Posts Tagged ‘PVC vinyl’

Vinyl Fence to Combat Summer Storms

Friday, June 13th, 2014

June 1st marked the beginning of the hurricane season and for those along the East Coast, all has been quiet. There have been outbreaks of isolated thunderstorms throughout the regions, but nothing too serious to report. With that being said, we have only just begun. Weather teams have predicated a slow hurricane season this year, but that doesn’t necessarily mean an easy season. There is always the potential to have a few very strong storms or hurricanes hit, which could cause more damage than a number of smaller storms. Before any serious storms hit the area, it’s a smart idea to begin preparing your home for whatever could lie ahead. One of the ways to get your property storm-ready is by installing a new PVC vinyl fence.

So why a PVC vinyl fence and not a wooden or chain link fence for your home? For a few reasons:

  1. PVC vinyl fencing is made by a co-extrusion process. This makes the fence solid when strong winds blow in.
  2. A vinyl fence won’t become warped after long or constant exposure to rain like other fencing. Vinyl fencing won’t rust after being exposed to heavy rain either.
  3. After a severe storm you may come outside to find dirt, leaves, branches, and other debris stuck to your vinyl fence. Not to worry, that can be removed by some soapy water and a quick squirt of the hose.
  4. Vinyl fencing is also ideal for privacy, which helps to keep debris from entering your yard during a storm.
  5. Should you yard flood during a storm, a vinyl fence will not be damaged by the pooling water.

In an area like Maryland where the weather tends to have a mind of its own, a vinyl fence that can withstand the elements is never a bad idea. At Hercules Fence, we specialize in the installation of PVC vinyl fencing and offer a variety of styles for vinyl fencing.

With 6 convenient locations, including our Jessup, Maryland facility, Hercules Fence is the name you trust when choosing a fence that can withstand a storm. To get started with our Maryland location, call us at 410.799.1555 or click here for our locations list.

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Summer Fence Options from Hercules Fence

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

custom wood privacy fenceSummer is on its way, which means plenty of time outside in the sun is ahead. Maybe this is the first summer your son or daughter is old enough to play in the yard alone. This could be the summer when you decide to finally get the puppy you have always wanted, or it’s possible you finally have time to replace the fence that has been on your list since the winter. How do you possibly decide which is right for you? Let Hercules Fence help.

Some things for you to consider while making your decision are:

  1. Budget-How much am I willing to pay?
  2. Privacy-Do I want the public to see into my yard?
  3. Materials-Do I need to keep something in or just need decoration?

Let us also look at specific scenarios for needing a fence. If you are buying a fence for the purpose of keeping a dog within a yard, a PVC vinyl fence would be the best option. At Hercules Fence, we use only the most durable material when installing a PVC fence. This will prevent your dog from climbing over the fence or chewing on the fence if he/she gets bored. A PVC vinyl fence would also work well with children in the yard. The fence won’t warp and it will be difficult for them to do any damage to the material. Climbing will also be tough to do as well. A vinyl coated chain link fence from Hercules Fence would suit a child well too. The coating prevents any rusting or damage to take place and will also prevent the child from climbing out of the yard. Anything with larger space like wood railing would be a danger to a child.

If the goal isn’t to keep something in, but to decorate your yard, try a custom wood or ornamental aluminum fence. An aluminum fence compliments any type of landscaping and is able to withstand the elements with little upkeep. A custom wood fence allows you to add a rustic feel to your home, and privacy too if you choose. Wood fences can be used as privacy fences and can be treated or untreated to suit your decorative needs.

At Hercules Fence, we strive to ensure that you choose the fence that’s right for you. With 6 convenient locations, you are sure to find the fence of your dreams with Hercules Fence. Call or visit the location nearest you. Offices are located in:

  1. Jessup, MD
  2. Manassas, VA
  3. Raleigh, NC
  4. Newport News, VA
  5. Richmond, VA
  6. Norfolk, VA

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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 explains the various reasons (besides decoration) why people construct fences.


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.


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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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!

Residential Fencing

Monday, March 21st, 2011

Hercules Fence specializes in a wide range of options to best fulfill your residential fencing needs. They offer chain link or custom wood fences, ornamental aluminum or steel fences, galvanized and vinyl-coated chain link options and PVC vinyl fencing.

For more detailed information about each fencing type, please visit Hercules Fence for everything and anything you could possibly want.

The experienced professionals at Hercules can even design and install your automated home gate system. They will analyze the opening size, style of fence and gate, distance from the dwelling(s), road surface material, entry mechanism, exit mechanism and safety concerns before recommending the right gate and operator for your intended purpose.

At Hercules, they give you all the facts to make your purchase easier. Unlike other companies, Hercules takes the time to work with the customer to make sure they get exactly what they want/need.

There is a reason Hercules has been in business for more than 50 years.

Hercules Fence prides itself in having installed fencing at some of the most prestigious places in the world, as well as for many government agencies and well-known businesses.

So why not trust Hercules Fence with your residential fencing needs?

To learn more about residential fencing, please contact Hercules Fence 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.