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Gates and Fencing for your South Florida Home

The vast majority of people decide to have a fence erected without much thought as to how the fence opening will be secured. A myriad of fencing options are available, along with complementary gates and locks to ensure security and safety. Custom systems can also be designed.

Gates can be equipped with locks that must be physically manipulated that include deadbolts and padlocks, knobs, and lever handles, along with cylinder locks operated with a key. A variety of electronic systems are also available that can be operated with smartphones or from the comfort of a vehicle. Gate locks also encompass electronic models that incorporate a keycard or require a specific code.

Specialized gates and locks can be created for any installation that matches the fencing to which it’s attached. The type of fencing that’s selected will depend on multiple factors. You may desire privacy or security, while others may want to enhance their property value, mute sounds coming from the street, or protect and confine children and pets.

Fencing is available in wood, aluminum, PVC, chain link, and SimTek® materials, each with its own unique features. PVC is available in more than 30 distinct and unique decorative styles that won’t crack, peel, chip, or splinter.

Aluminum fencing is offered in multiple colors and styles. It’s an elegant solution that’s also durable. It can be extremely effective for deterring intruders whether they’re human or wildlife and provides safety for children and pets. Chain link fencing is equally applicable for the same reasons, though not as fashionable in appearance.

Wood fencing can be customized in numerous ways. It’s offered in shadowbox, board-on-board, and stockade styles. All panels are custom created from high-quality, pressure-treated wood and surpasses the South Florida Hurricane Building Code.

SimTek® fencing has become a standard in hurricane-prone Florida. The fencing can withstand hurricane-force winds of up to 110 mph, along with 130 mph gusts. It’s low-maintenance and impact resistant. A proprietary molding process enables it to emulate the appearance of wood grains and granite.

Zepco Fence…South Florida’s Premier Fence Company

Since 1981 Zepco Fence has been providing superior quality fence products and installations to all of South Florida Residential and Commercial Property owners.

Serving all of Broward and Palm Beach County areas, we are the #1 Fence Company in South Florida.

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Protecting Your new Pup with the Right Fence

Your new puppy will require much the same in the way of fencing as a child. They’re similar to toddlers in that they’re very curious and don’t understand potential dangers. It’s up to you to protect them by taking appropriate precautions and that certainly includes a fenced-in area where they can run, play, and explore in safety.

It’s equally important to have a secure gate that can’t be accessed by random individuals. Sadly, there are unscrupulous people that will steal dogs from their own yard for any number of nefarious purposes. The pups may be used in dog fighting rings, sold to laboratories, or become part of a puppy mill.

If you choose a fence that’s not solid, it’s essential that the spaces between the vertical elements are close enough together that he/she can’t slip between them. Another important consideration will be the size of the pup when he/she’s full grown. A large adult dog can easily escape an enclosure designed to contain a puppy.

The fence will need to be high enough to prevent an adult dog from jumping over it. Some breeds, such as German shepherds, can easily clear a fence. Ensure there’s nothing your dog can jump on to launch himself over the wall. Dog experts suggest installing a six ft. fence.

Jumping isn’t the only thing you’ll need to worry about. Shepherds, Huskies and similar breeds are adept at climbing. Chain link fence isn’t effective for pups that turn out to be climbers.

Not all dogs are diggers, but some are and you’ll need to install a fence that includes an underground cable at the bottom to prevent tunneling escapes.

One of the ways to minimize the desire for a puppy to head for the other side of a fence is to install a solid barrier rather than a see-through option. Dogs that can see objects on the other side are more likely to try to escape, but less likely to bark at what they can’t view.

You’re responsible for the health, safety and welfare of your new pup. There are multiple types of wildlife, most notably alligators, which can and will prey upon your puppy and can scale fences with sufficient motivation. An invisible fence is never an option in Florida and it’s never a good idea to leave a puppy unattended, even within an enclosure.

Zepco Fence…South Florida’s Premier Fence Company

Since 1981 Zepco Fence has been providing superior quality fence products and installations to all of South Florida Residential and Commercial Property owners.

Serving all of Broward and Palm Beach County areas, we are the #1 Fence Company in South Florida.

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How to Create a Pet Proof Backyard

Creating a pet proof backyard entails more than just ensuring a pet can’t get out. It must also incorporate elements to keep roaming pets out, along with the wide variety of wildlife that could potentially enter. There’s also a multitude of factors that most people don’t consider, but are essential for keeping a dog safe from harm.

Chemicals

Canines should be kept away from lawns and plants that have been treated with fertilizers, insecticides and pesticides. Even the residue can result in a toxic response and fertilizers can burn the pads on a pet’s feet.

Clean the Premises

Damp, dark and debris-filled areas are prime real estate for fleas, mosquitoes and other pests. It’s a good idea to regularly clean doghouses and wash blankets or beds dogs use. Sweeping decks, porches and patios will help keep down pests. Don’t forget to address outdoor structures and storage sheds, along with the undersides of porches and decks.

Fencing

The enclosure will require a fencing option that the canine can’t climb, jump over, or dig under. From raccoons and deer to coyotes and the potential for an occasional panther, the barrier must also prevent wild or stray animals from squeezing through slats or panels, depending upon the style of fence that’s selected. Inspect the fence regularly for weak spots.

Another area where fencing will be critical is the pool. An estimated 5,000 canines die each year from pool-related accidents. Dogs don’t intuitively know how to get out of a pool. There are no guarantees, even with dogs that have undergone training to recognize steps and they may be unable to climb a ladder.

Mow Often

Fleas, ticks and other parasites live in grass and the longer the grass, the bigger the risk that they’ll hitch a ride on your pet and eventually into the house.

Plants

Dogs like to dig, chew, and roll around in greenery. Some types of flowers and bushes are poisonous to dogs, such as amaryllis, azaleas, daffodils, and tulips. It’s best to consult with a veterinarian on poisonous plants. Owners should be prepared to remove existing plants that are toxic and use extreme caution when installing new plantings.

Trash and Recycling

Dogs are naturally curious. They’ll delve into trash cans and recycling containers not understanding the potential for danger such as chocolate or chicken bones. Don’t store trash, recycling containers, antifreeze, cleaning supplies or any type of chemicals where pets can reach them. Antifreeze is deadly to pets.

Water and Shade

Hydration and a shady spot to rest are as important to dogs as it is to their human companions. Fresh, clean water should be available at all times and there should be enough shade plants that enable dogs to get out of direct sun at any time of the day as the sun moves across the sky. Dogs experience dehydration and heat sickness just as their human counterparts and can even die without appropriate shade.

Zepco Fence…South Florida’s Premier Fence Company

Since 1981 Zepco Fence has been providing superior quality fence products and installations to all of South Florida Residential and Commercial Property owners.

Serving all of Broward and Palm Beach County areas, we are the #1 Fence Company in South Florida.

We encourage you to contact us below to get started with a free estimate on your next fence project.

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Are there Fence Laws in Florida?

Fences provide privacy, mark borders and add value to property. No matter what type of fence is erected, there will be some requirements that must be met. Florida has laws and regulations that individuals must adhere to when they install a fence. If they don’t, individuals can be fined or even required to take it down.

Individuals can install a fence without the consent of their neighbor. Regulations vary among locations and governmental units and can be governed by if the property is an empty lot. It’s imperative that home and business owners have a recent survey of exactly where their property lines are before installing any fence.

Most communities require a permit be obtained before a fence is installed. There are also laws against how high the fence can be and in some instances, the fence can’t be built directly on the property line. Individuals may be required to erect it a specified number of inches or even feet away from the actual property line.

Tree branches are an issue that most people don’t consider after they’ve erected a fence. If healthy tree branches encroach on the property or fence, individuals have the right to trim them back. If dead branches from a neighbor’s property fall on the fence and damage it, the neighbor is responsible and can be liable for repairing or replacing the damaged fencing.

In many areas, if an individual installs a fence directly on the property line, the adjoining neighbor could be liable for a portion of the installation and maintenance costs. If the neighbor doesn’t want the fence, it can lead to disputes and even legal action. Having a fence installed by a professional is critical. They will know the laws, will be able to pull any permits needed, and explain what is required.

Zepco Fence…South Florida’s Premier Fence Company

Since 1981 Zepco Fence has been providing superior quality fence products and installations to all of South Florida Residential and Commercial Property owners.

Serving all of Broward and Palm Beach County areas, we are the #1 Fence Company in South Florida.

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Protecting the Public

From time immemorial, fences have been erected for protection. The barriers have expanded from use for personal safety to those designed to protect the public in parks, at construction sites, public pools, schools, and even penitentiaries.

The rise in terrorist attacks have also led to federal regulations that require fencing at sites ranging from water filtration plants to food processing facilities, along with mass transportation hubs, chemical facilities, power plants, and oil-related industries. The regulations are designed to protect the public from terrorist activity affecting food, water, utilities, and natural resources.

For facilities that come under federal regulations for safety, chain link fencing is recommended. It’s available in multiple heights, can be installed quickly, and can be topped with barbed wire or even razor wire for additional security.

Chain link is also economical for industrial and construction sites to prevent entry to locations that pose a serious danger. They’re low maintenance options to secure a perimeter and chain link fencing can be equipped with multiple types of gates, locking mechanisms, and high-tech access features.

In cities where a combination of beauty and functionality is desired, aluminum fencing with the appearance and aesthetic appeal of wrought iron is often utilized. It’s effective for directing foot traffic in parks and blocking access to waterways within those areas. Aluminum is also beneficial at venues where special entertainments are being held. It has the advantages of elegance, durability, and multiple styles and color choices.

PVC fencing is an alternative for public spaces that’s able to withstand severe winds and is available in multiple heights and colors. It’s low maintenance and is unaffected by UV rays or weather for a long-lasting solution.

An area of fencing for protecting the public that few people think about is that used in zoos, animal parks, and rescue organizations for dangerous, endangered, and exotic wildlife. Animal fencing must be designed and installed to exacting specifications and it’s just one area in which Zepco Fence specializes.

Zepco Fence…South Florida’s Premier Fence Company

Since 1981 Zepco Fence has been providing superior quality fence products and installations to all of South Florida Residential and Commercial Property owners.

Serving all of Broward and Palm Beach County areas, we are the #1 Fence Company in South Florida.

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Repair or Replace? That is the Question

There comes a time when every home or business owner contemplates the repair or replacement of their existing fence. It may be that it’s already costing a considerable amount for upkeep or you may just want a change. Each situation is different and the following tips may help you make a decision.

Wooden Fences

A wood fence can be a lot of work and even a little bit of neglect can result in big problems. The fencing requires regular maintenance and even wolmanized wood has its limitations. If you’re tired of regularly checking the fence’s hardware, you have boards that are warped, falling down, or have fallen prey to insects, it’s time to replace the fence.

If the fence was installed for privacy or to contain children and pets, a damaged fence is a safety hazard. If an entire section falls, it can seriously injure someone. It leaves the property open to invasion by trespassers, while opening an escape route for kids and pets.

PVC Fencing

The many styles of PVC fencing has made it popular for a wide array of uses. They’re generally long lasting, but even PVC fences can need to be replaced. If the original fence was installed with lower quality vinyl, it can be damaged by UV rays and become brittle. If holes were drilled, they can split. If the repairs to a PVC fence entails anything more than patching a hole or very small crack, it’s a good idea to have it replaced.

Metal Fencing

If any part of your metal fence is damaged or rusted, contact a fencing professional as soon as possible. Metal fencing that’s been damaged is an eyesore and poses a danger for injury to people and pets. Children can easily exit and trespassers and wildlife can enter. A professional can tell you if repair or replacement is the better option.

Updating

Sometimes an older fence just doesn’t serve its intended purpose, you want a change, or you’re looking for a more stylish solution. A company specializing in multiple types of fencing can assist you with more modern materials and options.

Zepco Fence…South Florida’s Premier Fence Company

Since 1981 Zepco Fence has been providing superior quality fence products and installations to all of South Florida Residential and Commercial Property owners.

Serving all of Broward and Palm Beach County areas, we are the #1 Fence Company in South Florida.

We encourage you to contact us below to get started with a free estimate on your next fence project.

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SimTek® Combines Beauty and Durability

Fences are designed to accomplish a variety of tasks, add beauty to the landscape, and be durable. SimTek® fencing meets all those criteria and is strong enough to stand up to the extremes in weather that sometimes comes to South Florida.

Durability

SimTek® fencing has some unique abilities that are especially important for those that live in areas where hurricanes can strike. The fencing is able to withstand hurricane force winds of 110 mph and gusts of up to 130 mph. Each panel is reinforced with steel rails.

It also contains UV inhibitors that prevent degradation and fading from the sun so the colors maintain their vibrant appearance. SimTek® is also able to handle temperature extremes of up to 140° F without cracking or warping. It’s resistant to graffiti, won’t attract insects, never needs painting, and its maintenance free.

Beauty

A SimTek® fence is available in multiple colors and the unique manufacturing process enables it to imitate the appearance of wood or stone. The fences stand out and add value to any property. Panels can be adjusted to the slope of properties so there are no gaps in height. They can be topped in a variety of ways with lighting and other decorative touches.

A Fence for Every Need

SimTek® fencing is eco-friendly and made from a proprietary blend of recycled materials. The fencing itself is also recyclable. It makes an excellent sound barrier able to block 98 percent of direct noise, while providing privacy and enhanced security.

The fencing is excellent for containing children and pets – or keeping trespassers out. The minimalistic nature of the texturing makes the fencing difficult for children or intruders to gain purchase should they decide to attempt to climb it.

The hallmarks of a SimTek® fence are durability and beauty, both of which are important factors when choosing a fence for homes and businesses. It’s also an economical solution since it has a long lifespan.

Zepco Fence…South Florida’s Premier Fence Company

Since 1981 Zepco Fence has been providing superior quality fence products and installations to all of South Florida Residential and Commercial Property owners.

Serving all of Broward and Palm Beach County areas, we are the #1 Fence Company in South Florida.

We encourage you to contact us below to get started with a free estimate on your next fence project.

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Fences Don’t Have to be Ugly

Fences are no longer the ugly and utilitarian constructs used in the past. Today’s fencing options offer colors and technologically advanced materials to accommodate any preference and to do so in a decorative and stylish manner. Fencing for security doesn’t have to be unattractive and aesthetically pleasing fencing doesn’t have to sacrifice security.

Modern day fences add curb appeal to homes and increases property value. Wood rail and rustic fencing is a popular choice for creating an open and inviting demeanor that brings to mind farms, ranches and is popular in rural areas. It’s particularly attractive for properties with large yards that cover extensive space and can be configured in multiple ways.

The traditional picket fence popularized in TV and films is no longer a simple combination of posts and stakes. They can be customized in multiple ways, are available with a variety of caps and posts, and can be equipped with decorative lighting. The fences are offered in multiple colors, materials, and can even be paired with metal mesh for a unique look.

Chain link fencing has been popular for decades to protect property, ensure the safety of children and pets, and provide a see-through barrier. The fencing is strong, durable, resists corrosion, and is one of the most cost effective fencing options available. It can be paired with vines, bushes, and flowering plants to soften its appearance and provide cover and food for birds and pollinators.

Stockade fencing is one of the most often used solutions for privacy and security, but it’s come a long way from the plain, featureless fences of decades past. Individuals can choose from stockade fencing constructed from SimTek, PVC and vinyl, all of which is highly decorative and low-maintenance. Stockade fencing is offered in an extensive range of colors, styles and textures that imitates natural stone.

Today’s fences are beautiful and add significant value to the properties they occupy. With the wide range of materials available and optional features, fences are elegant, functional, and can be customized in various ways to capture the unique character of any property.

Zepco Fence…South Florida’s Premier Fence Company

Since 1981 Zepco Fence has been providing superior quality fence products and installations to all of South Florida Residential and Commercial Property owners.

Serving all of Broward and Palm Beach County areas, we are the #1 Fence Company in South Florida.

We encourage you to contact us below to get started with a free estimate on your next fence project.

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How High? Considering Fence Height

Bigger isn’t always better when considering how high a fence will be. There are a multitude of factors to consider whether it’s a property’s first fence or an upgrade to an existing barrier. Individuals will need to consider the height, material and purpose, along with local rules and regulations governing fencing in the community.

Residential and commercial fencing typically have different requirements and those can vary depending upon specific locations. For residential customers that are contemplating the installation of fencing, the primary concern should be the purpose the fence will serve.

Security

Whether it’s to keep children and pets out or unwanted people and wildlife out, a fence can accomplish all those goals. Solid fencing and those with vertical rails will aid in discouraging trespassers from trying to climb it and security gates and systems can be added. The height will be determined by what individuals are trying to keep in or out.

Privacy

The height of a privacy fence will depend on the slope of the land and the size of the area to be shielded, such as a patio, pool or hot tub. Homeowners may want to have a barrier that provided privacy in one place or throughout the entire property. A privacy fence will typically be constructed of material with little or no space between sections. A fencing professional will be able to ensure that the fence meets local regulations, and provides the privacy required for the desired area.

Noise Barrier

Living on a busy street can be extremely noisy, making it difficult to listen to music, watch TV or even sit outside in a peaceful atmosphere. Solid fencing materials are available that dampen noise and can be installed for any desired height. They can be solid or have small spaces between the boards to let light filter in, and can be paired with plantings if desired.

Wind Block

Fencing does more than beautify properties. It’s also very effective at blocking or interrupting wind from areas where homeowners entertain, especially if they have a fire pit or other outdoor flame. A fence can be especially beneficial for those that live in coastal areas as a means of preventing sand from blowing into the yard and are usually no more than three feet in height when used as a sand barrier.

Swimming Pool Safety

Most communities have very specific laws that require pools to be fenced, gated for safety, and state minimum height requirements. They should have an automatic locking gate, no handholds with which children can climb, and security systems can be installed to alert owners when the gate is opened.

Before Fencing

It’s best to hire a fencing professional that is knowledgeable in local laws governing fencing heights and if there’s a required setback on the property. A professional can help clients choose the right type of fencing for their needs that also conforms to community specifications.

Zepco Fence…South Florida’s Premier Fence Company

Since 1981 Zepco Fence has been providing superior quality fence products and installations to all of South Florida Residential and Commercial Property owners.

Serving all of Broward and Palm Beach County areas, we are the #1 Fence Company in South Florida.

We encourage you to contact us below to get started with a free estimate on your next fence project.

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