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90 Years of Outdoor Excellence

Posted on 2023-05-05 by Walpole Outdoors

All great things start from something small! Walpole Outdoors is nationally recognized for creating beautiful, high-quality outdoor structures for homes and businesses nationwide. But Walpole wasn’t always a recognizable brand. Over the last 90 years, Walpole Outdoors has grown from a local fencing manufacturer to one of the most widely recognized brands in exteriors.

To celebrate Walpole’s 90th anniversary this year, let’s look back at where the brand began, how it grew, and where it is going!

Humble Beginnings

Walpole Woodworkers was founded in 1933 by P.R. Allen in Walpole, Massachusetts. Allen took a leap of faith, starting the fencing business as America was still reeling from the Great Depression. Initially, Walpole Woodworkers was a small local company staffed entirely with residents in the surrounding community.

Shortly after Allen started the business, he acquired two mills in Maine, allowing the company to ramp up production significantly. As production increased, Walpole craftsmen were hard at work creating custom machinery that would streamline production and enable them to keep up with the growing demand.

At this time, Walpole Woodworkers exclusively manufactured beautiful and long-lasting Northern White Cedar products, primarily cedar fencing.

In 1938 Walpole began expanding its offerings beyond fencing with the help of architect Royal Barry Willis who designed stylish modular buildings. These buildings became highly sought after by homeowners and used as everything from storage sheds to art studios to cabanas! In five short years, Walpole Woodworkers expanded its offering beyond wood fencing.

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Mid-Life Expansion

By the middle of the century, Walpole Woodworkers was consistently growing and changing. During that time, Walpole developed a unique factory pre-staining system that streamlined the wood staining process making it easier, less messy, and more efficient. 

In addition to upgrading and innovating the manufacturing process, the company also started creating various outdoor structures, including arbors, pergolas, gates, railings, trellis, lattice, outdoor furniture, and more. These structures would boost the company’s popularity and expand Walpole’s footprint on the east coast.

After decades of innovating, Walpole Woodworkers was now a well-known name in the New England area and was even featured on the inaugural episode of ‘This Old House’ in 1974.

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21st Century Innovation

At the turn of the century, Walpole’s continued growth was evident in the opening of several showrooms up and down the east coast. In addition, Walpole Woodworkers now had a physical presence in numerous states, with design experts working with customers far from its Walpole, Mass headquarters, expanding its reach significantly.

To continue to be on the cutting edge of exterior manufacturing and design in the 2000s, Walpole allocated significant resources to studying wood-alternative materials to produce high-quality, low-maintenance cellular PVC structures that look and feel like wood. 

Walpole invested heavily in wood-alternative material, securing more than 50 proprietary dies for the company to create just about anything in cellular PVC.

The addition of cellular PVC dramatically expanded Walpole’s catalog of products and allowed the company to accommodate the needs of even more consumers. Cellular PVC quickly became the company’s most popular material for everything from fencing to pergolas and arbors to planters and window boxes.

Walpole Outdoors And Beyond

After decades of innovation and the inclusion of cellular PVC as one of the company’s primary materials, Walpole Woodworkers changed its name in 2015 to Walpole Outdoors to reflect the expanded offering.

In the past 90 years, Walpole Outdoors has grown from a local business in Massachusetts to a nationally recognized brand. More recently, the company has expanded further with showrooms in Florida and the south. Walpole Outdoors continues to grow, providing classic, high-quality products to a new generation of homeowners.

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What is The Walpole Difference?

Posted on 2023-04-28 by Walpole Outdoors

Since 1933, Walpole Outdoors has been designing, manufacturing, and constructing beautiful outdoor structures that have enhanced and defined countless outdoor spaces across the country. You can see beautiful Walpole structures and fencing at country clubs, colleges, shopping centers, corporate offices, government buildings, universities, and a multitude of residences nationwide.

Customers choose Walpole Outdoors time and time again to experience the Walpole Difference. So what exactly does that entail?

Timeless Structures

If you are looking for an outdoor structure to add to the exterior of your home or business, you want something that will stand the test of time. This is why Walpole Outdoors sticks with timeless, sophisticated designs that will look beautiful for decades.

When you invest in a Walpole structure, you invest in the longevity of your home’s exterior. Whatever design you choose will never look tired or outdated because each style that Walpole Outdoors offers is designed to be loved for years into the future. So many homes and businesses have had beautiful Walpole structures in place for decades that still look fresh and modern.

This is not to say that Walpole only offers a handful of styles – quite the opposite! You can find numerous designs that reflect whatever aesthetic you prefer, from modern to traditional to coastal or rustic. Remember that whatever style you choose will always look as beautiful and current as the day Walpole installed it.

Custom Designs

If you want something truly unique, Walpole Outdoors can work with you to make your dream a reality. Walpole has decades of experience designing and manufacturing custom structures in various materials, including exotic woods like teak and mahogany.

Walpole employs expert staff who can work from your professional drawings, simple sketches, photographs, or ideas, to create the custom fence or outdoor structure that complements your taste, needs, and the architecture of your home or business. 

In addition to offering custom designs, Walpole offers numerous color options, including 100 choices in vinyl-safe paint, all with a 25-year warranty against chipping, blistering, and peeling.

When working with Walpole, you can let your creativity guide you with endless options at your disposal!

Quality Materials

Walpole Outdoors only uses the highest quality materials for outdoor structures and fencing. One of the most popular materials is the cellular vinyl wood alternative. Customers and partners are astonished by how cellular vinyl looks and feels like natural wood. This wood alternative is the best in the industry and will never warp or decay.

For structures made of natural wood, Walpole only uses the highest quality cedar to ensure that you get as much life out of your fence or wood structure as possible. With 90 years of experience in handling wood, Walpole has perfected the fabrication process to produce only the highest-quality wood products.

Advanced Manufacturing

Walpole Outdoors is at the forefront of manufacturing technology and is the nation’s most experienced company in cellular vinyl fabrication. For more than a decade, Walpole has worked closely with the original equipment manufacturers of cellular vinyl to create more efficient and streamlined fabrication processes. 

From that, Walpole utilizes superior molding, laminating, and finishing techniques for every structure produced. Cellular vinyl is shaped, mitered, and routered using the same methods and tools used for generations when handcrafting in natural wood. 

Exceptional Service

Walpole Outdoors prides itself on providing the best customer service at each interval of the design and installation process. From your initial conversation with a design expert through to the final moments of installation, you can be assured that you are working with knowledgeable professionals who want to help make your dreams a reality.

Let’s Get Your Project Started

Walpole creates iconic and timeless structures with the best materials and the most efficient process in the industry. Don’t know precisely what you are looking for? Then, Walpole will work with you to design the structure of your dreams and make sure your next project is memorable. So get started on your next project today!

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Choosing The Right Driveway Gate

Posted on 2023-04-21 by Walpole Outdoors

If you want to make a change to the look of your property, updating or adding a driveway gate is the perfect way to do it. Driveway gates are highly visible and highly functional, making them an essential part of your home’s exterior.

Are you looking for something grand and expansive? Or you may want something functional and simple. No matter what you are looking for, your perfect driveway gate is out there.

Before you decide there are many things to consider when choosing the right gate for your home. First, you have to consider how it will work with your existing fencing, landscaping, the architectural style of your home, whether or not you want it to provide privacy, and how you want it to function.

Think Style

Each home and homeowner has their distinct style. When choosing a driveway gate, you want to find something that aligns with your home’s style. A driveway gate is a highly visible structure and will be seen by people passing by and visiting your home. 

If you are looking for something classic and subtle, you can choose to match your gate to your existing fencing. This Westchester Double Driveway Gate fits perfectly with the surrounding fencing giving it a sleek and simple look.

If you want something more dramatic, consider a gate with more shape and height, like this sweeping Brentwood Spindle Gate. While this gate matches the fencing, its height and columns give it a more regal feel.

But your gate doesn’t always have to match your surrounding fencing – you may not even have any surrounding fencing! This Convex Entrance Gate is an excellent example of a standalone gate that can be beautiful and functional on its own.

If you are looking for something more contemporary you have many styles to choose from. This Contemporary AZEK Driveway Gate is sleek, modern, and grand – the perfect gate for a distinctly modern home.

Beyond style, choosing what material you think looks best in front of your property is essential. Choosing between metal, low-maintenance cellular PVC, and wood is important when deciding what style you like best.

Think Security

Another factor to consider is what function you want your gate to serve. Is it primarily for aesthetic purposes? Is it providing your property with security or privacy? For instance, if you are looking for privacy, many picket or spindle options may not be appropriate because they have plenty of visibility.

Walpole has worked with numerous property owners to create secure and beautiful driveway gates. Gates can be designed and installed with a number of locking configurations, including automated gates with passcode entry.

Think Size

The final factor you need to consider is the size of your new gate. The size will first depend on the size of your driveway itself. You may not need a vast gate if you have a single-lane driveway. On the other hand, if you have a wide driveway, you may need something custom-built to fit those measurements.

Aside from width, you also need to consider height – how high does your gate need to be to provide the desired look and security? Your entryway should look like it belongs on your property!

The Walpole Difference

For 90 years, Walpole Outdoors has been designing and constructing beautiful outdoor structures that have enhanced and defined countless outdoor spaces. As a result, you can see beautiful Walpole pergolas at country clubs, colleges, shopping centers, corporate offices, high schools, universities, and countless private residences across the country.

Walpole’s turnkey driveway gate solutions are managed by our team of professionals from start to finish. Our design consultants meet with you on-site to discuss your style preferences, identify operator system requirements, and review existing site conditions. As a result, we offer a wide assortment of standard driveway gate options, always with the opportunity for a more customized design.

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