Swinging for the Fences

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On a spring afternoon, the roar of rush hour is split by the crack of a baseball bat, and the ball soars away from home plate. The crowd of cheering high school kids is on its feet as the ball sails over the outfield and heads towards a street full of speeding cars. Fortunately, there is a 30-foot-tall net to catch it before it reaches the traffic, potentially breaking a windshield and causing a collision.

 

The factor that keeps that net up there in the wind, ready to snag a home run, is a contractor who knew how to pay attention to the details. Sports complexes and athletic fields are projects that go beyond simple fences. They use all the familiar tools but stretch the fence-maker’s skills. They can also require the contractor to come in at the beginning of a project rather than the end, work closely with other trades, and play a defining role in creating the site.

 

Is sports fencing a specialty? That depends on who you talk to.

“SOME EXPERTISE GOES INTO IT.”

Chris Osmer, Vice President of AFA-member company Professional Fence Co., believes that it’s a specialized application of fencing. His company won the 2019 AFA PRO Award in the Commercial Multi-Use category for their work on the Spalding University athletic complex in Louisville, KY.

 

“I would say that there is some expertise that goes into it. You have to have an understanding of the sport, how it’s played, and how our products are going to interact with the players and the game itself. Once you have that fundamental knowledge, it’s easier to apply fencing knowledge and experience to it.”

 

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The Spalding University project is a 7.5-acre site in downtown Louisville. Mortised neatly into this rectangle are two soccer fields (which double for lacrosse and field hockey), a softball diamond, batting cages, and a small parking lot. To keep the games from spilling into the surrounding neighborhood, the fields are fenced with 20-foot-tall netting around each soccer area. The softball diamond has an 8-foot tall chain link field fence backed up by 20-foot-tall netting, and a 30-foot-tall net backstop. The netting systems are retractable so they can be removed easily (without a cherry-picker) for off-season storage. Chain link surrounds the pitcher’s bullpen and protects the fronts of the dugouts. The batting tunnels are netting on four sides and the roof. The entire property is bounded by ornamental aluminum fence, including a main gate with brick pillars. Professional Fence installed all of it including the netting systems.

“The unique thing about these athletic complexes,” comments Osmer, “is that we’re generally there from start to finish. We’ve got to help start the project to establish the fields.” This is in contrast to most other jobs where, he says, “we’re the last guys out there.”

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The first installations on the project were the softball field fence posts and the sleeves for the netting posts. “The way that these fields are built with synthetic turf, they pour a concrete curb around the outside, which encases the sleeves that our netting posts slide down into. It’s a similar thing with the chain link fence that goes around the softball fields. So it’s pretty critical that we’re getting the correct fence-line in place and getting the correct elevations, because every other contractor is piggy-backing off our work.”

 

“In this instance,” adds Osmer, “we did perimeter ornamental fencing around the entire complex as well,” which was one of the last things constructed, “so we were kind of wire to wire on this job.”

 

Since they were involved virtually throughout the project, they had to coordinate with other contractors to an unusual degree. Because of this, Osmer feels that good collaborative skills are vital to doing sports fence projects. “The most important thing is to be able to work with other contractors on the job, and being able to communicate well with them. Communications are key.”

 

Professional Fence had done sports complexes before, including tall netting. The only aspect of this project that was new to them was the retractable system. “We’re not scared to try something new,” Osmer explains. “The more you work with new things, the more you learn, the better you get.” His team also installed padding on the low wall at the base of the softball backstop, attached with a velcro-type system so it can be removed to minimize weathering.

 

As to the installation work, Osmer says, “the most important thing is to not cut corners. It’s easy for people to get out there and get in a rush and skip over minor details, but when you’re working with other contractors and under some unique circumstances, you need to make sure you’re detail-oriented about it.”

“A FENCE IS A FENCE”

Rob Greene, co-founder and president of AFA-member Martin Fence Company, believes that the difference in sports projects is only one of degree. “Many times, it involves taller fences, backstops,” says Greene, “but technically a fence is a fence.” His company has “done our share” of sports projects, although they typically do not do tall netting, which Greene feels is really a specialty of its own.

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THE BIG DIFFERENCE

For an experienced fence contractor, the single biggest difference about sports projects is unquestionably the netting systems. Netting installations are on a larger scale than most fences, heavier products that operate under heavier loads. The poles are often 30–50 feet tall. They may be spaced up to 50 feet apart. They are bridged by cables to support the nets, strung under high tension to minimize sag. The netting itself is heavy and, although it appears to be mostly open area, can develop significant wind load.

 

There are specialists who only do netting installations, some of whom travel the country executing major projects. However, the essential skills are similar to fence work. Moreover, the systems are (usually) designed and engineered for the project, and the contractor is given a set of drawings and specifications to rely on.

 

Typically, netting hangs on its own set of poles. In situations where there is fence at the bottom of the netting, both can be installed inline on a single set of (really big) poles, but it is more common for them to have separate pole systems.

 

Horizontal cables are strung between the poles at top and bottom, and sometimes at a middle height as well. There are usually vertical cables along the length of each pole, too. The horizontal cables have to be under high tension to minimize sag, especially since the runs are often quite long. Netting gets clipped to the cables with netting clips or carabiners.

 

Manufacturers of the netting systems and other specialized sports equipment are generally ready to provide support, too. Larry Ball, Vice President of AFA-member Ball Fabrics, a major netting manufacturer, says that many companies in the industry, including his own, will provide turnkey packages: “Based on what you are trying to accomplish, we will tell you what pole size and spacing and foundations you need, and so forth. Typically, we will recommend what we feel would work best based on the conditions of the project, but if they need engineering, we leave it up to the customer to get a local engineer.” Among other things, a local engineer is better equipped to make the project meet state and local code.

 

Ball points out that the fence contractor is well-prepared to handle the first phase of a netting project, the posts. “You’re digging holes, pouring concrete foundations, and setting these posts. They may be a heck of a lot bigger than your typical fence post, but it’s still setting of a post.”

 

The next stage, running the cable, engages more specialized knowledge. “There are tricks to the trade, for example, about how tight do you get it. Some people will use come-a-longs to tighten the cable, and then clamp it off; some use turnbuckles to tighten the cable. There are some guys who like the cleaner look of clamps, but if you use a turnbuckle and two years from now you have a little bit of stretch in that cable and a little bit of sag in that netting, you can tighten up the tension in that turnbuckle and get some of the sag out.”

 

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On the long runs between netting posts, some sag is inevitable, so evening out its effects is an important task. Where the sag is greatest, in the middle of a run, extra net builds up at the bottom. One approach is to roll up the extra around the bottom cable and tie it in place, but “that’s not the best look,” according to Larry Ball. “The way a lot of guys do it for optimum aesthetic effect is to cut the net and re-lace the bottom roping, customizing the height in the field. That’s the only way you can get the look that it was cut perfectly for that job.”

 

His advice for fence contractors approaching their first netting project is, “First and foremost, make sure you either check with an engineer or get assistance from the netting supplier, but make sure that you use the right size post and foundation. Undersized posts and foundations can end up costing a lot of money.”

 

“JUMP IN”

In fact, checking with the supplier is advice offered on many sides. Heidi Claeys, National Sales Manager for AFA-member Douglas Industries, the Eldridge, IA-based manufacturer of a wide range of sports equipment, feels that contractors are needlessly put off by the unfamiliarity of some of the materials. Since the spec lays out the tasks, the only real obstacle may be finding the right materials to meet that spec in a market that he’s not familiar with. “I think one of the biggest barriers to fence contractors,” she suggests, “is that they don’t have a good contact to provide what was specified. They might come across a job where they’re only putting up the fence, although there may be a batting tunnel frame and windscreens and other products to install too, but they just pass on it because they don’t know anything about it.” A manufacturer has every incentive to help fill that knowledge gap and make the project work. Claeys sees it as a potential way for the fence contractor to add to his revenue stream. “If they just dove into it, they’d probably realize that everything is laid out that they need to do, and they just need to be willing to jump in and try it.”

 

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Avoid Fence Repair Scams After Storms

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You walk outside after a storm, and there you see it. Among the fallen limbs and other debris, you find your fence lying on its side. As cleanup begins, you may also be solicited by contractors who want to repair your fence. Sometimes called “pickup truck bandits,” these unlicensed contractors have been known to scam unsuspecting homeowners. You may find yourself with shoddy workmanship, or worse, they may take your deposit and never complete the job.

 

While it may be convenient to hire them on the spot, it may be worth your while to do a little homework first. As the homeowner, you are ultimately responsible for work done on your property. It can even affect the resale of your property down the road.

 

Rob Greene, the owner of Martin Fence Co. in West Palm Beach, advises you always ask for a copy of their licenses and insurance certification. They should not be offended. In fact, they should welcome your request.

 

What are some of the signs?

  • They ask for an abnormal amount of money upfront.
  • You or your neighbors have never heard of the company before.
  • You can’t locate reviews or other information about them on the web.

 

Questions you should ask a fence contractor:

  • Ask for a copy of their license and insurance certification.
  • Ask if they plan to pull a permit for the job.
  • Ask for references from other happy customers.

 

Look for contracting businesses with a physical presence in your area, such as a valid business location. Read online testimonials, check their ratings, and talk to friends or family to help you get an idea of their work.

 

Underground utilities

It is required that you check for utilities before digging. If your contractor does not follow the proper procedures outlined by Florida State Law, it could be dangerous, and leave you on the hook for any damages.

 

Permits

Make sure they plan to get permits when necessary. “Unpermitted work on your property must be disclosed to potential home buyers. It may scare away buyers, or cause you to have to discount your listing price”, says local real estate agent Nicholas Kukla.

 

“It doesn’t hurt to hire a contractor that’s been around for a long time,” says Martin Fence owner Rob Greene. “You can ask them for examples of their previous projects and ask around about their reputation. We have been serving people in South Florida for over 40 years. We use high-quality materials because they last longer and require less maintenance,” says Greene. “About 95% of those materials are made in America. Our projects and customers mean a lot to us, which is why we put so much passion and dedication into what we do.” You can view some of their work here.

 

To learn more about Martin Fence, visit martinfence.com.

The Benefits of Vinyl Fences

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Fences are crucial elements around properties that add beauty and improve security.

When you think about installing a fence, there are different options, ranging from wood, and chain link, to aluminum, bamboo, wrought iron, and vinyl.

Vinyl fences, which were first introduced into the market in the early 1980s, remain one of the best fencing options.

Here are some benefits of installing a vinyl fence on your property that will see you enjoy years of added-value and protection:

 

Vinyl Fences Are Durable and Affordable

Undeniably, vinyl fences will cost you more to purchase than wooden fences, but they are still more affordable than aluminum or wrought iron fences. They don’t require regular maintenance over time like repainting or anti-termite treatment, and are flexible enough to withstand the harshest elements.

These aspects help you to save some money in the long-term, which you can invest in other ventures.

 

Vinyl Fences Offer Freedom of Choice

Do you want to match the color of your fence with your landscaping or exterior décor? Vinyl fences enable you to do so quickly. They come in a myriad of colors, which allows you to pick your favorite color that meets your taste.

Also, you can mimic these fences to fit any design. There are vinyl fences that resemble wood and even stone to fit in with multiple design themes.

 

Vinyl Fences Are Non-Toxic

Vinyl fences do not require chemical treatments during or after installation, which makes them incredibly environmental-friendly. Plus, they are a product of recycled materials meaning there is zero wastage.

 

Why You Should Opt For Professional Vinyl Fence Installation

Vinyl fences have many benefits, but perhaps those that stand out are their durability, affordability, and eco-friendliness. For you to fully enjoy these benefits, we recommend that you consider professionals like Martin Fence Company to do the installation for you.

With our expertise, we can help you pick the right fence color and design, and you’ll get a limited lifetime warranty and professional landscaping advice that leaves you with a durable fence installation.

 

Contact us today to learn more.

Why You Should Install a Fence

fall fenceThere are several reasons for putting up a fence around your property, but perhaps some of the most stand-out reasons include security, privacy, and added value. Before installing a fence, you’ll need to consider each of the above reasons carefully to understand your fence’s primary purpose.

 

It is also advisable to engage professionals like Martin Fence to do the fence installation for you, to ensure that you get factors like the fence topography and local licensing and permit regulations right the first time around. Below we delve deeper into these benefits of fence installation and explore how they can help secure your property value in the long term.

 

Security

Whether you are in a high-crime-rate area or not, a fence allows you to have control of who can see and come into your property.

It stops intruders from gaining easy access to your property, and crucially, protects young children and pets from wandering from your property and getting lost.

 

Privacy

Different fences offer different levels of privacy.

If you are the kind of person that loves gardening, holding barbecues, or playing with your kids in the backyard without the inconvenience of prying eyes, a privacy fence provides the perfect solution. Choose from a vinyl, wood, concrete, or stone fence depending on the level of privacy you require.

 

Increase Your Property’s Value

Most property buyers look for fenced properties for security and privacy purposes.

Surrounding your property with a fence adds more value to your property and enhances its attractiveness, which makes it more likely to fetch a higher price if you ever decide to put it on the market.

 

In a Nutshell

Fencing is a good investment for your property that provides privacy, security, and adds aesthetic appeal.

If you’re thinking of fencing your property, reach out to the professionals at Martin Fence Company, and we will schedule a free on-site visit to discuss the details of your fencing project. 

Hiring a fencing contractor? Avoid these costly mistakes

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Choose the right fencing contractor

 

There are many meticulous tasks involved when installing a fence, such as delineating fence lines, digging proper post holes, mixing and safely placing concrete, and securely installing pickets or posts, to name a few. It’s a job for professionals. Search around for contractors that are licensed and insured, so you’re not held responsible for damages or injuries.

 

Look for contracting businesses that have a physical presence in your area, such as a valid business location. Read online testimonials, check their ratings, and talk to friends or family to help you get an idea of their work.

 

Choosing the right the materials

 

Many people are looking for a quick job and put little thought into what materials are used to build fences. Lower quality materials often fall apart sooner and cost more money in the long term to maintain and repair. One way to avoid this issue is to ask for samples of the material and ask questions about the long-term maintenance it will require.

 

Check for utilities

 

Schedule an appointment with potential contractors and don’t be afraid to ask questions, says Rob Greene, the owner of Martin Fence Co. in West Palm Beach. Check to see if the contracting company has permission to dig from local building officials. If you are planning to penetrate the ground in Florida, it is required that you check for utilities before digging. If your contractor does not follow the proper procedures as outlined by Florida State Law, it could be dangerous, and leave you on the hook for any damages.

 

Get the proper permits

 

The contracting company should also have relevant building permits. “Not having the correct permits could hold you up the real estate closing process when you go to sell your house. Unpermitted work on your property must be disclosed to potential buyers. It may scare away buyers, or cause you to have to discount your listing price”, says local real estate agent Nicholas Kukla.

 

Establish payment and project timelines

 

Before any work begins, discuss a timeframe with your contractor. Doing so will help you determine whom to contact should something go awry with the project. Discuss your payment plan also. Make sure you and your contractor are on the same page with all aspects of the project before proceeding further.

 

Finding and choosing the right contractor is not easy. You have to gather information, compare prices, and schedule meetings. However, taking the time and effort to find a good fit for you and your home will pay off in the long run.

 

“It doesn’t hurt to hire a contractor that’s been around for a long time,” says Martin Fence owner Rob Greene. “You can ask them for examples of their previous projects and ask around about their reputation. We have been serving people in South Florida for over 40 years. We use high-quality materials because they last longer and require less maintenance,” says Greene. “About 95% of those materials are made in America. Our projects and customers mean a lot to us, which is why we put so much passion and dedication into what we do”. You can view some of their work here.

 

To learn more about Martin Fence, visit martinfence.com.

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Learn More About the Benefits of Residential Fencing

Aluminum FenceIt’s essential to keep your home in good condition to realize the benefits of this asset in the long-term.

One of the best ways to ensure that your property is protected is to install a fence. Residential fencing is becoming increasingly popular, because it marks the boundaries to your home, providing a safe place to spend quality time with the family.

 

But are there other benefits of residential fencing? There are, and this article, we explore these benefits to put you in-the-know.

 

Enhances Security

 

Security is an essential reason to invest in residential fencing.

A fence keeps intruders out, protecting toddlers, young children, and pets from potential harm.  They also prevent trespassing and restrict wild animals from accessing your property.

 

Ensures Privacy

 

 Whether you’re holding a backyard barbecue for friends or watching a movie with family, a privacy fence gives you the peace of mind that your neighbors can’t see you.

This aspect of home ownership is so crucial that many homeowners won’t purchase a property without a fence or with a poorly-designed fence, as installing proper residential fencing guarantees privacy.

 

Adds Value to Your Property

 

A residential fence adds real value to your property, securing your investment.

If you placed your home on the market with residential fencing installed, you may sell quicker and get more for it than if you tried to sell it without fencing.

 

Reduces Noise

 

Noisy neighbors, car traffic, and construction all contribute to noise levels in the neighborhood.

A residential fence reduces outside noise by acting as a sound barrier. This quality keeps unwanted noise out of your backyard.

 

At Martin Fence Co, we’re committed to helping you explore fencing solutions that will help you to add value to your home and make it an enjoyable place to live.

 If you’re considering installing residential fencing, please feel free to contact us today.

Benefits of Installing a Vinyl Fence

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Vinyl fences first made their debut in the 1980s and, since then, have taken the fencing world by storm.

Many people are unaware of the advantages of vinyl fencing and, choose other fencing options.

 Vinyl fences have some genuine benefits, and deliver an affordable, low-maintenance, and durable fencing solution that will last you years.

 

What is Vinyl Fencing?

 

Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) or Vinyl fences consist of synthetic material made from chlorine and ethylene. Vinyl is also known as the “infrastructure plastic.”

 

The Benefits of Vinyl Fencing

 

Construction experts have noted that vinyl is five times stronger than wood.

Vinyl is incredibly durable, especially in harsh weather conditions, as the flexible yet firm material keeps them upright in rain, hail, or snowstorms. 

Vinyl fences are also incredibly easy to clean. All you need do is wash them down with some soap and water now and then to keep them clean – no staining, powder-coating, or painting necessary! 

 

Other key benefits include:

 

  • Resistant to UV light, moisture, and humidity – vinyl fences will not crack, chip, chalk, or fade whatever the weather
  • Variety – these fences come in a variety of colors and styles to match your home decor
  • Affordable – vinyl fences are cheaper than wood fences in the long-term
  • Durability – vinyl fencing is rot and pest-resistant, and will not corrode
  • Long life-span – a vinyl fence should last you 20 to 30 years with the right maintenance routine, backed by lifetime warranties

 

If you’d like to learn more about vinyl fencing and explore if it’s a viable solution for your property, please reach out to our experts.

At Martin Fence Co, we have more than 40 years of experience in the installation, maintenance, and repair of vinyl fences for all property types, and landscapes. Contact us today for a free estimate and site visit.

Benefits of Installing a Chain Link Fence

Chain Link Fence

Trying to decide which type of fencing will be ideal for your property can seem like an overwhelming task. A little knowledge can help you narrow down your property fencing options. Many property owners choose a chain link fence for all the benefits it offers. It is cost-effective, attractive, long-lasting, and it looks beautiful without blocking your view.

A chain link fence, also known as a mesh fence, is a woven type of fencing. It is ideal for enclosing a yard while creating well-defined property lines, keeping the property safe and protecting empty lots.

 

Long-lasting and durable

The major advantage of chain link fences is they are durable, tough and long-lasting. This also means that they are resistant to rotting damage and are not impacted by elements like other types of fencing can be. Also, the durable nature of the fence means fewer maintenance costs, so more money stays in your pocket.  

 

Easy set-up or installation

A chain-link fence can be set up or installed far quicker than any other type of fencing. This will drive down the cost for you as there will be fewer labor fees. 

 

Variety

Most people do not realize the availability of chain link fences available in the market.  They are available in a variety of colors, styles, and materials to match your specific needs and budget.

 

Custom designed to meet your security needs

Every property is different. Your security or fencing needs can be different from others.  Chain link fences can be easily designed to fit your security needs in a number of different ways. So, whatever may be in your mind, install this fence to match.

 

If you are looking for an excellent quality chain link fence, Martin Fence Co. has you covered. We have been in the fencing business for over 40 years. We provide various types of fences in a variety of heights, colors, and styles.

 

Get in touch today to know more about chain link fences.

Learn About Vinyl Fences

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Vinyl fencing made its debut in the 1980s and continues to grow in popularity. Vinyl fences are ideal for enhancing privacy, containing children and pets, improving curb appeal and delineating boundaries. Constructed from PVC (polyvinyl chloride), these privacy and decorative vinyl fences have the distinct advantage of being easy to maintain and come available in a variety of styles. Popular styles include picket, privacy, semi-privacy, and ranch rail. Crafted in a variety of rail sizes, colors, and decorative tops, Martin Fence Co. has the perfect design to complement your home, property, and investment. 

 

Whether for a residential home, farm, or commercial property, this versatile, sleek, and modern fencing solution will undoubtedly meet all your needs. Vinyl fencing is still safe, practical, economical and environmentally friendly. It is the perfect long-term fencing choice for a wide range of properties and applications.

 

Martin Fence Co. has over 40 years of experience in the installation, maintenance, repair of vinyl fences. Before installing, Martin Fence Co. will make sure that your fencing project complies with permitting and zoning codes specific to your area.

 

Contact us for a free estimate, and we shall arrange for a free site survey to explore the right fencing solutions for you. 

Aluminum Fencing

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Aluminum fencing provides all the aesthetic appeal and durability of a traditional wrought iron fence, but without the maintenance and expense. These fences come in a range of colors, designs, and heights, suitable for both residential and commercial properties.

 

If you want to up the value and security of your home or business premises,  consider using aluminum fencing.

 

Aluminum fencing is a beautiful addition to any property. It provides low maintenance containment while adding an aesthetic appeal that’s hard to beat. 

Many aluminum fences also have hidden screws and picket fasteners, which add to their beauty. These fences are also powder-coated, making them weather-proof and resistant to corrosive elements like rust.

 

Adding a gate to your aluminum fence is quick and easy, and makes them more convenient in terms of access and functionality. Expect to get fencing panels in colors like black, bronze, and white. Also in gloss or fine texture finishes.

The cost of aluminum fencing is lower than traditional wrought iron fencing.

 

Unlike wrought iron fences, which can rust and require maintenance, aluminum fences can go for years without repainting as they come with protective powder coats. To maintain the appearance of this type of fencing, you only need to wipe it clean of debris with mild soap and warm water.

 

If your property has a slope, you’ll want to install a rackable fence, since these types of fences are specifically designed to fit the slope of the land.

Aluminum fence installations allow you to conveniently overcome the terrain, reliably fencing off the land despite the slope. Racked fences adjust to the slope of the area without the need for stair-stepped sections, and “wrap around” the property, eliminating most gaps between the fence and the ground level.

They end up looking professional and importantly will contain pets, and other animals from creeping in beneath the fence.  

 

An aluminum fence will give you the peace of mind and protection you need for your property.

 

If you’d like more information about aluminum fencing, or to talk to an expert about whether this type of fence is the right choice for you, feel free to speak with us.

At Martin Fence Company, we have over 40 years of experience.

Contact us for a free estimate and site visit, to explore the right fencing solutions for your property. 

Tips for Hiring A Fencing Contractor

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Installing a fence is an excellent way to enhance the beauty, privacy, and security of your home or business. Contrary to what some may assume, fence installation is NOT a simple DIY project. Tasks include the ability to delineate fence lines with precision, dig proper post holes, mix and safely place concrete, securely install pickets or posts, etc. – a job that is best left to the professionals. 

 

Choosing the right fencing contractor is vital to the success of your fencing project. Consider the tips below when beginning the process of choosing a qualified fencing contractor

 

  • Research online to find local fencing contractors with a presence in your area. Do they have a professional business phone line and a valid physical location?

  • Get multiple written (not verbal) estimates to compare pricing.  

  • Read online customer testimonials.

  • Word of mouth – ask friends and family. 

 

 At Martin Fence Company we’ve been serving customers in South Florida and the surrounding areas since 1979. As members of the  American Fence Association, Better Business Bureau Martin County, and the AGC Southeast Florida Chapter, we are confident in our ability to deliver satisfaction on every fencing project. 

 

 

Look Out For Quality Materials And Expertise

 

Before getting started, a qualified contractor will first schedule an appointment with you to determine the best fence for your property, terrain, and individual needs. They’ll also seek permissions from local County officials and obtain the relevant permits.

 

Research your contractor’s expertise. How many types of fences do they offer? What materials do they recommend for any custom fence installation or repairs, and why? What do they know about installing and repairing, aluminum, vinyl, chain-link, and swimming pool fences? Do they have added access-control and security expertise? All these factors will point towards their overall competence.

 

 

Establish Project Timelines Contact Persons

This is probably one of the first things you should do with your chosen contractor. Should anything not go according to plan during the fencing project, you’ll know whom to contact, and what to dispute based on originally agreed milestones and completion times.

 

 

 Nail Down Payment Terms and Guarantees

 

And finally, consider the issue of payment. It’s essential to sort this out before any work begins.

  • What percentage deposit will your contractor require?

  • How and over what period will they expect you to pay the balance? 

  • Do they accept credit cards? Which ones?

  • Are they fully insured and do they offer any warranties on their work?

 

 

Wrapping It Up

 

Choosing a fencing contractor takes some effort, but it will pay off in the long run!  You’ll want to consider their expertise and experience, price, project and payment terms, accreditation, previous customer reviews, and warranties offered. 

 

At Martin Fence Company, our projects and customers mean a lot to us. As qualified and fully insured fencing contractors with over 40 years of experience, we believe in nurturing our relationship with you.

 

 A fence is meant to last a very long time, and so is our relationship with you. Our passion for excellence and dedication to quality is what has kept us in business all these years.

 

Contact us for a free estimate, and let’s explore what we can do for you

Commercial Fencing 101

Martin Fence Co. is dedicated to providing specialized access and complete fencing solutions to commercial, industrial and municipal customers throughout South Florida. Benefits of commercial fencing include safety, aesthetic appeal, privacy, and enhanced security. Depending on aesthetic preferences and functional requirements, there is a diverse range of commercial fencing options available. Options include vinyl, aluminum, steel, galvanized chain link, and vinyl coated chain link fencing. Martin Fence Co. will help determine the appropriate type of specialized access system and fencing to fit your company’s needs.

COMMERCIAL FENCE SERVICES:
ATHLETIC COMPLEXES
BOATYARDS
DUMPSTER ENCLOSURES
ELECTRIC OPERATED GATES

FEDERAL & LOCAL GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS
GATES – SWING, CANTILEVER (ENCLOSED TRACK), BARRIER ARM, CRASH, ETC.
HVAC ENCLOSURES
INDUSTRIAL FACILITIES
JOBSITE FENCES
K9 KENNELS AND ENCLOSURES
LIFT STATIONS
MILITARY SITES
PANIC BAR GATES
RAZOR RIBBON
SCHOOLS
TELEPHONE ENTRY SYSTEMS
ZOOS, AGRICULTURAL FENCING, RANCH RAIL, AND CORRAL FENCES
AND MORE…

Construction fences going up around White House for a long planned-renovation project

 

The White House will begin new construction this month to build a taller fence — part of a long-planned renovation project for increased security.

The existing fence will be replaced by an approximately 13-foot-tall barrier — almost double the current size — with wider and stronger fence posts. The new design will incorporate anti-climb intrusion detection technology, according to a National Park Service news release.

This project will cover the 18-acre White House complex and use more than 3,500 feet of steel fencing.

 

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In June, a man was arrested after he allegedly assaulted a police officer and tried to jump over the fence outside the White House. The person was quickly arrested. A week earlier, the White House announced it was raising the fence height from 6 feet, 6 inches as part of $64 million construction project.

 

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Construction began on July 8, with an approval by both the Commission of Fine Arts and the National Capital Planning Commission two years ago. The work should be completed by 2021.

Workers will begin construction in the northwest corner of the White House, along Pennsylvania Avenue, and then they will tackle the northeast corner of the White House complex.

The White House will remain visible for the public throughout the renovation, but pedestrians and cyclists should expect occasional, temporary closures in certain areas.

 

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Fencing Requirements in Tropical South Florida

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South Florida is a magnet for hurricanes and tropical storms. According to the National Weather Service, hurricane season spans for May 15th to November 30th. During season, whipping winds, torrential downpours and flying debris can pose a major threat to your home. Miami-Dade and Broward County  are considered a “high-velocity hurricane zone”. Homeowners in the zone are required to follow guidelines under the 2001 Florida Building Code when installing or repairing a fence. “Those replacing an entire fence, or 75 percent or more of the structure, must rebuild it to meet the 2001 code”, said Bill Dumbaugh, Broward’s chief structural code-compliance officer. For spot repairs, the 2001 standards do not apply if repairs are 25 percent or less of a fence’s total length. Palm Beach County is not considered a “high-velocity hurricane zone” and  therefore, homeowners are not required to adhere to the 2001 Fencing Code. 

 

2001 Fencing Code for Hurricane Zones 

  • Chain-link fence require a post every 10 feet
  • Size and weight of post increase for higher chain link fence
  • A 4-by-4-foot post every four feet for a 6-foot-high wooden fence
  • A post every five feet for a 5-foot-high wooden fence
  • A post every six feet for a 4-foot-high wooden fence

 

What are the best types on fencing for hurricanes? 

 

Galvanized chain link and aluminum or steel are the most hurricane resistant types of fence. Unlike wood, these fencing materials can withstand high winds, heavy rain and missile-like debris. Open links and panels allow wind to pass through without causing damage. Galvanized chain link and aluminum are water-resistant and offer maximum durability against the harshest of tropical weather conditions.

 

Since 1979, Martin Fence Co. has provided full service commercial, industrial and municipal fencing services throughout South Florida. Call us today for a free fence installation or repair estimate — 877 777 3212.

All you need to know about Fence Repair and Replacement

 

Martin Fence Co. has been building and repairing fences for over 40 years. Our clients know they can rely on us for professional fencing installation and repair.

Though fences usually last for years, a broken or damaged fence can be hazardous. As a home or business property owner, read on to answer some of your questions regarding fence repair.

 

Common causes of Fence Damage:

 

 Weather:

  • High winds or strong storms can damage fences

 

Vehicles and Equipment:

  • Fences can be damaged by vehicle and equipment accidents

 

Poor Maintenance & Vandalism:

  • Fencing should be maintained. To protect your property, any necessary repairs should be made when apparent. Vandalism is another common cause of fences getting damaged and requiring repair.

 

Is it time for Fence Repair?

 

Here are some signs that indicate it’s the time for you to fix your fence:

 

  • If your fence has been damaged by vehicles, fallen trees, or a major
  • If there are missing or broken pieces in the fencing.
  • The fence is leaning, sagging, or has any gaps or holes.

 

Repair Vs. Replacement:

 

Fence repair increases the longevity of the fence, reducing the need for fence replacement.

If the damage to your fence is beyond repair, replacing the entire fence may be the only solution available.

Fence repair is practical and cost-effective solution. All types of fencing and styles can be repaired. Martin Fence Co. specializes in these types of fence repair.

A Simple Guide to Fencing

Everyone likes options, and with fencing you have plenty! Nowadays, fencing is available in a wide variety of materials, heights, colors, and designs. Whether you are interested in a fence for privacy, containment or security, you can do so in style. The “right” type of fencing depends on many factors, such as purpose, functionality, appearance, and durability. Below is an introduction to the different types of fencing offered by Martin Fence Co. Call 561-848-2688 to let our experts help you choose the fence that is right for you!

 

Galvanized

 

1 – Galvanized Chain Link Fencing

Chain link fencing is constructed with steel wires that are woven together in a diamond shape pattern. A hot dipped galvanized steel fence is one that has been woven and run through a bath of molten zinc. The hot dipped galvanizing protects the steel from rust and corrosion due to atmospheric conditions. Hot dipped galvanized chain link fencing comes in a variety of sizes and gauges. This type of fencing can be used anywhere from your backyard to an industrial facility. Aside from being cost effective, a major advantage of chain link fencing is that it offers perimeter security and maximum visibility. 

 

Vinyl

 

2 – Vinyl Coated Chain Link Fencing 

Vinyl coated chain link fencing is comparable to galvanized chain link fencing. Both are constructed with woven steel wires and galvanized for protection against rust and corrosion. A vinyl coated chain link fence offers a variety of heights and colors to allow for more choice in landscape design. Vinyl coated fencing is an affordable option for a variety of residential and commercial uses. 

 

Aluminum

 

3 – Ornamental Aluminum or Steel Fencing

Ornamental aluminum fencing is commonly used to enclose swimming pools, contain pets and children, and define property lines.  This type of fencing offers a variety of size, color and style options for residential and commercial applications. Aluminum walk gates and driveway gates can be customized to enhance every property. Aluminum will not rust and is maintenance free. Martin Fence Co. offers superior powder coated aluminum and steel fencing products that are built to withstand the harshest conditions and made in the USA.

 

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4 – Vinyl Fencing (Picket, Privacy and Rail Ranch)

Vinyl or PVC fence is made of high-quality synthetic plastics that are extremely durable. When installed by Martin Fence Co., vinyl fence can last 20-30 years. Unlike a wooden fence, vinyl fencing is impervious to pests, dry rot, and damage due to tropical climate conditions. For this reason, vinyl fencing is a popular alternative to wood fencing among savvy homeowner. Style options include picket, privacy/semi-privacy, and rail ranch. These styles are available in a wide selection of rail sizes, colors, and decorative tops. Martin Fence Co. vinyl fencing products are guaranteed without defect and backed by a lifetime manufacturer’s warranty. 

Why is Vinyl Fencing Better Than Wood Fencing?

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Vinyl or PVC fences have become increasingly popular since they were first introduced in the United States during the 1980s. While wood is still around, vinyl is quickly becoming the top pick among homeowners and businesses in search of a quality fencing solution for their property. Here are 4 main reasons why Martin Fence Co. chooses vinyl over wood.

 

 

#1 – LONGEVITY
Vinyl fencing is made of high-quality synthetic plastics or various recycled plastics, making it much more durable than wood. Not only does vinyl last longer than wood, but it also requires little to no maintenance. On average, wood fence have a life expectancy of 7-10 years while a vinyl fence can last 20-30 years. 

 

#2 – DURABILITY
Unlike wood, Vinyl is impervious to the common perpetrators – termites, fungus, dry rot, and UV damage. This feature is one of the main reasons vinyl fencing last up to 3x longer than wood fence. Aside from Vinyl, very few wood fencing alternatives can stand long term exposure to South Florida’s tropical climate. Vinyl maintains structure and appearance in all types of climates (hot, cold, dry and wet) while wood is more susceptible to warping, cracking and fading under these weather conditions. 

 

#3 – APPEARANCE
Vinyl fencing comes available in a wide selection of styles, rail sizes, colors, and decorative tops. With vinyl you can turn your picket, privacy or rail ranch fence into more than just a barrier wall, it can be a reflection of your personal style. There is even a wood grain color option for those who enjoy the appearance of wood but are after the durability of vinyl.

 

#4 – SAFETY
Wood fencing has been known to attract insects, including termite colonies. These structural integrity of wood fence. Harm highly flammable and can put your family and home in a great deal of danger. Barbecues and fire pits can go downhill fast if flames come in contact with a wooden fence. On the other hand, polyvinyl chloride (PVC) has been tested and proven to not burn easily and self extinguish if exposed to flames. For this obvious reason, vinyl fencing is a safer alternative to the traditional wooden fence.

 

Contact Martin Fence Co. for more information about your vinyl fencing options – (561) 848-2688.