,
    you might see your energy costs rise due to the filter, heater and any other
    energy use in a pool’s upkeep.
  • What
    about safety?
    In addition to safety accessories like flotation devices, you might want
    to consider purchasing swimming lessons for your children. And purchasing a fence is essential to keeping your unsupervised younger
    children away from the pool when you’re not there to watch them. It also
    prevents other children or animals from entering your pool, which could prove
    to be costly if you don’t have a fence and they fall in.
However, given these concerns, owning a pool is a great investment for
many families as they provide years of memories and instant heat-relief. If
you’re thinking about purchasing a pool, consider these and other things to
make sure purchasing a pool is a viable option.

Securing Your Home with a Fence and Other Measures


One of the biggest reasons people shop at Fence Center is to provide a
viable and affordable way to secure their homes.  Although burglaries are down from the 1970s
when 110 homes out of
1,000 were burglarized in some fashion
, home burglaries are still a threat that you
must consider to your family’s holdings. In 2012, the average amount of goods
stolen per burglary equated to $1,675. In such a tight economy, this could be a
devastating amount of money. However, there are ways to secure your home to
deter burglars from entering it. Here are several musts.

·         Install a fence: We might be biased with this one because we sell them, but a fence is a great first step in securing your home. A fence not only acts as a physical barrier that forces a burglar to climb over it in order to access your home; they also limit visibility. A vinyl fence prevents the burglar from seeing what‘s on the other side. By not knowing, the burglar is less likely to take a chance.

·        Get a guard dog: Did you know that 63% of all burglaries take place between the hours of 8AM-6 PM – the hours most people are at work. Buying or adopting a dependable guard dog will let the burglar know that there is a presence at your home, even if you aren’t there. No burglar wants to bring attention to themselves due to a barking dog. Plus, a dog is a welcome, loyal addition to any family.

·        Be mindful of your doors: Close to a third of all home burglars go through  the front door. To combat this, make sure to invest in steel reinforcement or a very good deadbolt as a regular lock won’t be enough.  And remember to check your doors before you leave to make sure you remembered to lock them.

How a Chain Link Fence Can Protect Your Child or Pet as well as Add Value to your Home

 

 
If you’re looking to add a cost-effective safety measure to your home, you might want to consider purchasing a chain link fence. Although bamboo and aluminum fences may be more durable and limit visibility of your backyard, chain link fences can still set up property demarcations and protect your children and pets from venturing out and intruders from coming in. Let’s take a look at some of the benefits of a chain link fence:

Your young children or pets won’t get out: Young children or pets are curious creatures. They want to explore what else is out there, but they don’t possess the maturity or knowledge to do so. In order to protect them, a chain link fence can act as a barrier to prevent their curiosity from causing them harm. However, do keep in mind that if your children are a little older, they can climb the fence. So make sure to still watch your children and explain to them why climbing the fence is wrong.

Intruders won’t get in: A fence acts as a deterrent for potential intruders because it shows that you do care about your security and can have other means in place to safeguard against threats. In addition, larger dogs and animals won’t be able to enter your yard too, which helps protect your own pets and children playing in the backyard.

Your home’s value will go up: If you’re encouraged by the recent increases in home prices, a chain link fence could be a worthwhile investment if you’re thinking about selling. A prospective homebuyer will want a fenced yard for the reasons mentioned above. If the fence is already there, that is one less thing they need to buy and could provide further encouragement to purchase your home at your asking price.

Fence Center has the chain link fence that will meet your needs. Learn more about our chain link fences here or call 1-888-336-2358, we’d love to hear from you!

How to be a Good Neighbor when constructing a Fence.

 

Now that it’s May and flowers are in full bloom, you might be tempted to take care of some projects that you put by the wayside all winter. One of those projects that will certainly add value to your home as well as protect your pets and children is constructing a fence. Before you even start thinking about the type of fence, however, there are a few things that you should keep in mind to maintain good relations with your neighbor and town.  We’ve all heard the phrase from Frost, “Good fences make good neighbors.” Well proper manners and consideration make happy neighbors as well. Here are some things to consider:

 Talk to your neighbor: Yes, it might be your property, but it’s always a good idea to talk with your neighbors before constructing a fence. If you have an eyesore of a fence constructed, don’t expect to be invited to many block parties. It’s just good manners as you would want them to talk to you about it too.

 Review your local building code: Every town is different when it comes to height restrictions and easements, so it’s a good idea to know of these before you construct the fence. If you construct a fence that is too high and your neighbor reports you, you might have to take it down.

 Make sure your property lines are correct: One of the biggest reasons people purchase and build fences is to set up property demarcations. However, in order to set up property demarcations, you need the right property lines. Otherwise, your neighbor might think you’re trying to invade his property, or at the very least, ask you to move your fence back.

What type of fence to choose if you have children.

There’s no question that if you have young children, you should have a fence around your property. The fence will prevent your children from leaving the yard or your line of sight and stop unwanted visitors or strangers from entering your yard. However, the next question you might have after you decide that you want to construct a fence in your yard is which type of fence would be best for your needs? While any fence can be a great addition to your home, each offers different advantages.


Chain Link FenceA chain link fence is one of the most affordable options you can choose. It’s also very easy to install and will keep your children protected.  However, if you do purchase a chain link fence, you must be aware that chain link fences are very easy to climb. Therefore, you’ll need to explain to your children why they shouldn’t or keep a close eye on them when they’re outside.


Wood Fence: A wood fence is another option that might work. They certainly provide more privacy than other fences because they completely block the view of your yard. They’re generally safe, but you’ll need to be mindful of splinters that could result from contact with the fence. They will also require more maintenance than other fences you’ll find at Fence Center.


Vinyl FenceVinyl fences have gotten more popular in recent years because of their durability. Wood fences are more likely to break than vinyl fences, and vinyl fences can withstand heavy activity, such as serving as a soccer goal for backyard play.
The type of fence you purchase will depend on the ages of your children, your budget and the specific characteristics of your backyard. Whatever the case, you can find the perfect fence for your home and family at Fence Center. In addition to chain link and vinyl fences, we offer many different aluminum and bamboo fences as well. Contact a representative today to learn more.

Are You on the Fence about Purchasing a Fence for Your Home?

If you’re looking for a rather inexpensive way to add value to your home, you should take a look out the window. Chances are at least one of your neighbors has some sort of a fence – whether it is a simple chain link fence or durable vinyl one. A fence provides many benefits to the homeowner, and here are several of the more major ones if you still need persuasion.

 Protection: This is the most important deciding factor; if you have children or pets, you need to have a fence around your yard to make sure they stay within the property. They also discourage unwanted visitors or stray dogs from entering your yard.

 Boundary Demarcation: Hopefully, you won’t have this problem, but a fence can establish boundaries just in case, for example, if you have an overzealous landscaping neighbor who grows a tree that extends onto your property.

 Privacy: If your neighbors have watched Rear Window a few too many times or are just a little bit too nosey for your liking, a privacy fence can allow you to maintain your privacy.

 Decoration: Besides the practical uses of a fence, like the ones described above and others, fences can also be constructed for aesthetic reasons. A beautiful white vinyl or aluminum fence can complete your overall landscape design.

 Not convinced yet? Contact a representative today to learn more about why purchasing a fence for your home is such a smart move. They provide value, privacy and decoration.

How to determine what Fence is best for you.

With Winter slowly (but surely) moving away, and the days starting to get longer by the minute, we can all start to get excited that Spring is right around the corner.  It is time to start thinking about your outdoor projects.

I know that you want to get the big Fence project out of the way first, so let me assist you in choosing the right Fence for your needs.

  1. What is your main reason for installing a Fence? – Contain Pets, privacy, enclose a swimming pool, play area for kids, define property lines, or simply just for decoration.
  2. Determine your budget. –  Once you know what the purpose of your Fence is, your price range will have a major say in what type of Fence product you want to use.  Don’t worry there are plenty of inexpensive, as well as higher end products no matter what your goal is. For example, if you are looking to add privacy to your yard but are on a tighter budget, you may want to do Vinyl Coated Chain Link with Privacy Slats instead of PVC Vinyl Privacy Fence.  Or, if you are looking to surround your pull with an ornamental style Fence, Aluminum might be the way to go instead of a heavier duty Steel.  Of course there is always the option of a wood fence but it takes longer to install and the up keep is a little tougher over the years.
  3. Check with County / City / HOA Regulations. – You will want to check with these departments to see what styles and heights are allowed for your particular property.
  4. Choose your Fence Style – Once you have determined the above factors, you are ready to choose the style of Fence that you like the most.  Below are some material types that you may be interested in…

As always you can call Fence Center at 888-336-2358 during normal business hours and we can help you choose, price, and purchase the best fence for your needs, or use our Fence Estimator 24/7, or email us at sales@fencecenter.com.