Friday, June 24, 2016

Stainless Steel Chain Link Fence...American Made

Tennis anyone?

It doesn't happen often, but when it does, what do you do?

  Recently Modern Fence Technologies was asked if we do stainless steel chain link fence fittings.

 We do now.  In response to the request for fittings, pipe, and fabric, of domestic origin, we were able to manufacture all the necessary components for a tennis court enclosure that is now somewhere on an island in the Indian Ocean.

  The job specs required American made materials throughout, and called out a specific type of stainless to endure the conditions expected, and we were able to source American made pipe, while manufacturing all the fittings necessary, from required materials, to assemble the fence.  We can also source the fabric, again, of domestic materials.

  Of course, this was a one time thing.  The chances of you ever needing to get an American made stainless steel tennis court shipped to Sri Lanka are likely pretty thin, but if Modern Fence Technologies can do all that, at a price that allowed the contractor to make considerable profit, what can we do for you?

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Good enough?

  Don't settle for good enough. 
 Demand the best

American made hinges, latches, drop rods, vinyl caps and other accessories for your next fence!

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Give Your Customers What They Really Want, in Three Easy Steps!

Even if they don't know what that is.

Buying a fence can be a daunting experience for a homeowner. The huge variety of styles, materials, and types of fence available can be overwhelming. Add to that the wide range of options in quality, whether or not a do-it yourself option is worth considering, and the overall price of a residential fence, and it's no wonder that sometimes, customers feel let down by the process.

When it comes right down to it, your customer wants the peace of mind that they are getting good value for their money, and getting what they paid for.

There is a way to avoid customer disappointment with your work. 

 1.Wherever possible, written orders, including all customer concerns, need to be signed by the contractor and customer as part of your work order/customer contract. Be sure to include site prep, clean up, and disposal of old fence and excess fill, if necessary. This won't prevent disputes, but it does provide a common frame of reference when settling questions that arise.

 2. Wherever possible, specify in the work order the name of the manufacturer of the product you intend to install. Name the grade and species of lumber, along with accurate measurements of boards. (If you are using a full 1” thick Clear Select Western Red Cedar picket, call it out in the contract.) It will differentiate you from the competition, and justify your price. If the customer calls for an “economy model” fence, make sure that the 1/2” thick #2 pickets are specified, and consider a section that lays out the relative advantages of the various grades of materials you offer.

 3. The same goes for hardware and accessories for the fence. Let the customer know that you offer the very best American made hardware from Modern Fence Technologies. Always choose materials you are proud to stand behind. Don't let the customer force you into inferior products to meet an unreasonable price point.

If the customer is unable or unwilling to pay for the quality of materials and work that go into the fences you build, then that customer is probably better off going to another contractor.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Made in America?

 When you buy an American made product, what does that mean? According to the Federal Trade Commission, the product must be “all or virtually all” made in the U.S. Simply being headquartered in the U.S., or having a distribution hub in the U.S. does not qualify the products sold through a company to be identified as American made.

Why is this important? Because many companies imply that they are selling quality, American made products, pointing to their distribution facilities here or a misleading label as proof. The imported products they sell are not necessarily made to standards you would expect. Their manufacture definitely does not benefit the U.S. economy.

Products brought in from overseas rarely have manufacturers liability insurance to protect the end user and all people in the supply chain from damages in the event of failure. Ask your suppliers where their products are made. Ask if you can tour their facility. Ask them for certificates of origin for their materials. If the answer to any of these questions isn't what it should be, can you afford to use their products?

Monday, March 28, 2016

Is your hardware supplier “improving” their product right out of existence?

Take a look at the last set of hinges you bought from your supplier. Do they look like the hinge you bought the first time you switched to their hardware? Chances are, unless you are using American made Modern Fence Technologies hinges, latches, and drop rods, the product you are getting is not the same as the product you initially decided to buy.

Brackets are getting smaller, welds are getting weaker, hinges sold as “stainless steel” include aluminum and plastic parts where ours are all stainless, and even the thickness of the steel is being reduced. Today's hinge from some of these manufacturers uses 25-30% less stainless steel. Has your price dropped to reflect that? Did anyone ask if you wanted a lower quality hinge?

Modern Fence Technologies hinges. American made quality you can trust, at competitive prices.