Where can I find information about SimTek Fence?
SimTek's website www.simtekfence.com is an excellent source of information. SimTek also has literature, samples, and specifications available. For literature, samples, or specifications please call the us at 1-866-648-9336.
What is a SimTek Fence?
SimTek Fence is a revolutionary new company. We’ve created fence product using a rotational molding process that makes for stunning beauty and incredible durability. We have two designs; a rock wall style called EcoStone and a shadowbox wood fence style called Ashland. Several years of research and development resulted in product lines with engineered excellence that cannot be found anywhere else in the market place.
Tell me about SimTek as a company.
SimTek is headquartered in Orem, Utah where general offices and manufacturing facilities are located. Research began in 2002 with several technological breakthroughs leading to the design, manufacture, and market introduction in 2005 of SimTek Fence’s EcoStone design. Then, in 2015, we had another breakthrough in manufacturing. We created Ashland, the shadowbox wood style fence panel.
What material is SimTek Fence made of?
SimTek products are molded of sunlight stabilized polyethylene. All reinforcing steel is galvanized. Polyethylene provides exceptional durability, longevity and resilience. Gasoline and other corrosives are routinely stored in polyethylene containers. SimTek fences are resistant to organic processes, ultraviolet light, almost all chemicals and other common conditions that break down other walls and products. In short, polyethylene is tough, it lasts.
What colors are available?
SimTek is available in six beautiful designer granite colors for EcoStone. And four designer natural wood colors for Ashland. All posts, panels, caps, gates and other accessories are available in all colors listed.
What sizes are available?
SimTek EcoStone panels come in 3ft x 6ft, 6ft x 6ft, and 4ft x 8ft sizes. EcoStone panels have been engineered to allow stacking to create 8ft, 12ft, and 16ft high walls. All SimTek posts come in 8.5ft and 12ft heights and have a five-inch outer diameter. SimTek Ashland panels come in 6ft x 6ft size.
Can I transition between panel sizes?
Yes, Simtek offers a Gap Filler that is designed to fit in the grove above a 3’ panel when transitioning from a 6’ to 3’ panel.
Gap Fillers are available in all colors to match the color of your fence.
How durable is SimTek?
SimTek walls are:
• Unaffected by water, most common chemicals, salt spray and algae.
• Resistant to impact. Baseballs, golf balls, rocks and other such items bounce off.
• Performs well in hot and cold climates, bright sunlight and heavy moisture.
What about high winds?
SimTek Walls will withstand 110 mph sustained winds and 130 mph gusts.
Does heavy sunlight, resulting heat and ultraviolet rays affect SimTek?
SimTek is engineered to withstand temperatures ranging from -40° to +140° F. SimTek is very fade resistant, containing UV-12 inhibitors to combat ultraviolet rays from the sun. Most other resin based products contain up to UV-8 inhibitors.
Does a SimTek Wall block sound?
SimTek Walls are an excellent sound barrier. If we use a 6’ concrete wall as a 100% barrier, SimTek blocks 98%, while wood blocks 75% of direct sound.
How about graffiti?
SimTek is graffiti resistant. SimTek has been tested with various paints, most of which have been removed with a pressure-washer. Certain marks require common carburetor cleaner. Spray it on for two minutes, the paint softens, then pressure-washes off.
What about sprinkler deposits, algae or moss, or weed-eaters?
Sprinkler “rainbows” of calcium, algae and moss may stick on the surface of a SimTek wall, but will pressure-wash off. Weed-eaters do not significantly affect SimTek, it takes repeated impact, many times for a weed-eater to begin to leave a slight polish on the surface.
What effect do termites, other insects or organic materials have on SimTek?
Termites and other insects have no affect on a SimTek Wall. Exposure to alkaline or acidic soils has little effect on SimTek.
Ordering SimTek Fence
What do I need to order?
If you will be mounting the posts in the ground, you will need to order 1 post, 1 panel, and 1 cap for each 6 foot section. You will also need to order 1 post for each end of a line of fence. Simtek offers 4 different types of posts, line, end, corner, and gate posts.
Alternatively if you are mounting on a concrete surface you will have to order 1 post, 1 panel, 1 cap, and 1 mounting shoe and skirt.
What is a line post?
A line post is a post that is used between 2 panels within a line of fence. SimTek Fence is set up using a tongue and groove method, a line post has two grooves in it in order to receive panels on opposite sides. A line post also includes 2 panel support brackets attached to the bottom of the post.
What is a corner post?
A Corner post is a post set up to receive panels at a 90° angle. It is used to create a corner in the line of fence. A corner post also includes 2 panel support brackets attached to the bottom of the post
What is an end post?
An end post is made with only 1 groove to receive a panel. An end post is used when ending a line of fence. Places where you would want to use an end post are next to a house, or on the latch side of a gate. An end post also includes 1 panel support bracket attached to the bottom of the post.
What is a gate post?
A gate post is a heavily steel reinforced post used when mounting a gate. Gate posts must be barred in order to support a gate. A gate post also includes 1 panel support bracket attached to the bottom of the post.
What is a panel support bracket and what is it used for?
A panel support bracket is used to hold the fence panels inside the posts. You will need 2 panel support brackets per panel, or 2 per line post, 2 per corner post, 1 per end post and 1 per gate post. These are included with your purchase of the post. Panel support brackets are not required when mounting on concrete, the panel can sit right on the concrete, or on the optional skirt provided with the concrete mounting brackets.
How about a gate?
When ordering a gate, you will need to order 1 gate post per gate. When installing a single 3', 4', 5', or 6' gate, an end post is used to receive the gate and to mount the latch to. All required gate hardware is included with the gate. Make sure you specify if you are using a single or double gate configuration, so that you get the right hardware. Drop rods are not included in the required hardware, and must be ordered separately.
How can I get more information on ordering SimTek?
If you need any help with your order, feel free to contact SimTek for assistance.
Maintenance and Life Cycle Cost
What about maintenance?
What is the long term “Life Cycle Cost” of my SimTek Decorative Wall?
Note to consumers: Detailed specifications, product and installation DVDs and written installation instructions are available from SimTek headquarters and on our website, simtekfence.com.
You can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call toll-free:1-866-648-9336.
Crucial Requirement: To assure the quality of your installation matches the standard of quality of SimTek products, we recommend watching our 14 minute installation video, and reading our installation instructions, prior to installing SimTek Walls.
Installation and Warranty
What about installation?
SimTek has dealers and installers in many areas of the country. Please contact SimTek to find a dealer in your area.
Can I install a SimTek Fence myself?
Yes. SimTek is very user-friendly to do-it-yourselfers. Be certain you comply with all local fencing codes, including depth below grade that posts are set in concrete. The most time consuming steps are digging holes in the ground or anchoring posts in concrete. The posts and panels can be easily handled with minimal impact on your yard. Complete step-by-step instructions are available at SimTek’s website and should be viewed prior to installation.
How do I activate my warranty?
Once you have your SimTek Fence installed, please visit our warranty registration page on our website to register your SimTek Fence.
What is covered by the warranty on my SimTek Fence?
SimTek carries a Lifetime Warranty. “SimTek Fence warrants its products to be free from manufacturing defects in materials and workmanship for the life of the original end use purchaser of this product, or for as long as the original end use purchaser owns and occupies the real estate on which the product was first installed.”
The Manufacturers warranty does not apply to installation. A complete copy of the SimTek Fences’ Warranty Certificate is found on the web site “Product Information” page.
Are there exclusions in the SimTek warranty?
Yes. The Warranty will not cover damages as a result of abuse, misuse, vandalism, unauthorized repairs or modifications, defacement, neglect, accident, improper installation or improper use, etc.
Installation normally is warranted by competent professional installers.
Gates and Hardware
Are gates available?
What about gate hardware?
All SimTek gate hardware is made of stainless steel with certain portions powder coat painted; all hardware is made of the fine steel and a very durable finish available. Gate hardware is attached to steel that is internal to gate posts or gates with fasteners providing good thread engagement (steel to steel).
Can I adjust the gate after installation?
Can I mount a gate from a source other than SimTek?
Concrete Mounting Shoes and Accessories
Can I mount Simtek posts to a concrete surface?
There is an optional “Skirt” that is of molded polyethylene and color-matched to cover the base and fasteners of the Mounting Shoes.
What about ornamental metal panels?