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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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Happy Autumn!

16 Oct
Autumn fence beauty

Surrounded by an elegant aluminum fence, your pool can look beautiful in any season!

Most folks think that the spring and summer seasons are the only time you can install fencing here on the East Coast — wrong!  As long as the ground is not frozen, fence can be installed well into the wintertime. In fact, the months of October and November are the perfect time to get new fencing installed, as that tends to be a less busy time for most fence installation companies. Late season rainfall helps keep soil softer and makes digging post holes easier — especially compared to the packed-hard, dry, cracked dirt of July!

So if you have been contemplating getting a new fence on your property — don’t wait till spring — get an estimate now!  The folks here at Fence City would be glad to help — give us a call at (215) 362-8200, stop in our office/showroom at 619 Bethlehem Pike in Montgomeryville PA, or visit our website.

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History of Fence Laws

3 Oct

Ultra aluminum fenceWow, we found even more information that relates to the history of “fences” — if you missed our earlier posts in this series, check out “A Bit of History“.

Today’s history lesson is all about early fencing laws —  how things were done “waaaaay back when”, before the modern-day regulations were established to keep local communities safe when it comes to fencing in your yard or pool.  Read on history buffs!

History of Fence Laws:  In the United States, the earliest settlers claimed land by simply fencing it in.  Later, as the American government formed, unsettled land became technically owned by the government.  Programs to register land ownership developed, usually making raw land available for low prices or for free, if the owner improved the property, including the construction of fences.

Distinctly different land ownership and fencing patterns arose in the eastern and western United States.  Original fence laws on the east coast were based on the British common law system, and rapidly increasing population quickly resulted in laws requiring livestock to be fenced in.  In the west, land ownership patterns and policies reflected a strong influence of Spanish law and tradition, plus the vast land area involved made extensive fencing impractical until mandated by a growing population and conflicts between landowners.

The “open range” tradition of requiring landowners to fence out unwanted livestock was dominant in most of the rural west until very late in the 20th century, and even today, a few isolated regions of the west still have open range statutes on the books.  Today, across the nation, each state is free to develop its own laws regarding fences.  In most cases for both rural and urban property owners, the laws are designed to require adjacent landowners to share the responsibility for maintaining a common boundary fenceline, and the fence is generally constructed on the surveyed property line as precisely as possible.

PRIV domeSolidOur staff is knowledgeable in today’s fencing laws, otherwise known as local township codes, and can help direct you to the proper authorities to ensure your fence project is OK.  (You’ll want to double check with your township BEFORE installing fence.)

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Pool Safety

1 Jul

Ultra aluminum_GlassRailPool, click to enlarge

With the upcoming holiday weekend and, for most folks, the first blast of summer swimming pool season — it just seemed appropriate to share our post from last summer — again.  Enjoy your pool, but by all means, play safely!

No one can argue with the monumental importance of pool safety — but even with tighter community regulations and technological advances in safety products, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports that over 300 children under the age of five drown in residential pools each year nationwide.  In order for you to keep the ones you love safe and sound, experts agree that implementing multiple layers of protection is one of the best ways to create a comprehensive safety plan for your pool.

Ultra aluminum, click to enlargePVC Gothic capsUltra_PoolCornerThe first product most people consider installing is a pool fence.  The CPSC defines a successful pool barrier as one that prevents a child from getting over, under, or through and keeps the child from gaining access to the pool except when supervising adults are present.  One that completely contains the pool is thought to be the best protection.  Ultra_PoolGate

Township safety codes vary across the region, but general guidelines require a fence to be at least four feet high around the pool or property, with a 54-inch tall gate that includes a spring-loaded latch.  The gate must open away from the pool, as a child’s instinct is to push on the gate.  Whether it’s wood, vinyl, or aluminum, a pool fence can be safe and something that enhances your landscape.

Beyond going to great lengths to physically secure your pool, you can have an additional layer of emergency training by learning CPR.  Check with your area hospital to become certified, a process that only takes a few hours to learn but could save a life.  While all the latest techie gadgets (such as a pool-motion alarm) or a secure fence can beef up your pool safety, nothing takes the place of being within arms’ reach of your children in the pool — and knowing where they are at all times.  Alarms, a high fence, swim lessons, and parental supervision all add up to pool safety.

Springfield PVC web72Related Posts:   Gateway to Paradise,
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Source:  Suburban Home & Garden Resource Guide, July 2007

The Colors of Fence

10 Aug

Choosing The Right Color For Your Fence

This article was originally posted as a reference to wooden fencing by FenceSupplySource.com, a New Jersey Fence Installation and Repair Company.  We’ve added a few thoughts, comments, and photos of our own to include aluminum and PVC fence products as well.

Since fences come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, it’s important to choose a color that not only compliments your home but also looks great in all weather.  Below are the top colors for all fence styles and typical reasons why…

PVC Gothic capsWhite

The traditional white picket fence has been seen as far back as the 1950’s in television shows. White was chosen back then because it was an easy color to get your hands on at the time (many primers were just white). As many of you know, the best thing about the color white is that it goes with everything.

The biggest drawback to painting a fence white is that when it gets dirty or scuffed, it can easily be noticed by others.

ALUM 2railBlack

Black is definitely the most popular color choice for aluminum fences, especially here in the PA suburbs of Philadelphia.  Although close-knit housing developments prefer white privacy fences, the more affluent single homes around here are typically surrounded by ornamental black aluminum.

Black aluminum fences come in a variety of styles, from plain-and-simple to extremely ornate.  Similar to the comments made about white, a black fence also “goes with” everything — however, when it gets dirty, you really don’t notice it.

PRIV LatticeBBrown

Brown or stained brown is one of the most popular colors for wooden fences, many of which are already brown.  Because shades of brown are now trendy color choices, you’ll find that both aluminum and vinyl fencing are available in a variety of beige and bronze options.

FENCE_PVCprivacy_solidGreyWhat is great about brown as a color for a fence is that it blends in to wooded areas very nicely. So if you live by the woods or in an area that has a lot of trees, you may want to compliment your property by installing a wooden fence and possibly staining it a brown color.


Lastly, red is one of the most popular colors we see for wooden picket fences in New Jersey. This may be surprising for many, but newer, more modern homes are opting to use their fence as a way to draw the eye in to the home. Red is to fences as yellow is to Lamborghinis.  🙂


Now that you know a bit more about which colors are best for fences, which color are you going to choose?

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Related Links:   Fence Experts of PA


Dog-eared: Not always a bad thing!

30 Jun

Floyd n BruteyWhen you think of the term “dog-eared”, you might envision the family pet Fido, but most likely you will relate it to the ratty condition of a book:

“A dog ear is a phrase that refers to the folded down corner of a book page. The name arises from the fact that wolves’ ears stand erect while the ears of many breeds of dog flop over.  A dog ear can serve as a bookmark.  While generally frowned upon by those that want to preserve books in their original condition, it is particularly common in use on paperbacks which are designed to be cheaper and more harshly used than hardcovers. Sometimes, it is also used to keep sheets of paper together, in the absence of a stapler or paper clip.  The phrase dates back at least to the late 18th century.”

Picket DogEarBut when WE refer to “dog-eared”, it is a quaint style of fencing, often used in wooden fences, but also available in PVC Vinyl.  Dog-ear fences are popular choices in privacy fencing, and also as a rustic-looking, country-style picket fence.

PVC Gothic capsSo although a dog-eared book will get you in trouble with the local librarian, your neighbors and friends can well appreciate how nice your property looks with a dog-eared fence!  And so ends today’s lesson; however if you enjoy learning more word definitions or reading obscure tidbits of fence history, check out the links to some of our other posts below!

PicketSpace72If this style of fence appeals to you, by all means, get in contact with us for a free estimate — we provide professional installation and sell product for do-it-yourselfers.  (Montgomeryville PA)  215-362-8200

Related Posts:   The Meaning of Fence,   A Bit of Fence History

Related Links:  Wooden Fence Choices,   Aluminum: noun & fence


The Meaning of Fence

28 May

Fencing Comic2Just for curiosity sake, we looked up the definition of the word “fence”.  Of course, most of the meanings behind the word revolve around the protective structures we know and love here at Fence City.  But we really have to wonder how, over the many years of time, did the word ever take on meanings that relate to stolen goods?  And, like the chicken-or-the-egg-which-came-first debate, we wonder if our definition of fence came before or after that of fighting with swords? 🙂

noun:  fence; plural noun:  fences
  1. a barrier, railing, or other upright structure, typically of wood or wire, enclosing an area of ground to mark a boundary, control access, or prevent escape.
    synonyms:  barrier, fencing, enclosure, barricade, stockade, palisade, fenceline, railing
    • a large upright obstacle used in equestrian jumping events.
  2. a guard or guide on a plane, saw, or other tool.
  3. informal:  a person who deals in stolen goods.
    synonyms:  receiver of stolen goods, dealer.  “a fence dealing mainly in jewelry”
FENCE_PVCfancyverb: fence; 3rd person present: fences; past tense: fenced; past participle: fenced; gerund or present participle: fencing
  1. surround or protect with a fence.
    “our garden was not fully fenced”
    synonyms:  enclose, surround, circumscribe, encircle, circle, encompass
    • enclose or separate with a fence for protection or to prevent escape.
      “everything is fenced in to keep out the wolves”
      synonyms:  confine, pen in, coop up, shut in, separate off, corral
      “he fenced in his chickens”
    • use a barrier to exclude someone or something.
      “Idaho law requires people to fence out cows”
  2. informal:  deal in (stolen goods).
    “after stealing your ring, he didn’t even know how to fence it”
  3. fight with swords, especially as a sport.
    1. conduct a discussion or argument in such a way as to avoid the direct mention of something.
      “we were fencing, not talking about the subject we’d come to talk about”

Finding out the history behind or meaning of everyday items can be interesting — hopefully you find it so today!  If you did, then feel free to check out some of our other articles (listed below).  And, when you’re looking to pawn your grandmother’s family heirloom, don’t call us — but if your neighbor is looking to replace that tumble-down privacy fence that’s bothered you for years, we hope you will send him our way!

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619 Bethlehem Pike, Montgomeryville PA 18936
www.fencecity.com    215-362-8200

Related Posts:   A Bit of Fence History,   Fence Law History,   Even More Fence History

Related Links:   Local Township Fence Codes,   About Fence City


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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Winter Walking Tips

27 Jan

WINTER dogwalkingThe sidewalk is completely buried under snow.  The temperature is frigid and the wind is whipping.  It’s a great day to take a walk — if you’re a Siberian husky!  If, however, you’re a Chihuahua, a Yorkie or a human, you’d probably rather take a long winter’s nap.  But neither snow nor rain gloom of night should stay a dog’s appointed rounds.  Like mail carriers, dogs have to go out no matter what the weather.

If you don’t take your dogs out or exercise them in the winter, they can get very destructive as they have no outlet for their pent-up energy.  As we’re sure you know, most doggies love to play in the snow, but during super-cold weather you need to be careful and take precautions just like you would if you had a child outside with you.

So how do you make the winter dog-walking experience as pleasant as possible for both you and your canine companion?  First, of course, make sure that you’re both appropriately dressed.  Bundle up in layers and make sure your hands and face are covered – you know, hats and gloves!  Thermal underwear, thermal socks and earmuffs also come highly recommended.  And for icy conditions, consider slip-on shoe attachments that provide traction on ice.

And what about the dogs — do they need outerwear when it’s cold?  If you have a husky, they will happily stay out longer than we would — they just love it.  But smaller ones like a Chihuahua and the more delicate dogs, they’ll start shivering without even going out.  Smaller dogs like that should always have coats on.

Another thing to be careful of when walking your dog is the salt people put down to melt walkways.  Salt can be a big problem as it not only dirties your floors if dragged in, but it can damage a dog’s paws, leading to infection.  The problems are compounded if the dog licks its paws.  In 2005, the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center issued an alert about the potential dangers of dogs ingesting ice melts, especially those containing calcium chloride and sodium chloride.  The most important thing for you to do after a walk is to clean off your dog’s paws with a towel when you get home to make sure ALL the salt is off their paws!

In short, here are come common sense, winter dog-walking tips we found online to share with you today:

  • Put a coat on the dog if it has short hair and shivers when it’s cold.
  • Consider canine boots if the dog was not designed for the cold and snow.
  • If a dog has walked on salted snow, immediately clean off the paws
    when you get home.
  • Older dogs with arthritis can be the most affected in cold, snow or icy conditions.  If possible, carry them to a place where it’s safe to do their “business.”
  • Keep the dog’s nails trimmed, which will offer better traction
    on snow and ice.
  • Brush the dog’s coat regularly.  This distributes the natural oils in
    the skin, which will help prevent dry skin.

Sweet winter homeSo if you’re really tired of late-night doggie walks in the rain, or wish your dog had some romping room outside while you watch from the warmth of being inside, then you just might be ready for some backyard fencing!  We have the experience and know-how to answer your questions, provide township code and regulation information, and carry a multitude of fence styles to choose from to make this decision as pain-free as possible.  Feel free to contact us by phone, email, or filling out this simple form — we would love to hear from you!  Call (215) 362-8200  or email info@fencecity.com

Source:  various pet-related pages online

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Springtime Crafty Fences

13 Feb

CRAFTY_springPotsFor those just itching for Spring to arrive (after all, we’re posting this in February!) . . . here are a couple of pretty and creative ways to enhance your backyard fence.  Plus, if you start puttering with this “crafty” fence idea now, you’ll have them all ready for spring planting, and will enjoy flowers and herbs all summer long.

The pictures pretty much tell the whole story without any additional explanation … how you attach the pots to the fence will be up to you.  Enjoy!

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