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Bufftech™ Fencing 2013 Updates

As a dealer of Bufftech™ fencing products we have partnered with the manufacturer to help them meet the fast paced growing demand for an alternative to precast concrete fencing, high cost rock walls, and masonry walls. Bufftech™ fence has essentially reinvented the idea of simulated rock walls with the most cost effective alternative that is easy to install with a minimum impact on your existing landscape.

The faux rock wall appearance of Bufftech™ comes from their patented design of rotational-molded recycled polyethylene found in the Ecostone panels, and virgin polyethylene materials found in EcoStone Plus panels, posts, post caps, and other accessories.

Recent 2013 Updates to Bufftech™

Available Colors

All of the fade resistant 7 colors: White Granite, Grey Granite, Desert Granite, Beige Granite, Black Granite, Brown Granite, and Dark Brown Granite beginning in 2013 are available in both EcoStone(2013) or EcoStone Plus(2013) [formerly known as Proline].

 

While color formulas have changed the original formula colors of EcoStone (2011-2012) will still be available on a special order basis as an EcoStone Classic color. This is also the case with the original Bufftech™ Proline (2007-2012) fencingwhich can be special orderd as Proline Classic for existing fence line extensions.

 

Reality about Bufftech™ colors:

While the manufacturer indicates that there is a slight difference in the color formulation of Ecostone Classic (2011-2012) colors compared to the Proline fence (2007-2012) and the New EcoStone (2013) or EcoStone Plus (2013 )ALLof these fence product lines very closely approximate the original Proline fence (2007-2012) colors in appearance with the exception of the Ecostone Classic (2011-2012) brown color.

 

Added Strength

Bufftech™ also reports that the new formula blends also result in an even more robust product structurally for EcoStone Plus (2013 ).

 

New Gate Option:

Now a new Variable –Sized gate with an internal steel frame and Bufftech™ shells and uprights, can be built onsite to the width of the opening. This eliminates the need to wait for a special order sized gate from the factory.

Staying the Same:

  • Gates:

Standard width gates 3’, 4’, 5’, 6’ and special order gates for oversized openings are still available.

  • Warranty:
    • EcoStone: 25 year Manufacturer Warranty
    • EcoStone Plus: Lifetime Manufacturer Warranty
  • Superior Wind Rating: certified to constant hurricane force winds up to 110 mph and 130 mph gusts
  • Stability: both durable and stable in temperature extremes( -40° to 140° F)
  • Sound Cancelation: Blocks 98% of direct sound with a sound transmission class (STC) rating of 26
  • Green Solution: while all Bufftech™ fencing is made from recyclable plastic, EcoStone panels are made from 25% recycled plastic earning a LEED Certification rating of 3-4 points
  • Graffiti Resistant: the closed molecular structure and chemically inert properties of the polyethylene plastic (same type of plastic used for gasoline containers) allow for a simple pressure washer removal process for most graffiti , and removal with carburetor cleaner for stubborn paints.
  • Made in the USA
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Extend Outdoor Living

Building a fence or deck is a great way to extend your living space beyond the walls of your home. With recently improved color and railing options for composite decking, you have virtually endless design capabilities.

Composite materials are an innovative building solution that combines plastic and wood by integrating the best qualities of both – composites will no rot and do not need to be stained.

A great imagination and a great contractor can help you create an extension of your living space that is both unique and complementary to your home and personality.

Another key part to your outdoor living experience is a fence. Fences provide safety, security and privacy. If the correct product is chosen, a fence will also provide an attractive and durable backdrop for your yard and landscape.

Cedar fencing has typically been the fence of choice for beauty and strength. However, because of maintenance connected with wood, vinyl has become increasingly popular despite its lower strength and limited aesthetic appeal.

Now, new composite fencing products such as Trex (the leader in composite decking) have come to the market to offer the same qualities and benefits as their popular composite decking. Providing the beauty and strength of wood and the ease and care of vinyl fencing products, this product is also available in several colors: Saddle, Madeira, Woodland Brown and Winchester Grey. This palette of eye-catching colors can be matched to your deck, trim or siding to help complement your beautiful home and landscape.

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Eco Friendly Product

What do you get when you combine school children, plastic bags, and math? You get a Trex Product! Matoaca Middle School in Chesterfield, Virginia and Trex building products have teamed up for the second year. Students collect and count plastic shopping bags, newspaper bags, dry cleaning bags and food bags. After counting the bags, students graph the data for use in math and science class activities. Trex processes the plastic bags into alternative decking and patio materials.

Trex Seclusions fencing and decking products are serious about the commitment to the environment. Back that with Trex’s unmatched 25-year limited fade and stain warranty and all your left to worry about is if your house will last as long as your deck. This is why Fence & Deck Supply is proud to be Utah’s Trex Fencing supplier.

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Form and Function – Trex

There are two purposes for a fence: form and function. If you only want a fence to do its job (keep people, animals, and other stuff out of your yard) then you may as well go with a chain link fence around your front yard. While this may be the most economical way to go, it doesn’t accomplish the second purpose of a fence: the form.

Most people want their fence to not only provide security for their yard and home, but also to make it look good. Your fence is the first thing that people notice about your home, even before your home itself. Why not make it look really good instead of focusing on the industrial chain link look? Consider some of my favorite options for having a fence that not only provides excellent security and strength, but also packages your home in an attractive fence.

Trex Posts with Ornamental Panels

This is my favorite look. By adding the Trex Posts (particularly in Saddle or Woodland Brown) it will make your iron fence more robust and add a new layer of depth to your yard. Plus, after all your landscaping and yard work do you really want to distract from your yard with a privacy fence?

Trex Composite Fencing

So maybe you want to cover up your yard or are not comfortable with having everyone see your house. Trex Composite Fencing alone provides the best look for a yard. I recommend using a two toned look with Saddle Posts, Top and Bottom Rail and Woodland Brown Pickets (seen below). This adds a new dimension to your fence line while not increasing the cost for materials at all.

Not set on either of these designs? Also look into Bufftech Faux Rock Fencing for an attractive option.

Premium Cedar Fencing

The Benefits of Fence and Deck Supply Fences

  • No surprises: Every board has been graded, ensuring that you’re getting the highest quality of Western Red Cedar.
  • Consistent supply: We maintain a well-stocked supply of all its cedar to meet all incoming orders. We maintain more products in our inventory at any one time than our competitors. If you need it, Fence and Deck Supply has it.
  • Dependability for your business: When it comes to pleasing your customers you don’t want any surprises. Cedar fencing products will help you build your business and make your clients happy ones.
  • Customer services: We provide tools and support resources that makes the sales process for distributors and installers easier.

To care for your new Cedar Fence consider the following ideas:

  • Consider staining, oiling or painting your Cedar fence. Paints will last the longest (up to 10 years) followed by stains (4 years) and oils (2 years).
  • Reapply a fresh coat periodically. Western Red Cedar is extremely resilient to weathering but if you want your fence looking the way you prefer and in top condition, remember to periodically add another coat when it’s the right time. Just remember to first clean your fence thoroughly before applying that fresh coat.
  • Perform periodic checks and patch cracks. By repairing breaks in your wood you’re keeping water from getting into the deeper structure of the fence. When it freezes this water will expand and push the wood further apart, resulting in a split.
  • Replace broken boards and reattach loose ones. Pets and children will try and find ways to get around or underneath your fence. Simple maintenance will help keep them from roaming outside your yard – or from getting in.
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Tie Fork Installation

A project of that CFC installed recently was featured on Design Cost Data recently. We enjoyed installing the split rail fence around the Tie Fork Rest Area in Tucker, Utah. It is a beautiful facility and the split rail fencing is the perfect addition.

“During the early 1900’s the Town of Tucker, Utah had a population of about 200 people. Tucker started as a simple railroad junction, between the main line of the Denver and Rio Grande Western railroad and the spur of the Utah and Pleasant Valley Railway and ran to the mines of the area. In 1913 the railroad was re-aligned and completely rerouted. With the railroad rerouted, the town was abandoned. In the years hence the state of Utah used the abandoned town site for a rest area. Tucker Rest area (Milepost 204) was built in 1969 and served travelers for 40 years.

In 2009, the Tucker rest area was removed for a highway safety project. To honor the town, the state of Utah built a replacement facility about 2 miles downstream from Tucker and the new facility was named the Tie Fork Rest Area. The UDOT concept team felt it was important to build the restroom and visitor center to resemble a train depot of the early 1900’s. A train depot would pay tribute to the town of Tucker and also to the railroad heritage of the area. The design and project were impressive and voted one of the most beautiful buildings in Utah in a contest sponsored by the American Institute of Architects in 2010.”

Read the rest of the article here.

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When to Stain

I am often asked how soon you should stain your fence this is the answer that I have found:

The most common reason for staining a fence is two-fold; aesthetics (the look of the thing) and preservation (stain helps to extend the life of some types of wood). 

For untreated wood (except cedar) you can and in most areas should stain your fence immediately you finish putting it up. 
Semi-transparency or solid, latex/acrylic or oil based stains all work and have various pros and cons.
 

For cedar fences, personal taste is your best guide. This is one of the woods where preservation is less needed. Teak and cypress being two others (but the prices for these can be prohibitive). 
Good cedar will “silver” within a year or two, depending on your area, and the amount of “weather” you experience. If you like the look of silvered cedar, it is completely unnecessary to do anything but wait.
 
If, however, you do not like the “silvered” look, the fence will need to be stained, usually after the first year.
 

Pressure treated wood should be allowed to weather a bit before staining. It usually comes with a bit of color from the chemicals used in the process, so it is best to let that fade, particularly if you are using a semi-transparent stain. 
Depending on your area and the amount of “weather” you get this will take anywhere from 2 months to a year.
 
Once the wood has started to grey give it a good cleaning, allow it to dry, and then apply your stain.
 
If you are using a solid stain, the timing is less important, you can usually paint it with a solid stain within weeks of finishing your project.

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Powder Coating

The Fortress Iron fencing and railing we sell and install comes in a black color. Most customers like the black color for the fencing and railing, because it is a basic color and accents most colors well. Although, some customers may already have an iron fence or rail and they need something to match the existing materials. If this is the case, all is not lost. Powder coating is a great option, and there are many colors available to match most any existing iron projects.

Powder coating is a method of applying a “decorative and protective finish to a wide range of materials and products” (http://www.accentornamentaliron.com/our-work/powder-coating/). It is applied by grinding particles of pigment and resin and spraying it onto the desired surface. The powder adheres to the surface by using electricity. After the coating is sprayed onto the surface, it is cured in an oven.

Although Fortress Iron fencing is specifically designed to be protected (with a 20 year warranty) and doesn’t necessarily need the extra protection from the coating, it will allow you to get the specific color you may need to match to another existing material. (For additional information on Fortress fencing, visit their website at www.thefortresscompany.com.)

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Fortress Ornamental Iron vs. Ameristar Ornamental Iron

A Comparison of Fortress Ornamental and Ameristar Ornamental Fencing

In our 25+ years of experience in the fencing industry we have seen a lot of fencing products come and go. Just like our customers CFC Fences & Decks does a significant amount of research before we purchase, stock, and offer any product. The strict criteria we use not only evaluates the product but the financial stability of the manufacturer and the strength of their warranty. In the category of ornamental fencing often referred to as “Ornamental Iron” or “Wrought Iron” we can confidently offer you Fortress Ornamental Fencing.

The premium quality of Fortress Ornamental Fencing offers the most durable, warranty coated, yet cost effective system capable of handling the most aggressive grade changes.

While the popular Fortress Versai® residential line is an improvement to our competitors Ameristar Montage® fencing the 3 panel styles, optional picket finials, and post caps are essentially the same. The same is true with the Commercial grade Fortress Versai 2 ® that we offer instead of the Ameristar Montage Plus® available elsewhere.

While the Fortress Shield warranty backed coating in our experience is equal to the Ameristar E-Coat warranty, Fortress has superior UV Resistance. Fortress Versai ®also has a superior rail to picket connection with a hidden pin hinge instead of a spot welded L tab. This also allows Fortress panels to rack (follow the slope) 18” beyond the Ameristar limit of 30”. While both products are made out of G-60 Steel Fortress Versai boasts 14% more steel in the rail, and 10% more steel in its 5/8” sq. picket. Fortress also has a 15% advantage in corrosion resistance in salt spray tests a deciding factor for fencing along a roadway.

Clearance Materials

Here at CFC Fences and Decks we accumulate quite a bit of fence and deck materials that we can offer at clearance prices. This materials is sometimes extra from install jobs we do, sometimes it is slightly damaged materials that is not good enough for us to use on our install jobs. We often have Cedar Fence materials like, posts, slats, and rails that are damaged, have cracks, or are warped. We offer these materials at sometimes 50% off retail Prices.

We also have shorter pieces of composite decking that we offer at super good deals! If you have a small deck, a landing or even just some stairs there is a chance we might have enough for the job. We have random railing parts that could also be of use. We have had people buy our wood for firewood. People often buy our clearance decking and wood to build garden boxes. We even have had customers buy clearance materials to build a tree house. We have a clearance page that has an updated list of the clearance materials that we have. www.fenceutah.com/sales Also look out for our red clearance flag when we have special deals or items we are trying to sell fast.