Temporary Fences: 3 Versatile Applications Explored

Posted by Michelle Goodwin on Sat, Sep 19, 2015

Temporary Fences: 3 Versatile Applications for Safety and Liability of Construction Sites and Event Management.

What used to be a Burger King at the intersection of Grace and Monroe is now a construction site for development around VCU.

Temporary Construction Fencing surrounds a new development for VCU Campus West Broad St. Richmond

It is probable and often legally required that construction sites be contained with the use of temporary construction fence. Even the smallest construction site has the potential to become a dangerous environment. That's why most building materials need to be temporarily secured for the duration of a project. 

How much fence is needed? For, how long? What kind of surface the fence will be installed through or on? And, what kind of fence material is considered necessary?

A reliable barrier between the people working on a construction site and the people passing by is a necessary implement. Many municipalities, insurance companies and general contractors require job sites and special events to be sufficiently secured.


There are a few different options for temporarily enclosing a special event or a construction site. Welded fence panels with extended legs that slide into a concrete block or onto a stand bag are commonly referred to as ‘panels & blocks’. This is a common application. These panels are ideal for installation on surfaces that you do not want to permanently or otherwise disturb. It is relatively easy to relocate this type of fence, as compared to others.
Temporary Fence Panels are stacked in semi-high piles and delievered to an event or construction site by a large truck.

Panels and blocks are also a cost effective way to secure a job site. Depending on its purpose, a drawback of using the panel and block system is that it may not be conducive to the addition of windscreen, signage or strategic ad placement.Sizes are typically as follows: 6x10, 6x12, 6x14, and 8x10 panels 

Black windscreen covers a temporary fence enclosure ouside of a suburban neighborhood Branded Windscreen of RIchmond 2015 & Hourigan Construction encloses chain link panels with sandbags in Richmond's Fulton Hill

These can be subject to blowing over in windy conditions due to the added screen weight. If this screen os the most desirable for a particular project,  it is generally installed with chain link fabric attached to driven chain link posts. The posts are driven into the ground by or hand or with a compressor.

Screening is installed using zip ties that attach the screen to the fence. This fence can also be easily removed but can disturb surrounding surfaces. Screening is used for the privacy of the site or as additional advertisement.

The materials used for this application come from fences that have been previously installed. This allows for a both cost effective and environmentally friendly fence solution. 


Wood panneling is an alternative to chainlink temporary fencing and makes it impossible to see construction on the other side.

If a more private fence or a long-term project is being built; fence can be useful. The fence will become an actual wall between the site and the public. This type of fence is hard to climb and virtually impossible to see through. The fence is installed with 4” x 4” wood posts with the plywood attached with screws or nails.

Due to regulations, fences are a necessary item for almost all construction sites. Temporary fence can be rented or purchased depending on the specific application. When deciding on what type of fence a jobsite requires, there are a few questions that always come up.

3- BIKE RACKS & BARRICADESShimano Windscreen cover the downtown barricades installed by Hurricane Fence for Richmond 2015

Though regulations require this implementation the objective, of a temporary fence installation is simply safety. Bike Racks and Barricades are the widest used boundary applications for special events where the probability of routing and re-routing thousands of people is high, and coordinated ahead of time. Check out the miles of Barricade for Richmond 2015 below.

The predictability of bike racks and barricades make them ideal for large and small events. Anywhere security calls for obvious delineation that keeps groups of people from restricted areas make these minimally efficient fence structures a go to for athletic events, music festivals and local celebratory events ala Richmond 2015, The Monument 10K Marathon, or establishing order outside The National or the Hippodrome.

Temporary fences are relatively easy to buy, rent and install. Best of all, they speak volumes without saying a word.

Topics: Commercial Fence, Temporary Fence, Regulations, barricades, temp fence, chain link, windscreen, bike racks, wire mesh

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.


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.



     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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Options for Commercial Access Gates and Fence Solutions

Posted by Michelle Goodwin on Thu, Jul 03, 2014

A Professional Fence Company should have a variety options for Commercial Gate applications. The gate systems are designed to restrict unwanted entry and ensure the protection of assets and employees. Gate systems are designed to work efficiently with repeated mechanical use in any setting. Hurricane Fence Company offers the latest in Commercial Gate System trends and technology in a plethora of scales and styles. These maneuverable fence barriers can be engineered to meet the needs of everything from small Residential Secured Access to the most complex structural demands.

The following are a few examples of routinely offered Commercial Gate Systems.  

Swing Arm Gates

swing arm gate

Swing Arms are motorized barriers that raise a steel or aluminum arm from a horizontal position to a vertical position. They give you the ability to control pedestrian and/or vehicle traffic on roadways up to 38'. These gates can have an assortment of automatic controls, such as card readers, vehicle detectors/counters, reversing logic, which causes the arm to re-open should it strike an object, and anti tailgating devices, which keep multiple vehicles from pulling through on a single cycle. A switch in a security office can also be set up to control these gates.

Many Fence Contractors also offer High Speed Swing Arm Gates that will open in less than two seconds, using either 8 or 12' arms. Heavy duty gates, with arms up to 24', are also available if gate specifications require them.

Slide Gates   

sliding gate 

Sliding Gates are often the best solution for commercial premises with busy access points. You must have room set aside for the gate in the open position. Installers can customize slide gates to accommodate a wide range of commercial applications. Many different styles of slide gates are available of which the most common is a two-rail slide gate.

There are three rail slide gates that will allow the use of almost any material you wish to face the gate. For this the commonly used materials are plastic, wood, or metal. A well set up fence supplier can also custom fabricate a slide gate to match a wide range of already existing gate styles. 

Cantilever Gates

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Automation of a cantilever slide gate involves the addition of a slide gate operator that can be pad or post mounted. This provides a means to open or close the gate and the addition of safety devices such as safety loops, gate edges or photo eyes. Gate operators can be added to existing gates as well as new ones and integrated into any existing access control system.

The gate itself does not touch the ground and is supported by rollers, which are attached to two large side posts.

The gate will have a tail that is used to support itself when it is in the open position. One thing to keep in mind when considering the installation of a cantilever gate is that you must have adequate overhead clearance to ensure that the gate can open fully.

Cantilever Gate Systems can be constructed with nearly any fencing material, but the distance of the opening will play an important role in determining which type of materials you can use when constructing your Commercial Gate. Lighter fabrication materials should be considered when spanning wide opening, which will make the overall weight of the gate lighter.   

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What Are The State Regulations On Pool Fence Enclosures?

Posted by Dawn Lowndes on Wed, May 15, 2013
Not only are pool enclosures and fences an aesthetically-pleasing way to keep critters out of your pool, it also keeps your pool safe from liabilities (such as children or other unwanted visitors). Studies have shown that isolation fencing (pool fences) vs. property barriers (perimeter fencing) to be much more effective in reducing the rate of acidental drowning. Additionally, certain types of fencing are more effective at keeping children out than others. Specifically, easily-climbed fences with ample visibility such as chain link fences are much less effective pool barriers than non-climb fences. AN example of non-climb fecne is ornamental aluminum fences which allow for visibility, yet are unable to be scaled. Not to mention, great fence looks! To ensure safety, states have imposed pool fence laws and regulations regarding very specific pool barriers. 

pool fence

Virginia has imposed the following Pool Fence Codes.

All outdoor pools, spas, and hot tubs with a depth of over 2 feet (24 inches) require a fence/barrier enclosurement around it. The enclosure must be non-climbable, and a minimum of 48 inches above completed ground level.

Details of Pool fence Regulations:

Non-climbable barriers are required

  • Solid barriers, such as brick walls, must have no protrusions or indentations.
  • Horizontal design elements less than 45 inches apart must be on the inside face; vertical elements must be spaced at 1 ¾ inches or less.
  • Horizontal design elements greater than or equal to 45 inches apart are permitted to be located on either side of the barrier; vertical elements must be spaced at four inches or less.
  • Openings which constitute a pattern capable of being climbable (such as chain-link) must be limited to 1 ¾ inches when measured horizontally.

Opening limitations

  • 2 inches maximum between ground level and bottom of the fence/barrier.
  • 4 inches maximum between the top of an above-ground pool and the bottom of the fence/barrier.
  • Less than 4 inches for all other openings that do not constitute a pattern of being climbable.
  • 1 ¾ inches (measured horizontally) or 1 ¼ inches (diagonally) for openings in chain link or lattice-type barriers or other barriers with diagonal design elements.

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  • Must meet non-climbable barrier requirements.
  • Must be self-closing/self-latching and swing away from the pool.
  • Latches must be 54 inches (4 ½ feet) from bottom and at least three inches from the top of the gate on the pool side.
  • There shall be no openings one half inch or greater within 18 inches of the latch.

Door Alarms

  • Must be labeled in accordance with UL 2017.
  • Must sound immediately and continuously for 30 seconds.
  • Must be heard throughout the house and reset automatically.
  • Must be capable of being deceived temporarily
  • Must be located 54 inches above the door threshold.

*Safety covers for spas and hot tubs meeting ASTM F1346 may be substituted for barriers*

Read more on pool fence maintenance at eHow

Pool fences are a vital safety component when you own a swimming pool. Many states, including New York and California, require that a fence be installed around a swimming pool as a way of preventing the accidental drowning of children and animals. Pool fences can be made of chain link, wood planks or other materials, but what they have in common is being susceptible to damage. As a pool owner, it requires some diligence to protect your fence and ensure it stays in top condition.


Topics: Residential Fence, Ornamental Aluminum, Pool Fence, Pool Gate Hardware, Regulations

Do I Need A Fence Permit In Richmond, Virginia?

Posted by Dawn Lowndes on Mon, Feb 28, 2011

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In Richmond Vignia the need for a fence permit varies depending on the zoning for the property on which the fence will placed. The height and type of fence being installed can affect this need as well. Typically, commercial and industrial areas are allowed to have a six-foot tall fence, whereas in a residential area, you are limited to four or five feet.

In most cases the City of Richmond does not require a building permit as long as the fence is not above six feet in height. The Zoning Administrative Office also allows an additional 1 ½ feet for fence posts, columns, and gates. If you intend on putting barbed wire on top of your fence, you must have that detail approved prior to the installation of your fence.

If the property is located in districts R-6, R-7 or R-63, fences cannot exceed four feet in height in front of the property. The front of the property is defined as the area between the street line and the main building wall. 

In addition, if the building is located in a historic area, the Commission of Architectural Review must approve the fence.

Before you begin any construction, it is always a good idea to have the property surveyed, so that the actual property lines are easy to identify. It’s never a good idea to build a fence only to find out that an entire side is on your neighbor’s property and needs to be removed and reinstalled. As well as a surveyor coming to the property, Miss Utility must also be called in to locate any underground utilities.

This information is pretty easy to find, if you know where to look. I went to the City of Richmond’s website www.richmondgov.com. From there I searched for fence in the Google search box and looked through the results until I found the information I was looking for.

If you are a homeowner you can go directly to the resident area and find your specific area of permit information.

If you have a home in the outlying areas of Henrico County or Hanover County you may follow the same method for reviewing fence permit needs or you may contact our Hurricane Fence Richmond office for immediate and professional assistance. As a locally owned and operated business we are very familiar with the Richmond Metropolitan Area fence permit needs.

Article contributed by fence professional Meagan Kenny.

Topics: Fence Permit, Regulations

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