Commercial Grand Entrances

Make an entrance! he entrance to your business is essential - it's the first thing a customer or partner will see and the first impression they will have of you and your business. Think of a notable country club, shopping mall, park, restaurant or a residential community. What is the first image that comes to mind? Chances are it's the building's front facade or entrance. If that is the image that will forever be associated with your business don't you want it to be a good one? Walpole Outdoors has many structures that can be made into stunning entryways. From fencing and gates to pergolas and arbors our design team can take the architect or landscape architect's vision and craft something complimentary, unique and long-lasting. Our design team helps select the best materials for the job and provides the refinements and design details to make it perfect. Once finalized engineers turn those CAD plans into a durable, fully finished and kitted assembly ready for routine installation. Most of our entrance features are made using structurally reinforced AZEK cellular PVC that has been factory-finished with Sherwin-Williams Super Paint in any of hundreds of colors. Unlike wood AZEK will not deteriorate due to environmental conditions so you won't have to worry about the paint fading or the posts rotting. The paint finish for all of our AZEK products has a 25 year warranty. Beyond our reputation as a producer of fine fencing and arbors, Walpole is an expert in design, construction and installation of automated entrance gates. Outfitted with the latest in electronic access controls our steel-framed, AZEK-clad gate leaves and pillars are unmatched in precision, rigidity and beauty. Hundreds of gates are made each year for installations across the country. A Walpole structure is an investment in the success and reputation of your business. From the initial consultation to the final installation Walpole is committed to helping you craft the perfect structure for your business. After all, our reputation as a business depends on your front entry structure as well!

For more information on how Walpole Outdoors can help create a lasting and unique front entrance for your business contact us today.


Outdoor Dining Solutions For Restaurants

Operating an outdoor patio area can be a great investment for a business in the hospitality space. As the weather warms up and even in the winter in some milder climates, an outdoor patio can provide additional seating, increased revenue, and happier customers for a restaurant. Research has shown that patio seating can add as much as 30 percent in sales to an establishment's receipts, so it's no wonder that outdoor seating is something a lot of businesses choose to invest in.

There is always the chance of perfect weather. For all the other days of operating an outdoor seating area, sun and rain protection is a must. Rain can shut down outdoor seating for days in certain seasons and cut into a restaurant, club, or hotel's profits in no time. Likewise, too much sun and heat aren't always welcome. With growing health concerns for UV exposure and an aging population, an outdoor space can become uncomfortable for patrons, driving customers away in search of a shady outdoor space leaving your patio empty. Meanwhile, a full and active patio is an excellent advertisement of a restaurant's popularity. To ensure outdoor serving areas produce revenue and attract customers, an increasing number of businesses in the hospitality niche are turning to retractable patio covers. Retractable patio covers keep a patio up and running rain or shine, keeping the wet away and patrons cool on harsh summer days. When considering a patio cover, business owners may want to run a few numbers to determine what kind of ROI they could get from investing in a retractable patio cover. A basic calculation can illustrate the sizeable ROI potential. In this example of a small outdoor space, simply keeping a patio open an additional 15 days in a season can return $45,000. Let's say we have a casual dining restaurant with a $25 per seat average and a patio space with just six tables of four. With 45k in receipts for an extra 15-days of seating (with just 10 table turnovers at 50% capacity), a retractable patio cover will see your business recouping the investment in these 15 days assuming a 20% bottom line. The ROI is considerably higher if you also account for the added revenue and return generated on all the other days. With a retractable patio cover you now have a more comfortable dining environment sheltered from the sun. The patio area needs to possess many of the same interior space characteristics to maintain a consistent brand, style, and ambience. A Walpole Pergola with retractable canopies can be traditional or contemporary, wood or low maintenance AZEK -in virtually any color. With an attractive canopy fabric, the outdoor dining area by Walpole can incorporate light fixtures, radiant heaters, speakers, TV's railings, lattice, trellis planters and screening.



The Perfect Gift: Garden Tools

Christmas is left than a month away! While you evaluate your shopping list don't forget that garden lover in your life. An avid gardener or just a new homeowner is the perfect recipient of an outdoor-centric gift. Love the gift now, and use it once the weather warms! These garden gift ideas are perfect no matter your budget and don't require measuring or special ordering so you can really give them a surprise...

Small Garden Tools

Keeping up a garden takes dedication and hours upon hours of work. Give a gift that will make everyday gardening a little easier. The small Tool Hod is a classic and endlessly practical gift. This cedar or AZEK hod is perfect for carrying tools as you move through the garden and also doubles as a cute planter for the picnic table or by the front entry in the springtime. The Garden Hod Basket is also a great idea for the springtime harvest. This handy basket is light and perfect for carrying around as you pick flowers or harvest your springtime veggies. 

Large Garden Tools

If you are looking to spend a little more money make an investment in your friend or family member's garden! A practical and stylish tool is the handy Folding Potting Bench. This cedar and AZEK bench easily folds and unfolds for easy storage. This bench is great for using around the garden whenever a sturdy table is needed. This is also a great piece to use inside a storage shed to keep tools organized. Another handy tool (that can also double as a stylish decoration when you aren't using it) is the Vermont Garden Cart. This cart is perfect for moving pots, plants, soil and anything else you need to move around the garden. This cart is made of steel with heavy duty wheels making it sturdy, easy to move and able to handle up to 300 pounds of weight.  The perfect gift for the gardener in your life is only a click away! Get your gift before it's too late.



Solutions For Shopping Centers and Retail Locations

One of the biggest design trends for shopping centers is open outdoor spaces. Developers and architects concentrate on enhancing their shopping centers by creating attractive sites, new looks, places for shopper enjoyment and enhanced property value. Structures included in the landscape plan welcome the traveler, help guide motor traffic, beautify the grounds, provide shoppers with resting spots and shade, provide way-finding and security, and conceal waste collection and utility areas. Whether it's fencing or a shady pavilion, a pergola, a decorative rooftop feature or a dumpster enclosure, everything outside must be made of durable material and be finished to withstand any tough climate condition. Walpole Outdoors specializes in crafting beautiful and durable structures for a variety of outdoor spaces. Walpole works with developers and architects directly to create custom products that meet each unique project's individual needs.

Each project has been crafted in high quality, low-maintenance wood alternative material AZEK for infinite life, factory painted for style, color and durability and kitted for the simplest of installation cost. Built by Walpole in modules and shipped to Mississippi, the Tanger Outlet entrance tower hides HVAC equipment and is an attractive signature feature that can be seen for miles around. Because the location of the structure is nearly inaccessible it was built with reinforced AZEK and Sherwin-Williams paint to make maintenance unnecessary. Designed in Chicago, engineered by Walpole Outdoors right here in Massachusetts, built by Walpole in Maine and installed on-site by the contractor.

One of the most popular structures at Walpole Outdoors are stylish pergolas. Many AZEK pergolas go to commercial sites to add appeal and value to a public space, ambience to a restaurant's outdoor dining area or shelter from the elements over a sidewalk. Walpole's ornamental Iron fencing, AZEK lantern posts, lattice panels, planters, post and rail fencing all share the same objective of style, durability and ease of installation. Many are off-the-shelf and the rest are detailed by our engineers to finalize the architect's concept.



Award-Winning Akimbo Design to Feature at New England Grows EXPO 2016

From the creative mind of playground designer, Sarah Carrier, comes Akimbo, the first winner of the Boston Society of Landscape Architect's Design Challenge 2016.This playful geometric and flexible design for public seating, inspired by children's blocks and the human figure, will occupy pride of place at the upcoming New England Grows Expo, November 30th to December 2nd at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

The Design Challenge was conceived by the BSLA and New England GROWS to display the talents of the society's members in the creation of physical products for parks, schools, and cityscapes. Whether on their side or standing up, the various Akimbo pieces can be set up easily into a comfortable seating height. Pulled together, Akimbo can form a social bench that accommodates more than 20 people. Sections can be moved around to create fun, imaginative shapes. This functional and highly imaginative interactive installation was handcrafted by Walpole Outdoors in AZEK cellular vinyl at their fabrication facility in Maine. The low maintenance material, donated by AZEK, is a cellular PVC that requires very specific skills and advanced technology to produce an exceptional, long-lasting end product. In crafting Akimbo the design and manufacturing team at Walpole Outdoors started with meticulous CAD drawings. Then, raw AZEK sheets were fed onto Walpole's CNC routers to ensure maximum accuracy, precise detail and repeatability.

At our Maine facility, AZEK cellular vinyl can be cut, routered, molded, and shaped with the same exceptional results that we have delivered to our fence and outdoor structure customers for generations, said Walpole Outdoors president, Lou Maglio. "We spent 10 years researching and testing wood alternative materials, laminating techniques, and advanced adhesives before choosing to handcraft with AZEK vinyl. Today, Walpole is the largest fabricator of AZEK cellular PVC in the country, Maglio continued. To finish the fun, user-friendly look of the Akimbo project, Sherwin-Williams donated the very best in finishing paints. Working closely with Sherwin-Williams, Walpole developed a unique factory in-line coating system with meticulous sanding and drying, to ensure complete paint coverage and a deep, rich, flawless finish. In conjunction with our partners, AZEK and Sherwin-Williams, we were delighted to help complete the highly creative Akimbo interactive installation. Along with Sarah, we look forward to seeing just how the attendees at Expo interact and have fun with the Akimbo pieces, said Maglio. 



Low Maintenance Structures For Planned Communities

When you are embarking on a complicated project finding a designer and supplier that can provide reliable, quality products is essential to getting things on time and under budget. With complex projects like planned communities Walpole Outdoors has provided a myriad of services and products that have delighted homeowners and developers alike. Whether you are looking for a grand entry gate into the community, a custom sign welcoming residents and visitors, large scale fencing, mail and lantern posts that will feature throughout the community or structural elements like pergolas and arbors Walpole can help.

Architects and developers choose Walpole Outdoors to help craft their planned communities for the quality products and flexibility of designs. Walpole products are crafted in low-maintenance AZEK wood alternative. This material has the look of painted wood without all the splitting and rotting that occurs over time. AZEK comes in factory-finished white but can be customized with Sherwin Williams vinyl safe paint to meet the exact color needs of the project. With such a large scale project that will require daily maintenance and attention providing a product that is virtually maintenance-free is highly desirable and one less thing to worry about. Walpole also works with architects and developers to craft custom designs that suit their exact needs so they can cultivate the perfect look for their community. Walpole specializes in working with developers design products that are unique like custom front entrance signage to products that require uniformity like mail and lantern posts that will feature throughout the community. In addition to fencing, gates, pergolas and arbors Walpole also supplies planned communities with options for storage including sheds, durable privacy fencing and small buildings as well as decor items like stylish planters and window boxes.

Give us a call at 800-343-6948 or request a free design consultation online to get started on your planned community. We will happily discuss our variety of products and styles to help you find the perfect structure for your planned community!


Preparing Your Yard For The Cold Weather

The seasons are-a-changing! Now is the time to pack up the summer supplies and start giving your garden and backyard a little TLC before the cold really hits. Preparing your garden and storage shed for the cold weather not only improves the look of your yard but also helps ensure a beautiful growth come spring.

Prepare The Garden

Prepare the ground by assessing the growth from spring and summer. Weed the soil, divide out overgrown plants, and remove under-performing bulbs. Trim back plants that have grown a little too much and remember to deadhead blooms that have faded with the cool weather. Also don't forget to remove the summer annuals and store them for the next season. The more prep you do now saves you from digging up frozen ground in the winter and rushing come springtime. Protect what's already in the ground by adding some fresh mulch and peat moss that can provide protection from the elements and add much needed nutrition to the soil.

Prepare The Lawn

To avoid a patchy look in the springtime take the time to work on the lawn. Once you've removed all the leaves (which can be a task in itself) you can give your lawn a good dose of nutrition with a natural fertilizer. Fertilizing now will enable the grass to store carbohydrates and grow better and greener in the spring regardless of how cold the winter gets. Now is also a good time to get rid of weeds that have taken root to make sure they die off with the cold. Use natural herbicides or other natural methods to spot remove weeds to keep your lawn healthy and only kill off the troublesome plants.

Prepare The Tools

Fall is an ideal time for a post-season tool cleaning. Disinfect tools after you have done your fall garden cleanup and put them away someplace where they will not get wet and rust also add a little oil to the metal and wood parts to keep them in good condition. Do a good once over in the shed as well! Check expiration dates on chemicals and throw away anything that will be expired in the spring or that looks suspect. Replace through the off season to both save money and be ahead of yourself next spring.



Enjoying The Last Days of Summer

It may be hard to believe but summer is starting to wind down. Kids are headed back to school and families are finally unpacking from their summer vacations. Instead of breaking out the fall sweaters savor every ray of sunshine left! Here's how you can get the most out of the last few weeks of summer...

Spend Evenings Outdoors

The cool weather of fall and icy weather of winter makes spending time outside when the sun goes down difficult and unpleasant. But don't put away the outdoor furniture just yet! Get as much use out of your outdoor spaces until you see the first frost blanket over the grass. Make it a point to eat dinner outdoors as much as you can while there is still a little bit of the sun in the sky. Enjoy the fireflies and crickets once the sun goes down by lighting a fire in your outdoor fireplace or fire bowl. Break out the marshmallows while you're at it! Try some unique recipes for smores... you will be amazed by just how many there are!

Get Some Sun

You may not be getting as much use out of the pool this late in the season but you can still enjoy sitting by the water. Now is the best time to catch a few rays (responsibly, of course). Move your weekend relaxation and lunch outdoors to catch the last few summer rays. Take a nap in the chaise or just read a book - the idea is to get out as much as you can before you have to retreat indoors.

Get That Fall Garden Started Now

Keep the flowers blooming well into fall by starting, or at least planning, your fall garden now. Carve out some space in your summer garden and start working the soil to accommodate your autumn blooms. Get the seeds started now so you have lush color right as the temperatures begin to cool. Start something new by adding a fall planter garden to your front entry! Find the perfect vessel and choose some of the best seasonal plants. Get them started outside now and transplant later or just start it off right in the planter. Choose from classic square or rectangle planters or go for a more unique shape like a tapered planter.



Creating the Best Staycation

One of the best parts of summer is taking a long trip to someplace unfamiliar and spending the time relaxing and forgetting about all of your normal worries. But sometimes you can do just that without leaving your home! We're talking about a staycation. Creating the optimal staycation is all about bringing those resort luxuries to your own backyard and hushing those reminders of work and responsibility. Whether you are on a budget or not you can create a memorable staycation with a little prep work and a true dedication to the art of relaxation.


The first task in any good staycation is turning off the alarm clock, disabling your calendar reminders and simply just shutting off your phone and putting it somewhere out of reach. With your work emails and messages only a click away it's hard for anyone to get any real time away aside from leaving the country. Once you've disconnected you have time to relax without the constant distraction of dings and pings.

Create a resort-like space

Since you will be spending a lot of time finally enjoying the warm summer weather you have to do a little prep work to create the perfect outdoor space. What are your favorite parts of going on vacation? If you love lounging poolside invest in a quality chaise that you can melt into. If you love spending time reading or napping set up a hammock in a quiet place and surround it with flowers and other accessories that make it feel a little more like an island resort than your backyard. Once you have that space created the only thing left is to use it!

Skip cooking (at least inside)

Put household tasks on the back burner and indulge a little. A great way to do this is by ditching the kitchen. Prep some indulgent meals and desserts for your staycation in advance or simply have them delivered so you don't have to lift a finger! If cooking is something you love simply move the kitchen outside to the grill or outdoor kitchen. Put your diet on hold and think vacation. What would you be eating at a resort? Indulge on delicious seafood and rich desserts. Plan ahead and create some >island cocktails by the pitcher that taste as good with lunch as they do with dinner!

Treat yourself

This is the perfect opportunity to take some time out and focus on you. Find a masseuse that makes house calls and enjoy a massage outside followed by a long dip in the hot tub. Play up that theme by turning your bedroom and bathroom into luxurious spaces with aromatherapy candles, plush overstuffed pillows, terrycloth robes and high thread count sheets. Organize all of your beach favorite books in a shelf by the pool so you don't have to move a muscle. Even better sleep outdoors under the stars! Bring comfy bedding outside and setup a wonderful outdoor bedroom in your backyard in a tent or under the kit pergola.



Wonderful Weathervanes

Nothing adds a classic rustic touch quite like a weathervane. No matter which was the wind is blowing a quality weathervane sits atop your home or barn like a small beautiful statue made to catch the sun. Every Walpole weathervane is made to last out of durable materials and careful craftsmanship in a variety of finishes. Out large collection includes nautical, classic and rustic pieces for every type of home aesthetic.


From fish to sharks and boats - even mermaids! If you are looking for a beautiful nautical weathervane you have looked in the right place. A beautiful way to dress up a Walpole cupola is with the Racing Sloop Weathervane. Crafted in polished copper this weathervane features a detailed sailing ship sat atop directional rods to ensure you always know where the wind is coming from. Or if you are feeling a little whimsical look at the lovely Mermaid with Starfish Weathervane. Crafted in either blue verde or polished copper this piece will make you smile for years to come and will serve as a great conversation piece. 


A classic choice for many homeowners is a weathervane with a swooping eagle or another bird in flight. Animals in motion make wonderful weathervanes and evoke the feeling of the blowing wind. A beautiful piece is the Blue Heron in Flight Weathervane which features a detailed heron gliding in the sky. This weathervane, crafted in polished copper, is a great way to embrace the grace and elegance of birds in flight. Another classic animal in motion is the Horse Weathervane. This piece showcases the magic of a galloping horse against the power of the wind. In blue verde or polished copper this piece is not just for horse lovers! 


There are a number of classic weathervane themes and styles that don't feature an animal or nautical theme. The Banner Weathervane is a great example of a classic image utilized to show the blowing of the wind. This piece suits any style of home and has a timeless appeal. When you think of a weathervane chances are the first image that pops into your head is a shiny brass arrow. Our Smithsonian Arrow Weathervane evokes that classic image with beautiful details in either blue verde or polished copper.