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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!

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Choosing Your Backyard Fence – Aluminum or Wrought Iron?

Are you trying to choose between a wrought iron and aluminum fence for the perimeter of your backyard? At Fence Center, we are going to make the decision easier for you by providing all the information you need on each material.

Choosing to put up a fence on your property not only makes the yard nicer to look at, it also adds value to your home. Fences have many practical uses, as well; they provide safety to children and pets, and allow you and your family to maintain privacy. So even though choosing a fence material may seem like a simple decision, it is still an important one. Now let’s take a closer look at each fence:

Aluminum Fences

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Standard aluminum fences are typically made of 5/8 x 5/8 pickets (which are vertical) and 1 x 1 rails (which are horizontal). Each section weighs about 12 pounds and is 48″ high. With aluminum fencing, you never have to worry about peeling, rust, or chipping and you will never need to paint. Aluminum is much lighter than wrought iron and comes in a variety of styles. This fence is extremely stable and sturdy, but if for some reason it does break, it can be easily repaired. Aluminum fences are also super easy to install. You do not necessarily need a flat terrain to put up this type of fence; you can erect it on sloping ground. Deciding on an aluminum fence will save you more money and time overall.

Wrought Iron Fences

This type of fence is usually 48″ high and the vertical pickets are made of gauge square tubing and the horizontal rails are made of punched channel. The coating on the fence is black powder. Wrought iron fences will rust after time and require a bit more maintenance than aluminum. The material is extremely heavy and normally used for high security settings. You will also find wrought iron fencing in historic districts where they carry a nostalgic appeal. This type of fence needs to be installed on flat ground and doesn’t have much flexibility.

As you can probably see, an aluminum fence would probably be more suitable for your backyard than a wrought iron fence. While both can be used as a barrier or simply as decoration, aluminum would make for a far more functional backyard fence. An aluminum fence will give your yard the extra appeal and upgrade you have been looking for, so contact us at Fence Center today to discuss options and details!

What Are Three Ways to Remove the Stress from your Backyard?

Now that it’s getting cooler outside and the holidays approach us, it’s a great time to take stock of your current situation to see how you can improve it. One of the main resolutions many people will have for 2014 is to lower stress. Stress can not only have an effect on your daily life and mood  – it could eventually lead to a host of different acute and chronic illnesses. Therefore, reducing stress could lead to a much happier life, and who doesn’t want that? But where do you begin? We’ll make the case that you should start in the backyard.  Here’s why:

What are the triggers that cause stress? For many, they’re things that take place outside of the home. Just think of all the things that you can’t control in your life. From bad traffic to a tense workplace, there are so many stress-inducing factors out there, so you’ll need a place to take a break from these external threats. Therefore, many people will choose to make this place their home. One of the easiest ways to get started getting rid of the stress in your home is tackling the backyard. Here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Protect your backyard from winter’s wrath: One of the most bittersweet moments in the year is the first warm day after winter and seeing what’s happened to your landscaping and outdoor accessories. Snow and ice are not too kind to outdoor furniture and planters, so if you can, bring these inside. At the very least, make sure to cover them.
  • Build a new fence for privacy: Exposure is not usually in the equation for anxiety-relief. It can be tough to act like yourself and spend time with your friends and family when anybody can see you.  Building an aluminum fence or vinyl fence around your backyard is the best way to ensure privacy as well as security in your home. You can save money (another way to reduce stress) by shopping our latest Fall clearance items.
  • Start a garden: Ask anybody why they garden and they’ll inevitably start talking about how it relaxes them. Gardening is a way to go in the dark from technology and modern life to reconnect with nature. You’ll get some sun, burn some calories, and eventually reap the benefits through a bountiful harvest or beautiful plants. However, not having a plan or being too complicated can cause more stress than it’s worth. Now is the time to start the planning process for a smooth spring.

Relaxation starts with the backyard. Use these and many other tips to create the perfect stress-free backyard for 2014 and beyond.

Fall Home Improvement Project – Build A Fence!

A recent Zillow® survey shows that 52% of homeowners are planning home improvement projects this Fall. With the fall months approaching and the weather turning a little cooler, it’s the perfect time to get some home projects done before winter comes. In addition, many home improvement companies are looking to unload product to prepare for the new season, so it’s possible to get fantastic deals for your home improvement project.

In fact, you can find a 10% discount on our Facebook page here.

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Looking to get the most bang for your time and money? One of the best ways to improve the security of your home and increase its value is through constructing a new fence. Constructing a fence is minimally invasive, can easily be done by you and a few friends, and won’t cost as much as other bigger projects. However, one of the things you’ll need to consider is what type of fence you want.

Here are some of the more popular fence materials you can choose from:

Vinyl Fencing

vinyl fence imageIf you’re looking for an alternative to wood fencing that will last much longer and not be subject to rotting and other concerns, vinyl fencing might be a viable option. Although it can be a little on the expensive side, a vinyl fence will last you a very long time, more than making up for the costs. In addition, vinyl provides excellent security and privacy if you’re leery of nosy neighbors.

Aluminum Fencing

aluminum fence imageAluminum fences are generally less expensive than vinyl and can add aesthetic value to your home as well. Homeowners often choose aluminum fences for their ornate designs and patterns. However, aluminum fences also provide great security as well. If you’re looking for a more ornamental face that still has pretty good durability, an aluminum fence might be best for your home.

Chain Link Fencing

image of black chain link fence gateA chain link fence is never going to win a beauty contest, but if you’re in need of a fence that will demarcate boundaries and provide security, you can’t go wrong with a chain link fence. If you’re hesitant to cover all of your boundaries with a chain link fence, a good idea might be to use steel or aluminum ornamental facing for the visible boundaries and chain-link for the less visible areas. Chain-link also is by far the cheapest material, which could be beneficial if you’re on a budget.

No matter what type of material you choose, you won’t find better prices than you will when you shop at Fence Center. Contact a representative today to learn more about the best option for your home.

Stay tuned to our blog for more fence tips and information. As always, we’re happy to answer ANY questions you might have about DIY fence projects, fence repair or fence maintenance. Leave a comment here, call us toll free 1-888-336-2358 or find all of our customer service information here.

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.