Mend Fences with the Dan’s Best of the Best

Good fences make good neighbors!
Good fences make good neighbors! Photo credit: Comstock Images/Stockbyte/Thinkstock

The farmer’s aphorism in Robert Frost’s “Mending Wall” still rings true: “Good fences make good neighbors.” Later, Carl Sandburg would be more blunt about the matter: Love your neighbor as yourself, but don’t take down the fence. Dan’s Papers has made it easier for you to take the sound advice of these great American poets and put it into practice. Here are the winners for Dan’s Best of the Best fence companies.

Picket, solid board, lattice top, shadowbox, basketweave. South Fork platinum honoree and North Fork gold winner Riverhead Fence (421 Riverleigh Avenue, Riverhead; 631-727-3798, has an overwhelming selection of styles for fences performing a number of functions. At the company’s display yard customers can peruse through fencing options from estate gates to deer fences.

Estate gates are the perfect way to protect the privacy of a space while maintaining its beauty. Buyers can choose between fully automated gates or traditional gates. Other residential options include polyvinyl chloride fencing, popularly known as PVC fencing. Riverhead Fence design options for PVC include picket, post and rail, Oklahoma solid, semi-private collections and many more. There are also post cap designs that add personalized character to the enclosure. Options include New England, traditional, federation, gothic, solar, flower pot—for those who want some color in their caps, ball and—for equestrians and horse enthusiasts—horsehead.

Post and railing designs are also elements to consider while crafting the character of your outdoor space. Post design can remain simple and refined, as seen in the Kansas and Madison style posts, or they can be ornate and sophisticated, like the Kinzer and Oxford style posts.

Riverhead Fence also offers Baby-Loc fencing. East End homeowners with young children can relax knowing that Baby-Loc temporary roll-up fencing will protect their families.

The aptly named North Fork Fence (10780 Main Road, Mattituck; 631-298-4777) is the platinum winner on the North Fork. Readers voted this Mattituck-based business as the go-to for fence and gate installation.

East End Fence & Gate (631-327-8363, is a Best of the Best winner with silver on both the North Fork and the South Fork. The company is based in Bridgehampton and has been creating handcrafted wood and metal designs for the past 20 years. These designs are available for arbors and pergolas and entry gates—wooden, iron and aluminum, and wood-metal mixtures for modern entry designs.

Lawns, pools and porches are not the only spaces that require fencing, and East End Fence & Gate is keenly aware of the unique needs of North Fork and South Fork residents. The company provides custom fencing designs for tennis fences, outdoor shower stalls, custom sheds, lantern posts and mail boxes. They also offer landscape design for ponds, patios and paths that captures the natural beauty of so many East End estates.

Peconic Bay Fence (280 West Montauk Highway, Hampton Bays; 631-723-1266, is a Dan’s Best of the Best winner on the South Fork, taking the gold. The Hampton Bays company works with residential and commercial clients providing a copious collection of fencing solutions including block wall, wrought iron, chain link, and vinyl for stockades, arbors and pergolas, pools, porches and balconies.

Above All Fence (110 Frowein Road, Center Moriches, 631-224-7905, is a Long Island fence company that specializes in PVC fencing. PVC is low-maintenance and durable, and this South Fork bronze Best of the Best winner can craft almost any size and style imaginable to suit your property. Above All Fence offers different colors and combinations of PVC along with wood and aluminum fencing.

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