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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Rules & Regulations

Rules & Regulations

It is a well-known fact that communities in the Northeast take a tremendous amount of pride in where they live and are continuously doing things to make this one of the best regions in the country to live. One of the best ways to increase property value and the curb appeal of your home – install a fence. Whether it is a decorative fence or a privacy, it is guaranteed to add value (both aesthetically and financially) to your home. Regardless of the town you live in, every town has their own rules and regulations. While sometimes frustrating, these rules are meant for safety and to upkeep community standards. So, before you install your fence, it is important to be aware of your specific towns rules and regulations.

Depending on where you live, the height of your fence affects whether or not you need prior approval. When a city inspector measures a fence, they do so from the base of the fence posts to the top of the fence. Sometimes require permits for multiple different heights while other towns only require permits for fences over a certain height. Either way, it is important to know for sure and get all proper documentation in order prior to having your fence installed. Failure to get the proper certification for your project will result in the stoppage of work and possible fines.

Another factor is property lines. You may already have a survey of your property that shows all of your property lines, in which case – that is great and we can work with what you already have. If not, that is also fine – we can refer you to a professional surveyor. Different towns have different setback laws; meaning how far your fence has to be set back from your property lines. The best way to go about this is to get a survey done and take that to your towns zoning department and ask them about setback regulations.

If you have any questions at all, please contact Jan Fence and we will walk you through the process!

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Repair or Replace?

Wood is a natural material and like any natural material, it will be effected by natural elements. Warping and checking are two completely normal effects that nature can have on a wood fence. Continuous water absorption and water loss in the wood used for your fence will cause its natural defects to surface. The most common defects are: cupping/warping, twisting, checking, and splitting. A well-maintained fence will still experience some of these natural defects. However, the extent can be significantly reduced through proper care (which we will discuss in a later post). Over the years, if you have not taken proper care of your fence, you may notice some things that will be unsightly. Now, fences CAN be repaired, but in the long run --- you will have to think about the most cost effective plan. If a few pickets have fallen off, that can easily be repaired. With that, here are a few things that may be a sign it is time to replace your fence:
  • Pickets falling off constantly
  • Sections falling off
  • Posts and/or sections rotting or decaying
  • The overall aesthetic of your fence is no longer to your liking
  • When the quote to repair your fence is near a quote for a brand new fence, it is definitely time to replace your fence
If you need an estimate for repair work or for a brand new fence, call Jan Fence and we will always give you our expert opinion and a fair and competitive estimate!

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Remembering September 11th

 "Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve. America was targeted for attack because we are the brightest beacon for freedom and opportunity in the world, and no one will keep that light from shining." - George W. Bush
Thirteen years ago, we were affected as a whole. What happened on September 11th, 2001 will always be remember as one of the most devastating days in our nations history.

From tragedy comes strength. We saw a nation stand together and rebuild. The American people as a whole mourned but did not falter. We were shook to the core but did not miss a beat when it came to helping families who lost loved ones.

While the lives lost on that day should be honored every day, take today to pay respect to the lives lost and the families who had to carry on without their loved ones; reflect on how that day impacted your life. Take a moment out of your day to tell the people in your life how important they are to you and be grateful and proud to live in the United States of America

We will never forgot the devastation that day brought, but we will continue to grow, rebuild and stand strong.

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Friday, September 5, 2014



At Jan Fence, we pride ourselves on catering to all customers’ budgets and busy schedules. Whether it is an effort to save money or just the excitement of doing a home improvement project yourself, Jan Fence is go-to stop. Jan Fence is very excited about our DIY (Do It Yourself) division for those handy customers with the DIY mindset.

Jan Fence is here to help and provide all customers with the same exceptional service. We want to make the process of installing your fence as simple, efficient and enjoyable as possible. In addition to providing you with all fencing materials needed at the best possible price, we will also provide you with detailed instructions. And remember, if you still have questions, we are ALWAYS here to help.

STEP 1 - CHOOSE YOUR FENCE (Aluminum, PVC, Wood, Chain Link, Post & Rail)

Jan Fence offers a full inventory of all types of fences. So the first thing you have to do is simply select what type of fence you would like! With over 4 acres of inventory, you have plenty of options when it comes to styles and colors! Feel free to visit one of our Design Centers or look through our website’s extensive gallery of photos to get some inspiration and ideas.


Locate the perimeter of your property line, any underground utilities by contacting your state utilities department and familiarize yourself with your regions zoning codes and regulations. Now, we know all of that may seem difficult, complicated and a bit overwhelming—but do not fret, Jan Fence is there for you every step of the way. All of these preparation steps are really quite easy to figure out.
A simple trip to your town’s municipal building or visit to their website will solve most of those questions. Now that all of those questions are answered—let’s plan out your fence! You now know your property line and your town’s zoning codes… all that is left to do is plan what area of your home you would like fenced in.
1) Determine the corners of the area you plan to fence in and mark them by placing a stake at each corner.
2) In between each corner marker, make another marker point every 6 to 8 feet depending on which style and series fence you have previously chosen. These markers are where your posts will be installed, with the sections being placed in between.
3) If relevant, choose where you would like your walk or entry gates to be placed. Depending on the size of the gate, mark where each gate post will be located.
4) – Determine what you will need!
Count the number of stakes you marked.
  • For every corner you are fencing in, you will need 1 corner post for each.
  • If your fence stops at a tree, “connects” to your home or connects to a gate, you will need one end post for every relative situation.
  • For every stake you put in the ground in between the original corner markers you originally placed (every 6 or 8 feet), you will need 1 line post.
Count the number of gates and note the size.
  • Count the number of sections (are sections 6 or 8 feet wide?)
  • Don’t forget post tops and gate latches/hardware.
  • We offer an extensive selection of post caps and other accessories to customize your fence.



Here are the tools you will need for your installation. Most of these tools can be rented from your local hardware store. Trust me; we know that most people do not have this kind of hardware laying around!
  • Torpedo Level
  • Circular Saw
  • Ready Mix Concrete (1½ Bags per Post)
  • Post Hole Digger
  • Digging/Tamping Bar
  • Stakes and String
  • Tape Measure
  • Flat head screwdriver
  • Post hole digger
  • Coarse gravel (6" per post hole)
  • Water (for mixing concrete)
  • Clean Rags
  • Safety glasses
  • Line level
  • Shovel
  • Rubber mallet 



Starting with a corner or an end post; dig holes 6” to 12” in diameter and 24” to 36” deep (depending on style). Use the Center-to-Center measurements of the fence style being installed for post distance. Dig next hole. (Suggestion: do not dig more than 1 hold ahead until you are confident in your spacing)
Set post to plumb level, tamp and secure then insert or assemble section.
Repeat. (If you need to shorten a section; cut rails at desired length. You may need to modify rails to insert into the post)
Upon completion of a “line”, step back and observe. You may want to lower posts or raise posts to match the “grade” (pry, and re-tamp).
Follow up specific instructions for gates.
Clean, wipe down, and spread some grass seed and Enjoy! 

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Jan Fence Fleet

Check out the entire fleet of Jan Fence sales-mobiles!

In addition to these Jan Fenced-out cars and trucks, we also have our HUGE delivery truck for wholesale and DIY deliveries.

Keep an eye out and let us know if you spot us on the road!

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