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When Fences and Snowplows Aren’t a Good Mix

Alan Livingston - Monday, December 08, 2014

So, you had a beautiful fence installed over the summer. You’ve kept it clean and well-maintained so it stays attractive, durable and practical. After all, your home is your castle.

But winter is underway, and with it, tons of snow just might be in your neck of the woods. Soon, the drone of snow plows will be heard scraping down your streets. You understand that roadways must be cleared of snow for drivers, but honestly, does all that snow have to be piled up against your fence? Probably, as homeowners we don’t always get to choose. There are, however, some steps you can take to reduce the chance of damage.

Protecting Your Fence from Snow Removal: Be Visible

The best way to protect your fence from damage by heavy snow tossed by the snowplow is to put up wooden stakes with bright orange paint so that plow drivers can see where your fence is located. If you leave your fence as a guessing game, you run the risk of damage that needs to be addressed come spring. This is avoidable.

Protecting Your Fence from Snow Removal: Be Proactive

Go outside after the plows have made a pass and shovel the snow off your fence. Or push it off with a broom. Or put on mittens and use the snow for a snowball fight or to make a snowman. You get the idea.

Don’t Let the Snow Plow Cost You Time & Money

Heavy snow won’t make your strong, expertly installed Saratoga Fence buckle, but if hit by a plow, it could be damaged, and come spring, you’ll have some unhappy surprises.

All of us at Saratoga Fence wish you a happy holiday season, with as little snow damage as possible. Contact us for all of your fence needs, even replacement. And don’t be shy, feel free to share this post with your neighbors – you might get some extra holiday cookies this year.

Attractive or Durable Fencing? You Can Have Both!

Alan Livingston - Thursday, November 13, 2014
Durable and Attractive Fence

If you've always had visions of a white picket fence circling your home, you know that fencing can be both practical and attractive. 

At Saratoga Fence, our products go far beyond the white picket fence, but you’ll never have to sacrifice beauty for durability. We offer only the finest quality vinyl and aluminum fencing. Virtually maintenance free, our vinyl fencing will enhance the beauty and style of your home. Our fencing will also add value to your property by maintaining its fresh new appearance. 

Our vinyl fences are crafted to be beautiful, durable and easy to care for in years to come. They’re manufactured to stand up to the rigid weather conditions in the Northeast and to retain consistent color. You can count on our vinyl fencing to never rot, chip, peel, fade, rust, or need painting.  

A properly installed vinyl fence will enhance and beautify your property without all of the time consuming maintenance that comes with wood fences, and this greatly reduces your overall maintenance costs over the life of the fence.

Aluminum fence has the historic look of a black wrought iron fence. The narrow pickets and rails provide a more open view of the outside world. Aluminum fence is available in different styles and colors to reflect the style of your home environment.

You’ll be happy with either type of fencing from Saratoga Fence. Come in and see us, and let’s talk about what will work best and look best for your home!


3 Reasons Why You Need to Replace Your Fence

Alan Livingston - Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Wooden fence posts normally last for about 20 years, but over time, all wooden posts will begin to show signs of wear and tear, and can eventually break.

Even a new post can break in a wind storm or an accident, but no matter what the reason, once a fence post has broken, it's impossible to repair it. It needs to be completely replaced.

Here are 3 Reasons Why You Need to Replace Your Fence if Posts are Broken:

  1. Your fence will no longer be secure. Whether you’re keeping something in (your pets) or out (neighbor’s dog), missing or broken fencing won’t be reliable.
  2. Aesthetically speaking, the fence will look lousy. This means the “curb appeal” and quest to keep up with the Joneses will suffer disastrously.
  3. Safety may become an issue. Broken or missing fence posts can pose hazards for people and animals who may be wandering in the area.

If your fence is reaching the end of its useful life, call us at Saratoga Fence for help.

Stylish and Structurally Sound: Vinyl Posts and Columns

Alan Livingston - Wednesday, September 10, 2014
When you picture vinyl structural columns, you most likely think of posts that serve weight-bearing purposes. Think again: the columns can also add style and even a touch of glamour to your front porch.

True to their name, columns are heavy and can hold massive weight. Columns have full-length aluminum inserts that give them their strength and make them long-lasting. But that’s just the half of it. Columns are available in a variety of attractive styles to fit the personality of your house. We offer fluted and plain round columns in white, as well as ivory and clay in the 120-inch long columns. Whether you want your house to look like a Grecian manor, Southern plantation or classic Colonial, we have columns that will complement your home.

Vinyl porch posts can add depth and flair to your home’s front porch railings. Dress up your porch with post styles including traditional, oxford or heritage, each with its own distinctive design.

Our vinyl columns and posts are built to withstand the wildly unpredictable Northeast weather conditions and stay as attractive as they were the first day they’re installed. They are just a sampling of the products we offer at Saratoga Fence and Rail to make your home look its best. Call us today to find out more about our stellar products.

DO Fence Me In

Alan Livingston - Tuesday, August 05, 2014
At Saratoga Rail Fence, we recommend railings for safety and to prevent falls at both residences and commercial sites. Did you know that railings can also be decorative, enhancing the style of your home or business? 

We offer a variety of railing solutions, including:  
  • A vinyl railing system by Saratoga Rail Fence is code compliant. These railings are attractive, strong and durable. We also take the extra steps to ensure that you and your family and friends will always be safe, whether standing on your ground level porch or deck, or standing on the 4th floor of a high-rise building.

  • Westbury Aluminum Railings offer 10 premium colors to choose from to add a decorative flair to your location. These railings come with premium architectural coatings, as well as innovative designs. These features make Westbury Aluminum Railings an attractive, maintenance free alternative to traditional railings. Strong, durable and guaranteed for a lifetime, these are a fantastic choice for your home or business.
  • Aluminum Continuous Handrails (CHR) are frequently necessary to meet code requirements. CHR complies with ADA standards for continuous handrail systems, while featuring all our standard powder coating colors and comes with a Limited Lifetime Warranty. Our CHR Continuous Handrail is the perfect complement to any railing, whether you choose a Westbury Aluminum Railing, Saratoga Vinyl Railing system, or TRX Box Vinyl Railing Kits.
Talk to us at Saratoga Rail Fence about our many options for railings offering optimal safety and are an attractive addition to your home or place of business.

Safe and Attractive Railings

Alan Livingston - Friday, July 11, 2014

At Saratoga Rail Fence, we recommend railings for safety and to prevent falls at both residences and commercial sites. Did you know that railings can also be decorative, enhancing the style of your home or business? 

We offer a variety of railing solutions, including: 

  • A vinyl railing system by Saratoga Rail Fence is code compliant. These railings are attractive, strong and durable. We also take the extra steps to ensure that you and your family and friends will always be safe, whether standing on your ground level porch or deck, or standing on the 4th floor of a high-rise building.

  • Westbury Aluminum Railings offer 10 premium colors to choose from to add a decorative flair to your location. These railings come with premium architectural coatings, as well as innovative designs. These features make Westbury Aluminum Railings an attractive, maintenance free alternative to traditional railings. Strong, durable and guaranteed for a lifetime, these are a fantastic choice for your home or business.

  • Aluminum Continuous Handrails (CHR) are frequently necessary to meet code requirements. CHR complies with ADA standards for continuous handrail systems, while featuring all our standard powder coating colors and comes with a Limited Lifetime Warranty. Our CHR Continuous Handrail is the perfect complement to any railing, whether you choose a Westbury Aluminum Railing, Saratoga Vinyl Railing system, or TRX Box Vinyl Railing Kits. 

Talk to us at Saratoga Rail Fence about our many options for railings offering optimal safety and are an attractive addition to your home or place of business.

Everything’s Coming Up Flowers: Pergolas and Landscaping

Alan Livingston - Monday, June 30, 2014
Our expertise and products offered at Saratoga Rail Fence extends far beyond fences and posts. With spring rapidly blossoming into summer, we have the perfect complements to your outdoor landscaping.

Add personality to your yard with a garden or front entry pergola bursting with flowers to bring a pop of personality to your yard. Our pergolas have distinctive designs, from square tops to round columns to fancy lattice and gingerbread scrolling. Or, choose an arched arbor with a gate to entice visitors to explore your garden. Whatever look you select, we have the perfect pergolas and attractive arbors for your home and garden.

These arched entryways are the perfect place to add flower and vines to accentuate the design. Here are some floral accents that will work well on your pergola:

Morning Glories: The most popular annual vine, Morning Glories form twining vines with bell-shaped flowers. They are fast growing, easy to cultivate and have a beautifully diverse palate of colored flowers. Flowers are white, blue, pink, purple, red, and multicolored. There may even sprout several vines from one stem, creating double forms. They will rapidly cover fences, arches, pergolas and trellises.

Black-Eyed Susan Vines: Also known as clock vine, Black-Eyed Susan vine’s flowers resemble the popular perennial ground flowers of the same name. The vine has thin green stems that extend up to 8 feet, wrapping around trellises or even other plant stems.

Wisteria: Growing to create a garland effect, Wisteria is a great choice for adding color and depth to a pergola or arched arbor. The flowers are highly fragrant and known for their romantic qualities.

Sweet Pea: This easy-to-grow, fragrant flower flourishes in cooler temps during spring and early summer, and are a great choice for your first blooms.

Passion Flower: With its marbled colors including shades of purple and deep scarlet, Passion Flowers have winding vines that can extend up to 50 feet, making them a perfect addition to a pergola or arbor for a full, lush appearance.

Come take a look at our decorative pergola and arbor entryway selections. We want to be your source for fencing, and many other products for your outdoor landscaping.

How Proper Fence Installations Can Help Your Home Sell Faster

Alan Livingston - Friday, May 09, 2014


The housing market is on the rise. If you are thinking of selling your home this year, you are going to have strong competition. Rebuilding your home’s current fence or adding a new fence altogether will help your home stand out among competing properties. Fence installations that are done properly can also yield a better offer on your home — ensuring you get your asking price.

How Rebuilding Your Fence Helps Sell Your Home:

It Adds Curb Appeal

High-quality fence installations add natural beauty to your home. Vinyl fencing can spruce up your curb appeal and give your home a better first impression to buyers. Think about it, would you buy a home with a rusted chain link fence or rotting wood fence? Or, would you buy a home with a clean, brand new vinyl fence?

It Adds Value to Your Home

Vinyl fences add value to your property. In fact, according to Century 21 Realty, a new fence could be the determining factor that makes certain types of buyers pick your home over the rest.

It Gives Buyers Their Own Private Space

People buy homes to create their own personal space. By rebuilding your fence, you are enclosing the buyer’s property for them so that they do not have to worry about kids running around, dogs wandering off into neighbor’s yards, etc.

It Lessens the Work for Homebuyers

When homebuyers see an old fence, all they see is money and time they have to spend to fix it. This is a big turnoff. But, if the fence is already rebuilt, the buyer will have one less thing to improve upon if they buy your home.

If you are thinking about rebuilding your home or you need vinyl fencing ideas to improve your property, call the professionals at Saratoga Fence. We can help suggest fence installations that improve your home’s value and give you an edge in today’s housing market.

Contact us at 800-869-8703 for more information about fence installations or see our gallery online to get vinyl fencing ideas for your home.



5 Things to Consider Before You Buy a New Fence

Alan Livingston - Wednesday, April 23, 2014


Choosing to buy a new fence is an important decision. You are adding an upgrade to your home, so it is by no means a decision you should make overnight. Consider these top five questions before deciding to install new fencing for your home:

Things to Consider Before You Buy a New Fence:

Why Are You Installing the Fence?

Think about why you are installing a new fence. Do you want to cancel out noise or are you looking to add more privacy to your property? Some fence types, such as chain link, do not give you adequate privacy or block out street noises. So before you can decide what type of fence you need, you need to consider your reasons for buying it.

Do You Know Your Property Boundaries?

If you and your neighbors do not have fences up, you need to find out your property boundaries from the city before installing the new fence. This will prevent any “intrusion” issues down the road.

Have You Thought About the Weather?

Areas with extreme weather need a durable fence. Chain link is prone to rust, while wood is known for warping, rotting or molding. Consider vinyl fencing for your home, which can withstand the elements.

Who Will Install the Fence?

A lot of homeowners opt for DIY projects, but installing a fence should not be one of them. When a fence is not installed properly, it could sag, warp or fall over in light winds. Plus, you can save yourself time and hassle by hiring an expert to do it for you.

Are You Hiring a Professional To Do the Job?

Not all fence companies are created the same. Research the company you want to buy a new fence from first. They must be licensed, insured, and have a solid reputation for quality materials, workmanship and customer service.

If you are ready to buy a new fence for your home, call the professionals at Saratoga Fence. We can help you install vinyl fencing for your home to boost your property value and give you a durable, great-looking fence.

Contact us online to request a quote for vinyl fencing for your home today. Call Saratoga Fence at 800-869-8703.



Extreme Weather and Why You Should Install a Vinyl Fence for your Property

Alan Livingston - Monday, March 24, 2014

Extreme Weather and Vinyl Fencing

Over the past few years, the United States has seen an increase in extreme weather conditions. From heavy snowfall in areas that do not usually get snow to high-impact windstorms that tear away roofs and pull trees down to the roots; it has been quite disastrous all around. It does not seem like these extreme storms are going away any time soon; therefore, if you want to install a new fence, you want reassurance that your new fence can withstand the elements.

Saratoga Fence offers real vinyl fencing for residential and commercial properties. When a Saratoga vinyl fence is installed properly, it can withstand harsh weather and extreme conditions that traditional wood and iron fences cannot bear.

Hire professionals to install a vinyl fence on your property. Call Saratoga Fence at 800-869-8703.

How vinyl fences withstand the elements:

➢ Vinyl Fencing in High Winds

All vinyl fences are designed to withstand usual wind loads. The exact load amount depends on the materials used to make the vinyl fence and whether or not the fence was installed properly.

➢ Vinyl Fencing and Winter Weather

As temperatures drop, vinyl fences do become less flexible. But, unless they succumb to a harsh impact, they will not crack or break — regardless of how cold it is outside. Vinyl fences are designed to withstand sudden temperature changes too, unlike wood or iron. During damp weather, vinyl fences will not warp or rot.

➢ Vinyl Fencing and Summer Weather

The high heat of summer is just as detrimental as the cold in winter. In warmer temperatures vinyl fences do expand, but professional installers account for this expansion and allow adequate space for it during installation.

If you live in an area that experiences extreme weather, you will benefit from the durability of a vinyl fence. Hire a professional to install a vinyl fence on your property, so that it can withstand the harsh elements of winter, summer, and everything in between.

Contact us online to request a quote for vinyl fencing.