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Shoulda, Wooda, Coulda: Don't let your fence continue to weather the winter.

Posted by Michelle Goodwin on 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

With temperatures at a record zero degree average, Richmond Metro, and Norfolk areas this week, your fence is continually alternating between cold wet and warmer wet moisture.  While our wood fences are installed with high-quality wood products, the organic structure of wood can still give pesky mold and mildew opportunity to flourish. 

If you have not already this year, you can still help protect the life of your wood fence by applying a high-quality fence stain and sealant in between storms. 

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String Theory

Inspect your wood fence following significant storms. Check for damage and ensure the posts are still level by running a piece of string along the tops.

Look for dips or rises in the string, and examine those posts to see if repairs are needed. Making structural repairs now will prevent the damage from worsening throughout the winter.

Read more about measuring with string here


Snowed In

Whether you live on the main street or a winding country road, snow plows will push dirt, snow ice and chemicals from the road all over your fence.

When you gear up to go outside to clear the driveway, you should at least try and knock most if not all of the lingering snow from your fence. The longer moisture sits, the more damage it may do.

Remove any branches that look prone to breaking off especially if they are large in size. Routinely clean your fence of leaves or other organic matter that has settled on the rails or become lodged between boards.

Overhanging tree limbs can break under the weight of snow and ice, causing damage to your fence on their way to the ground. Monitor any trees within falling distance of your fence, and trim back any branches.

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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 on Sat, Dec 10, 2016

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.

Along with the latest toys and technologies, a new fence is a perfectly reasonable and highly impactful gift to add to the top of your Holiday Wish List. Indeed, September-March is the best time to build your new fence.

Overlooked, but probably not a surprise that conscious consumers make big purchases for their homes in the off season. The fact is that most homeowners are not concentrating on outdoor projects until the spring thaw.

Preparing your home and business for annual winter weather should be a priority. Before you head out into the wild winter wilderness, here's some insight into scheduling and installing a fence in early winter so that you can check those projects off your list, twice.

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TIME & LABOR

It’s simple supply and demand. Homeowners who do their homework want the best service, and they want it at a reduced cost with little to no overtime. Being aware that in the off season; you are likely to pay less for your residential fence installation and get the most attention from your contractor.

Professional fence contractors tend to fill up very quickly with new and repeat Residential Commercial & Industrial customers during the spring and summer.

Peak season fence installations can have longer turnaround times.  Other anticipated spring projects could end up on the back burner waiting for installation from a busy contractor.

Keep in mind that there are two winter situations where fence installation on is not recommended.

  • Rainy days: Digging in the mud is never easy, and the holes tend to fill with water. Even if you do manage to get the fence up, chances are it will not be straight.

  • Lots of snow: Snow causes issues with the string line as well as the barrier edges.

 

  

 

A huge perk of this strategy is that when you start your fence installation in the off-season months, you will get to work in close collaboration with your Professional Fence Specialist. If you have specialty materials or regulated job specifications, a fence company can help you line that up.

Off Season is perfect timing to replace a dilapidated or damaged fence. Maybe you are ready to replace an old fence on your property that is not up to code.

Alternatively, if you are tired of staining and maintaining an old wood fence, you may want to consider a low maintenance option like vinyl or Ornamental Aluminum.

These two options need very little attention after installation. Replacing your wood fence with these options will allow you to see firsthand how these weather resistant materials stand up to the colder months.


WILL END OF YEAR FENCE INSTALLATION BENEFIT NEXT YEAR'S HOUSE PROJECTS?

It is a good idea to consider pool installation in winter months as those prices are also generally lower. Having the pool and fence ready to go by the time the flowers start blooming will be worth its weight in winter weather. Be proactive and schedule your pool and fence jobs in unison.

If you are in contact with your pool company for a winter installation, a Professional Fence Specialist should be able to work with your preferred contractor. Both construction companies should work in sync to achieve your individual project goals.

A Professional Fence Company should even be able to provide temporary fencing for the duration of the construction process. They can help streamline your project for your future Residential Fence Installation.

RECALL THE MOST FAMOUS REASON OF ALL

There’s nothing quite like that first enchanting blanket of snow, timeless holiday lighting and cool holiday decor Christmas draped across your fence. Your neighbors and family will be in awe at the sight of your very own winter wonderland. Moreover, while your neighbors are planning and constructing and spending, you’ll be the one chilling.

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 on 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 swing 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.

Enclosure materials will vary from wood privacy style dumpsters, to vinyl/PVC and sometimes composite materials.

This doesn't mean that all dumpster enclosures have to the eye sore you are used to seeing at places like your neighborhood convenience store.

This customcommercial wood design by Hurricane Fence's Drew Locher is a great solution for Hardywood Brewery 

What is Composite Fence Material?

Dumpster enclosure gates will demand steel gate posts sized to appropriately support the gate leaf needed for the opening.  

Additionally, the gate frame should also be steel with pickets or panels attached.

This provides the gate with much greater structural, ensures much longer life compared to less sturdy construction applications.

A brown wood grain Composite Dumpster Gate  has one latch down the center for easy and frequent access.

Vinyl and Chain Link Slats

Although initially more expensive, vinyl dumpster enclosures do not require the maintenance that  come with the natural aging process of organic materials.

This white commercial Vinyl dumpster enclosure  fits around a local trash company's blue oversized dumpster.

Wood Dumpster Enclosures 

These are quite popular due to low cost and ease of service replacement.

Wood is pliable and easier to customize to match your building or ground aesthetic but it does come with some wear and tear due to weathering and consistent usage.

A beautiful wood stained, brick and steel gate dumpster enclosure  outside of starbucks in Richmond Virginia

The location and use pattern of the dumpster could very well dictate what would be the better value and best fit for the long term.

Enclosures housed on a concrete dumpster pads that require gates and gate posts should be core drilled for the installation of the gate posts. This helps to eliminate sagging.

Adequate planning will preserve the life of the enclosure, decrease damage claims and increase customer satisfaction for quality construction.

 

Make sure that the dumpster enclosure can return to to its original position after each collection. This is paramount. 

Since the gates will be used thousands of times over many years, the installation must accommodate the dumpster size, the contents and be easily accessible for local refuse collection service.

Hurricane Fence has installed over a thousand dumpster enclosures of every type since 1994. Contact us for a timely quote on your dumpster enclosure project.

 

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 on 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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Whether the fence screens athletes or protect viewers; the fence is part of the sport played.  The venue and level of play take a vital role in determining what fence is appropriate for  the field. Football, baseball, softball, and tennis are all sports in which fencing is an important consideration.

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high school football fence is used mainly to separate players and spectators. These fences usually surround the track and are commonly 4 feet high.

These chain link fences are often colored and PVC coated for good looks and sure durability. Double drive gates and maintenance accesses are common at the end of the running track.

There are also simple 4 feet pedestrian gates where players and coaches enter the field of play. An attractive ornamental fence can be generally used along the side of the stadium that parallels the road in.

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Specialty fencing is also used in the bleachers to ensure that spectators (mainly children) do not slip between the railings. Most professional football locations do not use fence in the field area. They use railings to separate players and fans.

Baseball is the most common use athletic field fence. There are numerous variations of fencing on one baseball field. The outer perimeters of baseball fields are commonly fenced. 

Backstops are constructed of specialty fence that is three separate sections that are 90 feet wide and roughly 25 feet high depending on the design.

Bullpens are also enclosed using chain link fence and can be 8’ tall and screened with fabric for privacy for the players.

Batting cage fences keep baseballs and softballs contained and they are usually made of a thicker gauge of chain link due to the beating it will take. Baseball and football fence is usually set in the ground with a concrete footing.

 

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Outfield fences are typically 6 feet high and topped with bright yellow tubing. This visual marker allows players to gauge a cautious distance when tracking fly balls. Depending on dugout designs, fence can be attached to front railings or a dugout can be a complete chain link enclosure.

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Tennis fence is also a sport that encloses its courts to contain tennis balls. Tennis courts layouts vary tremendously, but the fences by and large are the same.

These fences are usually 10 feet tall and are coated for color, durability and it prevents snagging of the tennis balls.Screening is common on these fences and helps absorb the impact of the tennis balls.

On rare occasions courts are totally enclosed with a chain link roof.  This is more often than not for smaller courts in confined areas. Tennis fence is usually core drilled into the court, or it can be set before the court is laid down.

 

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

Steel Slide Gates: Uses and Automation

Posted by Michelle Goodwin on Fri, Jun 10, 2016

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

There are several different types of steel slide gates from tracked (both overhead and in pavement), roll gates (both hard rubber and balloon tires) and cantilever slides. The type of slide gate used depends on the available space for the gate, volume of use, security requirements, type of surface at the gate opening and the project budget.

Steel slide gates provide strong, secure reliable and cost effective solutions to of a location whether in manual or automatic mode. 

Steel is more forgiving to the incidental bumps from vehicle traffic than other materials resulting in fewer and less costly gate repairs. Slide gates enable a large gate to be easily opened or closed even in the manual mode.                

Steel gates do not experience the sagging problems incurred by swing gates and do not require larger post sizes as the gate leaf increases. It is quite common to have single slide gates covering an opening of 30 feet and still use the same post size as much smaller openings. Existing manual slide gates can easily retrofitted to an automatic application at less cost than a single or double swing when a single slide gate is the object of the retrofit.

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The drawbacks to steel slide gates. The gates are heavy and weight is the enemy of rollers, tracks, wheels and operators. The higher the volume of traffic through the access road the greater the strain on the gate system. Much of this can be eliminated with proper and routine maintenance of the slide gate and rollers. Polyurethane gate rollers also save wear and tear on the gates and ease the operation of the gate considerably.

The most popular slide gate in today’s market is the cantilever slide gate. This popularity will remain the case until gates that provide the strength of steel, the lighter weight of aluminum and the resulting freedom of maintenance that it provides is available at a reasonable cost.

 

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

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