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.

 

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How to get HOA approval for the fence you want.

Posted by Michelle Goodwin on Thu, Feb 12, 2015

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The rise of Homeowner Associations in recent years has seen exponential growth. Before you rush out to install the fence of your dreams, here are some tips of the trade from a Residential fence expert on the possible pitfalls of building that beautiful new fence installation.

One of the biggest mistakes homeowners can make when installing a fence is not checking to see what the by-laws of their Homeowners Association (HOA) require.

You can't assume that what your neighbors have previously done with their fence and yard complies with your particular HOA regulations.

Even though a neighbor might have an admirable fence enclosure or gate doesn't mean doesn't mean that your HOA approved that particular fence installation.

We can recall a particular job where a customer scheduled an install for a chain link fence, and as it was in progress, the customer panicked as the HOA just informed her that absolutely no chain link was allowed in their community. Several adjacent yards that had previously used chain link enclosures prior to her request were ordered to remove them and seek other fence options. It turns out that residents were only approved to have vinyl and ornamental aluminum installed in that neighborhood. 

In another instance, a customer submitted her information to the HOA weeks in advance. Due to the fact that she had not heard from the HOA, she assumed that the fence was approved. So, she went forward with the installation. The HOA later stated that they never received her request. The customer then was ordered to redo her fence structure according to her neighborhood's HOA standards, and have the style she selected approved by them.

Typically, a HOA can take anywhere from one week to six weeks to approve your fence project. Generally speaking, you have to to get the HOA's approval whenever you do anything to the exterior of your residence. This can even include painting and landscaping.

HOW TO AVOID COSTLY HOA FENCE INSTALL MISTAKES

Many HOA ordinances and rules prevent you from constructing chain link, split rail, or wire containment fences because they are not aesthetically appealing. If you install a fence without HOA approval, you can almost be sure you will have to tear it down or face serious fines, as well as aggravation and time consumption.

 

THE FOLLOWING ARE SUGGESTIONS TO ENSURE HOA APPROVAL ON YOUR FENCE PROJECT


1.
     Read the regulations provided by the HOA thoroughly. Make sure that you have the most updated version. Call the HOA president or another board member with all questions you have regarding the specific regulations. Document the date and time of call, the name of the person with whom you spoke with, as well as what was said during the conversation.

2.     Make notes on what you want to communicate in your letter to the HOA. In your correspondence try to anticipate any questions the HOA board may have about your project. Always include possible solutions to any problem you think the board may have with your planned project.

3.     Enclose blueprints, pictures and project drawings. Also, be sure to include the specific dimensions of your project and any other pertinent details in your letter. Include images or colors of the materials you will be using. Be clear and precise so your letter will be easily understood.

4.     Make copies of your letter to keep for your records. Mail your request to the homeowners association. Be sure you have included the best ways for members to contact you, such as giving them both a home and work telephone number.

5.     Follow up on your letter if you are not contacted within a week after mailing. Confirm your letter has been received and ask for a date by which the board will render a decision on the plans for your property.

6.     Appeal for a variance if your request is denied and you still want to pursue your plans. An appeal hearing may then be scheduled during which you can present your case to the entire board. You can enlist the support of your neighbors to help bolster your argument.

Be sure to get the approval of the HOA first. It is not up to the fence contractor to find out the rules and regulations or to get approval of the HOA for your project. That being said, a longstanding and professional fence company will gladly help advise you in this process and should go out of their way to help you with your installation concerns.  

They can also supply you with fence samples and pictures of existing installations to help you get the approval of the HOA before starting construction so you won't be on the fence with your Home Owners Association.

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Why all wood fence pickets eventually split, and how to stop it.

Posted by Michelle Goodwin on Fri, Oct 24, 2014

It is not a matter of “if” fence pickets split due to quality or age of product.  All wood fence pickets will eventually develop small checks regardless of wood type or species. Checks are small ruptures in the wood grain where the drying process has occurred unevenly. In other woods the moisture left the wood unevenly between the grains creating stress. The uneven drying was more than the wood could support thus it caused a small separation of the grain.

Set your dining room table outside in the sun for a week or two. No, we don’t recommend this. What you will more than likely discover is small fissures in the grain of the wood. Wood fence pickets are generally less than an inch in width and cut with the grain of the tree, exposing a great deal of surface area of the wood to the sun with little wood structure to hold itself together. In most installations, the pickets are not fully supported or capsulated on either end, thus not creating any resistance against this checking from occurring on the ends.

Why don’t my other wood products develop these checks, like my dining room table?  

Set your dining room table outside in the sun for a week or two.  No, we don’t recommend this. What you will more than likely discover is small fissures in the grain of the wood. Wood fence pickets are generally less than an inch in width and cut with the grain of the tree, exposing a great deal of surface area of the wood to the sun with little wood structure to hold itself together. In most installations, the pickets are not fully supported or capsulated on either end, thus not creating any resistance against this checking from occurring on the ends.

Because my fence pickets develop these checks, are they going to continue to split? 

Again, checking is the natural drying process of the wood. These small splits or checks should be no more than four to five inches in overall length and less than 3/16” in width. Checking should occur within the first few weeks of installation and should quickly slow after the first couple months of exposure to sunlight and low humidity. If you replace these checked fence pickets, there is no guarantee that you will not continue to see this process occur with the new pickets.  Regardless, the checks should NOT continue to grow overtime causing structural failure of the material.

 

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Regardless, the checks should NOT continue to grow overtime causing structural failure of the material.

What if the checks in my pickets continue to develop? If the checks do continue to form large splits in the pickets, this is typically the result of external pressure being applied against the grain of the material. This pressure is created by nails splitting the grain or pickets that begin to cup but are pressed firmly against the rail in the installation process.  In this event, replace the pickets as this wood will continue to split.

How much will replacing split pickets cost? All situations and specifics differ, but as a rule you should budget around $200 give or take every three years.

Many natural wood issues can be maintained and solved with the use of a professional fence company. A local professional fence contracting company should be able to talk knowledgeably about this and all fence concerns you may have before, during and after installation.

Other Fence Factors

What could really be all that hard about fixing a board in your fence?

A lot actually. It even involves a good deal of math, the correct nails and fixtures, all specifically dependent for the right type of wood fence structure and installation.

Replacing a picket spike yourself on a fence installation could cause more damage and cost more money than well over $200.Wood fences are beautiful and natural for years.

Most people opt for a wood fence because the cost and the look combined are a win-win.When you are searching for a fence contractor, make sure that their service call record for their installations has good reviews.

Anyone can put up a boundary, but a professional fence installation contractor will be at your beck and call should anything come up down the road with your residential fence.

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How to choose the fence option that suits your personal needs

Posted by Michelle Goodwin on Fri, Jun 20, 2014
Perhaps the best reason for putting up a fence isn't practical, it's emotional. A fence encloses your territory. Fences and walls really help make home feel special, separate and your own, like a haven and a sanctuary.

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AN OVERVIEW:

A fence is more than just a barrier. Used in imaginative ways, it can become an architectural feature that blends well with the style of your house, a landscape element that enhances the appearance of your property, or an accent piece that helps define a part of your yard or garden.In The Fence Bible hands-on home improvement expert Jeff Beneke provides an in-depth, comprehensive how-to encyclopedia that enables homeowners to choose and build the fences and gates that are best for their landscape—both for appearance and function.Beneke suggests the appropriate types of fence to keep the swimming pool secure, confine the livestock, keep deer away from the garden, or create outdoor living spaces. He then discusses the essentials of proper fence design and provides step-by-step illustrated instructions for planning, building, maintaining, and repairing any style of fence.

Here's what goes into planning, designing and buying a fence and the materials to build one.

Privacy, security, curb appeal, noise reduction: The benefits of residential fences are numerous.There also are plenty of practical reasons for a fence. "The place I always suggest starting with (is) function," says Jeff Beneke, author of "The Fence Bible." 
Here's a look at what fences can do and how you can build or select the right one for your budget. 
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The first step is determining what you want your fence to do. Fences serve many purposes, including:
  • Security Fence: Even a fence only 3 feet tall can help deter prowlers, says Chris McGoey, a security expert in Los Angeles. "It is psychological," he says. "A fence denotes a property.
    It says, 'This is my house, my property.' People are going to be reluctant to step over that fence. Even a small boundary fence will discourage people from cutting across your yard.

  • Privacy Fencing: Living your life shielded from the prying eyes of others is a luxury of private property. A high privacy fence, tastefully built, can give you room to let down your hair, no matter how small your deck or yard.

  • Decoration: A well-designed, professionally installed fence will frame your home and add tremendous curb appeal. It may also enhance your property value, depending on your neighborhood and the fence's design and quality.

  • Boundary: It's a good idea to define your boundaries, especially if you own a small lot. A fence prevents neighbors from encroaching on your property.

  • Safety: A fence offers peace of mind. They keep small children and pets safe from strangers, traffic and hazards such as swimming pools, high bluffs and ravines.

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    Garden protection: Just as a fence holds in your pets, it keeps stray animals and other pests from digging and defecating in your yard. Properly constructed, fencing around a vegetable or ornamental garden also can protect precious plants from foraging deer and rabbits.

     

  • Weather protection: Snow fences keep drifts from growing too large. A protective fence lets you enjoy a garden or deck in a windy area; Beneke says he likes a louvered fence for taming a windy patio.

  • Noise: A privacy fence can buffer some noise. Wood blocks noise better than most fence materials. Planting a hedge or other tall vegetation in front of the fence helps buffer noise even further. For serious noise protection, professional fence specialists offer noise-buffering blankets that can be pulled tightly over any fence. Costs for these products start at about $12 per linear foot for a 6-foot-tall fence.

    The most effective fence for dulling sound is a tall, custom-built fence of foam-filled aluminum or composite, says Chris Policastro, vice president of operations at Production Fenceworks in Atlanta. This kind of fence costs $60 to $300 per linear foot for a 6-foot fence. 

  • Cosmetics: Trash cans? Propane gas tanks? The neighbor's trampoline? A large or small fence may hide it. It's like putting makeup on a pimple, Beneke says. Planting a vine or shrub in front of it makes it even prettier.

Cost and Planning

Once you have a list of your fencing needs, take your specs to a professional fence contracting company and talk it over with experts. Even if you build your fence yourself, it helps to bounce ideas around and ensure you have the right expectations for your fence materials, design law and specifications in your individual rural, suburban or urban location.

Here's a scenario: Farmers who've built 6' high enclosures soon learn that deer can jump 8 feet. To remedy that issue take into account that an overhanging extension or one of the deer-fence ideas from Leonard Perry, extension professor at the University of Vermont, may be a viable solution.

In another scenario, Homeowners have installed chain-link and vinyl fences only to finding out that their homeowners association (HOA) bans them. So make sure you arm yourself with knowledge going into your fence project.

Fence costs can sometimes be steep. A lot of material and labor is involved. But costs always vary depending on your preffered materials and style. You can cut fence costs by and by choosing local species of wood. Get a couple estimates, look at thheir websites and credential when selecting a contractor.

Beneke, a proponent of doing it yourself, nevertheless says he warns against getting into a job that's too big for your skills or your time. Building a fence is a big job, and you deserve to have a fence that fits you and your needs.

(TO BE CONTINUED NEXT WEEK'S FENCE POST: PART 2: A FENCE THAT FITS: BUILDING THE RIGHT FENCE FOR YOU AND YOUR BUDGET.


Sources: MSN.com, The Fence BibleMore on residential fences

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