Posts Tagged ‘Washington DC’

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.

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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!

Christmas in April

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

Recently Hercules Fence had the privilege of giving back to the Prince George’s County community and partnering with a University of Maryland sponsored organization called “Christmas in April”. Christmas in April looks for opportunities to help residents on and around the University of Maryland campus with needed repairs to their home and properties to both beautify the County, and assist its residents. Hercules Fence was contacted by Christmas in April who inquired if we would be willing to donate a new fence and gate to the front of the home during the renovations. Not only did we jump at the opportunity, but provided upgraded vinyl coated material, a brand new gate, and fence in the backyard as well. We worked with several other area contractors to make the job happen over the course of one rainy weekend, and are proud that we were able to serve a community that has given so much to us through over 50 years of business. Hercules Fence is proud of its partnership with Christmas in April, the University of Maryland, and Prince George’s County.


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Hercules Fence helps restore the National Mall

Saturday, June 26th, 2010

There are high-profile jobs, and then there are HIGH-PROFILE jobs.  In the U.S., it doesn’t get much higher than the National Mall in Washington, DC, so you’ll forgive us if we toot our own horn about the work we did there.

A lot has been made during the last few years of the deterioration of the Mall and its sites.  The wear and tear of 25 million visitors annually is showing as detailed by the Trust for the National Mall. The National Park Service, which maintains it, is developing a plan to give the Mall a facelift.  We were honored and happy to contribute to the mall’s revitalization by installing new fencing around some of the most hallowed and most visited landmarks in our nation including the Washington Monument, Lincoln and Jefferson memorials, and the Korean, Vietnam, and World War II memorials.

We oversaw the project from conception to completion. We selected an attractive chain-and-post design that steered visitors away from protected areas while still inviting them to visit the landmarks.  We then installed nearly three miles of custom fencing in the area.

Obviously, it’s easier for anyone to close off an area where a large project is in progress, but in such high-traffic area as the Mall, that’s hardly possible.  As you can see in the video and slideshow of the project, our skilled installers took great care and pride as they performed the task while sightseers continued to make their way around the monuments.

From fencing in the smallest yard to projects like this, Hercules Fence is up to the task and delivers expert service and same eye for functionality and aesthetics for all our customers.  Contact us to learn more.