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Wood Privacy Fence
If you’re thinking a wood
fence is just a wood fence,
you’re setting yourself up for
failure. In 2003, the
EPA banned the use of Chromate Copper Arsenate (CCA), a wood
preservative, and replaced it with Alkaline Copper Quarts (ACQ).
Since the change, several problems have been discovered such as rusting
of galvanized nails, staples, and tack nails at a rate 10 times greater
then before. Additionally, this company has noticed that the thinner the
wood, the more warping, splitting, cracking, and cupping occurs. What
does this all mean for you as a home owner? Simply put, use the wrong nails or wood and your
fence will be a complete loss within three to six years.
When it comes to wood
there are two
basic types of assembly methods prefab (Panels) or stick built
method of building consists of prefabricated eight foot sections of fence. It
uses 2" x 3" x 8' runners, 4" x 4" x 8’ line posts, 1/4" x 4" x 6'
pickets, and they are attached by staples or tack nails. You can usually
find prefab fence at the home improvement or outlets stores.
The majority of Orlando fencing companies use this method because materials are cheaper
and the skill set needed is limited. If you’re looking for this method of
building, we regretfully wish to inform you we are not the fence company
for you. If you’re still considering this method of building, please
re-read the first paragraph and understand that this type of fence might not be best for your
home in the long run.
A prefab wood fence will last approximately 4 to 6 years.
Stick Building or
This method of building requires the fence to be put together piece by
piece onsite using 2" x 4" x 8' runners, 4" x 4" x
10' line posts, 1" x
6" x 6' pickets. It is attached with double dipped, nickel alloyed
galvanized, yellow tip ring
shank nails. If you’re not familiar with a ring shank nail, it's a nail
that has 50 reversed ovular looking rings that acts like a screw when it
punctures the wood.
A stick built fence
approximately 15 to 20 years down the road both in
splendor and longevity. It should be noted that most fence companies
will use 4" x 4" x 8' for lined post, but we do not recommend
this approach. The main reason is the lumber milling companies has
changed their methods. As a result, we have observed that 4"
x 4" x 8' are rotting out on one side within two years.
Stick building is a superior way of building
wood fences. As
a result, the material cost is slightly
greater and the skill level needed is more in depth.
fence: Regardless of
which assemble method used the preservation of the fence will make all
the difference. Most damage to wood fencing occurs in the
first six months to a year. The culprit is the afternoon thunder storms.
Something as simple as an acrylic or oil based
water sealant can make all of the difference.
Acrylic Based: Anything is
better than nothing. The downfall to Acrylic based water sealant,
however, is it needs to be done annually. It can leave a pasty look and
result in time consuming maintenance to restore the original beauty.
Oil Based: The best thing for your fence. Oil base protections
seeps to the center of the wood and dries from the inside out. As
a result, the maintenance schedule is simpler and further apart.
MESSAGE FROM THE
Since the hurricanes, I have noticed a few more stick builders out there.
As a result, we have been cleaning up a lot of messes, everything from
companies using landscape timbers for posts, 1/2" pickets, staples,
2" x 3" x 8' runners and board on board fencing with gaps. Don't make
the mistake and end up with a Popsicle stick experiment in your backyard. The best advice would be to ask the following questions.
What type of wood are they using?
Southern Pine is the best for our climate. Cypress is available,
but most of it comes from up north and might be more costly.
Understand there is a #1 grade cypress being introduced back into
the market. Beware, A #1 grade cypress is cut from first or second
generation trees. As a result, the rings are not as tight and must
be pressure treated just like pine. The other thing to
consider is there will be pine bark and notes left on the
Avoid wood from
other countries. Most home improvement stores purchase their
wood from distributors whom import lumber from South America. As
a result, the lumber can sit in ship yards for months if not years
and result in excessive cracking and warping.
Avoid wood mixed
If you want long lasting fence, Vinyl will always look better,
be maintenance free, and cost the same.
at all cost. Just take a drive around your area and look at the
prefab fencing replaced since the hurricanes. You will notice pickets
pulling away, excessive warping, splitting, cracking and cupping.
If someone tells you it's built on site, but the sections are assembled at
the shop, it still a prefab. Don't be fooled.
What type of nails are they using?
nickel alloyed yellow tip ring shank nails are the best.
The number one mess that we clean up is the use of regular galvanized
nails. Understand that with the new pressure treating codes, standard
galvanized nails decay 10 times faster. Additionally, wood likes to
move around, and if you don't give it a reason to stay in place, it
Avoid staples and
small single coated nails because they will rust quickly.
What is the thickness of the wood being used?
When it comes to
pickets anything under 1" thick is not good.
Avoid 2" x 3" x
8’ Runners because they sag, bow, arch, and do not provide enough
horizontal support. This type of wood is cut from the waste of the
All gate posts
need to be 4" x 6" x 10' to prevent sagging of gates.
the number one area, people generally experience problems.
All Fence posts
need to be 4" x 4" x 8' and avoid the 3" x 3" x 8' round landscape
It may seem cost
effective at first, but as the old saying goes; try to save a penny,
plan to spend a buck to fix it.
How many runners do they use; do they attach
the runners to
the post or go between posts?
that use two runners. BAD, BAD, BAD!
that go between posts because the fence will fall apart. Most
companies using this method will not take the time to either rout the
post or use the correct screws. Couple this with the fact
pressure treated lumber shrinks, you could have a mess on your hands.
The best is
attaching the runners to the inside or outside of the post using
ring shank nails.
Ask how many picket are use to cover an 8 foot
stretch of fence?
It should be 24 for board on board,
17 for stockade, and 24 for shadowbox. Any less is not good because pressure treated lumber shrinks. For example,
1" x 6" x 6' shrinks to 3/4" x 5 1/2" x 5 5/8' and if someone
is using less that means they are stretching out the picket. The
problem is that noticeable gaps will develop.
Do they pay their people by the hour or by the
companies that pay by the hour. Nine times out of 10, the
has limited skill set and a high turnover. The installers are paid
equivalent to fast food workers.
Avoid companies that use illegal workers or have an out of state license.
pay by the foot generally keep the best workers in Central Florida.
Final Note: Avoid any company requesting that the homeowner pull
the permit. If this is the case, the company may not have the
correct insurance needed to conduct work within the municipality.
Additionally, if a homeowner pulls the permit they assume all the liabilities
for one year. Lastly, make sure all of your underground
utilities have been located or it could be a very expensive fence.
Most fence companies have this capability and the service is free of charge.
Paramount Fencing is currently customizing wood fences in the following Orange & Seminole County Cities: Waterford, Windermere, Oviedo, Orlando, Winter Springs, Lake Mary, Sanford, Winter Garden, Ocoee, St. Cloud, Winter Park, Casselberry, College Park, Clermont, Maitland, Longwood.