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Monday, July 11, 2016

Transform an Outdoor Space Into a Beautiful Place

Is your fence starting to look ‘blah’? Are you tired of the maintenance and upkeep on your old, outdated wood fence? Or have you been thinking of replacing your fence for added curb appeal? With summer in full swing, now is the perfect time to do something about it!

It’s easy to go from bland to beautiful with a simple transformation. A contemporary vinyl or aluminum fence can make your outside retreat a destination for entertaining or having fun relaxing with family and friends.

See the change below how one customer took a very old wood fence and upgraded their pool area with a new aluminum fence.  Just a simple change of scenery like this, and you too can have a backyard oasis you can be proud to show off.

Check out the wide variety of low-maintenance, durable fences from ActiveYards, and browse the gallery of images for inspirational images to create your unique outdoor environment.   

And if you’ve recently gone from dreary to dreamy, let us know how you’ve transformed your yard!


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Monday, May 23, 2016

Are You “Pool Code Approved”?

A swimming pool can be a wonderful addition to any home. It can, however, present a danger. Before installing a pool, it is wise to learn the national pool code laws so that you are compliant with installation and safety. Your pool area should be a fun and relaxing environment, not one you need to worry about.

Even if you currently own a pool, it’s best to refresh yourself with the safety laws in place. National pool code rules were put in to place to make sure homeowners and businesses have a safe and secure fenced area around a swimming pool and spa area.

Mandated by the International Code Council (I.C.C.), or known by their former name, the Building Officials and Code Administrators (B.O.C.A.), their rules outline strong safety standards for swimming pool fences. These standards are recognized by many communities throughout the world for pool areas for residential and commercial use.

The I.C.C. pool code panel safety specifications include:

·         Fence panel must be at least 48” tall
·         Distance from the top of the bottom rail to the top of the next highest rail must be at     least 45”
·         Spacing between pickets must be less than 4”
·         Space from the bottom of the bottom rail to the ground must be less than 4”

For pool gates, the I.C.C. specifications include:

·         Must have self-closing hinges
·         Must have self-closing latches
·         The gate must open out (away from the pool area)
·         Opening mechanism of the latch must be at least 54” above the ground
·         Must not use a cross brace on the gate

ActiveYards® has many types of pool code approved fencing systems to choose from.

It’s important to note that codes not only vary by state but also by locality. Always be sure to check the pool codes in your area before ordering and installing a fence. Your ActiveYards dealer can help you select the appropriate pool code approved fence for your environment.  

**An Important Note Regarding Pool Safety:
A pool fence is an important line of defense against accidental drownings, but it is not the only step that can/should be taken. Visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission for some excellent resources regarding swimming pool safety.

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Friday, April 15, 2016

Choosing a Certified Professional Installer

For homeowners looking to hire a contractor to install their fence, we understand that finding the right installer is essential. At ActiveYards® we've built our business around an exclusive network of authorized dealers who work hand-in-hand with homeowners throughout the selecting, buying and installing process. We call this our “Certified Pro” network.

How does the process work? After locating your nearest authorized dealer, we'll take it from there!

We believe your experience should be as simple as possible and we are pleased to offer a full service package. This includes everything from coming to your home to measure your yard and discussing our wide portfolio of fencing products, all the way to providing complete professional installation services.

We also welcome customers to stop directly into a showroom to browse our extensive offering and talk with an educated and dedicated team of professionals.

Benefits of using a Certified Professional Installer:
1.       All ActiveYards Certified Pros are thoroughly trained and certified to support and service our products.
2.       A professional will handle all planning, preparation, demolition of the old fence and clean-up of fence project once completed.
3.       A professional installer will know how to install fences to meet wind and pool codes and warranty fulfillments.

We will help you every step of the way – the result of the choices you make will provide you with your “fencing solutions for life!”

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Did you know EZFence2Go™ is as simple as 1-2-3? Simply Select, Prepare, Install

Whether it’s landscaping, painting, adding a deck or updates to the outside of your house, home improvement can be a daunting task. If you are in the market for a new fence for your yard, you may not know where to begin. With so many options and styles to choose from, adding this project to your list may be overwhelming.

However, with the ActiveYards EZFence2Go™ system, we have you covered!  With a few simple steps, planning, layout and guidance, you are ready to get started. And yes, enhancing your property can be as easy as 1-2-3!

To begin:

Select: determine what your need is – seclusion for a backyard, enclosing a pool area, keeping pets and children contained or updating your home to add curb appeal. Select the style you like best, and one that fits your budget. Then pick out a color.

ProTip: here are a few factors to consider when choosing your fence:

  • Type of Environment: weather, terrain, exterior house color
  • Safety concerns: children and pets
  • Code requirements: building and pool codes, and neighborhood homeowners association rules
Prepare: now that you have selected the fence, you are ready to create a checklist of materials to begin. Measure the perimeter of your yard then diagram the area you want to fence in so you have the correct amount of materials needed.

Install:  secure your tools and all the materials needed to help accomplish the installation. Don’t forget saws, concrete, post hole diggers, stakes and tape measure.

The EZFence2Go system takes DIY fencing to the next level thanks to ease of installation, total customization and next generation technology. Packaged in kits, it represents a high-quality, cost effective solution for customers with the ‘do-it-yourself’ mindset.

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Pool Safety

Swimming Pool Safety at Home

Summer is quickly approaching and that means outdoor activities will be in full gear. Swimming is something that many people of all ages enjoy doing in the warmer months. Pool safety should be a top priority for anyone who owns a swimming pool or who is considering purchasing one for their home.

It is important to entirely secure your swimming pool with necessary barriers, like a 4-foot high fence. You should also use a self-closing, self-latching gate for additional safety. Naturally, it is imperative that children are under close supervision at all times. A responsible guardian or supervisor should always be present and in close proximity to children in swimming pools. No one should ever be permitted to swim alone, whether they are a child or an adult. Someone else should always be within the area for everyone’s safety.

All members living in a home with a swimming pool should know how to swim. There should be rules in place pertaining specifically to the swimming pool and the areas surrounding it. According to the American Red Cross, “Establish and enforce rules and safe behaviors, such as “no diving,” “stay away from drain covers,” “swim with a buddy” and “walk please.”” When the swimming pool is not in use, it is a good idea to place a safety cover over the pool. It is also important to remove any steps and/or ladders out of arm’s reach. Some homeowners even utilize a pool alarm that will go off to alert them if anyone enters the pool vicinity.

Additionally, be sure that your pool water is always clear and clean. By maintaining appropriate chemical levels, the risks associated with rashes, earaches or more severe conditions decreases. Everyone residing in a home with a swimming pool should understand how to respond to swimming emergencies. By owning the correct safety equipment and taking CPR courses, first aid and water safety, you are taking careful measures to ensure your swimming pool is a safe environment for everyone.

Keep in mind that pool codes do vary by state and locality. Be sure to research and to understand the national and local pool codes in your area. To learn more about ActiveYards’ pool code approved fences, visit

“Home Pool Safety. Maintaining a Safe Environment Around Your Home Swimming Pool.” American Red Cross. Water Safety. Web.