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Tips for Choosing Fence Material for Your Yard

Homeowners have multiple material choices for their fencing. You can choose from metal, PVC, wood, vinyl, composite, SimTek®, and masonry styles with a wealth of design options within each material type. There are pros and cons for each type and you can use the following tips for selecting the fencing materials that best fits your individual needs.

Building Codes and HOAs

Communities often have their own set of building codes about the type, style, color, materials, and height of the fencing that can be erected. If your area has a homeowners association (HOA) your options may be limited to what the HOA allows.

Cost

Fencing and the installation can represent a significant expense and you’ll need to know how much you can or are willing to spend. You may need to budget more to the project or seek a more cost-effective alternative, depending upon what you envision for your property.

Durability

The predations of insect pests, mold, and degradation from wind, rain, sun, and salt spray are very real considerations. The ability of your fence to withstand those elements and the unique climate will also be a consideration for the long-term durability of the fencing you choose.

Maintenance

Some types of fencing require regular inspections and periodic maintenance, while others are almost maintenance-free. Some may need to be painted, stained or sealed. An additional consideration in Florida is hurricanes and the associated damage they can sustain or inflict. Some types of fencing are able to withstand hurricane-force winds.

Objective

It’s important to know why you want a fence. They can be used for beautification, safety and security, to contain children or pets, minimizing road-noise, or to establish boundaries. The reason you want a fence will influence the material that’s selected.

Style

You may want a fence that blends into the surrounding architecture and prevailing styles or you may want something that’s a marked departure that makes your home stand out. You can choose from highly elaborate styles or no-frills options, but you should always research any relevant codes and regulations before making a decision.

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Privacy Meets Style with SimTek® Fencing

In the not so distant past, individuals had to choose between beauty and utilitarianism in their fencing choices. That changed with the advanced technology that produced SimTek® fencing options and provided individuals with beautiful functionality and extreme durability. It’s become the go-to fencing for homeowners, businesses, and commercial sites due to its versatility.

The unique manufacturing process enables SimTek® fencing to appear as multiple materials from wood and masonry to granite, with a variety of textures. It’s available in multiple colors to blend seamlessly with the surrounding character and architecture of any neighborhood.

SimTek® provides all the beauty of luxury materials, but without any of the time consuming maintenance. The fencing is maintenance free, resistant to graffiti, and can be refreshed and cleaned by simply rinsing it down with a hose. It provides an effective barrier against outside noises for a more tranquil outdoor environment.

The beauty factor is one of the reasons that SimTek® has gained a reputation as the most versatile fencing worldwide. The different styles make it desirable for homes, businesses and commercial settings for beautification, while providing safety and security. It’s retains its durability in extreme temperatures.

A primary concern in Florida is hurricanes, a weather phenomenon for which few states must plan. SimTek® fencing is able to withstand winds of up to 110 mph and gusts of 130 mph. Severe weather conditions don’t stop there. Florida is one of the top tornado-producing states and the fencing is equally able to handle the swirling winds of the twisters. SimTek® is also certified to meet the Miami-Dade County Building Code Compliance rules.

The beauty of SimTek® fencing is unsurpassed and it’s also an eco-friendly choice. Crafted from recycled materials, it can also be recycled at the end of its substantial lifespan. No trees are cut down for use in construction of the fencing, providing individuals with the satisfaction of knowing their fence is beautiful, stylish, and preserves the Earth’s precious natural resources.

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® Fencing

Many home and business owners are turning to SimTek® fencing due to its many color and texture options, combined with a variety of singular abilities. Created through a proprietary process, it’s a blend of recycled and virgin plastic that’s molded into textured fencing with the luxury appearance of real wood grains, stone and stucco.

Beauty is a prime attraction of SimTek® fencing that increases the value of any property and adds curb appeal. It’s available in six rich designer colors of beige, black, brown, desert, grey and white to accommodate existing features and blend into the character of any locale.

It’s manufactured with UV inhibitors so fencing maintains its vibrant color for many years. The colors won’t fade or degrade in Florida’s generously sunny climate. SimTek® is resistant to negative organic processes that include salt spray, making it an ideal solution even for homes and businesses close to the ocean. The fencing is resistant to graffiti and only requires a pressure wash to keep colors bright and attractive.

Color, style and texture aren’t the only features that make SimTek® one of the most highly sought fencing materials. Ocean breezes can make for an idyllic atmosphere, but when hurricane winds blow, SimTek® fencing can bear sustained winds of 110 mph, gusts of 130 mph without damage, and it’s even certified to meet the wind loads of Miami-Dade County.

While Florida doesn’t suffer from temperature extremes, it’s comforting to know that SimTek® fencing remains stable in temperatures ranging from minus 40 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit. It also forms an excellent sound barrier that’s able to block up to 98 percent of sound from the surrounding environment.

SimTek® never requires staining or painting and it won’t fade, crack or warp for a fencing solution that provides enduring beauty. It also has the advantage of being an eco-friendly solution. It utilizes recycled content in its manufacture and can be recycled in turn at the end of its considerable lifetime.

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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Fence Longevity

Whether you’re a homeowner or a business owner, you want to get the best value for your money. The longevity of your fence will depend on a multiple elements. You’ll have to compare costs and contrast them against factors such as materials, intended purpose, aesthetic value, and ability to customize.

Wood

The longevity of a wood fence will depend largely on the type of wood used in its construction. Untreated cedar will last anywhere from 15-30 years, spruce can endure for 4-7 years, while pine can weather the elements for 5-12 years. Treated cedar can last 25-40 years, and treated spruce and pine can last for up to 20 years.

Even the treated wood utilized in today’s fencing is subject to moisture from the ground and weather. Wood fences should be inspected regularly for splitting, splintering and rusting of hardware. The wood can also be stained or painted to accommodate its surroundings.

Chain Link

Cost effective and easily installed, a chain link fence will serve its purpose for about 20 years, a vinyl coating will extend its lifespan by several years, and it won’t rust. Chain link offers security and requires little maintenance, but doesn’t provide privacy. Color options are limited and doesn’t allow for much customization.

Aluminum

An aluminum fence is durable, doesn’t rust, and can be customized. It’s available in an array of colors and provides security. Aluminum fencing can last for 20 years with almost no maintenance. It’s an elegant and stately look that adds value to any property.

PVC

The average lifespan of a PVC fence is 20-30 years and many come with a lifetime warranty. PVC fencing is fire-resistant, won’t attract pests, and is unaffected by weather and UV rays. Over 30 decorative and unique options are offered, it requires very little maintenance, and it’s available in a myriad of colors. It doesn’t rot, won’t attract pests, and is non-toxic. PVC fencing is also recyclable.

SimTek®

This is the king when it comes to style, texture and color options, and will last about 25 years on average. It resembles the look of stone and wood grains. SimTek® is resistant to impacts, is noise dampening, and provides security. It’s one of the most durable fencing materials offered and almost completely maintenance free. It’s able to withstand hurricane force winds of up to 110 mph and gusts up to 130. It’s unaffected by sun and extreme temperatures.

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 have Come a Long Way

The purposes for which fences are erected and the materials from which they’re manufactured have changed dramatically over the years. Fences are being put to new uses, new styles are available, and eco-friendly materials now exist that require nothing more than a quick rinse twice a year to maintain them in pristine condition.

For millennia, fencing was typically nothing more than brush piled together to form a barrier to keep animals in and prevent people and wild animals from entering. As civilization progressed, logs were used and mud placed to fill in the cracks. Stones and rocks became the preferred method later on, followed by bricks, concrete and metal.

The primary uses of a fence were for safety, protection and defense of people and animals that were a family’s livelihood. Fences served a variety of purposes, from keeping people from falling from heights to preventing trespassers from entering construction sites. Barbed wire was introduced in the 1870s.

Today, fences are available in a wide variety of styles and materials and new uses have emerged. One of the most common reasons for erecting a fence is to hide unsightly items from view that includes trash cans and dumpsters, electrical boxes, air conditioning units, and generators. Fences are used to keep things from view ranging from large vehicles and swimming pools to patios and deck areas.

Today’s fencing encompasses a variety of materials that are almost completely maintenance free and can withstand hurricane winds of up to 110 mph and gusts of 130 mph. Fencing is offered in molded panels that replicate the look and texture of stone or wood, along with a wealth of colors to accommodate any style or preference. Eco-friendly options are offered that are manufactured from recycled materials and can be recycled in turn at the end of their life span.

Fencing has come a long way from its origins. It can still protect and provide privacy, but it’s also a stylish option and being utilized in new and innovative ways. Today’s fencing is highly durable, resistant to graffiti, blocks sound, and is a cost effective way to beautify properties.

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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Solid or See Through?

Fencing is available in so many colors, styles and materials it can be difficult to decide what to choose. Fencing materials run the gamut from wood, aluminum and PVC/vinyl to SimTek, chain link, and wrought iron. One characteristic will be fairly easy to decide – if the fence will be solid or see-through.

The materials can be utilized in a variety of ways to create solid or see through fences, though some perform best when used in specific ways. Much will depend on the reason the fence is being erected, local regulations, and taking into account personal preferences.

There are advantages and drawbacks to each type of material. Wood will need to be stained, painted, or replaced periodically. Aluminum and PVC/vinyl won’t rust and doesn’t need painting. It’s a relatively low-maintenance option that’s also economical. SimTek is eco-friendly and one of the most versatile and durable materials available.

See-Through Fencing

A stand-alone see-through fence can provide security, safety for children and pets, and doesn’t prevent natural light from entering. The biggest benefit of see-through fencing is that it enables people see out. It can keep intruders and unwanted wildlife out. The fencing styles have the advantage of being decorative and aesthetically pleasing.

Solid Fencing

A solid fence has a variety of benefits, not least of which is privacy and the ability to completely block activities from neighbors and the street. They provide increased security to prevent wildlife and intruders from entering and it’s equally effective for keeping children and pets inside and safe.

Solid fencing can be used in a myriad of situations to address specific problems. It buffers street sounds and noises for a more tranquil environment. It’s also effective as a windbreak and for coastal dwellers as a barrier against blowing sand and debris.

Pick the Purpose

One of the most important decisions individuals can make is why they want a fence. It doesn’t have to provide privacy, safety or a barrier against noise. It can simply be ornamental, decorative, and enhance the aesthetics and value of the 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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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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Why SimTek Fencing is a Popular Choice

Wood and metal fences have their uses, but SimTek fencing has become the gold standard for color, style, texture, and durability. It’s especially appropriate for applications in Florida since it can withstand hurricane-force winds of up to 110 mph and gusts of up to 130 mph.

The fencing is molded using a proprietary method that provides the authentic beauty and textured feel of wood grains, stucco, and granite stone surfaces. It can be adorned with multiple types of caps and corner posts to accommodate any taste or preference and is available in a wide range of colors.

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