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Lessons Learned from the White House Fence Jumper

September 8th, 2011

The White House (and lots of fence)Two very different intruders recently made it past the fence protecting the White House. On July 30, a 6-year-old girl squeezed through the bars of the wrought-iron fence. She apparently ran around the North Lawn for a few minutes before being rounded up by the Secret Service, who quickly returned her to her parents. Just two days later, a homeless man scaled the fence on the same northern side of the White House. The Secret Service quickly arrested him and thoroughly checked his backpack for explosives.

These stories of minor security breaches at the White House contain nuggets of wisdom that may be applied to improve your own fence materials. Read the rest of this entry »

How Vinyl Fencing Reacts to Weather

August 15th, 2011

Lattice Top Vinyl Fence MaterialsFrom design to price, there’s plenty to keep in mind when you’re planning a fence installation. Salem residents may be attracted to vinyl fencing because it is one of several available low-maintenance fence materials. Salem, furthermore, is a nationwide manufacturing center for vinyl fencing, so environmentally minded consumers in the Portland and Salem area may choose this fence material for its lower transportation carbon footprint.

However, vinyl’s tendency to shift with temperature is a key characteristic that few homeowners consider when designing a new vinyl fence installation. Salem and nearby towns may not see such extreme changes in temperature as other parts of the country, but even the temperate climate of the Pacific Northwest can warp or weaken vinyl fencing, depending on when the fence is installed. Read the rest of this entry »

Tips on Where to Find Inspiration for Your Salem Fence Design

August 2nd, 2011

Salem homeowners: Are you wondering what kind of fence to build? Well, you do have a plethora of options for fence materials and styles. In fact, you may feel you have too many choices. Fortunately, there are some stress-free ways to gather inspiration for your new Salem fence:

1. Scout out the neighborhood.

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World’s Weirdest Fence Materials

July 6th, 2011

ski fenceWhile some homeowners pore over vinyl samples or agonize over cedar fence styles, others choose to shun traditional fence materials in favor of more… shall we say, creative, alternatives. When it comes to fence materials, Salem homeowners typically prefer to stay within the norm. However, it’s always fun to drive past eye-popping fence installation. Salem residents who want to do something a little different might take a page out of one of these books.

Here are some of the craziest items we’ve seen used for fencing. Just remember to check your local zoning laws and HOA restrictions first!

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A Bit of Fence Wisdom to Live By

July 4th, 2011

white picket fenceFencing is more than just a commercial industry. Fences hold a unique place in the human psyche; over the centuries, they’ve developed symbolic meanings in addition to their practical uses.

The English language alone is filled with proverbs about fences, as are many other languages around the world. Here are a few of our favorites: Read the rest of this entry »

Important Fence Terms to Know

June 20th, 2011

Whether you’re installing cedar fence materials yourself or hiring a fencing contractor to do the work, it helps to be conversant in some basic fence installation terminology. Knowing what the different parts of a fence are called will make it easier to ask questions of your contractor or understand your fence installation instructions. Before embarking upon a fence installation, Salem homeowners should brush up on the following terms:

Corner post: A post at the corner where two sections of fencing meet, usually at a 90-degree angle.

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Fence Installation Spotlight: Salem’s Deepwood Estate

June 2nd, 2011

Every now and then we’re captivated by the unique or artistic way a yard or garden makes use of its fence installation. Salem, Oregon offers a perfect example of this creativity in its historic Deepwood Estate.

Built in 1894, the Deepwood Estate is an ornate, Queen Anne-style home with 5.5 acres of unique, carefully planned gardens. In the 1930s, the owner hired the Northwest’s first female landscaping firm to design the estate’s English-style gardens; the result now stands as the only remaining publicly available example of the landmark firm’s work.

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Salem Fence Materials: Locally Made Vinyl Fencing

April 28th, 2011

Vinyl Pasture Rail FenceVinyl fencing has seen such an explosion in popularity that it’s now widely available online as well as in any number of home improvement stores. While the increased availability makes buying vinyl fencing easier for consumers, it also has resulted in a glut of low-quality materials on the market.

Unbeknownst to many Northwest homeowners who are shopping for vinyl fence materials, Salem is quickly becoming a regional hub for vinyl fencing. Our Salem, Oregon manufacturing plant produces quality vinyl fencing in a variety of styles and colors, all available for installation or delivery to homes in Salem, Portland, Vancouver and the Tri-Cities. Advantages of buying locally made vinyl fencing include: Read the rest of this entry »