Fence Armor – Our Journey to Face the Dragons on CBC

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Having our fence guard on the Dragon’s Den on CBC was the opportunity of a lifetime for us at Fence Armor. With an invention meant to change how people think about fence post protection and weed eater damage, this was the best outlet to get our fence post guard seen by the public. So what’s our story? How did it happen? How did it go? We can’t answer all these questions, but we’re excited to share as much as we can!

Dragons' Den Logo Fence Armor
The Dragons’ Den logo. It was a daunting task to go up in front of the dragons and show them our product, but the challenge was faced!

It all started with an online application on February 19, 2016. We filled in question after question, crossed our fingers, said a prayer or two, and pressed ‘submit.’ We were lucky enough to be granted an audition on February 24 – just five days after the application – in our local town of Burlington, Ontario. That was day one of our long, long wait to see if we’d made the cut to appear on the show. Almost six weeks passed, and many more fingers were crossed before we got the most exciting news; we had made it! Fence Armor was going to face the Dragons in their den on May 13!

Co-owners, Al Martins and Luis Ruivo of Fence Armor started preparing a small set to suit the specifications as determined by the producers of the show. They would have to make their fence post protectors look good if they wanted to wow the dragons. Just like all great products, Fence Armor and the demonstration set were born in humble surroundings… the garage!

The Fence Armor set for the Dragons' Den.
The Fence Armor set for the Dragons’ Den. Post protectors for your fence post!

May 13 arrived in no time at all! We prepared our set, we were outfitted with all the right clothing and all the right words, but somehow we were still feeling ill at ease. Today we would not only meet the Dragons, would have to convince them that our fence post protector was something worth investing in. We had 90 seconds to explain, excite, and entice the Dragons to offer Fence Armor a deal.

Al Martins and Luis Ruivo preparing to show Fence Armor on Dragons' Den
Preparing to show our Fence Armor post guard to the dragons. Available in galvanized steel and powder coated options.

Before our big moment, we had the chance to tour the studio, and see the den before the Dragons arrived.

Fence Armor Touring the Dragons' Den
Fence Armor come in all sizes, shapes, and colors to suit all fence protection applications.

Then came the time to enter the den for real. This was it. First, the display.

Fence Armor display enters the dragons' den
Our set – meant to show Fence Armor’s reliability in fence post protection – was now out of our hands.

And then the man himself enters!

Al of Fence Armor enters the Dragons' Den
Al enters the Dragons’ Den to convince them that Fence Armor is the best protection for your fence.

While waiting with great anticipation, we find ways to entertain and amuse ourselves. Pictures with new-found friends!

Al Martins and Luis Ruivo of Fence Armor making new friends
We met many people with great products, and the same goal as Fence Armor: To get their product out there!

And a picture with a steadfast friend and business partner.

Al Martins and Luis Ruivo at the Dragons' Den
Al Martins and Luis Ruivo, co-owners of Fence Armor, fence post protection from weed eaters and the likes.

What was the outcome? Did we impress the Dragons? You’ll have to watch us on Dragons’ Den this fall to find out!

Fence Armor at the Dragons' Den
As much as we’d like to tell you, we can’t share how our fence post protector did in front of the dragons. You’ll have to wait and see!

To learn more about Fence Armor and how you can purchase it for your fence posts, mailbox posts or other lawn structures, visit us at our website, email us at sales@fencearmor.com, or call us at 888.289.5617.

 

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You Don’t Have to Live With Damaged Fence Posts!

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Last week, Fence Armor was at the Community Associations Institute 2016 Annual Conference & Exposition in Orlando Florida. It was there, when getting our rental car, that we met a fellow that was curious about our big signs and miniature model fences – and who can blame him!

Al and Luis of Fence Armor at their booth at CAI 2016
Al Martins and Luis Ruivo showcasing Fence Armor at the Community Asociations Institute Florida Expo

We told our interested onlooker about our product and our mission. Fences are being torn apart nation-wide by weed whackers, and Fence Armor wants to put a stop to it with our powder coated, galvanized steel fence guards. He was almost taken aback. Lo and behold, he’d been talking to his property owner for months about finding a product like that! Weed trimmer damages had left their fences looking beaten and ugly at the bottoms, and he decided that he was done putting up with it!

White Post Damaged By Trimmer
This is how your wood fence post will end up if it’s not protected!

So why tell this story? Perhaps it was simply a stroke of luck for the renter and his fence posts, but we at Fence Armor think it speaks volumes about the public perception of fence post damages. Grass trimmers leave these ugly gashes on fence posts, and no one thinks it’s okay, and yet people see it as something that can’t be avoided. They think it has to be accepted.

wooden fence post protected from weed trimmer damage with fence armor
A wooden fence post protected from weed trimmer damage by Fence Armor!

We’re here to tell you that that’s not the case. Fences don’t have to be banged and bruised at the bottom. You don’t have to stand for these eyesores in your neighborhood! Get Fence Armor and keep your fence posts looking as good as new!

Fence Armor is the best defence for your fence!

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Protecting Your Fence Posts, and the Environment

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A large part of what makes fences a pleasant sight is the state of the environment surrounding it. Along with saving fence posts from harmful and indecorous gashes and gouges, we at Fence Armor are also dedicated to preserving our beautiful Earth. Other products meant to prevent grass trimmer damage often involve non-recyclable plastics, or even herbicides. That’s why Fence Armor is made of galvanized steel, bar none, one of the most recyclable materials in the world. It’s even packaged in recyclable cardboard boxes and paper packaging!

pie chart outlining the recyclable material in a typical fence armor product box
The material in a typical order of Fence Armor. We are proud to be using 100% recyclable material.

At Fence Armor, we’re very mindful of the impact fencing has on the renewable forestry industry, and are making strides to save our trees. The cost of replacing a fence is devastating enough, but it’s out of the frying pan and into the fire when you consider the environmental impact! Fence Armor is designed to prolong the life of your fences and other structures so you can save money and the environment. Every 16 protected fence posts save one tree that would otherwise be cut down to produce replacements!

An Infographic showing how sixteen fence posts protected by fence armor save one tree
It may not seem like much, but consider the impact of a large, rural-area fence using Fence Armor!

As a bonus, if you’re tired of weed trimmer fisures affecting your trees, Fence Armor for round fence posts can be used to prevent damage there as well!

Protect trees of any size!

Always on guard for the environment, Fence Armor is the best defence for your fence, and your trees.

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Introducing Fence Armor!

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Individual home owners, HOA’s and Condo Corporations are truly invested in creating a pleasing property oasis to enjoy.  Much time and effort is spent maintaining your yard, fence, mailbox posts and other lawn structures to increase their lifespan and enhance their appearance. Fighting this battle has been the mother of many inventions. Fence posts get wrapped in strips of foam, aluminum or even more drastic measures are taken by spraying an herbicide in a radius around your posts. These “solutions” all call for monthly maintenance, updating and additional man hours, not to mention the effect on the environment.

white vinyl fence post damaged by weed trimmer
This beautiful white vinyl fence sustained scratches and other damages over the years. Not to mention the unsightly effects of herbicides on the surrounding grass!
white vinyl fence with fence armor protection from weed trimmers and other landscaping tools
With Fence Armor, this fence can look as good as new. A 5 second installation, and no more maintenance!

Fence Armor is constructed of durable, recyclable G90, 22-Gauge Galvanized steel. With the easy, screw or click lock applications you are one and done! You can rest easy knowing that Fence Armor is on guard protecting your investment. Fence Armor is the best defence for your fence!

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