Michelle Goodwin

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SHOULDA WOODA COULDA: DON’T LET YOUR FENCE CONTINUE TO WEATHER THIS WINTER.

Posted by Michelle Goodwin

Wed, Jan 18, 2017

You already know it is critical that you prepare your fence for the winter months since it can cause a wide variety of damage to your fence. Severe weather can do enormous damage. Before, you write it off, you can still apply protective maintenance tips to your fence before the next batch of winter weather.

The Big Freeze

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Topics: wood fence, residential fences, chain link, fence cost, winter fence, snow fence

PROACTIVE PROJECTS: THE PERKS OF WINTER FENCE INSTALLATION

Posted by Michelle Goodwin

Sat, Dec 10, 2016


PROACTIVE PROJECTS: THE PERKS OF WINTER FENCE INSTALLATION
This time of year, visions of butterflies and backyard barbecues are overshadowed by ones of sugar plums and mistletoe. However, having your fence installed in the fall & winter months has some crucial advantages you should consider.

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Topics: Fence, Privacy Fence, Aluminum Fence, wood fence, resiedential fence, fall projects, holiday fence, winter fence

Think Inside The Box: Commercial Dumpster Enclosures with Outdoor Aesthetic Appeal

Posted by Michelle Goodwin

Fri, Nov 18, 2016


Dumpster enclosures range tremendously in size. The 3 or 4 sided enclosure will range from 10 ft. wide  by  8' ft. deep  by  6 ft.  tall  or  8 ft.  wide  to 30’ w  by 12’ deep x  6’ and include one double swin gate.

Municipalities typically dictate the need for a dumpster enclosure. Extensive coverage and property line limitations must also be considered and approved per local code requirements.

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Topics: Residential Fence, Vinyl Fence, Commercial Fence, Dumpster Enclosure, fences richmond, residential dumpsters, home improvement

ATHLETIC FIELD FENCING: SPORTING THE RIGHT FENCE ENCLOSURE

Posted by Michelle Goodwin

Thu, Oct 20, 2016

Athletic field fences provide crowd control, venue security, and safety for sporting events.  The fences also serve to demarcate specific areas of the sporting fields.

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Topics: Fence, chain link fence, athletic field, netting, sports field fence, sports netting

SETTING YOUR BOUNDARIES

Posted by Michelle Goodwin

Tue, Sep 27, 2016

SETTING BOUNDARIES: SELDOM EXPLAINED FENCE REGULATIONS AND  EXPECTATIONS NOT TO BE OVERLOOKED.

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Topics: fence law

Steel Slide Gates: Uses and Automation

Posted by Michelle Goodwin

Fri, Jun 10, 2016

Steel slide gates are in use at residential, commercial, industrial and government locations.

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Topics: Military Fence, Government Fence, Commercial Fence, Steel Slide Gates

On the Fence: Differences Between Aluminum and Vinyl Fence Enclsoures

Posted by Michelle Goodwin

Tue, May 03, 2016


Deciding between a vinyl (PVC) and an ornamental aluminum fence enclosure can be difficult.  Like people, every fence solution is unique. Requirements and needs vary in privacy, security, maintenance level, configurations, cost, and aesthetic style. Here are some helpful tips that play a big role in arriving at a well-informed decision. 

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Topics: Vinyl Fence, Ornamental Aluminum, Aluminum Fence, Comparison

What Are Passive And Active Force Protection Barriers?

Posted by Michelle Goodwin

Tue, Mar 29, 2016

 

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Topics: Bollards, ATFP, High Security Fence, Commercial Fence, Fence, fence law, high security, access gates, barriers, crowd control, pedestrian traffic

Pool Fence Latches: What are my safety options?

Posted by Michelle Goodwin

Wed, Mar 23, 2016

 
In ground pools have become more affordable in the past decade and that makes the subject of operational gate latches  a major benefit to homeowners and pool fence installers. It can be a confusing topic for those who are not familiar with pool code requirements.Pool safety latches are designed to make it difficult, if not impossible, for small children to open the gate. These latches typically open by pulling up on a knob that releases the latch. This is an unusual opening action and kids are not inclined to understand how to unlock the gate. 
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Topics: Code, Pool Gate Hardware, Regulation, Pool Gates

Design Build: The Simple Solution for a Complicated Fence Project

Posted by Michelle Goodwin

Wed, Mar 23, 2016

A Design Build project is  when the traditional “bid” step of design-bid-build format is circumvented by entrusting the task a subcontractor to design and build the project. Depending on the circumstances, the cost incurred by hiring an architect or additional engineer is eliminated alongside the middle man.

A professional commercial or industrial fence contractor that has proven experience with design build, will be able to both design and price your enclosure solution based on specifications.

As a side note, smaller more intimate level, almost all residential customers can be considered the "owner" and the subcontractor designs and builds the fence based their needs.

For example, VDOT and military specifications are exceptionally strict.
The fence company involved should have a working knowledge of how the requirements affect the job. Design–build places the responsibility for design errors and omissions on the design–builder, relieving the owner of legal and managerial responsibilities. The burden for these costs and associated risks are transferred to the design–build team.

ASTM specifications play a very large part these types of projects because very rarely is the specification drawn out on the plans. They often require a vast array of specifications that its typically in the best interest of the property construction team to hire a professional.

er. This simplifies the work of the buyer and streamlines the construction process.

Buyers & Builders

Often, commercial construction managers and the property owner, will collaborate in order to organize the needs of the customer by fielding the information to selected design/build subcontractors. This is especially true when the fence job must involve several trades to work togeth. Without the right experience and resources, a new fence company might miss specifications and codes needed for that particular job. Depending on whether the project is commercial, military, or federal, the requirements can vary greatly and affect cost structure.

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Topics: Government Fence, Fence Design, High Security Fence, Prison Fence