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Fence Question of The Month

Question:  Help Please!!!  One of the larger fence companies here in Central Florida Installed my vinyl fence.  A tree destroyed a few sections of my fence during the past hurricane.  I called several fence companies for estimates and was told by one company that the manufacturer no longer sold fence in Florida.  One company said that is not true.  The other company even suggested I needed to start over because 1 ½ x 5 ½ rail was the industry standard.   The best I can tell, my fence rails measure 1 3/4 thick x 5 ½ deep.  What is going on?? – Kathy C.

Answer:   First and foremost, great question.  The 1 ¾” x 5 ½” is a distinct premium-grade Vinyl rail system produced by Homeland Vinyl Products, who is a major manufacturer of PVC Fence, Deck, and Rail products which are widely distributed throughout North America. As a result, their manufacturing and distribution footprints are massive, especially here in Florida.

There is a reason for that. Homeland Vinyl is an innovative and research-based company that understands the unique geographical challenges of the U.S. climate, region by region.  As a result, Homeland Vinyl has branded itself as an industry leader.  They are responsible for vinyl breakthroughs and technologies such as the ACCU-Shield.  They are endorsed as a Tier 1 manufacturer by the Vinyl Manufacture Association and are highly sought after by fence companies and distributors alike. Simply put: Were they go, people grow.

So Why Are You Having Trouble Finding 1 ¾” x 5 ½”  Vinyl Rail?  

It sounds like the company who installed your fence and Homeland Vinyl Products parted ways after a multi-year relationship.  This particular fence company/retailer sold to both homeowners and small fence contractors across the State of Florida.  So chances are that vinyl fence you see while driving down the street is a Homeland Vinyl Fence.

This breakup, or what we in the industry call the shuffling of manufactures, has created a lot of incorrect information within our market. Regardless, it is business and there is nothing wrong with manufactures partnering with fence companies to bring fences to the market.  These type of agreements do a great service in helping homeowners find cost-effective fencing solutions.  The good news is these breakups create lots of new opportunities.

We did reach out to Homeland Vinyl Products at the American Fence Association National Conference in Phoenix Arizona.  They have assured Custom Fence Oviedo that Homeland Vinyl Products is absolutely committed to the Florida Market.  So much so, they have already begun the process of opening another extrusion facility right here in Orlando.  They are hopeful that extrusion plant should be up and operational by late this year.

We would like to thank Homeland Vinyl Products for sharing their distributor list and fence companies who carry and sell their products.  So if you are a homeowner looking for a replacement 1 3/4″ x 5 1/2″ vinyl rail, a homeowner needing a vinyl fence, or a fence contractor needing materials, several distributors and fence companies are still selling Homeland Vinyl Product right here in Florida.  See the list below:

Distributors:                        Person To Ask For:                     Location:                                               Phone:
Orlando Steel                        Steve Lyons                                 Summerfield and Ocala                         352.347.8775
Merchant Metals                    Danny Gall                                  Tampa, Jacksonville, Miami                    813.980.0938
Paramount Fencing               Kip Hudakoz                                Orlando Florida                                      407.341.2720

On a final note, several manufacturers and extruders are starting to enter into the Florida marketplace.  Heads up and word to the wise.  Not all vinyl is created equal, nor are manufacturers who extrude vinyl.  Understand, the process of extruding vinyl is technical and requires years and years of industry knowledge.  As always, purchase responsibly.  Make sure that the manufacturer is VMA certified. New extruders pop up every day. Very few will last.

We hope this helps and now you know more then your neighbor knows.

If you sell Homeland Vinyl and would like to be added to the list, contact Kip@paramountfencing.com

Responsible Oviedo Fence Company Doing Their Part…

Fence, Vegetation, and Visibility Oviedo.

Anyone that commutes on 426 from Oviedo to Geneva or Geneva to Oviedo knows how dangerous that commute can be.   Last Tuesday there was a terrible accident at Walsh and 426 around 7:40 AM.    The road was shut down.   Anyone who passed the aftermath once the road re-opened probably cringed.

The simple fact is this accident was avoidable.   The line of sight for commuters turning off of Walsh on to 426 was blocked by overgrown vegetation which prevented Northbound traffic from knowing someone was turning southbound.   Couple that with the fact the only passing lanes on 426 as you travel Northbound out of Oviedo starts within 500 feet of the intersection of Walsh Street and 426, an impatient motorist, disaster was inevitable.

The vegetation was part of the Problem.   So we at Paramount Fencing solved that part of the problem.   We contacted the property owner, and with their permission and full cooperation, have removed all vegetation which prevents northbound traffic from knowing a car is turning off of Walsh on to 426 at no charge.    If you know of a similar problem on 426, contact us, and we will remove that vegetation free of charge.

In the meantime,  here is where we need your help.   We need the people to contact District Two Seminole County Commissioner and request that the passing lanes on 426 before and after Walsh Street be eliminated.   We know it sucks, but there are no passing lanes on State Road 46 between Geneva and Oviedo on SR 426 with the exceptions of Walsh, Murphy, and Marsh Streets.    All of these passing lanes are within 500 feet of those intersections.  Understand, these once dirt roads are now paved and are popular short cuts.

Contact Information

Please send e-mail to gvenn@seminolecountyfl.gov
Phone: (407) 665-7205
Fax: (407) 665-7958
Board of County Commissioners
Seminole County Services Building
1101 E. First Street
Sanford, FL 32771

We are asking for your help because one of the vehicles has a mom and three kids involved.   Next, the local bus stop for Geneva Elementry is located where the two cars came to rest.   Understand, the buss normally picks those kids up at 7:45 AM.   Just a reminder the accident happened at 7:40 A.M.  This could have been much worse.

Thanks for your help, Oviedo and Geneva.  Lets drive save. Lets Fence Safe..

Kip HudaKoz- President and Founder Paramount Fencing, Inc.

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What to Consider When Selecting a Fence in Oviedo, Winter Springs, or Geneva Florida

From pasture fence to wood fence and aluminum fence to vinyl fence,  Oviedo and Winter Springs Florida possess every fence style.  Some of those fences look great. Others look like they belong in an abandoned ghost town.  The question is, why?  The answer is simple:  Homeowners do not pay attention to the geological or man-made conditions of their property.

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Before You Spend That Tax Refund On A Fence

The new year is coming, and replacing that old fence will be on the forefront of a homeowners to do list…   In most cases, homeowners will use their tax refunds to accomplish that goal.

We at Custom Fence Oviedo are encouraging you to do your homework.    Understand, with the recent hurricanes,  thousands of new fence companies have popped up across the Central Florida Area, most small.    What you may not know is the hurricane work is quickly dwindling, and hundreds of those fences companies are going out of business, so protect yourself.    How do we know? Well according to the Owner of Paramount Fencing, “We are dealing with multiple homeowners who had a previous fence company disappear with their deposits. ”   He further added, “We are assisting several customers who job sites where abandoned by a so-called fence company.”

Our best advice is to do your research and make sure you follow Custom Fence Oviedo’s seven-step approach, especially if you desire a wood, vinyl, or aluminum fence in Oviedo, Winter Springs, or Geneva Florida.

Seven Step Approach to Selecting A Fence Company.

  1. Select a company that will actually show up to look at the scope of the project.
    1. Here is why:    If a company is not willing to show up and meet with you, you are just a number that justifies a means.  That’s right.  The fence company cares more about the exchange than the fact that you will stare at their lack of interest for 8 – 10 – 12 years.
  2. Understand exactly what the company does.
    • Here is why:   With the hurricane, we have seen a lot of non-traditional fence companies trying to install fences.   From landscapers to bug control guys, and from handy-man services to two guys in a truck.  Understand, fence companies do not generally dabble in other industries.   The fencing world is very technical.  If you don’t understand the product or what is being installed,  disaster lurks.  Just ask the homeowner in Seminole Woods who paid their landscaping company to put in their fence, only to find out six months later they just poured 12K down the drain.
  3. Understand the materials and building method being used.
    • Here is why:    The fencing world and manufactured products are very technical.   Don’t use the right parts, and disaster is lurking.  Just ask the Alafaya Woods homeowner whose T&G pickets won’t stay inside the pocket rail because the fence company did not follow manufacturer specifications, and used shorter pickets meant for another fencing system.  Now they are out 6k.
  4. Make sure the fence company is an actual business.
    • Here is why: Too many times we see consumers skipping this step.   Then, when problems occur they have no recourse.   The best way to verify a company really exists is to visit Sunbiz.org.   Understand, all fence companies where forced to incorporate in 2004.  Use the link to search fence is active or inactive corporation:  Sunbiz.org.   You can look them up by company name or by owner’s name. Bottom line, if you do business with an inactive corporation, you have no recourse.
  5. Make sure the company is going to follow all rules, laws and manufacturer specifications.
    • Here is why:  We are receiving a growing number of phone calls about fence companies not pulling, or pulling and not closing out permits.   Understand, any fence with the exception of field fence or chain link fence on agricultural properties must be permitted in Seminole County.  All residential zoned property need permits.
  6. Listen to what the reviews state.
    • Here is why:  Reviews will generally provide you a snapshot of a companies character, but use trusted sources like the BBB, Angieslist, or Google.   Understand, not all review sites possess safeguards to prevent self-reporting.
  7. Ask yourself a very important question.  Did the salesperson or company sell you, or educate you?
    • Here is Why:  It so easy for a consumer to be sold by a likable salesperson or someone that tells you what you want to hear.  That is why it is important to step back and ask yourself the following three questions:
      1. Was the product being used presented as a highlight reel, or full of helpful information?
      2. What information did they provide about the installation process and craftsmanship?
      3. Did they answer or provide information about the aesthetics, structures, and liabilities associated with the project?

Understand the seven steps are essential, a must follow.   It will assist you in avoiding common mistakes that result in the waste of those tax dollars.

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Hurricane Preparedness For Your Fence Oviedo

As you are aware, Hurricanes will affect Central Florida in some manner.  From Orlando to Oviedo, from Geneva to Winter Springs, Hurricanes will huff and puff and try to blow those fences down.  As a result, we at Paramount Fencing are encouraging every homeowner Hurrican Mathewto embrace that  old fashion saying, “An Ounce of Prevention is Worth A Pound of Cure.”  It is time to protect that investment,  your fence.

Here are a few things you can do to protect your investment. They are also the difference between the insurance company picking up the tab or the cost for repairs coming directly out of your pocket.

  1. Remove the gates and place them in the garage. Understand the gate areas are the weakest part of any fence line. They can be easily remove by removing the hinges attached to the gate itself. Simply remove the screws. Do not remove the screws attached to the fence itself.     If you have an exposed pool, make sure you put up orange mesh fence at the gate entry.  If you do not have time, call us.  We will take them off and re-install them once the storm passes for $100.00.
  2. If you have a stretch of fence line which is standalone or not attached to the fence line as a whole, brace it. Bracing can be accomplished by taking a 2” x 4” about two feet long and placing it at a 45 degree angle, one end buried in the ground, one end attached to the post with a screw.   If you do not have time, call us. We can create the bracing and them take then off once the storm passes for $10 per brace .
  3. If you have a vinyl fence, make sure you remove the post caps and place them into a safe place.   If they are glued, still check your caps.
  4. If you have items attached to your fence such as fence art, potted plants, or equipment. Remove it.
  5. If you have tree limbs that over hanging your fence, trim them.

The above are just a few ways to protect your investment.

In the event you are impacted by the Hurricane and suffer damage, let us know immediately. Understand, the previous customer will always have priority over new customers.  If you are not a previous customer, make sure you take the opportunity reserve pre-Hurricane estimate.  Schedule.  We promise we will work diligently to fix your fence once the hurricane passes.

Last, my team will be here to help in any way possible.   Even if you need assistance in cutting downed trees and removing debris, we are here to help.  We have tractors and chainsaws.

Take me to Paramount Fencing Hurricane Preparedness Center.

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