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What Type of Fence is Best For My Yard?

Tuesday, June 23, 2020 12:42:24 PM EST5EDT

At the perimeter of your property, the fence is the first thing that many people see when they arrive at your house. The type of fence that you install impacts curb appeal and ultimately, the value of your home. Each type of fence requires its own maintenance and upkeep, and serves its own purpose. Before choosing a fence for your house, it's important to know all the possible types of fencing and the materials fencing is made from. This information can help you make an informed decision, so you can buy a fence you'll love.

Fence Styles

Privacy Fence

Privacy fences are tall, solid fences with no gaps between pickets. The value of a privacy fence is in its name: it provides a level of privacy and security that can keep pets and children in, and keep other people out. Many home buyers look favorably on privacy fences because it’s practical and attractive. In fact, some experts say that a wooden privacy fence can net an ROI of approximately 50% upon installation.

Picket Fence

Picket fences add beauty to the house while keeping little ones or pets in the yard. Picket fences create a natural perimeter, establishing where one yard ends and another begins. Picket fences are not the best solution for security or privacy, but they have practical value all the same. Some picket fences are designed to be more decorative than others, with pickets of varying heights.

Chain Link Fence?

A chain link fence is a practical solution for a homeowner who needs an inexpensive fence to establish a perimeter around their home. Chain link fences are not generally considered attractive, so they add little to the value of the property. Chain link fences are more commonly used in the back yard than in the front. However, for a homeowner who needs a no-frills fencing solution, chain link fence has been the go-to product for many years.

Fence Materials

The type of fence materials you buy is just as important as the style of fence. Each material has its own maintenance needs. Knowing the maintenance requirements of each type of material can help you decide which material to choose for your fence.

Wood?

Wood is the traditional fencing material, so it has a special place of consideration for homeowners who want to add something of value to their home. Natural wood needs regular upkeep, including regular cleaning and refinishing. If you're going to install a wood fence, be ready to maintain it. Some semi-transparent stains last up to 5 years, but plan to restain your fence every two or three to protect it and extend its service life. Wood fences also naturally warp and crack so be prepared to replace damaged posts, pickets and rails as part of your regular maintenance.

Vinyl?

Also called PVC fencing, vinyl is flexible and strong, completely rot free and requires almost no maintenance. It's the perfect material for a homeowner who wants the look of a traditional privacy or picket fence without the constant upkeep of wood. Vinyl fencing is easy to clean, relatively stain resistant and available in a variety of colors. It's also strong, so it doesn't damage easily. If you're looking for a fence that you can install and then forget about, vinyl is an excellent choice.

Aluminum?

Aluminum fencing is strong, durable, lightweight and never rusts. It's a good material if you're looking for a fencing solution that is similar in appearance to wrought iron, but requires almost of the maintenance. The light weight of aluminum also makes it easier to install.

What Kind of Fence is Right For You?

Before you buy a fence, ask yourself some simple questions.

• What purpose will the fence serve?

• What's my budget?

• What do I like?

To choose your fencing solution, take some time to answer these questions. Do your homework. Ask about warranties and quality – remember you get what you pay for!

Fence in a Box?

Fence in a Box is a practical, attractive and economical fencing for a DIY project. Available in a variety of styles, including privacy fence style and metal picket, Fence in a Box is designed for homeowners seeking to fence in their lot for an affordable price. Fence in a Box comes with everything homeowners need to install a sturdy, permanent fence, including cement mix, hardware, gates and post.

Contact Your Fencing Supplier

Ready to install a fence on your property? Fence Outlet is your source for attractive and high quality fencing solutions, including Fence in a Box. Contact us today? to learn more about fencing materials and get started with your purchase.

Posted in General By Holly Halladay

What You Didn't Know About Vinyl Fences

Friday, May 10, 2019 1:47:00 AM EST5EDT

When thinking about a fence for your home in Florida, you might have skipped over vinyl as an option because you didn’t know as much about it, so you’re thinking about going with something more traditional, such as wood or aluminum fences.

Get ready to change your thinking about vinyl and vinyl fences. If you're looking for a fence that will stand the test of time, that will look great and that will be easy to maintain, it's time to rethink what you know about vinyl. Here are a few facts about vinyl fences that might surprise you.

1. Vinyl Fences Come in a Range of Styles

What comes to mind when you think about vinyl fences? You might envision a white fence that's designed to imitate the look of a classic picket fence.

While the traditional picket fence style is a popular vinyl fence option, there's much more to vinyl than pickets. If you're looking to get a little peace and quiet in your yard, you can pick a privacy fence made of vinyl. If you prefer a more rustic look, you can install a ranch-style post-and-rail fence.

If you want the look of stone or wood, without the maintenance, SimTek produces vinyl fences that are engineered to look like granite or to imitate wood grain.

2. Vinyl Fences Have a Lifetime Warranty

When you purchase a vinyl fence from Fence Outlet, it comes with a lifetime warranty against defects such as rotting, peeling, and corroding. If you sell your house after you install the vinyl fence, you can transfer to the warranty to a new owner once.

3. You Can Recycle Vinyl

One of the reasons why people often turn their noses up at vinyl is that it's not a natural material, like wood. There's a mistaken assumption that options like wood or aluminum or steel are more environmentally friendly.

That's not necessarily the case. Because vinyl is so durable and is covered by a lifetime warranty, it's not likely that you'll need to replace your fence any time soon. If you do get tired of your vinyl fence and want something new, it's possible to recycle the vinyl, so that it can be given a new life and used in some other capacity.

4. Vinyl is Super Easy to Maintain

You might be surprised to learn that vinyl is one of the easiest fence materials to maintain. You don't have to worry about sanding it, keeping rust off it or repainting it as the years go on.

That said, your vinyl fence might still need some TLC from time to time, to keep mildew away or to remove dirt or grass stains. If you notice that your fence looks a little dirty, you can clean it using regular old household soap and a bit of warm water or pressure wash it.

Now that you've got the scoop on vinyl fences, pay a visit to your local Fence Outlet to explore the fencing options we offer and learn more about the installation process. We have seven locations across Florida for your convenience.

Posted in General By Holly Halladay

5 Popular Fence Styles

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 12:56:00 AM EST5EDT

When it comes to choosing a fence, you want to consider the function of the fence as well as the style of the fence. In some cases, a fence's style contributes to its function. A board on board wood fence might make your Orlando, FL. home look good while at the same time keeping nosy neighbors from seeing what's going on in your yard.

If you're considering installing a fence on your property in Central Florida, here are five popular styles to consider.

Picket Fence

The "classic American" fence style, a picket fence is traditionally a wood fence. Some types of picket fences are made of vinyl, making them somewhat more durable than traditional wood.

The distinguishing features of a picket fence are the pointed, vertical boards that run the length of the fence. The boards, or pickets, are usually attached together by rails that run horizontally along the top and bottom. Usually, there's space between each picket, so that you can see what's on the other side of the fence.

Estate Style Fence

The estate style fence gets its name because it's the type of fence you would typically see surrounding the yard of a grand estate. Estate fences are usually aluminum fences. The channels of an estate fence might have a flat, even top or a decorative feature, such as a pressed spear or staggered pickets. There's also the option of adding decorative adornment caps, such as the following:

  • Standard post cap
  • Ball post cap
  • Pressed spear
  • Tri-ad finial
  • Quad finial
  • Fleur-de-lis
  • Rings
  • Butterfly Scroll
  • Estate Scroll

These decorative adornment caps come in the following colors: black, matte black, Florida bronze, matte bronze, light bronze, white, grey.

Split Rail Fence

While a picket fence is traditional and an estate fence is regal and grand, a split rail fence is rustic and homey. The signature look of a split rail fence is several rough-hewn beams that stretch horizontally between two posts.

The original purpose of a split rail fence was to keep livestock from wandering away from a farm. There's often enough space between the horizontal beams and the fences are usually short enough that you can climb them easily.

Privacy Fence

Picket fences, estate fences, and split-rail fences do a good job of outlining your property's boundaries. They can also keep pets and kids safe in your yard. However, they do not provide full privacy.

If you want a bit of privacy when you're barbecuing or enjoying your property, you're going to want to invest in a privacy fence. Wood or vinyl privacy fences feature slats or boards that are placed right up against each other. Unlike with a picket fence, there's no space between the boards, so people can't see what's going on, on the other side of the fence. Privacy fences also tend to be taller than other types of fences. Some options are 6 feet tall.

Lattice Fence

A lattice fence replaces pickets or rails with a lattice panel. The lattice panels are usually positioned between posts, creating an elegant and warm look. In some cases, you might come across a lattice/privacy fence hybrid, which has a lattice panel running along the top of a fence and close-together boards along the lower portion of the fence.

Need help picking out the perfect fence style for your home? Fence Outlet has seven locations in Central Florida for your convenience. Pay us a visit today and we'll be happy to help you pick out a new fence.

Posted in General By Holly Halladay

Fence Etiquette

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 2:23:00 AM EST5EDT

When you were growing up, your parents or another adult most likely taught you table manners and etiquette. You know to say "please" when asking for something, "thank you" when you receive it and to swallow your food before you speak.

Just as there are rules for etiquette when you're eating with or otherwise interacting with people, did you know that there are etiquette rules when it comes to installing a fence? Even though your new wood or vinyl fence will be on your property, your neighbors will have to look at it day in and day out. It's polite to think about their needs and desires before you install your new fence.

Observing fence etiquette isn't just polite. It's also common sense. You don't want to upset the people who live closest to you, nor do you want to end up on your homeowners' association's naughty list. Following these guidelines can help you stay polite when installing your new fence.

Keep the Fence on Your Property

Etiquette rule one when installing a vinyl or wood fence in Orlando, Fl. or another part of the state is this: Install the fence on your side of the property line. If you're not sure where your property begins or ends, consult the property drawing, or survey, to confirm.

If you don't have access to the survey, you can hire a licensed surveyor to come out and identify your property's boundaries.

Have the "Nice" Side Face Your Neighbors

Some types of fences, particularly wood, has two sides. The "outside" or "nice" side is the side that's meant to be seen. The "inside" of the fence usually has the posts of the fence visible.

It's not only more courteous and polite to have the good side of your fence face your neighbors' property or face the outside world. It also makes sense. Many people install a fence as a way to beautify their homes and property. By having your fence put its best foot forward, you'll be doing exactly that.

Talk to Your Neighbors First

Although you don't always need your neighbor's permission or blessing before you put up a fence, it can be a good idea to talk to them and let them know your plans before you get started. If you speak to your neighbors first, you give them a chance to share any concerns they might have about your fence with you. You also want to let them know that you're not necessarily installing the fence because of anything they might have done.

You can also work together to come up with a solution to any issues that they bring up or find ways to put their minds at ease. For example, if they are concerned about the appearance of your fence, you can show the photos of it before it's installed. You can also discuss boundary lines and reassure them that your fence will be on your property.

Maintain Your Fence After Installing It

Once your fence is up, your work isn't finished. To keep on your neighbors' good sides, you want to maintain your fence, so that it continues to look attractive. Clean the fence regularly to remove any dirt and debris. If it's a wood fence, you might want to re-seal it on annually or repaint or refinish it when it starts to look worn out.

Working with a professional fence contractor can help you navigate the fence etiquette minefield. To learn more about the benefits of having your new fence professionally installed, contact Fence Outlet today.

Posted in General By Holly Halladay

How to Choose a Fence that fits your personality and style

Thursday, February 21, 2019 3:02:00 AM EST5EDT

It's the little details that help to make a house a home. The way certain features look can help define your home's overall style and give it some personality. One of those features is the fence you choose for your property.

Although you might look at a fence as something that serves a purely utilitarian role, the truth is, a fence can make your property look fantastic. It can also reflect your overall taste and design preferences.

Whether you're looking for a vinyl fence, aluminum fence or wood fence in Orlando, Fl., here are some tips to help you choose one that reflects who you are.

You're All About a Classic Look

If you're into the classics and want your home to reflect your traditional tastes, you can't go wrong with a white picket fence. Today's picket fences are available in either wood or vinyl, meaning they are even easier to care for than ever before.

You Want Something Stately

If the first word your friends use to describe you is "elegant" or "refined," and your home echoes that style, then you're likely going to want a fence that is as elegant as you are.

In that case, an aluminum fence might be your best bet. Aluminum fences can add a touch of elegance to your property. You can make the fence even more elegant by choosing decorative finials for the tops of the posts, such as fleur-de-lys or an estate scroll.

You're Looking for a Rustic or Natural Look

If you're the person people turn to when they're looking for a natural recipe or some DIY advice, you might want a fence that reflects your commitment to nature or to a rustic design. An unfinished wood fence, which lets the natural beauty of the wood shine through, might be your best pick.

You Like to Mix Things Up

If you're the type of person to get bored with a style or design and if you like to change things up from time to time, then an unfinished wood fence might also be a good choice for you. Here's why: You can paint the wood any color you'd like. Once you get bored with that color, you can cover it up with a coat of primer and try a new one out. You can also paint a mural or other pattern on the fence to make things interesting.

You'd Like Some Privacy, Please

Maybe you're the type of person who likes to keep to themselves and who doesn't want others to see what's going on in your yard. In that case, a privacy fence is going to best meet your needs. Privacy fences come in range of styles. You can choose a wooden fence if you prefer a natural look.

If you want the look of wood but the low maintenance of vinyl, another option is SimTek Ashland. It looks like wood but is made from vinyl. SimTek also makes an EcoStone privacy fence that is made from vinyl but designed to look like a rustic stone fence.

Need more advice and guidance on choosing the fence that reflects who you are and your home's style? The professional fence installers at Fence Outlet are happy to help. Visit one of our seven Florida locations or reach out for a quote today.

Posted in General By Holly Halladay

What to expect when buying a fence

Thursday, May 21, 2015 3:48:00 PM EST5EDT

There are many reasons why a homeowner may want to install a new fence. Whether it's for safety, security, pet containment or overall property aesthetics, having some knowledge of the process can help make for a better buying experience. Fence Outlet owner & founder Rajul Patel has taken the time to explain what you should know and expect when buying a fence.

Finding a reputable fencing company

"First of all, whether the property owner uses Fence Outlet or another company for the fence installation, we strongly recommend that you do your homework and research -- find out who are the reputable professionals in your area," said Patel. "Look at factors like how long they have been in business, and how well they service their customers AFTER the sale. Lastly, insist on getting an accurate assessment of the work required and estimate project costs before making any final decisions or commitments."

What costs are included in a fence estimate?

Once you have chosen a fencing company, Patel then explains what people should expect when they see free fence estimate offers. Make sure that the estimates that they receive includes the following:
  1. Costs for materials
  2. Costs for labor
  3. Costs for delivery
  4. Costs for any permits if required

Contractors

If an old fence is being taken down by the contractor, you should make note if that's included in the estimate as well. If your contractor asks you to get the permit, this should raise a red flag -- is this contractor licensed and insured? Here are a few more questions you should ask your contractor before beginning work:
  • Who will pay for any damages, if incurred, during the installation?
  • Who will pay to move the fence if it was installed without a permit from your local municipality?
Patel reiterates that homeowners should "insist on an accurate assessment of the work required and estimated project costs before making any decisions or commitments."

How Fence Outlet can help you

With a combined 80,000 square-feet of showroom and inventory in Orlando, Oviedo, Tampa, North Port, and Port Richey, Fence Outlet provides a variety of fence materials including wood, vinyl and aluminum. We also carry chain link and steel fencing for both residential and commercial applications. Fence Outlet also offers customers professional, timely and quality fence installation. "Our team will help you measure your project, provide you with a free cost estimate, and assist with permitting for a complete turnkey installation project. If you choose to do it yourself, just bring your measurements in to one of our stores and we can provide you with a detailed cost breakdown including delivery and tax."
Posted in General Customer Service By Fence Outlet

Cost-Effective Fencing Options for the Budget Conscious

Thursday, March 19, 2015 5:29:00 PM EST5EDT

If the cost of a new fence is a bit of a concern, you should know that there are budget-friendly options out there that may fit your budget better. Rajul Patel, president and founder of Fence Outlet, Central Florida's fencing experts, notes that while a fence can be a costly addition to your yard – especially if you are enclosing a large area – fencing is usually considered a necessity in today’s landscape design. "To maintain your property's privacy, security, appearance and value, fencing is really a must," Patel said. "But if you’re on a budget, or just frugal by nature, there are other effective and attractive fencing options for you. Today's fences last for years without needing expensive repairs, allowing you to get the most out of your investment." Here are two cost-effective fencing solutions:

Chain link fencing

Chain link is one of the most budget-friendly fencing options currently available. It can blend with the surrounding landscape and is not as noticeable as other fencing types. With regard to maintenance, chain link fences are very durable and require few repairs. Chain link is available in galvanized or black, green and brown vinyl coated finishes, and is perfect for securing residential, commercial and industrial properties.

Vinyl fencing

Another budget-friendly fencing material is vinyl, although according to Patel, it is not usually thought of as a lower-cost option. The cost savings come in after the initial investment because of vinyl fencing’s durability and low maintenance. A vinyl fence can last for decades, requiring few repairs and little maintenance. "Not only is vinyl fencing attractive, it also is extremely durable and will not rot, peel, rust or turn yellow or brittle," Patel said. "So no matter what your budget, there is an attractive and effective fencing option for you."
Posted in General Products By Fence Outlet

Improve Curb Appeal with a New Fence and Updated Landscaping

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 2:23:00 PM EST5EDT

Many property owners initially install a fence for safety and security reasons. A new fence, however, can also help increase curb appeal and property value. Guests, neighbors and other outsiders will definitely notice the increase in visual interest surrounding your property, especially when accented with contemporary landscaping.

Rajul Patel, president and founder of Fence Outlet, Central Florida's fencing experts, wants homeowners to make a design plan and consider how a fence and landscaping work in tandem to compliment a home’s exterior. "Fences can provide both functional and aesthetic qualities," said Patel. "When you add a well-planned landscape design, the results can be beautiful."  Following are some tips to consider.

A fence can provide immediate results and can be used in the following ways

  • Screen unsightly views
  • Provide privacy
  • Define the edge of the property
  • Provide a backdrop for water features, statues & art, plants, and other objects in the landscape

Landscape Considerations When Using Fences

  • Incorporate a variety of plant types to accent an attractive fence
  • Consider the color, texture, or material of the fence when accenting with plants
  • Plant appropriate distances from fence for mature plant size
  • When building a new fence think about what materials will complement the existing plantings and structure
  • Use drip irrigation to minimize water damage to the fence
  • Check municipal codes for height and setback requirements
"I believe that homeowners should think about their home's exterior presentation as much as they painstakingly consider their interior furnishings or wall colors," said Patel. "At Fence Outlet, we can help you select the fence materials and colors that will give your home that 'wow' factors."
Posted in General By Fence Outlet

Fence Outlet Offers Homeowners Fence-Buying Checklist

Monday, December 15, 2014 8:24:00 PM EST5EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (Dec. 15, 2014) – There are many reasons to install a fence ranging from backyard safety to preventing intruders to increasing curb appeal. With hundreds of different fence styles and products to choose from, selecting the right fence requires research and consideration of factors including budget, purpose and goals.

When looking to buy and install a fence, Rajul Patel, president and founder of Fence Outlet, Central Florida’s fencing experts, suggests referring to the following check list:

1. Follow the Rules – Fences are subject to local zoning codes, which dictate the maximum height allowed, how far they must be from property lines, and whether they’re even permitted in front yards. Also, if you’re in a neighborhood association, a historic district, or a fairly new development, you may face further limitations on fence style, height, and location. The professionals at Fence Outlet can determine any zoning issues and obtain a permit, if needed.

2. Be a Good Neighbor – If possible, check with any neighbors whose property are adjacent to your new fence to give them a chance to prepare for the change. Also, ask your neighbors to confirm your understanding of where the property lines are.

3. Consider Your Goals – The purpose of your fence will help narrow your choices. There are four basic types of fences to choose from:

Privacy fence: If the goal is to block sight lines, you need solid fencing, which generally means it’ll have tightly spaced vertical boards, pickets, or framed panels to prevent you from seeing out and others from seeing in. Privacy fences should be at least 6 feet tall.

Security fence: To keep people out, you’ll want a fence that is six feet tall or higher to hinder anyone from simply hopping over it. Pickets or other spiky tops also help deter intruders.

Decorative fence: If the goal is to enhance curb appeal or establish property lines, the fence doesn’t need to be nearly as large or obtrusive. You can choose one that’s just two to four feet high, and with spaced pickets, latticework, or a variety of ornamental options that don’t block the view, but enhance it.

Safety fence: To create a dog run, enclose a pool area, or deter wildlife from entering your property, without blocking the view, the most durable and affordable option is a wire fence, such as chain link.

4. Pick your material – Once you’ve determined the goal of your fence, then you will need to choose the material it’s made from; this will determine its price, the maintenance it needs, and its warranty.

Wood: By far the most common fence material, wood provides a traditional look at a moderate price. Depending on the wood you choose, Fence Outlet recommends treating it with a stain or wood preservative to protect it from insects, rot, and ultraviolet light.

Vinyl and composite: These faux-wood fences are made from either solid vinyl or a mix of wood fibers and plastic resins. In either case, the material is formed into rails, pickets, and other fence parts that get assembled piece-by-piece. Vinyl looks exactly like the real thing, so if you want a wood fence, this is a way to get it without all of the maintenance.

Iron and aluminum: The classic wrought-iron fence can be anything from an ornate decorative property-line marker to a tall, spiky enclosure that provides high security. These fences aren’t actually wrought iron; they’re made from welded tubes of steel or aluminum. A good metal fence will need virtually no routine upkeep, just an occasional touchup.

Chain link and wire: The most economical of fences, chain link also has the advantage of almost disappearing into the scenery, especially if it has a black or green plastic coating on the mesh.

In conclusion, Fence Outlet’s showrooms in Orlando, Oviedo and Tampa offer all of these products, plus arbors and gate openers. Many customers also turn to Fence Outlet for professional, timely and quality fence installation. “Our team will help you measure your project and assist with ordering all the materials on-line,” said Patel. “Then, you can turn the entire professional installation over to Fence Outlet for a complete turnkey project.”
Posted in General By Fence Outlet

Provide Added Security And Safety With A Fence

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 1:33:00 PM EST5EDT

With all sorts of new electronic and internet-based security systems out on the market today, Fence Outlet owner Rajul Patel likes to remind residential and commercial property owners of a security system that has survived the test of time: the fence.

 "Nothing provides initial security better than a sound and solid perimeter fence."
According to fence industry experts, a fence is one of the primary building blocks for a home or business security system. According to Patel, "nothing provides initial security better than a sound and solid perimeter fence." The physical security barrier provided by a fence provides one or more of the following functions:

  1. Gives notice to the legal boundaries of the outermost limits of the home or business.
  2. Deters casual intruders from penetrating a secured area by presenting a barrier that requires an overt action to enter.
  3. Demonstrates the intent of an intruder by their overt action of gaining entry.
  4. Causes a delay to obtain access to a home or business, thereby increasing the possibility of detection.
  5. Creates a psychological deterrent.
  6. For a business, a fence demonstrates a corporate concern for facility security.
  7. Provides a cost effective method of protecting a home or business.
The team at Fence Outlet explains that a fence not only offers privacy and security for your home or business, but can also increase property values. Fence Outlet offers fences made out of either vinyl, aluminum, steel, wood or chain link. "While price is often the first consideration when choosing a fence, homeowners also need to scrutinize what they are trying to protect and the best materials for the job," said Patel. "Buyers need to understand that a strong fence provides safety and security, and most importantly a peace of mind."

The strongest fence materials, according to Patel, are:

  1. Welded Steel
    Known for its strength, security and durability, especially in industrial and commercial applications. Fence Outlet's welded steel fences are suitable not only for residential users but also for commercial applications such as retail businesses, storage facilities, schools, golf courses and recreational parks.
  2. Ornamental Aluminum
    Ornamental aluminum fences creates a coveted "estate look" which expresses privacy and security.
"It is important to consider why you are installing a fence, what it is protecting and of course its ultimate purpose," said Patel. Long-term property values, curb appeal, safety and security all provide good reasons to install a fence, so Patel recommends customers consider all their options.
Posted in General By Fence Outlet

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