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What Is A Picket Fence?

Friday, October 6th, 2017
The American Dream: a house, a family, and a white picket fence.

The American Dream: a house, a family, and a white picket fence.

When we think of a classic American household, mainly people think of a nice home with 2.5 kids, maybe a family dog, and always a white picket fence out front. But have you ever thought about what exactly a picket fence is, where it comes from or why it became so popular for American families? (more…)

What is a Picket Fence, Anyways?

Friday, February 17th, 2017
picket fence

The picket fence actually has a long history behind it.

We all know that white picket fences are synonymous with classic Americana, but what exactly is a picket fence, and where did the term white picket fence come from? (more…)

Fences for Windy Areas

Thursday, July 21st, 2016
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If you live in a windy area and are worried about how it will affect your fence, chain link is your best choice.

When choosing the perfect fence to accent your home, complement your landscaping, and protect your house, it’s important to take into account the weather conditions where your home is located. If you live in a windy area or a place prone to hurricanes and severe weather events passing through, your fence design should allow air to flow through spaces in the fence while still providing some privacy. Here are some beautiful fence designs that are optimal for windy areas. (more…)

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.

Schedule an appointment with Hercules Fence to strengthen your pool safety by contacting Hercules Fence by calling (800) TU FENCE or click here today!

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3 Ways To Make The Best Choice For Your Backyard Fence

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

Are you in need of a backyard fence? If yes, you will want to make the best choice when getting a fence installed. It is not something you want to rush. Have a game plan and put some thought in choosing your backyard fence. Read now to learn what actions you should take to make the best choice for your backyard fence.

When purchasing and installing a backyard fence, there are three important things you need to think about: Function. Style.  Maintenance.

With function, you want your backyard fence to cover all your necessities as a homeowner of attractiveness, privacy and safety. A fence can make your garden or your backyard as a whole look better. A fence can also enhance your privacy and the safety of your family – pets included.

If your fence is installed and maintained properly, it is capable of increasing your curb appeal and property value.

The next thing you should take in account is the fence style. There are so many fence styles you can choose but you should choose one that fits your needs, your budget and complements the look of your home.

If your style needs to take in account privacy, a tall wooden fence works best for residential property.

If you are looking to enhance your safety at an affordable price, you may want to install a chain link fence.

If the sole purpose of your fence is to add charm and elegance to your home property, try an iron fence or picket fence.

No matter your needs and wants, there is always a fence out there for you – even if you have to install a customized fence.

Last but not least, you need to consider how much time you are willing to invest in maintaining the function and beauty of your fence.

If you install a wood fence, you will take more maintenance than other fencing. You will need to paint and stain it regularly. You will need to occasionally replace boards. If you are looking for a low maintenance fence, try installing vinyl fencing.

With this information you are sure to pick the best fence for your backyard. Hercules Fence is here to help.

Hercules Fence has a superb reputation for quality service and products. For example, we installed a fence for Harrison Tyler, one of the living grandsons of the 10th President of the United States, John Tyler. Hercules Fence does not only install residential, commercial and high-security, high quality fencing but also Hercules Fence donates products and labor to charities, as well as, ABC’s remodeling project called “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”

If you have any questions or need fence installments, 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!

Something there is that loves a fence

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

Robert Frost may have scoffed at his neighbor’s assertion that “good fences make good neighbors” in his poem, “Mending Wall,” but it’s clear that most homeowners prefer their fences anyway.  We recently contributed to an article in The Washington Times that found that fences are still very popular for homes.

However, the article also pointed out that the agreement seems to end there.  While most homeowners like fences, their style, material, and even reason for having a fence tend to vary.  Fortunately, there are many options to suit the variety of tastes.

It seems like a new material for fence building is coming out every day.  Last week, we blogged about using bamboo for fencing.  In addition to the traditional wood and wrought iron, there’s now vinyl and other metals.  It all depends on the look and how much maintenance one prefers.

There are also many reasons why homeowners want a fence in their yard.  Frost’s neighbor liked his to clearly define his property’s boundaries.  Others want the privacy and security that a fence can provide.  Some just like the look.  For many, it’s a combination.

Another result of the different fencing options is that you don’t have to sacrifice one reason for another.  You have choices that can afford you security without making your home look like a penitentiary.  There’s vinyl that looks like wood, aluminum that looks like iron, and more. Contact us and we’ll help you figure out which options work best for you.

As seen on HGTV’s “Curb Appeal”

Saturday, June 26th, 2010

When HGTV’s hit show, “Curb Appeal,” needed some help turning Jessica and Bryant Wilson’s plain, suburban home into an attractive, seaside-themed bungalow, it turned to Hercules Fence for a vital component.

One of the first things that designer Christopher Ralston identified to “bring the beach to the ‘burbs” at the Wilsons’ house was a white picket fence to “frame the yard and give it a classic look.”  We were honored to be called upon to handle this part of the project and flattered when Jessica Wilson said the yard looked like a movie set with the fence around it.

When you watch the video, you’ll see that the fence we installed wasn’t your traditional wood picket fence but rather one made of PVC vinyl and already assembled in sections.  This made it easy to install and even easier for the Wilsons to maintain.  It had all the look of a classic picket fence without the hassles of having to paint or replace old wood.

What you didn’t see in the video was “Curb Appeal’s” production schedule.  Installing the fence had to be precisely sequenced with all the other work going on and completed within a tight timeframe.  We were up to the challenge and extend such service to meet all of our customers’ needs.

The Wilsons’ relatives helped design and build much of the porch, its furniture, and the landscaping around the house.  We’re therefore doubly honored to be called in for what was very much a family project.  We now like to consider the Wilsons members of our extended family.  Contact us to lean how we can add curb appeal to your home.