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Aluminum Fencing Benefits

Saturday, May 24th, 2014

Fence InstallationWhen it comes to choosing a new fence for your home, the options can be overwhelming. Each type of fence that is available has something offer, and narrowing your choices can be difficult. A smart thing to do before buying a fence is to decide what exactly you want out of your fence. You then compare your needs to what each fence can offer you. An excellent option in fencing is aluminum fencing. Aluminum fences have many benefits that should be considered when deciding on a new fence.

  1. Security- Aluminum fencing is difficult to penetrate. Aluminum fencing is not easily cut and the picket design makes it difficult to climb.
  2. Rack-able- Aluminum fencing can fit with the form of your land if it slopes or raises.
  3. Affordable- Aluminum fencing is nowhere near the cost of a traditional iron fence and high quality materials aren’t outrageously priced.
  4. View- Aluminum fencing can be designed to not obstruct your view and is appealing to the eye.
  5. Maintenance- Aluminum fencing is low in the ways of maintenance and will last longer than most fences. The powder coating used to finish aluminum fencing doesn’t fade quickly and prevents scratches.
  6. Rusting- Aluminum doesn’t rust or deteriorate like other fencing materials.

At Hercules Fence, we have the experience in installing aluminum fencing. Our aluminum fencing can come in colors like hunter green, white, black, and bronze with pickets at 5/8″, 3/4″, and 1″. Our fences come in a number of grades and styles to suit your residential fencing needs. Hercules Fence has been a reputable name in the fencing business for over 50 years, beginning in 1955. We have grown to serve the areas of Maryland, Virginia, Washington DC, and North Carolina and take pride in the work we have done for both residential and commercial clients alike. We also take pride in our Signature Projects that include several area airports and a number of government locations.

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Benefits of a Privacy Fence

Friday, August 12th, 2011

Yes, privacy fences provide…privacy, but they also offer much more than that to a homeowner. As this insightful article on Estantres.org explains, there are many benefits to a privacy fence for your home:
1. Noise reduction. Privacy fences create a solid, or nearly solid, wall around your yard which will help deflect sound. If you live on a busy or noisy street, a privacy fence will provide some measure of quieting the din. If you already live in a relatively quiet area, you may find a solid fence will knock down the volume to almost nothing. You can’t cut out all noise, but choose a fence that has few gaps, such as a stockade style, and go for the tallest you can to get the most effective noise reduction.

2. Security. Any fence will provide a measure of security, but consider how thieves operate. They first scope out a location, looking for easy access and targeting a home that likely contains high-value items. If your property is surrounded by a privacy fence, they won’t have much luck in determining if your property contains anything worth stealing. And if they still decide to breach your property, a privacy fence is more difficult to climb over than a chain link fence.

3. Wind break. If you live in an open area with few other houses or trees around, you may find your outdoor belonging blowing around on windy days. A privacy fence can provide an excellent wind break and give you protection from strong gusts. It can be especially useful on chilly days or evenings when the wind would otherwise make it too uncomfortable to sit outside. Choosing a tall fence will provide the best wind breaking effects.

4. Beauty. A privacy fence will create a solid backdrop to your yard, blocking out views of your neighbor’s cluttered yard, or the parking lot behind your property, or the street littered with bits of garbage. Planting flowers or trees along the edge of a fence, such as a pure white vinyl fence or a beautiful, natural wooden fence, will lend a lot of beauty and serenity to your outdoor living space.

5. Investment. A privacy fence is a great investment in your property and will greatly help the resale value of your home, for all of the reasons given above. In addition, many families have pets and children, and any type of fence provides an extra degree of security and comfort for these families. Be sure to install fence latches high up, out of the reach of children. This will prevent them from leaving the safety of the backyard.

If you are considering installing a fence around your property, consider a privacy fence. There are many great companies out there that offer a wide array of options, including wooden, vinyl, bamboo and others in a vast array of prices. Even if you have an existing fence, you might be able to turn it into a privacy fence and gain all the benefits discussed above.

If you have any questions about getting your own privacy fence, contact Hercules Fence by calling (800) TU FENCE or click here today!

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A 4th of July Menu that will Set Your Barbeque Apart From The Crowd

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

Hamburgers and hotdogs. Been there and done that.

You want to make food that people will really enjoy. Give your friends and family a reason to pick your barbeque over all of the other 4th of July feasts taking place this weekend. But how can you put a unique flair on such a traditional day?

First Course

Every party needs finger foods – something for your guests to pick at while the main course is being prepared. But try to avoid serving chips and dip. You might as well just yell out, “I am boring and have no imagination!”

So here are a few, more imaginative ideas (try to spread out the snacks to keep people moving):

Kitchen: Sweet and Sour Meatballs in a crock-pot! Serve with small plates, napkins and toothpicks.

Living room: Build your own nachos. Include: Sour cream, Salsa, chopped olives, onions, guacamole, hot and mild and a good brand of tortilla chips. Add plenty of napkins and study paper plates to avoid spills.

Bar and Pool area: Since the majority of drinks are served in this area serve cheese flavored popcorn, and peanuts in their shells. This area should be spill and litter safe.

Dining Room Table: Selection of hard cheese and soft cheese spreads, grapes, pineapple wedges, melon balls and crackers.

Main Course

Make kabobs of chicken meat, onion, tomato and pepper for guests that aren’t into ribs. Place these on stick the day before the party and let marinate in your favorite sauce until party time. Required cooking time is only about 30 minutes. Cook the chicken after the ribs.

Sides
Place corn on the cob (in their hulls, but cleaned of silks) on the grill for 30 minutes.

Rice Salad:

Recipe: Cook your rice the day before the party. Add scallions, can mushrooms, red peppers, green olives and mayo to hold it all together. Hint: for a great leftover idea add frozen shrimp to the rice salad the next day!

Stuffed mushrooms:

Recipe: remove stem from cleaned mushrooms. Chop stems and sauté in 1 tab butter with chopped onion and green pepper. Remove from heat. Add breadcrumbs and mozzarella cheese, salt and pepper until mixture holds together. Fill mushroom caps with mixture, and bake at 350 degrees until juicy. Can be made ahead of time and just popped in the oven when guest arrive. Keep extra in the oven they stay warm and fresh for hours.

Pasta Salad (vegetarian dish):

Recipe: Tri-colored spiral pasta (wheat for fanatics) cooked but not mush! Onions, chopped tomatoes, marinated Artichoke hearts chopped, and Wishbone Italian dressing. Top with Parmesan cheese and refrigerate overnight

And of course, don’t forget the dessert. Have fun with it. Perhaps bake a red, white and blue cake? It is both patriotic and delicious.

If you have any questions, contact Hercules Fence by calling (800) TU FENCE or click here today!

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Effective Fences

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

Fence design/style contributes greatly to the overall aesthetic value of your home or place of business. But for the most part, a fences’ appearance is secondary to its overall purpose. After all, most fences are not built as decorations, but rather for a more direct purpose such as security, privacy, to establish borders, or to keep animals in (or out).

This article from eHow.com explains the various reasons (besides decoration) why people construct fences.

Privacy

Privacy fences are used to wall off your yard (or part of your yard) from the rest of the world. They tend to be tall, yet still aesthetically pleasing.

Security

The number one goal of a security fence is to keep intruders out of your yard or place of business. The most common form of this fencing is chain link with barbed wire, however there are more decorative styles of security fence with slightly more curb appeal. A high stone, brick or stucco wall provides a more decorative flair to your security needs. But these fences are still very formidable.

Keep Dogs in

If you have a dog or other pet, you know just how difficult it can sometimes be to keep them in the yard. One way to accomplish this is to install a fence. This will allow you to let your playful puppy run free without having to worry about him/her running away. This can be done with a short chain link fence or a more eye-catching PVC fence.

Keep Deer out

If you live in a suburban area with a high deer population, you know just how annoying it can be to have your fruit trees or vegetable garden constantly invaded. But you will need to make sure your fence is tall enough (at least 8 feet), because deer love to jump.

Whatever the reason, a fence can be a very nice addition to your home. Fences serve specific purposes while still adding to the overall aesthetic value of your home or business. What else can do all that? If you have any questions, contact Hercules Fence by calling (800) TU FENCE or click here today!

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Decorating Your Backyard Fence

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

If you are looking for a way to spice up your backyard, look no further. We have the perfect solution for you. You can decorate your backyard fence to add an extra aesthetic touch to your yard. This article from eHow.com explains how you can turn your boring fence into the focal point of your entire backyard.

You want your yard to feel as cozy as any room inside your home, correct? Well, do you leave your walls bare and boring inside the house or do you spice them up a bit with pictures, paintings and other decorations? Yea, I thought so.

Why not give your backyard fence the same attention? After all, the interior of your fence acts the same way as the interior of your walls.

How to get started…

  1. Measure your fence. Determine how much of it you want covered with your outdoor wall décor.
  2. Brainstorm for a decorating theme. Good outdoor themes include motifs like sun and moon, grape growing or under-the-sea if your fence is by a pool. Write down your ideas on your spiral notebook, naming some possible pieces that you want like a wall fountain, a sundial or terra cotta plaques.
  3. Shop for the pieces and supplies you’ll need for your project. Purchase the pieces from your list. If you don’t find everything that you’re looking for, but do find comparable pieces instead, buy those as your budget permits.
  4. Create a sketch of your backyard gallery in your drawing pad. This allows you to see how all the pieces will fit together in the composition. All the pieces you purchased from your shopping spree should be on the sketch. The rough measurements between the pieces as well as how much space in inches each piece is going to take up should also be on the sketch. Don’t forget to add the areas where you plan to stencil on designs.
  5. Prepare your fence by sanding down any rough spots and washing it down.
  6. Paint the fence as your decorating plan dictates. This includes the stencils. Let dry.
  7. Mark your back fence using pieces of masking tape. Then use your markers to write the name of the piece that goes on that piece of tape. The tape is the marker for your nails.
  8. Drive nails into the fence where you have placed masking tape markers. For heavier pieces like a fountain, you may need multiple nails or even some sort of heavy-duty wire.
  9. Hang each piece in your backyard fence gallery according to your sketch and the places marked by the pieces of tape.
  10. Assess your gallery to determine if you have enough pieces, too many or not enough. If you have too many, take some down. If you have too few, go buy more pieces or rearrange the pieces you do have until the gallery is just right.

Now your backyard is complete. If you have any questions, contact Hercules Fence by calling (800) TU FENCE or click here today!

How To Protect Your Wooden Fence Posts From Rotting

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

Your new wooden fence looks great now, but if you do not properly maintain it, it will not last very long. Sun, wind and especially water can wreak havoc on your fence. But a little preventative maintenance can go a long way to extend the life of your wooden fence.

While simple staining and powerwashing will work wonders to protect your wooden boards, your fence posts are still at risk. But there are measures you can take to ensure your posts last as long as the rest of your fence.

This article from eHow.com explains how to protect your fence posts from rotting.

1.   Remove the wood fence post from the ground. If your fence posts are set in cement, dig under the cement to form a pocket beneath the bottom of the wood post.

2.   Dig a hole with a shovel about 10 inches beneath the area where the fence post will rest. Add about 10 inches of gravel to the hole. Gravel is a loose rock that supports the wood fence post but creates drainage, eliminating pooling of water beneath the wood posts. Pooling water saturates the buried and ground level portion of the wood post, hastening decomposition of the wood.

3.   Paint with a paintbrush the entire wood fence post with a waterproofing sealant intended for exterior wood, such as decks and fences. Paint the portion of the fence post that will be beneath the ground. You can use a garden sprayer to spray the wood sealant if preferred. Home improvement stores sell wood sealant as well as rent and sell garden sprayers for your outdoor projects. According to Ron Hazelton’s Housecalls, when wood absorbs water, it expands. Once it dries, it contracts. This expansion and contraction causes the wood to crack. Cracks allow moisture inside of the wood, which leads to rot.

4.   Pour waterproofing wood sealant into a bucket and immerse the end of the wood fence post that will be buried below ground into the sealant. Allow the post to remain in the sealant overnight. According to We Build Fences, untreated wood posts buried below ground have shorter lifespans because of rot.

5.   Install, according to your method of choice, the waterproofed and sealed wood fence post on top of the gravel drainage layer placed in the fence hole.

If you have any questions, contact Hercules Fence by calling (800) TU FENCE or click here today!

The ornamental steel option

Saturday, February 5th, 2011

Probably the most popular alternative to wrought iron fencing is ornamental steel. It has all the strength and security you expect from steel but can be made to look just like a stylish wrought iron fence. The secret to its success is an electrostatically applied powder coating that protects the metal to keep it from rusting.

Many different styles of ornamental steel are available, and it comes in the colors of black, white, bronze, and dark green. The coating mentioned earlier allows the fencing to come with a 12-to-15-year-extended warranty. It’s truly the best option when it comes to achieving the look of wrought iron.

Contact us to learn more about ornamental steel. It’s the best wrought alternative you’ll find, and we’re experts at installing it.

Timing counts for galvanized fences

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

Not all galvanized chain-link fences are alike. Among the other factors affecting chain-link wire is whether it was galvanized before or after it was weaved into a mesh fence. The fence could either be, simply, galvanized after weaving (GAW) or galvanized before weaving (GBW). This page explains the difference well.

GAW fencing is coated with zinc after the wire has been woven into mesh and is the most popular option. GBW fencing involves coating the wire with zinc before the mesh is woven from it. With GBW fencing, the ends of the wire where it’s cut are not fully coated whereas all of GAW fencing is coated. There is debate, however, over how much of a difference this distinction makes.

If you’d like to learn more or begin choosing the right fencing for your needs, contact us. We’ll help guide you based on your situation, and then install the fence to your satisfaction.

What coats your chain-link fence?

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

When looking at chain-link fencing, you’ll encounter lots of talk about galvanized material, hot-dip galvanizing, and vinyl coating.  All three deal with coating a steel or iron mesh fence in order to prevent rusting and corrosion.  Yet they are different processes.

Galvanizing – A coating of zinc is applied through electroplating to protect the mesh.

Hot-dip galvanizing – A thicker zinc coating is applied by immersing the mesh in molten zinc

Vinyl coating – Vinyl is used instead of zinc to protect the mesh allowing different colors and better resistance to rust under some conditions.

Another thing to consider is that these processes aren’t mutually exclusive.  Galvanized fencing can also be coated with vinyl, although this is a pretty expensive option.  To look more at these options and their pros and cons, contact us.

Get the right gate

Sunday, January 2nd, 2011

Like most other aspects of a chain-link fence, you have a few options when it comes to choosing a gate for it. This page summarizes the primary choices you’ll need to consider.

Walk-through or drive-through
This mainly concerns the width of the gate. Will you need to allow a car to drive through the gate or not. Typically, a walk-through gate consists of one panel and will allow a person or possibly a lawnmower to move through it. A drive-through gate usually incorporates two panels that latch in the center.

Swing or sliding
A swing gate pivots on a hinge like a door, while a sliding gate operates sliding glass door by moving along the fence. While swing gates appear in either walk-through or drive-through varieties, a sliding gate is almost exclusively used in a drive-through context. Sliding gates are ideal for incorporating electronic opening systems.

For all your fencing needs, contact us. He handle gates as well fences, and materials of a kind from chain-link to vinyl to wrought iron to wood.