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What to Look for When Shopping for a Quality Welded Wire Fence

August 8, 2014 | by Duncan Page

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When you are thinking about fencing, you have many choices.  You have a variety of materials, designs and types of construction to consider.  If you have decided to use metal fencing for your yard, farm or other property, there are several styles available.  There are two main classifications of metal fencing, decorative and purely functional.  Decorative fencing, usually made of aluminum or wrought iron, looks good, and is functional as well.  It is a good choice for yards, but it is expensive, and not commonly used to enclose large areas.  When cost is a primary concern, wire-fencing styles such as chain-link, barbed wire or welded wire are better choices.

Welded wire fencing is similar in design to chain-link fence, but, as the name implies, the wires making up the fence are welded together, making the fence stronger.  If you want to install welded wire fencing on your property, there are several things to look for in a quality welded wire fence.

  • Manufacturer

First, look for fencing made by a good manufacturer.  A history of making quality products and a reputation for good customer service are the indicators of the best manufacturers.  Look for these attributes when you are shopping for welded wire fencing.

  • Country of Origin

Building wire fencing is not too complex.  Wires are assembled on a jig and welded together, often by machines.  Because there is little labor involved, there is little advantage in choosing fencing manufactured overseas, where labor costs are lower.  The price of shipping increases costs; to keep prices competitive, many overseas fencing companies must cut corners on materials.  Choosing a fence made close to home makes it more likely that you will end up with a quality product that will last for many years.

  • Wire Gauge

Gauge is a measurement of the diameter of a piece of wire.  Originally, gauge referred to the number of drawing steps required to manufacture wire of a specific diameter; now, wire gauges are standardized to correspond to specific sizes.  Lower numbers are thicker.  Wire fencing is typically made from 12 to 16 gauge wire, with a diameter of 0.08 to 0.05 inches.

  • Wire Finish

Steel is a common metal used in making welded wire fencing, but it is susceptible to corrosion.  To combat this, most welded wire fencing has some kind of protective finish.  This finish could be paint, plastic, or zinc.  Steel protected by a thin layer of zinc is called galvanized steel.  Galvanization can be done before or after welding.  Galvanizing before welding offers some protection, but galvanizing after welding gives steel a thicker, stronger zinc coat that is extremely durable and can withstand many years of harsh elements.  A vinyl coating is also an option.  Vinyl is often combined with galvanization, giving the fence the best of both protection and looks.

Welded wire fencing is a cost effective material that is just as functional as chain-link fencing, but will not give your property quite the same industrial look.  When you are shopping for welded wire fencing, look for the attributes discussed here to ensure that you purchase a high quality product that will give you many years of service.
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Determining Your Deer Fence Height

August 5, 2014 | by Duncan Page

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Deer are beautiful animals, with incredible natural abilities.  To people who live in cities, watching and admiring deer seems like one of the major attractions of country living.  People who live in the country know better; deer may be incredible animals, but their beauty and majesty quickly fades when they become uninvited guests in your garden.  One hungry deer can destroy an entire crop of fruits, vegetables or flowers in just a few hours.  If you live in an area populated by deer, and you want to keep your garden looking nice, you must find some way to keep them out.  You need a deer fence.

Do Good Fences Make Good Neighbors?

Deer fencing is, oddly enough, metal, plastic or wooden fencing designed to keep deer away from your yard and the plants that you don’t want them eating.  If deer are a problem for you, deer fencing is the solution.  Before you install fencing, you will need to answer a few questions.  What material do you want to use?  What design is best?  How large an area you need to enclose?  How high does the fence need to be?  The answers to these questions will determine what kind of fence you need.

  • Material

The two main materials to choose from are metal and plastic; wood is a less common choice.  Metal is more durable, but plastic comes in a wider range of colors and styles.  In addition to the fencing material, there are also the posts to consider.  Posts are available in plastic, metal and wood.  Choices here influence the next decision.

  • Design

The range of designs available for deer fencing is overwhelming.  Between the choice of materials, the nearly infinite range of colors and the incredible range of designs to choose from, the sky is the limit.  The most important thing is to find a fence that fits the style of your property.

  • Area

The size of the area you want to enclose has an influence on your choice of materials.  If you want to enclose a large area, you may need to choose a less expensive material.

  • Height

The height of the fencing you need is governed by the size of deer that live in your area.  In Florida for instance, a four-foot fence would be sufficient to protect your property from Key deer.  On the other hand, in certain parts of the American Northwest, you may need a much higher fence to protect your property from Moose.  A typical North American deer can clear a six-foot fence, if they are sufficiently motivated.  An eight-foot fence should keep even the most determined deer, moose or elk out of your garden.  Talk to your local planning commission or check online for any zoning requirements for building codes that may limit your options.

There is no doubt that deer are majestic, beautiful animals.  Though they may be beautiful, they are best enjoyed at an appropriate distance.  Install the right deer fence, and you will be able to enjoy the beauty of nature and still have a beautiful yard or a productive garden.

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Wire Fencing 101: Welded versus Woven Wire Fences

April 29, 2014 | by Duncan Page

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When it comes to the subject of “welded versus woven wire” fences, it may be more helpful to consider it more of a comparison, as both certainly have various merits in their favor. The first aspect to consider is the structure of each. Welded mesh fencing is created by laying wires in a simple horizontal and vertical latticework, with either square or rectangular spaces. The intersections of these wires are spot-welded to create a sheet. However, woven fences are created through a process that is quite different and much more complicated. Using machinery, wire is loosely twisted into a gentle spiral, with each overlapping at the ends. With a quick twist, the link is made permanent and the distinctive “zig-zag” diamond shape is formed. In modern machinery, this process takes half the time thanks to a “double helix” process.

By understanding their basic structures, it is easy to see their functional merits. A woven wire fence's linked yet loose structure allows for a large amount of bend, twist and pull without breaking -- a perfect design if you have grazing livestock to contain. In some styles of woven agricultural fence, the vertical wires are one continuous strand. This makes a very strong and secure mesh that will hold together well when under pressure. There is an unfortunate disadvantage to “chain-link” fence, another type of woven mesh. This fencing is only fully effective so long as every link remains strong. Once cut, it’s only a matter of time before this form of fence will become untangled and inefficient.

Welded wire fencing, which has a structure that is solid and inflexible, is ideal for a firm and definite barrier. When cut, the wires will not begin to unravel from one another. The disadvantages of this fencing type can be seen in situations when pressure is introduced, such as livestock in need of a leaning post or any sort of vehicular crash. If weight is applied, it’s difficult for a welded wire fence to spring back to shape. It will likely deform permanently and need replacing.

Need some more advice? Louis E. Page has over 120 years of experience in the fencing business and would love to help you out. Feel free to contact us for all your fencing needs. Family-owned and operated since 1893, we’d love the opportunity to help you find what you need.

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Louis E. Page, Inc. - The Story of an American Company

March 7, 2014 | by Rick Hoffman

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The story of America is the story of millions of people who had the dream of starting their own businesses that they could pass on to their children and future generations to come. It is the story of courage, tenacity, determination and hard work. It is the story of successfully adapting to ever changing markets, customer needs and economic conditions. It is the story of Louis E. Page, Inc.

Louis E. Page, Inc., like millions of other small companies, may not be a household name. But it embodies the spirit of the American entrepreneur. Founded in 1893 by Louis Eugene Page, the company originally sold hay to feed the horses pulling the horse-drawn wagons. Business was good, and by 1910, Louis and two of his brothers were making their living from the hay business. Then came a major market change as gasoline powered vehicles began to displace horse drawn wagons. The company had to adapt to survive. 

As an established hay dealer, Louis E. Page, Inc. turned to its many farm and feed supply store customers. At this time, there was a growing demand for litter and bedding materials for both the dairy and horse trade. To fill the need, the company acquired exclusive rights to distribute Planter Peanut shells in New England. However, peanut shells were soon supplanted by a better product – sugar cane bagasse. Louis responds by becoming the exclusive distributor in New England for the only US sugar company producing business. This product also proved to be excellent horticulture mulch and some of the large New England nurseries bought it by the rail carload.

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In the thirties Page added peat moss – both coarse grind designed for horse bedding and finer grind for horticultural purposes. Europe was the only source of supply at this time and Page made several trips to Europe to secure sources. 

Business was booming! And then, more changes. By the fifties, independent truckers began hauling hay and peat moss directly from the producers to the farms, thus eliminating the need for the middleman. Louis E. Page, Inc. would have to adapt again to survive.

At this time, feed and farm stores were still the most important segment of the company’s customer base. New products were needed to enable the company to continue to grow and prosper to meet the changing market needs. The first new products added were Belgian barbed wire and Mexican baler twine. Selling these new products required warehousing and the company responded by opening a warehouse and greatly expanding its product offering.  Customer response encouraged the addition of new products, establishing Louis E. Page, Inc. as the leading New England distributor of wire mesh, fencing and related products. They sold a large variety of products from Belgian, Dutch, German, Austrian and the leading US mills. Business was booming!

Then, dynamic changes in the market happened again with the advent of power, “big-box” retailers like Home Depot, Lowes, and Tractor Supply in the eighties and nineties. Many of the company’s oldest customers were left in the wake of these powerful companies and were forced to close their doors. Louis E. Page, Inc. was again forced to adapt and change to survive. Relying upon their years of experience and varied customer base, they focused on value-added selling by combining its hundred years of experience with the highest quality products available and outstanding customer service. Page also became the go-to company for specialty and other hard-to-find products not offered by other distributors or retailers. They were also one of the first in the industry to see the potential of the internet, launching its website in 1999. Talk about a long way from selling hay for horse-drawn wagons!

Today, business is again booming! The company is still family owned and operated.  Owner Duncan Page is third generation, has 42 years with the company, and like his predecessors, he is constantly looking for ways to meet the ever changing needs of the market and customers. Louis E. Page, Inc. now has a large and diverse customer base which includes all 50 states and several foreign countries. This customer base includes fence companies, contractors, government entities, construction companies, manufacturers, landscapers, nurseries, energy producers, architects, wildlife management companies, pest control companies, zoos, beagle trainers, duck farms, farms, ranches,  orchards,  homeowners, and yes, farm and feed stores, and many more. The company distributes and sells the industry’s leading brands of wire and plastic fence, mesh and netting and other related products made in the US, Belgium, Italy, Canada, China, Mexico and other countries. 

Louis E. Page, Inc. is a perfect example of a company that has had to constantly reinvent itself to survive and prosper. From its humble beginnings of selling hay to horses to selling wire products for the most demanding applications for small fence installers to Fortune 500 companies, Page continues to evolve, adapt and grow.  We believe that “old” Louis would be proud!

Happy 121st Anniversary!!!

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Deer Fence - Black Vinyl Coated 1" Hexagonal Mesh, 90" high

October 5, 2013 | by Duncan Page

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There are several different types of products available that can be used for deer fence. 1' hexagonal mesh that is coated with Black PVC can be used very effectively. The rolls are 7-1/2' (90") x 100'.

This black vinyl coated (VC) hexagonal poultry netting deer fence will last a long time. After 20 gauge galvanized wire is woven into a 1" hex mesh, the galvanized before weaving (GBW) roll passes through the vinyl coating process. A tough, flexible, thick coating of black PVC is tightly bonded to the wire. The resulting vinyl coated deer fence is very corrosion resistant. It is also extremely resistant to cracking, chipping and weathering. Inhibitors in the vinyl protect it from UV degradation. Black color makes the mesh blend in with the landscape.

This mesh works well as a deer barrier fence. When deer encounter a black fence, they know there is a barrier but cannot see it distinctly. They are much less likely to jump a fence if they cannot clearly see the top to clearly judge the distance. Extra tall 90" height eliminates piecing together narrower rolls. The inherent resiliency of this woven mesh allows the fence to give upon impact. Check out the advantages.

 

Deer Barrier Fence black vinyl coated hex

Advantages

  • Extra tall 90" height
  • No need to piece shorter rolls together
  • Lower labor costs, shorter installation time
  • Flexible mesh is designed to give upon impact
  • Material is highly resistant to rust and corrosion
  • Unobtrusive barrier - black color blends with background
  • Weather proof - long lifetime due to zinc and PVC protection

Uses

  • Protect individual trees and shrubs
  • Ideal to use in populated suburban areas
  • Barrier fence to keep deer away from gardens and plantings

 

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