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What are the benefits of high security gates for residential properties?

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

Double Swing Gate operator with Pedestal

Are you a homeowner in search of reliable, secure residential fencing options?

If yes, you’ve come to the right place. Hercules Fence offers a wide range of options when it comes to residential fencing designs. From a chain link fence to steel fencing, you’ve got just what you need.

We design home-automated gate systems to provide homeowners aesthetic, convenient gate operator systems. We analyze the size of your property to identify the best style of fence and gating for your property needs.

What types of gates are available for homeowners desiring high security gate installations?

There are three high security gates designed for enhancing home security:

  • The picket fence. Yes, a picket fence is a great security fence for the home because it can feature a heavy wooden gate that’s not only attractive but also durable enough to keep intruders out and loved ones safe within your property. The picket fence style can offer both manual and automatic gate entry. This is a low maintenance fence, if the wood is treated annually.
  • Security barrier gates. With the use of subtle colors, you can provide your home an attractive look while reaping the benefits of excellent security.
  • Maximum security gating. If you prefer a very industrial feel to your home exterior design, maximum-security gates may be your best fit. It’s a perfect gate product for driveway entries.

Hercules Fence is here to help you identify your security needs so we may create the security fence of your dreams.

We can design custom gates solely for pedestrian access or vehicle access. It’s up to you.

Here at Hercules Fence we are dedicated to producing high quality residential fencing, commercial fencing and high security fencing.

Our gate entries can feature:

  • Transmitters
  • Push-button
  • Touch pad
  • And Touch pad with intercom

You should never feel like you have to sacrifice your home security to ensure a home appeal that’s practical and aesthetically pleasing. You can have total access control security and still maintain a stylish gate.

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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.

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.

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Throwing a Father’s Day Barbeque: Recipe Ideas

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

With Father’s Day right around the corner, many children (and some mothers) are scrambling to find the perfect gift. But what does your dad want? The truth is that most fathers want nothing more than to sit back and relax this Father’s Day. So instead of giving your dad an elaborate (and probably expensive) gift, give him something he will really enjoy – a nice relaxing backyard barbeque. Because let’s be honest, the one thing most dads like more than relaxing is food.

So this Father’s Day, take your dad to his favorite place to eat – his backyard. Below you will find two delicious recipes perfect for your Father’s Day celebration.

1) Best Ever Barbeque Burgers

These grilled burgers taste like gourmet, infused with a saucy blend of sweet onion, garlic, pepper, tomato, steak sauce and crispy breadcrumbs, and are sure to turn your next cookout into one to remember.


1 sweet onion, chopped

1 green bell pepper, chopped

4 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed

1 tomato, chopped

2 tablespoons steak sauce

2 pounds ground beef

1/4 cup dry bread crumbs

Salt and pepper to taste

Cooking Instructions

  1. Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat and lightly oil grate.
  2. In a blender or food processor, gradually place sweet onion. green bell pepper, garlic and tomato. Blend into a thick liquid. Mix steak sauce into the mixture.
  3. Pour the blended mixture into a large bowl. Place ground beef into the bowl, and thoroughly mix together. Set aside approximately 15 minutes.
  4. Mix again if liquid is present, then gradually introduce dry bread crumbs until the ground beef mixture is firm enough to form hamburger patties. Salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Form the ground beef mixture into hamburger patties. Cook on the prepared grill to desired doneness.

2) Grilled Chicken and Mango Kabobs

Succulent chunks of chicken, drizzled in a honey-lime marinade and skewered with sweet mango, are as pleasing to the eye as to the palate and bring a taste of the tropics to your kitchen island.


1 tsp (5 mL) grated lime rind

1/4 cup (50 mL) lime juice

2 tbsp (25 mL) vegetable oil

3 cloves garlic, minced

2 tsp (10 mL) chili powder

1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt

1/4 tsp (1 mL) cayenne pepper

3 boneless skinless chicken breasts, 1 lb (500 g) total

2 tsp (10 mL) liquid honey

2 mangoes

1 sweet red pepper

1 small red or sweet onion, cut into 1-inch (2.5-cm) chunks

Cooking Instructions

  1. In small bowl, whisk together lime rind and juice, oil, garlic, chili powder, salt and cayenne pepper.
  2. Cut chicken into 1-inch (2.5-cm) cubes; place in separate bowl. Pour half of the marinade over top and toss to coat; let stand for 20 minutes. Stir honey into remaining marinade; set aside. (Make-ahead: Cover and refrigerate separately for up to 4 hours.)
  3. Meanwhile, cut off mango flesh from each side of pit. Cut grid pattern of 3/4-inch (2-cm) squares in flesh of each side down to (but not through) skin. Gently push skin to turn inside out; cut off flesh. Chop any flesh left on pit.
  4. Core, seed and cut red pepper into 3/4-inch (2-cm) pieces. Onto each of 4 long or 8 short skewers, alternately thread mango and red pepper pieces; brush with half of the reserved honey marinade.
  5. Alternately thread chicken and 2 or 3 onion pieces onto each of 4 more long or 8 short skewers. Discard marinade used for chicken. Place kabobs on greased grill over medium-high heat; close lid and grill, turning and basting chicken once with remaining honey marinade until fruit is softened and chicken is no longer pink inside, about 8 minutes.

Substitution: Use a small cantaloupe instead of the mangoes.

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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 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!

Hercules Fence’s High-Security Fencing

Friday, February 25th, 2011

Hercules Fence is very proud to offer high-security fences to cater to many different needs. Our experience includes work with secure chain link fencing, crash-rated barriers, anti-terrorism cable and even ornamental anti-climb fences.

Hercules Fence is experienced in the most secure chain link fences around today. Many of our fences are equipped to handle fiber optic motion sensors, as well as security cameras. We are also very adept at double row fence systems with razor ribbon and concertina wire. Gates of any size or shape can also be made for your needs.

Without having to compromise the rich look of iron fencing, our high security ornamental fences offer the best of both worlds. Whether you are looking for an anti-climb curved ornamental fence or decorative iron fence with cable reinforcement, Hercules Fence is a leader within this specialized field of fencing.

Hercules Fence has also become very experienced in constructing crash-rated barriers. We have installed the following crash tested products: slide gates, pop-up barriers, lift-arm gates, and all types of bollard systems.

We have many different types of cables and fences to fit your needs, such as our Anti-Terrorism Cable. Depending on the specification of your job, we can fit your needs. Hercules Fence offers all shapes and sizes of cables that can attach to both chain link fences and ornamental fences.

For any high-security fence questions of needs contact Hercules Fence toll free at 1-800-395-9597 or here.

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.

Chain-link lesson

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Once you’ve decided you want a chain-link fence over wroght-iron, wood, or PVC vinyl or any other type of fencing, you may think you’ve made your final decision. However, there is a lot more to chain-link fencing to consider, and over the next few weeks we’ll look at those aspects using this article as a guide. First up, are the major components of a chain-link fence.

  • Fabric: The fabric is the “body” of a chain-link fence that fills in the space between the framework. Fabric comes in different gauges and with different coatings.
  • Framework: The framework is the metal poles that support and anchor the fabric. It too comes in different gauges.
  • Fittings: The fittings attach the fabric to the framework and come in many different shapes and sizes.
  • Gates: Not all fences have gates, but many do, and there are different designs to meet multiple purposes.

To learn more about chain-link fencing or to have a fence installed, contact us. We tell you more it and help you decide which options are right for you.

Gate access systems

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

If you decide to have a gate installed for your driveway, one decision you’ll soon have to make is what access system you want.  Ease of entry and security are the two main, and sometimes opposing, factors to consider.  Here are some of your options.

Transmitter and pushbutton systems minimize the hassle you and your guests experience when entering your driveway.  The gate can open either when a car approaches or when the driver pushes a button. Obviously, when it comes to security, these options don’t offer much more than the simple presence of a gate.

Touch pads require a code be entered correctly for access and obviously provide a homeowner much more security but aren’t as easy for guests to deal with.  An intercom system combined with a keypad is a good compromise that lets you open the gate for guests from inside.  Swipe card access systems are mostly used by commercial clients but we can install these for residential clients as well.

There are a few notification/remote options available.  Homeowners and open gates with a button inside the home.  They can also be notified through a dedicated phone line or via a cell phone.

If you’d like more information on driveway gates or these access options, contact us. We can demonstrate these options and help you figure out the right system for you.

Do you need a driveway gate?

Friday, October 8th, 2010

The reasons for installing an automated gate for your driveway may initially seem obvious. They provide added privacy and security for your home and can make your property more attractive. But there are a couple other benefits of gates that you may not have considered.

Keeping things in
Gates can be a great way of keeping children and pets from getting out of your yard. When someone is coming and going, it gives you the chance to make sure you know where the kids and animals are and restrain them if necessary.

Keeping things out
People aren’t the only things homeowners want to keep out of their yards. Many spend a lot of money on tall fences to keep deer out only to leave wide opening for them at the driveway. Tall gates that compliment a deer fence are available and effectively keep deer out.

If you’re looking into an automated gate for your driveway, contact us. We’ll work with you to lay out your options based on your goals, and install the right gate for your home.