As one of the most popular fencing types in the United States, wood fences can be seen everywhere from commercial properties to residential yards. However, if you are considering installing a new fence on your property, you may be wondering whether this is truly the right choice for you.
A bit of research will quickly reveal the many benefits of the humble wood fence. For example, it is incredibly cost-effective, coming in as one of the most affordable fencing options especially for privacy fences. This makes it affordable enough for most homeowners, yet it is still sturdy enough to last for up to 20 years. With the proper maintenance, a wood fence can last as long as 30 years before needing to be replaced.
Of course, a wood fence offers many more benefits than just a low to moderate cost. Wood fences can easily be installed even on hills or uneven terrain depending on the style you choose. They are quick and easy to install by professionals from Reliable Fence, and you will only have to commit to in frequent maintenance.
Wood fences are also endlessly customizable. You could add one or more gates, choose a rail and post look or create a customized look with the help of professionals from Reliable Fence. If you are looking for a privacy fence, wood fences are excellent options as the slats can be placed very close together to limit prying eyes from seeing your yard. You can even adjust the height of your fence to six feet or more depending on your needs. Plus, wood looks beautiful, especially when you paint or stain it to match your home, yard or business.
As a biodegradable material, wood is easy to recycle and breaks down quickly when you have to replace your current fence. As an environmentally conscious consumer, you will not have to worry about this choice.
Finally, you can rest assured that a wood fence from Reliable Fence is a smart choice because these fences offer solid protection. They are strong and are recommended for closing yards completely, deterring intruders and keeping children and pets away from in-ground pools. A wood fence will help you protect what you most love while adding beauty to your surroundings.
Our professionals at Reliable Fence are expertly qualified to install your wood fence. In fact, many times, we can install an entire residential fence for an average-sized yard in only a day. Larger wood fences, such as those placed around commercial properties, may take two to three days.
The great news about working with Reliable Fence is that we will take care of the entire installation process for you. Before we get started, we will ensure that we know exactly how you want your fence to look and will discuss possible customization options as well. During this initial step, we will also take measurements of your yard to determine how much materials you will need, and we will give you a written estimate of our services so that you will know just what to expect. Our goal is to keep all installation costs as close to this estimate as possible although certain circumstances could cause the price to rise.
On the day of installation, we will start by marking out where the fence will go, ensuring that lines are straight and even to ensure a beautifully finished wood fence. Next, we will dig the holes for the main vertical posts of the fence before setting the posts in place and pouring cement around them for strength. Once the posts are firmly set, we will install the post rails. Usually, we will need two to three horizontal rails going around the entire length of the fence. Finally, we will place the vertical boards, ensuring that the spacing will give you either the privacy or the open view that you want.
If you maintain your wood fence regularly, you can expect it to last for quite some time. You should plan to stain or seal it approximately one year after it is placed and after the wood fully dries out. However, this may not be necessary if you choose pressure-treated boards. You will also need to clean your fence yearly with a power washer or by hand with a soapy brush. Use a special fence-cleaning soap for the best results.
If you begin having new problems with your wood fence, notice that some boards are breaking down or experience issues with your fence gate, let Reliable Fence know because our professionals can also help with fence repairs. Whether you need a single board replaced or need gate hardware repaired, we can quickly get your fence back into superb condition. Making such simple repairs as these can significantly extend the overall lifespan of your wood fence.
Today, you can choose from a wide variety of wood types to get the exact look you want for your fence and to stay better within your budget. For example, a pine fence is among the most affordable options available today. It creates a beautiful look and is quite easy to work with thanks to the natural softness of pine. However, pine often comes with more knots than any other type of wood. Over time, these knots may fall out, leaving you with holes in your privacy fence or weakening the overall design of your fence.
Spruce is another affordable option that is a particular favorite for picket fences. It has a natural light gray color and can be easily painted. If you choose to seal the wood with a clear coat instead, it will turn darker over the years.
The most popular type of wood fence is the cedar fence. This wood has a naturally gorgeous color, and it repels many insects, ensuring that wood-eating insects do not reduce the durability of your fence. While cedar is one of the longest-lasting wood fence types, it will cost you more than pine or spruce.
If you are working with a larger budget, you may want to consider cypress or redwood. Cypress ranges in price depending on where you live in the United States. Living in a more northerly location, you may find that cypress costs more than you would like. However, it is great at repelling multiple problematic insects and will fill your yard with a wonderful smell. Redwood is another more expensive wood fence material choice throughout the United States. It has a naturally beautiful color that you will want to protect with a clear coat of sealant.
Because of the versatility of wood, there are endless possibilities for customizing a wood fence. You will be able to choose from a wide variety of pre-designed styles or can opt to create your own look with the help of a professional from Reliable Fence. The spacing of the posts and boards as well as the shape of the boards and the trim come in a wide variety of options, and you are sure to be able to find a great design for your own needs.
Some of the most popular wood fence design options include the dog ear style, board on board, shadowbox, picket, split rail, tongue and groove and stockade. Many of these options can be further customized with caps and trim that are placed on the top of the fence or on each post. For example, you may choose to create a lattice-work trim at the top of your fence or create a gothic look with pointed pickets. In addition, the tops of boards can be cut at different heights and angles to create new shapes, such as concave or convex curves.
Two of the oldest styles of fences in the United States were the picket fence and the split rail fence, and both remain popular today. The picket fence was often seen edging residential yards in colonial days. Today, it continues to create a homey quality. The picket fence features an open view while still marking out property lines. The split rail fence creates a more Western look using either two or three horizontal rails.
However, private or semi-private wood fences continue to be more popular around suburban homes. Board onboard fences are the most private as each vertical board is placed slightly over the one next to it. For a semi-private look that still allows enough of a breeze through, consider the shadowbox wood fence design. Of course, there are plenty of other wood fence styles,including louver or lattice fences, that our professionals at Reliable Fence can show you.
While there are many types of fences that make excellent enclosures, wood fences are the clear choice for numerous home and business owners for a variety of reasons. The affordability of wood makes it a great contender even for the most budget-conscious family. It comes in far more styles than vinyl fence or chain link fence and is a smart, sustainable choice for the environmentally conscious consumer. However, it is more susceptible to problems from the elements as well as from insects than most other fences are. Rot and termites could become problems depending on your yard. However, as long as you are willing to put some time into regular maintenance, you can easily enjoy a wood fence for at least 20 years if not longer.
When you compare wood fences to metal fences, such as wrought iron fences, you may still find that wood is the right choice for you. Wood fences are easy to install and simple to modify in the future. Plus, you will be able to have one or two pieces replaced rather than an entire section if needed.
As one of the most affordable types of fencing, a wood fence costs between $1,600 and $4,000 in most areas around the country. This creates an average installation price of approximately $2,800, which can be easily afforded by most homeowners. The lumber itself will cost between $7 to $15 per linear foot depending on the type of wood you purchase. The cheapest options include pine, cypress and cedar while more expensive options include redwood and specialty hardwoods, such as white oak, black locust and tropical hardwoods. Plan to add on more than this per linear foot for installation. Installation alone can cost up to an additional $45 per linear foot.
Of course, there are certainly a number of other factors that could affect the overall cost of your wood fence. For example, the size of your yard will do the most to increase or decrease your overall cost. Other things that could affect your cost include the height of your fence, desired customizations, additional gates and any difficult terrain that could slow down the installation process.
Professional fence installation by Reliable Fence may initially seem more expensive than attempting a DIY project would be. However, when you trust this work to the professionals, you can rest assured that it will be done correctly the first time. You will not have to worry about wasted boards, incorrectly placed post holes or sagging panels even if your fence is placed in a difficult area, such as on hilly terrain.
Aside from our experience, the best reason to choose us is our satisfaction guarantee. It's a one-year guarantee for workmanship and materials. If there's something wrong, we'll make it right. We also provide a lifetime labor guarantee for defects covered under the fencing manufacturers' limited warranty. Your sales associate will be delighted to answer any further questions you have about financing for a Reliable Fence.
Although there are plenty of fence installation companies from which you can choose these days, we know that you will be completely satisfied when you decide to work with Reliable Fence. We take care of all of the details for you so that you can sit back, relax, and enjoy your completed fence. If anything goes wrong, we will take care of it for you. In fact, we are so sure that you will love the work we do that we offer a one-year guarantee on our workmanship as well as on the materials we use.
There are plenty of details to consider when it comes to putting up a fence. You may need to get a permit, determine property lines or inquire about zoning laws. You may also need to consider special certifications for dealing with fences near structures painted before 1978. We will take care of each of these concerns for you to give you complete peace of mind.
If you are ready to install a new fence on your property or need to repair or replace a current fence, give Reliable Fence a call today to set up an appointment.
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