Current news articles for American Fence Company of Cedar Rapids, Iowa

New AIA-Approved Course Provided by PalmSHIELD

PalmSHIELD is proud to offer a new AIA-approved continued education course, “The Selection of Architectural Screening.” It is worth 1 LU-HSW for AIA members, available on-demand or live, and requires no prerequisite knowledge. Oh, and did we mention that it’s free? This course is introductory and unbiased, covering the following: The evolution and need for […]

PalmSHIELD Introduces the Mercury Screening Line

Even though we’ve been in the business of designing and fabricating architectural screening for more than 50 years, PalmSHIELD recognizes the need to continue adapting to changes in the market. Our products offer enhanced security and aesthetics, but we recognize that some projects have to accommodate budgets in which our more typical products cannot fit. […]

New Pricing on PalmSHIELD’s Horizontal Louver

The horizontal louver (currently the most popular of PalmSHIELD’s products) is receiving a new look, and a new price to boot! PalmSHIELD customers have placed their trust in our louvered architectural screening for more than fifty years, depending on them to not only protect but provide airflow for mechanical and rooftop equipment as well as […]

Give a warm welcome to our newest division, American Playground Company

Always growing upwards and outwards, American Fence Company is now growing into the park and playground equipment market. American Playground Company is our newest division that specializes in the installation and design of outdoor recreational equipment. Our South Dakota branch recognized the potential in this new division and took charge of making our place in […]

Automatic gates in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

You have made the decision to automate your gate, but you may not know how to go about choosing or installing gate access control. American Fence Company of Cedar Rapids, Iowa can make the gate access control process painless for you with their broad knowledge of gate automation. They understand how important quick and easy […]

Secure your job site with rental fencing in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Do you need rental fencing to protect an event venue or a job site? American Fence Company of Cedar Rapids, Iowa makes it simple and easy to rent temporary fence that is guaranteed to keep the area flexible to change and readjustment without sacrificing security. American Fence will gladly install and remove the following 3 […]

Access control made easy by American Fence Company of Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Not that long ago, access control was as simple as a push button garage door opener, no more complicated than a garage door opener. With modern advances in technology, it is no longer that straightforward. Now access controls include things such as barrier arms, telephone entry, transmitters, key pads, sensing edges as well as a […]

American Access Company has everything you need for gate access

American Access Control is the newest member of the American Fence Company family and we are so excited to finally be able to put such a strong focus on access control. American Access Company is an access control vendor and we sell items such as receivers, transmitters, photo eyes, barrier arms, gate operators and much […]

PalmSHIELD Helps Mission Dispensary Make History in Allentown, PA

Allentown, Pennsylvania opened up their very first medical marijuana dispensary—Mission Dispensary—on June 12, 2018. This is exciting because they decided to include a PalmSHIELD horizontal louver mechanical screening enclosure as a part of their dispensary. PalmSHIELD’s horizontal louver fence system was installed masterfully by ProMax Fence Systems at the dispensary. The mechanical equipment screening fits […]

Temporary fencing in Cedar Rapids

With massive construction going on, it is critical that temporary fences are used properly for workers and pedestrian safety. Having installed thousands of construction fences in Cedar Rapids, our crews have sat idle at many job sites while the contractor frantically tries to figure-out where to put his construction fence. We have also gone back […]

How To Layout Your Next Outfield Fence in Cedar Rapids, IA

There are hundreds of youth and community organizations each year who wish to install their own Cedar Rapids ballfield fencing.  When pencil hits paper to start laying-out their field dimensions, inevitably they begin to scratch their heads.  How do we get a greater distance from center field to home plate then from right or left […]

Perforated Panel: Another Security Fence Option in Cedar Rapids

PalmSHIELD’s perforated panel screen systems are a type of security fencing that comes with a wide array of hole sizes and metal sheet thicknesses. This style of security fence allows a controllable amount of visibility and air flow. Perforated panel systems from PalmSHIELD are made of aluminum, which makes them very lightweight and corrosion resistant. […]

Your Best Choice for Large Cantilever Gates in Cedar Rapids, IA!

American Fence Company of Cedar Rapids, Iowa proves that every gate is a success.  Any large cantilever gate that is longer than sixty-five feet and has a mechanical splice is fully tested in their shop.  This is not an easy task.  Each gate is supported with a series of lifts and blocks to replicate what […]

PalmSHIELD Heads to LA! See us today for all your custom enclosures.

PalmSHIELD basks in sunny Los Angeles. PalmSHIELD louvers is proud to have been selected by the City of Los Angeles Water and Power as their mechanical equipment closure. The City of Los Angeles has a tight set of requirements relative to their mechanical equipment louvered systems. Louvered equipment enclosures must meet the 31 pounds per […]

Deciding Between Slats or Windscreen for Fencing in Cedar Rapids, IA

If you’ve ever wanted some privacy and wind protection from your chain link fence, consider installing a windscreen or some colored vinyl slats. Both options provide extra coverage on your chain link fence that can reduce visibility, increase aesthetics and block the wind. This can be beneficial from small scale fences up to major baseball […]

Cedar Rapids Fence Parts for Sale! Toprail Details.

Build an industrial chain link fence that is not only sturdy and strong, but also lightweight. Our 1-5/8” x 21’ CR30 Top Rail is specifically designed and engineered for these types of industrial chain link applications. Since they are cold rolled, these pipes have increased hardness and strength compared to a hot-dipped galvanized pipe. Our […]

America’s Fence Company of Cedar Rapids: Your choice for custom Vinyl Products

Since the beginning of vinyl being installed as a fence product it has also been used for many other projects. Your choice is only limited by your imagination. American Fence Company of Cedar Rapids has installed literally hundreds of custom vinyl products throughout the years. Such projects include mail box holders (as per the picture […]

Custom Gates in Cedar Rapids, IA

Featuring: 4 foot Over Arch Gate Our 4 foot tall over arch Spear Top Gate is 4’ at its lowest point and slopes up to 4’ 6”. This Cedar Rapids gate has a 16 foot opening and is 24 feet long overall. With this gate, the first impression of your property will give off to […]

PalmSHIELD! Your professional choice, now offering specifications and Cad drawings for your convenience.

PalmSHIELD is excited to announce that we established a complete set of specifications and CAD drawings for our PalmSHIELD Perforated Aluminum Panel System. This information will make it easy for engineers and architects to provide a complete set of specifications for perforated metal panel systems. This is the only complete perforated metal panel specification that […]

Bar Grating Now from PalmSHIELD

PalmSHIELD is excited to announce the addition of our new aluminum bar grating railing and fence panel system specifications and CAD drawings. This information will make it easy and complete for architects and engineers to provide a complete set of specifications for bar grating panel systems. PalmSHIELD has been successfully manufacturing aluminum and steel bar […]

Overscallop Entry Gates in Cedar Rapids

An overscallop ornamental gate is perfect for someone who wants a beautiful, sophisticated gate that will protect their property and require little maintenance. Adding an ornamental iron swing gate to a home or property brings a elegant feel that can also increase your property value. Because they are built of ornamental iron, these gates are […]

Why Choose Split Rail Fence?

More than likely you know of those quaint fences that often line rural properties. These fences are usually made of vinyl or wood and have two, three, or four rails, with lots of open space. This fence style is known as a ranch rail fence, or a split rail fence. Ranch rail fences are many […]

Aluminum Gates! Your best choice for light weight gate solutions.

Aluminum Cantilever Gates: Lightweight, Durable Option Cantilever gates are easy to use and are space-efficient and long lasting. Our Aluminum Cantilever Gates are very light, and have protected rollers, they are resistant to rust and are available at a competitive price point. These are the safest gates on the market and are the least likely […]

The Case for Fir Wood Fence

Fir is a very durable, affordable product that is perfect for fencing. America’s Fence Store has Stained Cedar-tone Fir pickets that will give you the consistent color and overall durability you’re looking for in your fence. Fir is resistant to bending, warping and holds nails and screws well without cracking. Pre-staining gives these pickets a […]

Arched Driveway Gates for Your Home

Over Arch Driveway Gates: Safety and Style Not much adds an air of prestige and class to a property like an estate gate. Estate gates—also known as drive gates and driveway gates—tend to be situated on a street or driveway to block or grant cars entrance. These gates are usually made of sturdy ornamental iron, […]

Experts on Wood Fencing in Cedar Rapids!

Whether you are going to install a wood fence yourself or hire the work completed; you will have to decide on the type and species of wood you want to use. Start with the post. 1. Look into what is available for species. There are several new species of wood fence posts available from your […]

Security Gates for Schools in Cedar Rapids

School fencing and gates are a big concern for parents, students and school staff. This quickly became apparent upon the number of readers’ comments I received with the first two blogs. One of the most prevailing themes was the use and care of gates. Many of the parents brought up some very solid concerns regarding the use, placement […]

Pool Safety and Requirements in Cedar Rapids, IA

I recently read a news report about a young child that suffered drowning related injuries. This is a very unfortunate event. What makes it unusual is that the pool was closed for the season. The child was able to get under the pool cover. Once in the pool, he was not able to escape due […]

Safe Fencing for Schools in Cedar Rapids

Last Thursday morning, I was behind a sea of yellow caterpillars. All of them moving in several different directions with heads bopping up and down inside. School is has started…I was reminded. At the next traffic light, I begin to drift away to an article about a teacher who severely damaged her hand in a gate at school. […]

We Specialize in Gates of ALL Sizes

America’s Gate Company is one of the nation’s largest gate manufacturers and providers. We custom build decorative and chain link swing, cantilever, slide, overhead gates and any others you can dream up. We specialize in the extraordinarily large gates and gate retrofits. A gate this size requires complicated engineering and fabrication that considers not only […]

Temporary Fences in Cedar Rapids, IA

Every major storm that sweeps through your community will leave some damaged fencing. Temporary fencing in Cedar Rapids, IA is always hit hard. Because temporary fencing is just that, “temporary;” it is not set in concrete footings or permanently fixed. Temporary fence panel systems are often anchored with sand bags placed over the temporary fence […]

Fences and Storm Damage in Cedar Rapids, IA

My neighbor now has new posts in his yard but is waiting on his fence contractor to come back and finish. Yesterday, I had a knock on my door. Standing in my door way was Bob, my neighbor. “I hate to ask but do you know how to reach my fence contractor?” Bob said with […]

Cedar Rapids: Fixing Your Fence After Storm Damage

If you read my previous blog, I have an update on my neighbor. I witnessed him yesterday digging out his old footings. As I strolled by on my four wheeler, he wiped his brow with a rag and gave me a thumbs up. He was soaked head to toe in sweat. Lesson learned…leave those posts […]

Louvered Panels for Data Center

PalmSHIELD provided a new mechanical equipment enclosure for American Family Insurance’s new data center. PalmSHIELD louvers has a long history of providing architectural louvers for data centers. You can find our louvered panel system at the Google, Travelers and Yahoo! date centers. PalmSHIELD is the natural choice for large standalone louvered mechanical screen systems. Data […]

Storm Damage in Cedar Rapids? Who to Contact for Fence Repair?

It is thunderstorm season which typically leaves us with a great deal of damaged fence. Just recently, a storm moved through the area and left my neighbor with his wood fence blown over. A handful of the wood fence panels flattened where shear winds made their path. My neighbor knocked on my door after a […]

Protection from jobsite thefts! Contact us today for your solution

There has been a recent increase of construction site thefts over the last two years. American Fence Rental has been installing a surprising amount of construction site security fence. Contractors are doing their due diligence in providing site security but thieves are still finding their way into their job site. Though providing security, contractors are […]

Gate Locks, Your First Line of Defense

Thieves don’t want to make a scene at your front door. They want to sneak around to the back, through your gate and into the basement or patio door. By the time they reach the gate, they are committed. They know that they may have crossed that point of no return and may now attempt […]

Cedar Rapids Gates: Vertical Pivot Gates

Do you need the perfect solution in removing any gaps at the bottom of your gate? Do you not have enough storage space for a rolling, cantilever or swing gate? Your best choice may be a vertical pivot gate. Vertical pivot gates are low weight gates that operate on a single pivot point that is […]

Alternative Security Enclosures

PalmSHIELD offers louvered and secured equipment enclosures. Copper and all other precious metal prices have increased over 60% since 2007. Thieves are averaging no less than $100.00 for tubing stolen from a residential ac unit installation. Recently, the local Houston news reported two commercial HVAC units dropped two stories from the top of a shopping […]

Cedar Rapids Gates: Automated Gates

Cantilever gates are the best choice for automated gates. A cantilever gate is suspended above the ground thus there is no concerns regarding terrain, road conditions or icy weather. The gates upper and lower guide wheels guide the gate through the entire opening. Unlike the sweeping effects of swing gates, cantilever gates roll back and […]

Cedar Rapids Gates: Rolling Gates

Got hills & valleys? A rolling gate is your best choice. A rolling gate is a type of slide gate. The most popular slide gate is a cantilever gate. Cantilever gates use rollers that are attached to support posts with no rollers or wheels touching the ground. The cantilever gate is cantilevered over the opening. […]

Engineering & Anchoring PalmSHIELD. Anchors Away!

PalmSHIELD has been engineered to meet the category one 90 mph wind load requirement for an architectural louvered screen system. Though we do not provide generalized engineered stamped drawings; we do review our engineering to assure that our design will meet designed load requirements relative to the overall design and selection of materials. Ultimately, it […]

Select the right gate for your project.

Many a customers have said after their fence was installed, “I wish I would have gone with a …..gate instead.” American Fence Company of Cedar Rapids, Iowa’s staff are professionals within the fence industry. As the professionals, we are obligated to point out the features, benefits and liabilities of each type of gate installation. On […]

Pre-stained Fence Pickets.

American Fence Company of Cedar Rapids, Iowa is excited to share with our customers the new Cedar tone stained Fir pickets and rails. These pickets and rails have a fantastic track record with us of standing the test of years of Midwest winters and hot sunny summer days. When Sierra Pacific, the United States largest […]

Cedar Rapids Fences: Temporary Fencing

Your temporary construction fence should be your first line of defense at your construction site. Not only does it aid in keeping materials and tool safe; it keeps potential lawsuits from curious trespassers out. Construction sites are dangerous, especially in the dark. It is easy for others to quickly get hurt. According to the Chain […]

Leader in Wood Fence Products.

Incense Cedar fence pickets, rails and posts are one of the most durable and decay-resistant of native American woods. It is produced from a forest tree found in California, southern Oregon and western Nevada. Incense Cedar is generally known in the lumber industry as one of the twelve woods of the Western Woods Region Incense […]

The Temporary Rental Fence Drive Through – American Rental Fence.

Drive to any of our fully staffed facilities in Sioux City, Lincoln, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Kansas City, Kansas; Sioux Falls, South Dakota Des Moines, Iowa and Cedar Rapids, Iowa and pick-up temporary fence panels, posts, stands and sand bags today for your event tomorrow. American Fence Rental inventories thousands of temporary fence panels and event […]

“Do it yourself” Fence materials for sale

American Fence is your one stop shop for all your fencing needs. We also have available all fence materials at wholesale costs. If your a “Do it yourself” home owner call us today for your free estimate. We have acres of stock material at your disposal for purchase. Whether you are wanting tried and true […]

Cedar Rapids Fencing: Pre-Stained Wood Fences

Cedar Tone Stained Fence. What are the benefits of using pre-stained pickets, rails and posts? It must be said at the beginning of this piece…there is no substitute for using pre-stained fence boards. These are wood pickets, rails and posts that are stained by the mill, packaged and shipped to your local DIY store. Nobody […]

It’s Construction Season! Call us today for your rental fence needs.

It’s construction season! American Rental Fence is the leader in temporary construction rental fence in the Midwest. Though we have over ten thousand fence panels rented-out; American Rental Fence has over three thousand panels in inventory in Sioux City, Lincoln, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Des Moines, Iowa; and Kansas […]

American Fence Rental Company

At The American Fence Company we want our fences to last for years, but not all fences are meant to be forever, as we also offer temporary fence. If you’re looking to rent a Temporary Fence System, you’ve come to the right place, we are proud to announce the American Fence Rental Company website is […]

Alternatives to cedar wood fencing

What is all the fuss about Fir? White Fir has been successfully used for wood fencing for over a decade. Without question, Western Red Cedar is the premier choice for wood fencing however it is expensive. For considerable less, you can select a White Fir fence picket that will last at least eight plus years. […]

“Spring fence projects” Call us today for your free estimate.

Spring is only four days away residential fence projects are in full swing. Give us a call today for your complete residential fence needs. We have the largest inventory of residential fence products in the Midwest. Call us today to schedule your no cost, no obligation residential fence estimate. We have all the tried and […]

“Not so temporary, temp fence”

Temporary construction rental fence is not so temporary. American Fence Company uses only top notch quality commercial grade materials in the construction and installation of our temporary fences. We also use a simple ring design on our panels that makes it easy to modify the system. No complicated hardware, and nuts and bolts that get […]

Pick the best Ornamental fence

Ornamental fence for the twenty first century. Twenty years ago, the majority of residential ornamental fences were stick built. Stick built is a crude terminology for welding ornamental fence panels in local fabrication shops after attempting to field verify elevations and length of fence runs. This method was very time consuming and rarely perfect. Worst […]

Custom Decorative Metals provider.

Did you know that American Fence Company provides more decorative custom metals products than any other fabricator in the Midwest? You can find our custom metals work in some of our most beautiful homes, universities, state capitols and nuclear power plants. Our work spreads across the United States from coast to coast. American Fence Companies […]

Your preferred Pet Fence provider

Year after Year America Fence Company has set the standard in pet fence needs. Whether large or small pets our sales staff can recommend the right fit for you. You may have seen other fence projects constructed on a slope, as a result the gate leaves a large gap due to the “stair step” affect. […]

We are your preferred custom wood fence provider

Custom wood fences are tricky. The tried and true solid, shadow box and picket wood fences use proven installation techniques that guarantee a long lasting installation. Most qualified fence contractors successfully install hundreds of these fences every year. Materials, fasteners and techniques are industry standards and there is a great deal of literature on “How […]

Gates of all kinds

American Fence Company builds over one thousand slide gates and over four thousand swing gates each year. Each and every gate is fabricated to our customers’ unique requests. From a single 150’ long slide gate at one of the Nation’s largest airport to a four thousand pound ornamental decorative slide gate at the governor’s mansion […]

Louvered fence option

PalmSHIELD rolls into the Village of Glenview Train Station PalmSHIELD was selected as the mechanical equipment louvered screen system of choice for the Village of Glenview. The Village selected an eight foot tall PalmSHIELD louver system to protect and hide a compressor unit at the local train station. The Village staff elected to install the […]

Another new product from your security fence experts

Our customers have been asking for a detailed specification to include in their project plans and specifications to be sure that they get the Ultra Latch and no substitutions. We are happy to oblige. Below is a detailed specification to assist your contractors in selecting and installing the Ultra Latch for your application. American Ultra […]

Temporary Fence

For over 55 years of experience and 100,000 feet plus of temporary fence installed in eight states, American Fence Company can help you with the latest and best security solutions. We can help you secure and protect any construction job site, special event, work area, disaster relief zone or other restricted area from public access. […]

Estate Gates-Custom Entry Gates.

We are your preferred fence contractor for custom estate gates. Contact us today for help designing your custom gates. We will work with you through every tiny detail. If you want to add an automatic residential entry system we can do that too. With a fully staffed fabrication shop and years and years of experience […]

Porch Rail Functional and Stylish.

If you’re in Nebraska and in the market for porch rail contact us today for your free estimate. Take a look at this completed project.

Unfounded Vinyl Fence Fears

As we round the corner on another Midwest winter, our neighborhood’s vinyl fences are still standing.  Surprising? Of course, not. Vinyl fencing has been around for over twenty years. Its popularity has grown exponentially as it replaces wood and ornamental in popularity.  Yet, there are still many home owners and neighborhood associations that are hesitant […]

Vinyl Coated Chain Link

Purchasing vinyl coated chain link fencing can be confusing.  One contractor says “9 gauge material” on his proposal while another says “11 gauge wire”.  Which one is better?  Undetermined. Why the confusion?  It all stems from the gauge.  Is it finished gauge or core wire gauge?  According to ASTM  668, vinyl coated chain link is […]

The cold reality of your gate

Every day, we go through dozens of doors without giving it a second thought.  We just don’t realize the precision that goes into a door and jamb.  Isn’t it amazing how the strike hits the strike plate each and every time? Ok, not that amazing. The cold reality is that your gates are not doors. […]

Why all the confusion over vinyl coated chain link?

Why the confusion?  It all stems from the gauge.  Is it finished gauge or core wire gauge?  According to ASTM  668, vinyl coated chain link is specified and ordered by the metallic core wire.  However, according to various suppliers, they may interpret your request to mean a finished gauge ( metallic core wire plus vinyl […]

The Death of Real Cedar Fencing

When I was a boy I use to work summers at my father’s fence company.  Back then, cedar fence boards were rich with dark red, brown and orange hues.  The boards had a strong cedar smell that was so pungent that you might have thought you were locked in your grandmother’s cedar closet.  Back then, […]