The Impact of COVID-19 on the Fencing Industry

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2020 has seen many industries impacted by COVID-19, and the fencing industry is no exception. As a family owned and operated company, we have had to make difficult choices. We have been fortunate enough to be included in the essential worker category to continue providing security and protection for our customers. The fencing industry has taken many hits during this pandemic such as tariffs on materials, port closings causing delay of materials, and banning travel on some of our vendors causing delay on deliveries.

 

Lumber:

There is a severe shortage of pressure treated lumber across the United States. This is causing issues for the construction and fencing industries. The shortage is largely due to the spike in DIY home improvement projects and working conditions in factories due to COVID-19.

Most pressure treated wood comes from Brazil. Exports have slowed down due to shipping ports being closed. American umber mills have also been closed or are working with reduced staff. The demand has been higher than the supply, and it’s estimated that it will be like this for a while.

Pressure treated wood prices have skyrocketed between the months of June and July due to the lack of supply, and prices are expected to continue climbing.

 

Vinyl:

Vinyl product manufacturers are facing the same issue: working at reduced capacity. Our vinyl manufacturer is 32,000 panels backordered, putting vinyl shipments out 6-8 weeks from their ordered dates.

There have also been PVC shortages. PVC is a plastic polymer that can be used for many applications. Many manufacturers began using PVC to make PPE for frontline workers during the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis. PVC is being used to make face masks and face shields.

Prices on European PVC exports have risen 8.5%, Indian PVC export prices have increased as well. Plant closures across the US has greatly slowed down vinyl production and distribution. The shortage of available vinyl products is causing prices to raise across the board, imported or domestic.

 

Aluminum:

The construction and automotive industries have been heavily hit by COVID-19. American made metal manufacturers are affected by the virus, as well as external factors, such as the Asian metal market. China is already the world leader for steel, and in 2017 they produced more than half of the world’s aluminum.

The construction and automotive industries are facing tariffs on imported materials, as well as long waiting periods to receive supplies.

 

We at Paramount Fencing remain open, and in the attempt to keep everyone safe and healthy, we have implemented social distancing during our estimates, not to take away our number one goal of educating and assisting each homeowner to help make a well-informed decision. While more businesses are re-opening their operations, we will continue to push through our daily processing of obtaining fence permits and ordering of materials to complete your installation. As of now, most of the local county administrative buildings are still closed to the public and taking longer than normal to approve the fence permits. We appreciate your patience in this matter. We will work diligently to advance with the installation of your fence as we obtain permitting, HOA approvals and materials.

Vinyl Fences and BB Guns Do Not Mix

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Mr. Smith was sitting in his favorite chair when he heard a loud thunk on his daughter’s bedroom window.   He didn’t think anything of it at first but after the second thunk…  he went to his daughter's room.   There he found a small hole in the windowpane, and then looked down at the shiny-silver BB bullet resting next to his foot.  When he looked up and outside, he saw two little holes in his brand new white vinyl fence.

He ran outside.  He shouted at the kid's voices coming from beyond the fence-line.    "You darn kids. Your parents are going to pay for that".

#FenceSafetyAlert

 

With the COVID-19 crisis and school closures,  kids are hard at play in the backyards all across Florida.   Parents be forewarned it is not a wise idea to allow your kids to shoot their BB Guns or Air Soft rifles in your back yard, especially when there are white vinyl fences surrounding the perimeter.

Understand, a bee shot from a single pump BB Gun travel at 285 feet per second and airsoft rifle around an average of 350 feet per second.   Some of you are probably thinking. It is just a fence,  but let’s provide you a little perspective.   According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission about 4 deaths per year caused by BB guns or pellet rifles.   So it does not take a genius to realize, Vinyl Fences and BB Guns Do Not Mix.

Neither does your pocketbook.   Let say your kid shoot your neighbor’s vinyl fence and three pickets have to be replaced.  What does that mean to you? It simple.  Three pickets at $3, all attached to a minimum service call of $400.00.   So think twice parents…  Let’s keep it safe.

Custom Fence Orlando’s Response to COVID-19

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OPEN FOR BUSINESS

We acknowledge that the people of Florida are concerned about the spread of COVID-19, and so are we. Like you, Paramount Fencing, Custom Fence Orlando, and its employees would love to stay home and shelter in place, but we can't. Here is why:

Currently, Florida possesses 1.4 million swimming pools, thousands of miles of shoreline, and three million acres of lakes and ponds. Couple the aforementioned numbers with school closures and there is potential for disaster. Understand, over 3400 kids drown in pools and bodies of water each year. Let's not forget our 2 million furry friends that need a safe place in that backyard. So Paramount Fencing will remain open to ensure we do not trade one statistic for another...

HOWEVER: We will do so smartly. We will do so in compliance with all CDC and Local guidelines. Also, Paramount Fencing has implemented a three-stage virus threat level system. We are currently in Level RED. See below:

GREEN – If there are less than 100 reported cases of COVID-19 in the State of Florida, it will be business as usual; however, those employees or customers that would be severely affected by a Coronavirus outbreak can opt for all estimating, installation, and employee policies annotated in threat level RED.

YELLOW - Any reported cases of COVID-19 in Orange, Seminole, Lake, and Polk counties will result in a preventive policy. We will promote social distancing and disinfecting of the company property: however, those employees or customers that would be severely affected by a Coronavirus outbreak can opt for all estimating, installation, and employee policies annotated in threat level RED.

RED - If there are over a hundred reported combined cases of COVID-19 in Orange, Seminole, Lake, Polk, etc.), there will be a full implementation of our Paramount Fencing Coronavirus policies. No exceptions.
Paramount Fencing’s Threat Level Red Coronavirus Policies
Estimate Policies: Estimates can be scheduled via phone and will consist of a 3-step process. The Process is listed below.

Step One - This step consists of a phone call between an estimator and the customer. After the phone call, the estimator will visit the property and obtain the necessary information. From there, a job detail will be emailed to the customer before Step Two.

Step Two - This step consists of a scheduled 45-minute phone call between the estimator and homeowner. During this time, we will discuss the parameters of the requested project and will also make the necessary changes to the job detail in preparation for step three.

Step Three - Customers will receive a returned digitized estimate and a follow-up phone call.
Installer and Employees Policy:

• During Threat Level Red, no Paramount Fencing employee is authorized to enter the residence of a customer’s home until further notice.
• During Threat Level Red, no Paramount Fencing employee is authorized to accept food, drinks, or tips from a homeowner.
• During Threat Level Red, all Paramount Fencing employees must practice a minimum social distancing of 8 Feet.
• During Threat Level Red, all Paramount Fencing employee is provided 10 days paid sick days.
• During Threat Level Red, all Paramount Fencing employees checking in to the office will go through screening for symptoms of COVID-19 or Flu
• During Threat Level Red, Paramount Fencing will disinfect all horizontal surfaces, tools, and vehicles twice daily.
• During Threat Level Red, all Paramount Fencing employees that possess a potential medical complication must work from home.

We want to thank you in advance for your cooperation. We ask that our existing customers and future customers look over our COVID-19 policies before contacting Paramount Fencing. We are hopeful, with the above estimating, install, and employee policies in play, Paramount Fencing will minimize the spread and footprint of COVID-19 as we continue to survey and protect our customers within the Central Florida Community.

Rest assured, we will use every necessary precaution to continue giving our customers quality service as we protect their liabilities.
Thanks, Team Paramount Fencing.

A Christmas Challenge From Paramount Fencing

It’s that time of year.

The holidays are here, so let’s not think about fence. Yes, good fences promote good neighbors, but it is people who build great communities. So, let us go out and make a difference. Join me, and take the Paramount Fencing Holiday Challenge.

What is The Holiday Challenge.

It is simple. Go out into your community and be a force of good. Remember, it’s those little gestures that can make a difference in someone’s life, and it is the little things that turn peoples frowns’ upside down. So, join me, and take the Holiday Challenge.

The Holiday Challenge.

  1. Commit 1 Random Act of Kindness. It can be anything, but my favorite is walking up to a person in a store and handing them $20 and walking away.
  2. Reconnect With a Neighbor. Bake or purchase some cookies and hand deliver them in person. If the relationship is rocky, include a note that reads, “Remember, someone alway has to go first. Merry Christmas”.
  3. Be Intentionally Courteous. Instead of walking by someone who is struggling or in need of help, stop and ask. How can I help?

The Reward

Should you take the Holiday Challenge, you just might win. What might you win? See Potential Prize List Below:

  1. A smile. That person might just smile when you are intentionally courteous.
  2. A new friend. That warm plate of cookies might just smooth or build a relationship with a neighbor.
  3. A thank you. Rest in knowing, that random act of kindness just might make a difference in someone’s life.

Once again, Central Florida, thank you in advance for assisting me in making our community a better place. We will see you in 2020.

Sincerely,


Kip HudaKoz
Editor – Custom Fence Orlando

Snow Fest, East Coast Believer Church

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SNOW FEST, DECEMBER 21

If you’re looking for something to do with the family this Holiday, on December 21st, East Coast Believers Church in Oviedo is hosting a free community festival called Snowfest. They are bringing 96,000-tons of snow to their Oviedo campus. There will be snow slides, snow fields to play in, bounce houses, complimentary hot cocoa, and so much more. If you’re family is looking for a fun and safe evening right before Christmas make sure you stop by from 3-8PM on December 21st. You can find more information at www.eastcoastbelievers.org/Joy

Important Event Information:

  • Free Admission:    
  • December  21st
  • 3-8PM
  • 90 tons of snow-
  • Snow slides-
  • Snow play areas-
  • Bounce houses-
  • Activity/craft stations for kids-
  • Outdoor movie theatre-
  • Complimentary hot cocoa-
  • Food trucks and more-

A Christmas Letter From A Child With Autism.

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A Letter From A Kid With Autism.

As we all know, Christmas is a beautiful thing.  If a member of your family has Autism, it can be challenging.  It can be stressful for all parties involved.

My friends at The Autism Society of Greater Orlando wants to remind everyone be kind, loving, and understanding.  ASGO was kind to provide a letter that any family dealing with Autism should email to their family prior to the holiday.   Let call it “Christmas Through The Eyes of Autism”.  Remember, sharing is caring.

LETTER

Dear Family and Friends,

I understand that we will be visiting each other for the holidays this year! Sometimes these visits can be very hard for me, but here is some information that might help our visit to be more successful.

As you probably know, I am challenged by a hidden disability called autism or what some people refer to as a pervasive developmental disorder (PDD).

Autism/PDD is a neurodevelopmental disorder which makes it hard for me to understand the environment around me. I have barriers in my brain that you can’t see but which make it difficult for me to adapt to my surroundings.

Sometimes I may seem rude and abrupt, but it is only because I have to try so hard to understand people and at the same time, make myself understood. People with autism have different abilities: some may not speak, some write beautiful poetry. Others are whizzes in math (Albert Einstein was thought to be autistic), or have difficulty making friends. We are all different and need various degrees of support.

Sometimes when I am touched unexpectedly, it might feel painful and make me want to run away. I get easily frustrated, too. Being with lots of other people is like standing next to a moving freight train and trying to decide how and when to jump aboard. I feel frightened and confused a lot of the time, like you would if you landed on an alien planet and didn’t understand how the inhabitants communicated. This is why I need to have things the same as much as possible. Once I learn how things happen, I can get by ok. But if something, anything changes, then I have to relearn the situation all over again! It is very hard.

When you try to talk to me, I often can’t understand what you say because there is a lot of distraction around. I have to concentrate very hard to hear and understand one thing at a time. You might think I am ignoring you–I am not. Rather, I am hearing everything and not knowing what is most important to respond to.

Holidays are exceptionally hard because there are so many different people, places and things going on that are out of my ordinary realm. This may be fun and adventurous for most people, but for me, it’s very hard work and can be extremely stressful.

I often have to get away from all the commotion to calm down. It would be great if you had a private place set up to where I could retreat.

If I cannot sit at the meal table, do not think I am misbehaved or that my parents have no control over me. Sitting in one place for even 5 minutes is often impossible for me. I feel so antsy and overwhelmed by all the smells, sounds, and people–I just have to get up and move about. Please don’t hold up your meal for me–go on without me and my parents will handle the situation the best way they know.

Eating in general is hard for me. If you understand that autism is a sensory processing disorder, it’s no wonder eating is a problem! Think of all the senses involved with eating: sight, smell, taste, touch AND all the complicated mechanics that are involved with chewing and swallowing that a lot of people with autism have trouble with. I am not being picky — I literally cannot eat certain food as my sensory system and/or oral motor coordination are impaired.

Don’t be disappointed if mommy hasn’t dressed me in starch and bows. It’s because she knows how much stiff and frilly clothes can drive me buggy! I have to feel comfortable in my clothes or I will just be miserable! Temple Grandin, a very smart adult with autism, has taught people that when she had to wear stiff petticoats as a child, she felt like her skin was being rubbed with sandpaper. I often feel the same way in dressy clothes.

When I go to someone else’s house, I may appear bossy and controlling. In a sense, I am being controlling because that is how I try to fit into the world around me (which is so hard to figure out!) Things have to be done in a way I am familiar with or else I might get confused and frustrated. It doesn’t mean you have to change the way you are doing things — just please be patient with me and understanding of how I have to cope…mom and dad have no control over how my autism makes me feel inside.

People with autism often have little things that they do to help themselves feel more comfortable. The grown ups call it “self regulation,” or “stimming’. I might rock, hum, flick my fingers in my face, flap my arms or any number of different things. I am not trying to be disruptive or weird. Again, I am doing what I have to do for my brain to adapt to your world.

Sometimes I cannot stop myself from talking, singing, or partaking in an activity. The grown ups call this “perseverating” which is kind of like self-regulation or stimming. I do this only because I have found something to occupy myself that makes me feel comfortable, and I don’t want to come out of that comfortable place and join your hard-to-figure-out-world. Perseverative behaviors are good to a certain degree because they help me calm down.

Please be respectful to my mom and dad if they let me “stim” for a while as they know me best and what helps to calm me. Remember that my mom and dad have to watch me much more closely than the average child. This is for my own safety, preservation of your possessions, and to facilitate my integration with you tippies (what we autistics fondly call you neurotypical folk!) It hurts my parents’

Hurricane and Preparation For Kids with Autism.

Let’s Face it. A Hurricane is scary.  Now imagine, the individual you care for is diagnosed on the Autism spectrum.  That right, Autism.  These individuals needs are often the last to be considered when you think of Hurricanes Preparedness.  Not no more.  Custom Fence Orlando and The Autism Society of Greater Orlando have teamed up to remind us all, don’t forget the needs of those kids or individual diagnosed with Autism.   Below are 5 things to consider before that Hurricane hits: Don’t delay. Do it Today.

Five Big Things To Consider When Preparing An Individual With Autism For A Hurricane.

  1. Google the special need shelter in your county, Now.   It just might save a life.   You have to be registered prior to showing up. 
    1. Orange County Special Needs Registry
    2. Seminole County Special Needs Registry.
    3. Lake County Special Needs Registry. 
    4. Polk County Special Needs Registry. 
    5. Volusia County Special Needs Registry.
  2. Start packing at the watch and not the warning.  Pack those special Items such as medicines, important documents, and dietary requirement.
    1. Don’t forget all those documents: IEP, Diagnosis, and Medical records.
    2. Don’t forget that comfort food
  3. Prepare to explain through social stories and what to exactly what expect.
    1. Don’t run from it.  Explain it from start to finish.
    2. Describe what is exactly going to happen.  Use pictures
  4. Have a car charger and multiple battery backup for those smart devices.
    1. Do not rely on generators. They are odorless and kill.
  5. Emergency Plan.  Establish a play by play scenario and practice it.   Especially, if you chose to stay.
    1. What happen if
    2. Remember, individual with autism love routine.

Need More.  Listen to Kip Hudakoz as he discusses hurricane preparedness on the Pool Fantic Radio Show live on News 96.5 WDBO.

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Check out Kip Hudakoz, The owner of Paramount Fencing, as he discusses how to blow off the dust from that back yard process. It’s all about the passion for the process.

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Hurricane Dorian and Fences

Hurricane Dorian is heading for Orlando. Get prepared. This Storm is going to be nasty. Protect your fence with simple steps and get register for the pre-hurricane estimate list. Read how to protect that fence and what to do after the storm if you live in Central Florida or Oviedo.

Hurricane Fence Preparedness Central Florida

Well, Central Florida, a Hurricane Dorian is barreling for the heart of Orlando.  Now is the time to stop what you are doing and prepare.  If you never been through a hurricane, we recommend you review the hurricane preparedness guide on News 96.5 WDBO.

We at Custom Fence Orlando encourage you to prepare, stay safe, and do not forget about your fence.   We spoke with, Kip, the owner of Paramount Fencing and Co-Host of the Florida Home and Garden Radio Show on News 96.5 FM and he said,  “We have moved to threat level “Red”.  So now is the time to prepare your fence”.  He followed up with five things that will possibly save that fence, money, and your life as a storm approaches. They are listed below:

1. If you have a pool, purchase an orange safety barrier fence from the home improvement store prior to the storm. It is impossible to find after a storm. You need to be able to secure your liabilities.

2. If you have a wood gate, take a small piece of 2″ x 4″ and screw it with 3″ screws to both the gate and hinges post, at the top, at the bottom. If possible, open the gate fully and screw it to the fence structure itself.

3. If you have an Aluminum gate, just bungee cord it.

4. If you have a vinyl gate, take it off at the hinges and put it in your garage. Check all post caps. If they’re not glued down remove them and store indoors.

5. Regardless of what type of fence you have, go to the home improvement store and buy several ninety-degree angle brackets. Secure the last component of the fence, runner or post, to the house together. It could be the difference between your insurance viewing that fence as a structure of the house or a detached structure.

He further added.  Now is the time to think about the aftermath.   Dorian is likely to hit the Central Florida area as a Category 2 with winds between 90 and 110 MPH.  So it does not matter if you live in Orlando or Oviedo,  Winter Springs or Winter Park, or Orange County or Seminole County,  fences are going to come down.  Fence professionals will be in high demand.  Now is the time to get on a pre-hurricane list.  Otherwise, you will experience longer than normal wait times and have to settle for two guys in a truck.

Below is Paramount Fencing’s Pre Hurricane Estimate Request.

Register For The Pre-Hurricane Estimate List Today