Wood fences are by far the most popular fencing ofption available on the market today. They’re selected by homeowners for their durability, affordability, and attractiveness, and while the design is relatively simple, there are still plenty of wood fence details to be aware of. Consider this your guide to everything wood fence so you can determine if it is the best fencing option for your home.
Wood Fence Structure
As mentioned above, a wood fence is fairly simple in design. Fencing panels are created using support poles, horizontal rails, and wood planks. The support poles can either be wood or metal and they’re set in concrete in the ground so there is enough stability to support the fencing panels and the wind load.
Similarly, the horizontal rails can also be cedar or pine – it is all dependent on the style of fence you’re designing. All the components should be attached together using galvanized or stainless-steel screws and nails so they will withstand any moisture.
Most wood fences are constructed with cedar wood as its durability is unmatched in its price bracket. Another frequently used wood type is pressure-treated pine. Although more affordable, it does have a tendency to warp or twist.
Wood Fence Style
While a standard wood fence uses vertical planks that are supported by wooden posts and rails, there are several other styles and material combinations to choose from. If you’re not concerned about gaps in your fence, consider a board-on-board fence. For a more modern look, select a popular horizontal wood fence.
Once you’ve chosen your fence style, determine if you would be better served by metal or wood supports. While metal supports will often last longer because they won’t decay, they can be more industrial looking which may interfere with your overall design vision.
One of the best ways to customize the look of your wood fence is with a fence stain. Fence staining will add rich and beautiful color, while helping protect it from moisture and other weather elements that can lead to a fence’s premature decay.
Wood Fence Maintenance
Wood fences are extremely low maintenance, only requiring the occasional cleaning and minor repairs. Although you’ll regularly keep an eye on your fence as you enjoy your backyard, it’s a good idea to thoroughly inspect it at least annually for any splintering wood, broken planks, loose screws or insect damage.
Keep in mind that if you do stain your fence, you will need to reapply the stain every few years to keep the color looking fresh and your fence protected. Before you reapply your fence stain, you’ll want to power wash it to remove any grime and to prime your fence for a clean stain application.
If you’re ready to add a wood fence to your property, look no further than Sierra Fence. We have extensive experience in designing and installing a variety of wood fences that we would love to bring to your project. Give us a call today!