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Mother's Day is May 13th!

Mother's Day is May 13th!

Posted in: Decks, Product Info, Home Improvement

Nothing says, “I love you Mom!” like a comfy chair where Mom can relax while you fix dinner. Why not go one step farther and put that chair on a new, low-maintenance deck? Spring is a popular time to begin home improvement projects, especially if it's an upgrade to outdoor living spaces. With the economy keeping more homeowners in place, improving your home can elevate both your enjoyment and its eventual resale value.

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Welcome to Our New Blog

Welcome to Our New Blog

Posted in: Product Info, Home Improvement, Outdoor Living

Welcome to our blog where you'll find lots of information about Long® Fence products, services and related information. Long® Fence is an industry leader in residential and commercial fencing and related products and has been serving clients since 1945. Long® Fence provides commercial clients with perimeter security fencing, controlled access solutions, gates, bollards and accessories. For the residential homeowner, Long® Fence furnishes and installs fencing, driveway gates, decks and screened porches, paver patios and walkways, railings and ironworks, sunrooms and accessories.

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Say You're Welcome!

Say You're Welcome!

Posted in: Home Improvement, Outdoor Living

Your front porch is like a handshake, welcoming visitors, serving as a connection point with the neighborhood, and role-playing as the first (and sometimes only) impression for passers-by and neighbors.

Whether your front porch is large or small, or even if it’s more of an entrance way than a porch, there are simple things you can do to make it more inviting without breaking the budget.

For instance, one of the easiest things you can do that will have a big impact is to paint the front door. A high gloss coat of paint in a color that pops will instantly give your home a new look.

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What's Next?

What's Next?

Posted in: Decks, Fencing, Product Info, Home Improvement, Outdoor Living

First an earthquake, then a hurricane! From the sound of our phones this week, we know that many of our friends out there suffered some type of property damage during Hurricane Irene. No matter how well you prepare for a storm of this type, the force of the wind on your trees and other structures can have devastating results.

In the same way you prepare to keep your house and family safe during a major storm, you can prepare your yard to minimize damage. Here are some measures you can take:

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Happy Fourth of July!

Happy Fourth of July!

Posted in: Decks, Home Improvement, Outdoor Living, Fun Stuff

Nothing says summer more than Fourth of July fireworks, hot dogs and watermelon. Living in the Washington DC area, we are fortunate to have any number of major fireworks displays practically in our backyards, including the National Mall.

Our beautiful beaches on the Eastern Shore will also be a popular destination this weekend. If you aren’t brave enough to fight the crowds at either of these locations, the we suggest an alternative: Stay home and relax in your own backyard!

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Best Father's Day Gift Ever

Best Father's Day Gift Ever

Posted in: Decks, Home Improvement, Outdoor Living, Fun Stuff

Forget about the tie or wallet, new golf clubs or latest cell phone.

What Dad wants is a new deck or patio. Specifically, a new deck or patio for his new hammock. You’ll be remembered for giving the best Father’s Day gift ever–a place to take a nap.

Long® Fence has low-maintenance decks in vinyl and composite so Dad can spend more time on the important stuff like resting his eyes. Most of our deck designers are dads, so they know a thing or two about all the best Dad options.

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An Open and Shut Case on Property Security

An Open and Shut Case on Property Security

Posted in: Fencing, Product Info, Home Improvement

If you’re going to fence in your yard, you will inevitably choose to install a gate. After all, a gate provides access and you will want to be able to move conveniently from one part of your yard to another. But you don’t always want access granted to just anyone. A good fence with secure gates and latches will give your home and property added security and protection.

You have choices when it comes to gate hardware, and some of the newer options help prevent a gate from being left open by landscape companies or meter readers. Have you ever come home from work, let the dog out, and then two minutes later you see your dog running loose across the street? All because the lawn care people serviced your yard that day and left the gate open! Self-closing, self-latching gate hardware may be the answer for you.

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Our Policy on Privacy

Our Policy on Privacy

Posted in: Fencing, Product Info, Home Improvement

We’re in the privacy business. You need it. We provide it. As more homeowners choose to install privacy fences to help secure their property and lower insurance premiums, having clear definitions about the purpose of the fence helps to determine the material and style of the fence. The nine most popular reasons why homeowners choose privacy fencing are:

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What's the Difference?

What's the Difference?

Posted in: Fencing, Product Info, Home Improvement

Do you ever wonder what the difference is between ornamental steel and ornamental aluminum fencing? After all, they look the same, don’t they? Discovering the differences between these two materials can help you make the best choice for your needs when you are going for a low-maintenance fence with the look of wrought iron.

Steel and aluminum fencing look similar but have different benefits depending on your needs. Steel provides strength and security and enhances your property, offering value that can’t be surpassed. Aluminum has an economical appeal and never rusts making it the perfect choice for swimming pools.

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Four Important Fence Accessories

Four Important Fence Accessories

Posted in: Fencing, Product Info, Home Improvement

Regardless of the purpose of your fence or the type of material you select, it is important to choose the best products in order to ensure a stable, long-lasting fence. Four of the most important fencing components to help achieve longevity are the posts, gates, tension bands and ties and paint or stain, should your fence require staining.

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