Treat Your Home (With That Tax Return)

Put That Tax Return Back Into Your Home! Investing in your home is always a great idea. This year don't let that tax return go to waste, spend it on something you can enjoy for years to come and that will add value to your home.

Add a Fence

Improve the look of your home immensely with a beautiful new fence. Whether replacing an existing fence or adding a brand new one, Walpole fencing is durable, low-maintenance and stunningly beautiful. The options are immense with fences for privacy or decoration, made of wood, AZEK or metal. Walpole Outdoors fences are great for every kind of use whether to secure a pool area or add a decorative touch to a garden space they are fully customizable to your home with unmatched structural integrity. The Chestnut Hill fence is a popular picket design that adds that instantly adds that classic American charm to your home. If you are looking for a more rustic aesthetic you can choose post and rail style fencing in both wood and the popular AZEK material.

Create a Seating Space

Get more use out of your home in the spring and summer with a great outdoor space for seating and entertaining. Adding use to your backyard is almost like adding a new room to your home (but a lot cheaper). The space you create depends on your home, space and your own taste. You can add some great patio furniture to take your summer party from the kitchen to outside. The Portsmouth Square Table is a great place to start with a clean design, sturdy structure and choice of four different colors. Create a more lush space with the beautiful Sag Harbor Deep Seating. The Sag Harbor line is sophisticated all-weather wicker with all pieces hand-woven, using extra-large wicker fiber so the seating is more substantial than most other outdoor wicker available. Each piece has a subtle and inviting driftwood finish.

Add a Few Lovely Touches

If you're only looking to make a few smaller additions to your home you're certainly in luck! We've added quite a few new decor items for the 2016 season. Weathervanes, window boxes, door knockers, shutters, lattice panels, trellis and more can all add some much desired curb appeal to your home. A great investment for all seasons is a beautiful planter. This year we've added four brand new styles in our line of durable and attractive planters. For all the functionality of a traditional rectangular planter plus some added style try the new Tapered Rockport Planter. This piece looks great at the base of the pergola or right outside the front door. Light up a pathway or a front entry with a lantern. Whether your home has a contemporary, traditional or historic look there's a lantern for you.



Planning Your Spring Garden Space

Spring Garden Ideas To Create The Perfect Space

Finally, spring is on it's way! There is no better time to start planning your spring garden space than now.

Garden space means something different to all of us: some of us love to plant and care for flowers, some love fruits and vegetables and some prefer a sitting space surrounded by nature. Whichever you prefer we have some great tips to create a garden you will get plenty of use of.

  • Create a space to sit and enjoy: What good is a beautiful garden if you can't enjoy it? Create a sitting space for thinking, reading or even entertaining. You could go for a full patio, comfortable couches under a beautiful kit pergola or something more significant like a custom AZEK pergola nestled in the greenery. Once you have a sitting space in mind you can start to build around it adding touches to make it your own little escape.
  • Think color: Have a color in mind for this season? While a multicolored garden is always lovely a monochromatic look has a certain romance to it. Try an all-white garden with roses and tulips in clean crisp white. It will be your little slice of heaven.
  • Plan around blooms: When deciding where to plant what keep in mind each plants unique bloom period and maintenance requirements. Keep varieties that require similar care together so you can be sure every plant is getting optimal sunlight and moisture. Also keep in mind when they will be at their full blooming best and plan accordingly - you might want everything vibrant at the same time or different plants that bloom at different points in the season.
  • Add structure: Adding some hardscape to your garden is a great way to maintain a focal point year round (even in the snow). One great addition is an arbor at an entryway. Arbors are beautiful on their own but made better with climbing plants that add a pop of color in spring or summer. To achieve a similar looking with climbing plants you can also utilize simple or unique lattice panels that can be place virtually anywhere. If your garden space is on the small side you can always create some whimsy with a birdhouse or birdbath or a cute planter garden.
  • Think year round: Try to create a space that can be utilized in more than just the spring. Is it in a location that gets great light? Can you add small changes in the autumn so you can still enjoy it? Try adding some hearty shrubs that look beautiful even if they aren't in bloom. Add some outside lighting to accommodate those earlier evenings in the cooler months and consider a retractable canopy for your pergola. Once you have the space why not enjoy it as much as possible!?

Find us on Pinterest to see more spring garden ideas (or just a little garden inspiration)!


Wood vs PVC Fencing - What Works For Me?

If you're shopping around for the perfect fence one question you are surely asking yourself is which is better, wood or vinyl? There is no one right answer to this question as wood and PVC are both great choices but one may be more suitable to your needs, lifestyle and budget than the other. To determine which would be better for your project there are a few things to consider...

Can you perform maintenance? Wood fencing requires a bit of maintenance over time from normal weather damage. Though the maintenance is not extensive it can be a negative to those considering a wood fence or structure. Cellular PVC (vinyl) on the other hand is virtually free of maintenance because its synthetic materials do not rot or corrode due to water or the weather. So if you aren't interested in periodic repairs down the line then PVC is your way to go.

Are you going for a rustic look? If you are going for that classic post and rail or rustic look then you will probably prefer the look of natural white cedar wood. Though cellular PVC is highly advanced you simply cannot achieve the look of natural (unpainted) wood. If you love the rustic look but are looking to have your fence painted a color then cellular PVC is still an option - when painted cellular PVC is almost identical to natural wood.

Are you on a budget? If you are looking for the more inexpensive option then you would likely benefit from a wood structure. Up front wood is the more inexpensive option compared to cellular PVC and iron fencing. But when you factor in the longevity of cellular PVC that actually becomes the more budget-conscious choice in the long run because it lasts longer than wood.

How often do you change up your look? If you are a homeowner that likes to change up the look of your home every few years you might benefit from a wood fence. Though cellular PVC fencing lasts longer its only worth it if you are going to go the distance with it. If five years down the line you decide you want a different look to your yard you will feel better (or at least your wallet will) parting with a more inexpensive wood fence.


Wood or vinyl, you can't go wrong! Talk to one of our design experts for more information about both of our materials and get some more insight on what will work for you, your home, and your lifestyle.


Wood Fences and Structures: Made in America

While PVC vinyl has become a popular material for fencing and outdoor structures there's nothing quite like the look and feel of natural wood. Walpole Outdoors has been crafting classic and modern structures out of wood since the company was founded in 1933. Even in 2016 we still utilize the finest decay-resistant northern white cedar for all of our wood products. The US Forestry Service recognizes cedar as one of the woods that is most resistant to decay. This beautiful, durable cedar is cut at our own mills in Maine. The wood is milled to the precise size and proportion to insure the handcrafting of beautiful looking products. Unlike other companies all of the wood sold and crafted at Walpole Outdoors is handled by us from forest to finish. That means we carefully select the wood for each project maintaining quality throughout the entire process. Our wood products, like cellular PVC, are stained using a state-of-the-art in-house airless spraying system which creates beautiful, uniform and long-lasting colors. This system makes sure that color and stain is evenly distributed through the entire structure with a consistent texture. Walpole Outdoors also offers the unique, patented and widely used LifeGuard post bases for wood fences. LifeGuard post bases were designed by Walpole engineers to extend the life of our wood fence no matter the local ground conditions. Only LifeGuard bases prevent damage that causes premature aging in wooden structures - all while protecting the base of the posts from termites and wet soil. The advantage of wood is largely aesthetic with that classic and timeless natural grain look you just can't replicate with even the most advanced cellular PVC. Wood fencing works in any environment with any kind of look and is durable in any kind of weather. Though wood needs to be re-painted or re-stained a few years down the line due to normal weather corrosion that just gives you an opportunity to change up the aesthetic of your home! Wood is also environmentally friendly and can easily be disposed of when your structure or fence runs its course. And lastly, wood is often the most affordable option when it comes to structures or fencing and is easy to customize or repair.

Contact us for a free design consultation where you can get answers to your questions and find the perfect wood fence or structure for your home.


AZEK Cellular PVC Made In America

Purchasing and maintaining your dream outdoor structure has never been easier. From fencing to pergolas to arbors to planters and window boxes, we can make just about anything in our state-of-the-art AZEK cellular PVC, fabricated right here in America. AZEK PVC is fabricated in Pittsfield, Maine and is a low maintenance, high performance wood alternative. AZEK PVC is weather and wear resistant while maintaining the look of wood. Like all of our products production and design are completed right here in New England. Our AZEK partnership ensures that we can produce the highest quality vinyl fencing and structures in an endless number of custom designs to create beautiful backyards all over the country.

Why AZEK cellular PVC?

  1. Looks and feels just like wood: Vinyl fabrication has come a long way in recent years. Gone are the days of cheap looking plastic - AZEK PVC looks so much like actual wood that many people can't tell the difference even while touching it. Visit any of our locations and see if you can tell the difference yourself!
  2. Low maintenance: AZEK vinyl materials are incredibly low maintenance compared to traditional wood. You never have to worry about nails coming loose in bad weather or mold and other critters burrowing their way inside. Forget water damage and you don't have to do regular paint or finish touch ups. AZEK PVC looks great for years and only requires a simple washing once in a while to remove dirt and other weather related build up.
  3. Easy to customize: Because it's made so close to home we can create fully customizable fences and structures in AZEK PVC to perfectly suit any space. In addition to getting the perfect structure, you also have the choice of any Sherwin Williams vinyl safe paint color to suit your style.
  4. Built to be strong: Through years of working with AZEK Walpole Outdoors has perfected the design and production of attractive and strong AZEK structures. Many of our gates, rails and large span beams are fitted with steel or aluminum reinforcements created at our in-house metal fabrication shop.


Wood or AZEK, you can't go wrong! Talk to one of our design experts for more information about both of our materials and get some more insight on what will work for you, your home, and your lifestyle.