Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Book Your Midwest Fence Now & Lock the Price for 2021

 To  no one's surprise, our construction season is winding down on a very unusual year. However, we are still installing and will continue to install until the cold temps shut us down.  

Even though our construction calendar is full for 2020, we are booking jobs for 2021 right now.  With a small down payment, you can lock in 2020 pricing now and secure the work dates, but time is running out!  

Remember, we have interest free financing for up to 12 months and a discount program also available.  

If you have already received a proposal or if you need one, please take the opportunity while you have it, and place your order for a new fence project; or that fence repair job that has stared at you all summer. We can help. Call or click today, and stay safe.

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Phone 651-451-2222

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Thanks for reading!
Dan

Sunday, April 12, 2020

The Driven Post Dilemma


There is a new approach with which some fence companies are experimenting.  It involves installing fences on small steel posts that are driven into the ground.  It effectively eliminates the standard concrete footing and is fast and cheap, but homeowners may be surprised to learn the consequences of this short-sighted method.

The image shows a steel post inserted into the ground and then a PVC post sleeved over the top (other fence products may be installed similarly).  The benefits of this method are heavily weighted in favor of the contractor: it is faster, cheaper and has easy clean-up.  


But the long term consequences of driving steel posts are substantial: 
  • the posts can become loose, wobble and lean 
  • the steel posts are undersized to support a normal lateral load (like wind)
  • not suitable for rocky, sandy or loose soil 
  • not suitable for wet ground conditions
  • not recommended by any fence manufacturers 
  • possible warranty issues  

Concrete set posts, on the other hand, are a tried and true method of installing fences in MN.  Some advantages are:
  • Provides more strength and stability
  • Keeps the fence plumb and straight
  • Prevents lateral movement and wobble
  • Greater wind load capacity
  • Industry standard and practiced throughout the country
  • Preferred method of fence manufacturers
  • Proven to withstand MN weather
  • Suitable for all soil types
  • More predictable performance that homeowners and contractors can rely on 
Experimental methods are a good value if they satisfy short term and long term needs.  As shown above, the driven post method is a risky approach and can lead to problems for which homeowners are not prepared and can't afford.

For more information and to sign up for a free estimate, go to www.midwestfence.com

Thanks for reading,
FenceManDan