Wood Fence: Making The Best Choice
When you decide to have a fence installed, your next decision will be to choose a material. Roark Fencing offers chain link, wrought iron, or wood fence as options. There are many reasons a wood fence could be the right choice for you. You can pick your choice of wood type, fencing style, and height. You may also add post caps for a personal touch!
Choosing a Type of Wood
The wood used in fence construction can be natural or go through the Pressure Treating Process. Pressure Treatment is a chemical process to make the wood resistant to rot and bug infestations. Wood is submerged in a liquid preservative inside a chamber under pressure. This pressure pushes the preservative into the wood. The wood is then removed to dry. This process does not protect against weathering, and regular maintenance is required.
Spruce is the most economical wood fence choice. Spruce is a soft, light-colored wood that accepts paints and stains well. It is not recommended for wet climates, and it can be susceptible to insect infestations without proper maintenance. The best practice is regularly painting or staining spruce fencing to increase longevity. Spruce can not be pressure treated.
Pressure Treated Pine can provide you with a long-lasting fence that is resistant to rot and bug infestations. Pine can warp, split or crack if not properly maintained and shorten the longevity of your fence. Staining your pine fence is recommended, as well as wetting the pine down during hot, dry spells to retain moisture in the wood.
Cedar is our number one choice for wood fencing, as it provides the best longevity. It is a low maintenance fence, requires no painting or staining, and is naturally repellent to insects. Cedar is very durable and can last well over 30 years.
Choosing the Style
The wood fence style you chose will depend on what purpose you have for your fence. It is common in residential settings to install a privacy fence. Privacy fences have no space between the boards of the fence. This fence serves as a multi-purpose investment. Privacy fences are typically six feet tall. They keep small children safe, confine pets, keep other animals out of the yard, and add increased security. You can choose to upgrade your style by adding post caps or solar light caps.
Installing a Wood Fence
Now that you have decided on the type of wood you would like to use and the style, it’s time for installation. Installing a wood fence is no easy task. Fence Posts should be mapped out, leaving about eight-foot segments between each post, but that can vary based on terrain. They should be buried a minimum of two feet deep in the ground for a standard six-foot-high privacy fence. Concrete should be mixed and poured into the post holes as a footer. Placing a fence post in a concrete footer increases the post’s stability and prevents decay from rapidly occurring. Concrete footers also make for easy post removal; the post and footer can be removed in one piece without the need to dig out broken pieces.
It is a significant undertaking to install a wood fence on your own safely. Wood fence posts need properly installed to support the fence segments. When not installed correctly, you could be left with a weak, leaning, and potentially dangerous fence.
Choosing a Roark Fencing Wood Fence
At Roark Fencing, we take pride in our work. We install all of our fences to meet the safety standards of the industry. We have over 30 years of experience servicing Georgetown, KY. We provide you with a quality product installed to last. Contact us today to get your free quote!