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How to Choose the Best Ornamental Fence for Your Home

Thursday, September 6th, 2018
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If you’re looking to add an ornamental style fence, check out these tips for choosing the best kind for your home!

Surrounding your home with a fence is like putting the icing on top of the cake. Fences go a long way toward making your property look complete. If you’re looking to add an ornamental fence, check out these tips for choosing the best kind for your home! (more…)

High Security Ornamental Fence: The Best of Both Worlds

Thursday, June 16th, 2016
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High security ornamental fences keep you safe, and look good while they do it.

You’ve decided that you want to increase your property value and protect your home by installing a fence, but what material should you use? While there are many options that will all do the job, high security ornamental fences offer the winning combination of beauty and security. (more…)

Holiday Gift Extravaganza: Ornamental Fencing

Friday, November 16th, 2012

Are you preparing to have a fence installed as a holiday gift for yourself or someone else? If yes, ornamental fencing will make a superb holiday gift.

An ornamental fence can add the perfect hint of elegance to any home property.

Not only is this type of fencing beautiful, but also it’s high-strength and finished with powder coat made to protect rust and corrosion. This is beneficial to any fence owner because it provides the classic look of wrought iron while remaining low maintenance.

You can have an ornamental fence that’s spear-pointed picket or flat-top in style.

Hercules Fence will not only create a secure gate for you but also design a private gate with a heavy-duty safety latch to keep the family and home safe.

We guarantee only strong, durable and beautiful fences for our customers.

Let Hercules Fence install ornamental fencing for you this holiday season.

Review our fencing gallery here to get started on your holiday gift.

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How you can make your Yard fence part of your backyard design.

Friday, August 26th, 2011

Want to create the backyard of your dreams? Then look no further; we have the information and resources to assist you in your home and garden projects!

One great backyard project is choosing the perfect yard fence! The basic function of a yard fence is to mark a property, provide security and privacy. But the use of a yard fence does not have to stop at the basic purpose. Your yard fence can be beautiful and enhance the environment of your backyard design!

There are a range of ways to reach this goal and more.

For one, you can build a garden fence to keep your pets, rabbits, and deer out of your flowerbed. Building a garden fence is not only easy but it is inexpensive.

Some inexpensive types of garden fencing are post and rail or wire and mesh. These types of fencing are easy to erect. But what matters most in design are material and style.

Here are three great styles and material you can try in your backyard:

  1. Wood fences. This fence is a traditional yard fence that remains tremendously popular with homeowners. It is naturally beautiful because it is real wood. Wood styles of cedar, redwood or pine are great style choices to use.
  2. Vinyl fencing. This is an excellent fencing choice because: it can closely resemble wood. It is ultra-easy to care. It is long lasting and attractive. Many vinyl fencing require no treatment.
  3. Chain Link Fencing. It is a great traditional gray metal because it is inexpensive, sturdy and attractive.

Yard fences should be practical and ornamental. It does not matter if it is an old-fashioned picket fence, wrought iron spear or has a contemporary geometric design. A yard fence adds beauty while offering protection. The yard fence transforms over time but it never goes out of style. Read  this article from MyBackyardProjects.com for more information on Yard fence design.

If you have any questions or need installments, 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.

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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!

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.

Ironing out your fencing options

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

An arched metal gateIn our last post, we mentioned that you have a wealth of options when choosing a fencing material for your home and that some materials can be made to look like others.  This trend is especially prevalent in the area of wrought iron where less expensive metals are often substitutes.  Here are  a couple of them and how they improve on the original.

Aluminum

A good black aluminum fence can be a good stand-in for iron.  Aluminum is lighter but still durable.  You may not want it for heavy-duty security, but if you want matal fence that doesn’t require a lot of maintenance, aluminum is the way to go.  It’s probably the least maintenance-intensive of all your metal options.

Steel

In many ways, steel is the new iron.  It’s stronger than aluminum and not as heavy as iron.  It won’t corrode like iron will, so it too reduces the amount of maintenance you’ll have to perform.  Steel is so popular these days that it comes in a variety of color and styles.  It might be the best all-around option for ornamental fencing out there.

Powder coating

Powder coating is part of the secret to maintenance-free metal fencing.  The coating forms a transparent plastic barrier to the fencing material, which keeps the elements from reaching the material, but doesn’t detract from the look or peel away.  It virtually eliminates painting and can be applied to aluminum, steel, and even iron.

If you’d like to learn more about these products, contact us and we’ll walk you through your options.  We’re well versed in constructing and installing aluminum and steel fences (and iron, too), so we can help you whichever way you choose to do.