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Making an Entrance

14 Dec

GATE_ultraDrivewayThe entrance we’re talking about is not one on a theatrical stage, or on a celebrity red carpet, or of a gorgeous movie starlet strolling down a gigantic staircase.  No, this is something much closer to home … in fact, it’s your driveway!

GATE_PVC_drivewayWhy wouldn’t you want the entrance to your home to be grand? Whether that grandness is via an ornate double aluminum gate or a rustic wooden picket fence, you can rest assured that Fence City has the materials you need to accomplish the look you want. And, you have the option of purchasing product for self installation, your own contractor pickup and install, or truly professional installation via our experienced crew.

DRIVE cant_estateDRIVE cantlvrHowever, don’t think that grand entrances are strictly limited to the homestead!  Many businesses, agricultural farms, and industrial plants have the need for a gated driveway.  The choices in style, color, and ornamental adornments abound — so the entrance to your business site doesn’t have to be boring!

If you have questions about installing a driveway gate at your home or business (with or without the surrounding fence), feel free to give us a call or visit. We will gladly give you as much help and advice as we can!  215-362-8200,  619 Bethlehem Pike, Montgomeryville PA

FENCE_Aluminum_closeupINDUS_notredameRelated Posts:   Driveway Gates,   American Defender Gates

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What is a Cantilever Gate?

4 Dec

cantilever

noun:   can·ti·le·ver \ pronounced: ˈkan-tə-ˌlē-vər
1. a projecting beam or other horizontal member supported at one or more points but not at both ends.  2. any rigid construction extending horizontally well beyond its vertical support, used as a structural element of a bridge, building foundation, gate, etc.

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“Any beam built into a wall with a projecting free end forms a cantilever.  Cantilevering can be used for constructions as simple as bookshelves or as complicated as bridges.”

gate

noun1. a movable barrier, usually hinged, for closing an opening in a wall, fence, etc.  2. an opening to allow passage into or out of an enclosed place.

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Cantilever gates are counter-balanced, sliding gates that do not require a track along the length of the opening, and are supported by rollers which slide in a tubular track fitted to the bottom of the gate.  It’s quite ingenious actually, and the perfect answer to spanning a large opening in perimeter fences or retaining walls.

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If you’re interested in knowing more about cantilever gates, we invite you to visit our showroom and outdoor display areas at 619 Bethlehem Pike (Route 309) in Montgomeryville PA.  A very lengthy, ornate, black aluminum cantilever gate closes off our driveway each night.  Stop by and check it out in person!  Or for pricing and other information, visit our online store or give us a call at (215) 362-8200.

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Driveway Gates, part two

12 Nov

Double gate in Satin Khaki

Do you have a really  W-I-D-E  driveway at your home or business that could benefit from being “gated”?DRIVE trackGate

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Most folks think of fence gates as the little 4- or 6-foot wide, hinged gates you see on a quaint white picket fence.  But if your dreams of a gated driveway involve spanning several feet of property, have we got news for you!

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Now you can span wide spaces, such as for stately drives, business and delivery entrances, municipal properties, parks, etc., with a single swing, double swing, track, or cantilevered gate.  With today’s advanced technology in hinges, counter weights, cantilever mechanisms, and improved materials (think STRONG) — your dreams of an impressive gate can now become reality!

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What is a cantilever gate (shown here) and how does it work?  A cantilever gate is a counter-balanced sliding gate that does not require a track along the length of the opening.  The gate is supported by rollers which slide in a tubular track fitted to the bottom of the gate.

Want to see a cantilevered gate in action? Stop by our newly remodeled location at 619 Bethlehm Pike (Route 309) in Montgomeryville PA — our driveway / parking lot showcases a beautiful example of one in black aluminum with gold finnials.

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Visit our online store for pricing and more information on gate and fence selections.

A Gate by any other Name

31 Jul

 

3rail_butterflies_pupHave you ever wondered what the meaning of common words might be?  We recently researched the Meaning of Fence, and today, “just for fun”, we looked up the definition of the word “gate“.  Of course, most of the meanings behind the word revolve around the protective entrance structures we know and love here at Fence City.  And fortunately, there are many styles, colors, shapes and sizes of gates out there that are much more visually becoming and interesting than the word’s stuffy dictionary definition.  (Somehow we were hoping for something more exciting … #3 is about as close to exciting as it gets.) 🙂

Large Homegate

[geyt] /geɪt/
noun
1. a movable barrier, usually on hinges, closing an opening in a fence, wall, or other enclosure.
2. an opening permitting passage through an enclosure.
3. a tower, architectural setting, etc., for defending or adorning such an opening or for providing a monumental entrance to a street, park, etc.:  the gates of the walled city; the palace gate.
4. any means of access or entrance:  The gate to stardom is talent.
5. a mountain pass.
6. any movable barrier, as at a tollbooth or a road or railroad crossing.
7. a gateway or passageway in a passenger terminal or pier that leads to a place for boarding a train, plane, or ship.

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If you like reading and learning more about words or history, check out some of our other articles such as the Meaning of Fence or A Bit of History.  If you’re more of a visual person, you’ll love our two series on Enchanting Gates and Crafty Fences.

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Artful and Enchanting Gates

16 Jul

“Gates” certainly seem to be our theme lately!  And with such artful and creative ironwork and landscaping, how could we not share more photos of these enchanting portals?

GATE_enchant9GATE_enchant8GATE_enchant6A few weeks ago we shared a post with our first batch of “Enchanting Gates” images; which was followed up a little while ago with “More Enchanting Gates“.  If you’re loving today’s imagery, be sure to check these two archived posts — they won’t disappoint!

GATE_enchant7The daring that people have to “break from the norm” is fun to look at, and the creativity of the craftsmen who make these daring dreams come true is quite impressive too!

As we’ve mentioned before, if your neighborhood, home style, or budget just won’t allow for such outlandish definitions of your property boundaries, we hope you will contact Fence City.

Ultra_PoolGateWe can answer your questions regarding township regulations, fence styles and sizes, and of course, the appropriate gate to suit your needs.  Feel free to browse our online store, or give us a call at (215) 362-8200.  We look forward to hearing from you — and hope you continue to follow and enjoy our blog!

GATE_enchant3Related Posts:   Enchanting Gates,   More Enchanting Gates,   Driveway Gates

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Presidential Fencing

12 May

FlagNfenceKeeping the President, his family, and the rest of the White House occupants safe hasn’t been easy. In the past year, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue has been assaulted by a knife-wielding assailant (with bad knees) who opened the front door, a pair of drunk Secret Service agents who crashed their vehicle, and a four-year-old who wiggled under-neath the main gate. Not to mention a runaway quadcopter operated by a drunk intelligence analyst.

To try to solve this trending problem, the National Park Service and the Secret Service are adding new outward-facing spikes to the White House fence, as well as new concrete barricades at several traffic entrances . . .

So begins an article about the latest issues in keeping the White House safe from intruders.  Granted, the problems encountered in keeping out unwanted visitors from the presidential lawn aren’t ones you will experience at your own home.  However, there certainly are times where a homeowner or business owner wants a little more added security for their property — to keep the neighborhood kids out of the pool, to keep your dogs within your property lines, to keep nosey passersby from watching your kids play, to keep potential vandals and robbers out of your store or office at night — and so on.

Read the entire article, “The White House Needs a Fence, Not a Moat” … it’s a bit comical, but also a bit scary.  And should you need some protective or privacy fence for your own presidential estate, we hope you will give us a call!  (215) 362-8200.  We carry full lines of aluminum, wood, chain link, and vinyl fencing to meet your every need.

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American Defender Gates

2 Feb

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Obviously the Ultra Fence “Defender Series” aluminum fence we’ve mentioned before surrounds and protects commercial and industrial properties from burglars, vandals, and the like.  However, the folks who work within or deliver to those properties need a way to get in — and that’s where these heavy-duty gates come in!

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Want to see one of these cantilevered gates in person?  Stop by our fence yard sometime — we have one right out front!  And no, you don’t have to be the Hulk to pull it closed or push it open — the gate slides easily, just ask the girls in the office!

Decorative FinsCircles And, despite the industrial or commercial use, no one says you can’t have a little bling on your fence.  Ours has gold finials like the one shown here, and circles and other decorative elements are also available.  Check out all the cool colors, styles and options you can choose from for industrial fences at our online store.

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More American Defenders

11 Jan

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Earlier this week we shared photos of the Ultra Fence “Defender Series” aluminum fencing —  now, we thought
we’d showcase some other industrial-grade fences — some photographic “food for thought” for those with businesses
to protect.

Bet you never even noticed this kind of stuff when visiting
your favorite stadium, right?

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If you’re looking for aluminum fence to protect your property, whether it’s a business or residence, be sure to check out our online store  to find the style, color, and grade that is the perfect fit for you!  And, if you need advice or help in figuring out what will work best for you, feel free to contact us at (215) 362-8200, M-F, 7am – 4pm.  We look forward to hearing from you!

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The Defender Series

8 Jan

Defender Series

Did you know that Ultra Fence’s “Defender Spear Top” aluminum fence is used all across America to protect our international airports and water treatment plants?  And did you know that Fence City now carries all of Ultra’s high-quality product lines, including the Defender Series?  In fact, we have a section of this impressive fence on display in our yard — stop in sometime to see it!  If you know a company or government property that is in need of an industrial-grade fence, send them our way and have them ask for Jack.

For those interested in the features and technical specs of this industrial fence, here they are:

Angled, pressed spear style is the ultimate in security.  Spear tops face outward at 51 degree angle.  Available in Industrial Series and Industrial Series Premium grades.  Ultra’s Premium grades have a reinforced double-wall rail with hidden fasteners.

Standard Sections are 6′ wide and can be either 7′, 8′, 9′, or 10′ high.  Sections come fully assembled.  Custom widths or heights of  7′, 8′, 9′, 10′, 11′, and 12′  are available.

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Pickets:  1” square x .062 wall
Spacing Between Pickets:  standard 3-5/8″ and optional 1-1/2″
Fasteners:  Stainless steel
Horizontal Rails:  1-5/8” x 1-5/8” with .100 side walls and .070 top walls
Posts:  2-1/2″ square x .100 wall; 3″ square x .125 wall; 4″ square x .125 wall (blanks).  All posts include standard caps.
Alloy:  High-strength UltrumTM 6005-T5 alloy, min. strength 35,000 PSI
Finish:  PowercoatTM.  When applied, Powercoat is twice the thickness and hardness of a typical acrylic, baked enamel or “wet paint” finish, making it more durable, fade-resistant and scratch-resistant than other coatings.
Colors:  Black,  Satin Black,  Bronze,  Satin Bronze,  Beige,  Satin Khaki,  White,  Satin White,  Forest Green

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More than Meets the Eye

19 Dec
Ultra fence and railing products are more than just a pretty face!

Ultra fence and railing products are more than just a pretty face!

Ever wonder what goes into the manufacturing of an aluminum fence?  What makes one product so much better than another?  Well, here’s one tidbit of information we can share regarding the Ultra Fence and Railing products we now proudly carry.

Ultra, which if you’re not familiar with their company, is known in the fence industry for producing only the highest quality powder-coated, ornamental aluminim fencing, railing, and gates.  Now, Ultra’s PowerCoatTM finish has received accreditation for AAMA-2604-5 standards (American Architectural Manufacturers Association).  This new certification ensures that the finish performs significantly better in adhesion, salt spray and humidity resistance, color / gloss retention, and overall weatherability.  This accredited powder coating protects aluminum components that are manufactured and sourced in the USA.

What does this mean in layman’s terms?  Ultra aluminum fence products can stand up to direct sun, extreme temperature variations, and acidic pollutants without fading.  This means the fence in your backyard will retain its original color and continue to protect and beautify your property for many years to come!

Take a look at the variety of styles and colors of Ultra fence that we carry by visiting our online fence store.  And feel free to give us a call with any questions — we look forward to servicing your fence needs in any way we can!  (215) 362-8200

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