September 17, 2011 Off

Fence Me In!

By in Fencing

When I was reading Tom Sawyer as a young student, the scene where Tom whitewashes that wooden fence made me grateful that my parents chose an aluminum fence for our backyard. As an adult, however, wood fences hold never-ending appeal for me. They conjure images of a simpler time, a time in the past when the American dream was to have a house with a white picket fence and a piece of land to call your own. In reality, fences in general offer a multitude of benefits. They provide a safe, enclosed space for homeowners with small children and pets. Fences clearly mark the property line and taller fences provide privacy from neighbors and passers-by.

Today’s homeowners can choose from a variety of styles when it comes to wooden fences: shadow box, split rail, stockade… the spectrum is as broad as your imagination. But a wood fence does require more maintenance than aluminum fences and that maintenance can be quite high if the fence is not built soundly from day one. Quality, pressure treated wood will help the fence to withstand the elements and that wood does not need to be hammered to place. Screws are a much better choice for adding life to your fence. The depth and width of post holes must be appropriate for your yard and type of fence and your fence will last longer if the posts are set in concrete. Setting posts in concrete, rather than having the posts set directly into the ground, better protects the wood from rotting. Because all wood is susceptible to damage from the weather, sun, rot, mildew, and insect infestation, regularly cleaning and sealing the wood is a must.

But there is one more benefit to a wooden fence: beauty.  By using techniques to build a better fence and proper care, wood fencing can add new life to your landscape or garden and can be enjoyed for years to come.

Written by Rich Regan - Blue Dot Landscaping - Visit Website

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