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Keeping Your new Home Safe

Safety in your new home is one of the thoughts that should be paramount in your mind. There are some basic measures you can take to help deter would-be prowlers and intruders. The methods are equally effective if you’re going on vacation or if you have long commutes and work hours. In the excitement of moving in, it’s easy to forget that 73 percent of burglaries and break-ins occur in residential neighborhoods.

Alarm Systems

Installing an alarm system is a basic safety precaution that may also save you on homeowner’s insurance costs. If your new home comes equipped with an alarm system, change the code immediately. Ensure windows have a sticker indicating the home is protected by a security system and place one in the front yard. It’s proven to discourage anyone targeting the home.

Landscaping

Be sure to keep hedges trimmed and growth around doors and windows to a minimum and at a height of no more than three feet to deter crime. Planting prickly or spiky bushes near windows also helps. Mulch them with gravel – the sound of crunching gravel is a definite deterrent.

Lights

Homes that are well-lit are unappealing to thieves and burglars. Invest in some inexpensive timers for different areas of the home. It’s also helpful to alternate the rooms that are lit. The same light in the same window every night establishes a pattern that can be easily tracked by intruders. TVs can typically be set to go on at specific times from the device itself. Smart timers are also available that can be set and monitored from your phone.

Locks

Changing the locks should be at the top of every new homeowner’s to-do list. You never know who might have a key to the existing locks, from local teens to the neighbor across the street.

Motion Detectors

For outdoor usage, few items are as effective and inexpensive as motion detector lighting. The devices should be installed on all four sides of the dwelling. Additional motion detector floodlights should be installed in particularly dark areas or those where people could easily hide.

Video Doorbell

Video doorbells are a smart way to monitor who comes to your door, whether it’s a delivery driver or the mailman. A common ploy used by burglars is to ring the doorbell first to see if anyone answers. A video doorbell will notify you if anyone is at the door via your phone no matter where you happen to be and allow you to respond. You’ll never have to open the door without knowing who is on the other side.

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Pool Fence Laws in Florida

People planning a pool in Florida often forget one of the most important items required by law – a pool fence. Florida law requires every pool owner to install a barrier at least 48 inches in height for any pool that’s 24 inches or more in depth. It can’t have any gaps, openings or other entrances that a curious or unattended child could climb over, crawl under, or push through.

The pool fence must be installed in such a way to ensure it surrounds and blocks off the entire pool and it can’t have any protrusions or indentations that a child could use as a handhold. Pool fence laws apply to in-ground pools and above-ground pools. There are a number of associated laws that govern night swimming, pools and decks and similar situations, many of which new pool owners aren’t aware of until they’ve already contracted for the pool to be installed.

When selecting a pool fence, there are multiple options from which to choose. Many people automatically think of chain link fence because it’s cost effective, can be installed quickly, and is the option of choice for location near lakes and waterways. It’s a good choice and also comes with a bottom cable to prevent unwanted wildlife and pets from entering.

SimTek is another choice that provides beauty, safety, and stylishness. It’s extremely durable and easy to maintain, is available in textures that mimic wood and stone, and provides exceptional sound absorption. It’s also eco-friendly. PVC fencing is another option that is long-lasting, resistant to hurricane winds, highly decorative, and has a lifetime warranty.

For a luxury look that combines elegance with functionality, aluminum fences are an aesthetically pleasing alternative to chain link that’s available in multiple colors and styles. It’s a great way to meet pool protection laws. The rails and gates can be customized for complete safety. Wood stockade fencing is also available.

A pool is a wonderful way to cool off and a focal point for entertaining. It’s also essential that pool owners be in compliance with laws for the safety of small children that don’t understand the danger.

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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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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.

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Commercial Fencing for Protecting Your Business

If you’re a business owner, there may come a time when you may want or need temporary fencing for your enterprise. There are a number of options that can be employed singly or in conjunction with others when you need temporary fencing to protect your business.

Temporary Fencing

Chain link fencing offers a good temporary solution for a wide variety of properties. It provides security, can be installed quickly, and offers a cost-effective solution. It deters trespassers and is an excellent way to protect your customers, employees, and vendors from potentially dangerous situations such as construction work.

Another benefit of chain link fencing is that it can be equipped with barbed wire or razor wire at the top for additional security. A cable can also be installed at the bottom to prevent pets and unwanted wildlife from entering.

When specific notices must be posted, it’s easy to display them on chain link and the fencing is effective for containing activity during promotional events. They’re equally effective for restricting access to property during demonstrations, parades and similar events.

Privacy

The unique weather in South Florida means that restaurants, bars and similar establishments can extend their customer space through fenced in patios for al fresco service. There are several types of fencing, including PVC and SimTek, that provides privacy for consumers while aiding in blocking street noise. They’re aesthetically pleasing, impact resistant, almost maintenance free, and eco-friendly options.

Commercial properties such as housing complexes and equipment rentals can also benefit from privacy fencing. On a smaller scale, privacy fencing is a sound investment for hiding unsightly electrical boxes or dumpsters that increases curb appeal.

Barbed Wire

Most people immediately envision a farm or ranch when they think of barbed wire fencing, but it has other uses. It can be added to other types of fencing as an added deterrent to potential trespassers. However, you need to be aware that there are very stringent laws governing the use of barbed wire in any capacity.

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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.

Call Today at 954-410-9570

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