Having your wood fence replaced or installed is not always the most modern choice, but some facts make them very desirable.
They do block out bad neighbors, a variety of types of wood are available and they also can add a decorative style to your home. There is also a fence for everyone’s tastes and of course, budget.
Call Beitzell Fence Company today to take advantage of a free quote on your wooden fence or any type of fence at all.
Everything You Need to Know About Wood Fences
Going back as far as 400 years in this country, wood fences have been used as a means of protecting property, penning in livestock, and setting a border between neighboring boundaries.
Wood fencing has a long and rich history of use in the early and modern United States. It is versatile, easy to install and maintain, and comes in many varieties. It’s no wonder early Americans used it so readily.
Here is (just about) everything you need to know about wood fences.
- Early fences weren’t complicated, but their design still exists today. Picket fences are easy to construct and maintain, and are a symbol of the American dream. Many people opt for the picket fence design as a means of adding aesthetic beauty to their property.
- What began as picket fences in the early days has evolved into many varieties. Even the most popular among picket fences (standard privacy fences), are essentially a picket fence with no space in between. There is little other difference between the two, perhaps other than height.
- Picket fences aren’t overly expensive. In panels (very unlike the traditional means of individual “picket” design), they are modestly priced for most homeowners. The price rises as the height and length increase. Add a bit more for stylized designs.
- Wood fencing is durable (especially when conditioned and treated). A good quality wood fence can last 20-30 years. This is especially true when the wood is made from rot-resistant wood and does not sit directly upon the ground.
- Maintenance surrounding wood fencing is marginally low. Every three or four years support posts should be re-tamped for added stability, and wood should be re-treated with sealer and waterproofing.
- Wood fencing comes in multiple designs. Picket, as mentioned; Lattice topped; vertical board; post and rail; louver and so on. There is enough variety that wood fencing can suit anybody’s needs.
Ready to shop for your very own wood fence? Then don’t hesitate to contact us for more information on how we can help you.
Helpful Fence Company Tips for Maintaining Your Wooden Fence
A wooden fence surrounding your property can add privacy to your home and help improve the appearance at the same time. In order for your wooden fence to add the most value to your home, you’ll need to keep up with routine maintenance and avoid any major repairs through taking care of the fence throughout the year. By taking advantage of a few tips by a professional fence company, you’ll be able to keep your fence looking its best as the year goes by.
Consider Your Fence When Landscaping
When planting new shrubs and trimming trees on your property, it will be helpful to consider the fencing. A common problem many people experience with their fencing is that the sprinkling system shoots water on the fence or a tree is hanging branches onto the fence. Taking care of these things when landscaping can help reduce the amount of wear your fence undergoes.
Use Sealants and Water-Repellents
Water is one of the biggest dangers to wooden fencing, making it important that you take care of water interacting with the fencing before it becomes a problem. A lot of people forget about the importance of sealant and other water-repellants after installation, resulting in planks of wood becoming rotted and needing replacement.
Take Care of Your Fence with Routine Repairs
When a crack occurs to your wooden fencing, it’s easy to leave it alone until the problem becomes more significant. The reason that this is an issue is because it can begin to cause damage to other parts of your fence, resulting in you needing to replace large pieces of fence altogether at a pricier cost.
Wood fences: Repair or replace?
Once wooden fences start to go, they can go downhill pretty fast. One day the paint is peeling and the next the wood is coming loose or showing signs of rot. Learn typical situations when it is possible for a fencing expert to repair your wood fence and when you are better off replacing the fence.
When you can repair your wood fence
As a general rule, if most of your fence is intact, and only a portion of it is damaged, repair is usually advisable. For wooden fences, you can easily repair broken or missing fence posts, leaning fences, fences that have decay or rot on only one area, or fences that are simply in need of a new coat of paint. It is often cheaper to perform a repair than to replace the whole fence. However, if damage is extensive, it can be equally affordable if not cheaper to remove the old fence and start from scratch.
When you should replace your wood fence
In general, when there is a large area damaged, you are better off investing in a new fence than replacing all of the damage. When wooden fences have a high degree of rot, they really are not long for the world. In this case, it can just be better to get a new fence. If your wooden fence is crumbling or is getting yellow or white patches of mold or mildew, get a new fence estimate.
You can always replace your wood fence if you find it ugly or if it does not meet your needs. For example, if you bought a house with a post and beam wood fence and you wanted a securely fenced yard so you could let your pet out, you would need a new style of fence.