Millcreek Cedar Install

This cedar fence project done on 3300 S 3300 E was done has much for looks as it was for a sound barrier. This fence was built in the front yard along 3300 S in SLC to give the home owners some privacy and reduce the sound from the busy road. When doing a 6’ tall fence in the front yard there are certain procedures that need to take place because of city ordinances. You will need a permit from the city (some cities will not approve it) and to make sure there are line of sights for intersections.


Does a Fence Add to the Value of Your Home?

Making a few home improvements will go a long way in increasing your chances of selling the house. There are hundreds of homes available on the market and so for your house to be picked out, you need to sweeten the deal. Fencing is one way to improve the value of a home. But how will fencing enhance your chances of selling your home with an added value?
Installing a fence in your backyard for privacy purposes will increase marketability for your home with prospective buyers when selling. Homeowners with pets, such as dogs, may require a fence and could be reluctant to purchase a home without one due to the high cost of fencing materials and installation. For some the monetary value of a fence may not be the attraction, but rather the privacy and decorative benefits that a fence adds to the appearance of the yard.
A cheap or quickly thrown together fence may not bring the expected added value to a home. For this reason it is important to research the different styles of fencing along with their material costs.
When it comes to increasing home value, adding a fence that does not match the style and design of your home could be worse than having no fence at all. For example, a sleek, modern home will look weird if you use an ornate wooden fence while a quaint Victorian home will look out of place if you add a high stockade fence. So make sure you match the fence with look of your home in order to increase its value.Lattice Cedar Fence

Valley Mental Health Fence Installation

Valley Mental Health

CFC Fences & Decks has teamed up with Valley Mental Health to build a wood fence at the Tooele, Utah facility. A fence was needed to partition the property lines between the Valley Mental Health facility and a vacant lot next door. The property line stretches 440’ in length and the wood fence style chosen for the project was Canyon Winds. This type of fence consists of 6×6 posts, 2×6 rails, 1×6 trim, and 1×6 slats that provides a privacy fence that will be durable for years to come.

Valley Mental Health provides services for all ages of individuals who are experiencing serious mental illnesses, substance use disorders and behavior problems. Valley Mental Health mission is to be a leading community partner promoting and providing accessible, quality behavioral and physical healthcare and this is the reason why the Tooele County Commissioners have contracted with Valley Mental Health to provide such a great cause for the community members. CFC Fences & Decks is proud to be a part of the fence building for a company doing a great cause for individuals to receive help to recover from uneasy health problems.

Options for a Rail Fence

When considering a rail fence project there are a handful of options to choose from. There is the (Cedar) split rail fence, the log (lodge) pole (treated pine), and a dimensional lumber option built with 4×4 or 6×6 posts and 2×4, or 2×6 rails.

The split rail fence has a rustic look that is very appealing, it is milled on 10’ centers (posts to post), and is a cedar product that has a natural resistance to moisture and insects. You can get this product in either a (2) rail (3’ tall) style or a (3) rail (4’ tall) style.

The log pole fence is a treated pine product that has a woodsy look to it and blends in nicely with yards that have pine or aspen trees – it is milled on 8’ centers. The treatment that the pine posts and rails are treated in, adds to the longevity of a pine product (especially the post). The log pole fence also is milled in a (2) rail style and a (3) rail style of fence – you can also get a 4 or 5 rail option – it is a custom order from the mill.

The dimensional lumber option is by far the most pliable option available. We can build this fence style with either 4×4 or 6×6 posts, and you have an option for the rails to be 2×4’s or 2×6’s – all the lumber option that CFC builds with are a premium cedar product (that we by directly from the mill) for added longevity.

Many home owners that want the open look and feel of a rail fence also want to keep dogs (or kids) in the yard. We offer a 2×4 (the size of the openings) welded wire option, that is a 14 gauge wire. We will attach it to the top rail of the fence, and to the gates for a secure enclosure for dogs and children.

Cedar Fencing Sections and Footers

We often come across a Cedar fencing project that requires the removal and disposal of the previously existing Cedar or chain link or vinyl fence. These fence posts that already exist will need to be removed and what is customary in the fencing industry is to simply cut of the posts below grade level.

But what happens with the concrete footers that are already in the ground?

Since the new fence line being installed will usually go along the same line as the old fence, the old footers will be a little below grade and covered by the new fencing material.

Some of the footers, especially at the property corners or old gate posts may simply have to be dug up and removed. Since there is an additional charge in having to remove the footers due to greatly increased time on the job and labor, not to mention concrete disposal, we have a solution to this situation.

Working with Cedar fencing products allows us much flexibility in that wood material can be cut and trimmed to many different fencing styles (Canyon Winds, Mini Winds, Estates are some examples of our Cedar fencing styles that you can preview at We can also use several lengths for each Cedar fencing section which allows us to sometimes bypass the existing concrete footers that are in the ground.

Typically when building a Cedar fence, we try to stay with the 8’ on center of each post for a section of fencing because Cedar fencing materials, such as 2×4’s and 2×6’s for Cedar fencing railings, as a standard come in 8’ and 10’ lengths.

When meeting with our crew chief in stringing the line for your fence he may show you options and locations on your fence line to shorten the 8’ section a little bit or lengthen the section to just under 10’. Doing this will allow the crews to bypass the concrete footers already in the ground and your new Cedar fence can go right over those and new Cedar posts set with new concrete footers.

One of the main reasons to consider this option is the additional cost that adds up quickly when the crews have to break, dig, remove, and dispose of each footer along your previous fence line. The savings in adding some well placed shorter or longer sections can be substantial.

Estates and Mini Estates

The Estates style is a full privacy fence with an ornate post top and mid-rail and overlapping slats. The 6×6 posts make this fence particularly sturdy in heavy winds.

Mini Estates:
The Mini Estates style is a full privacy economy cedar fence with framing on one side and a more decorative reverse side. The posts are beveled, routed and revealed on both sides and fascia is attached at the top and bottom of the decorative side.

Dimensions: Estates and Mini Estates fences are typically built in 8’ wide sections using the following materials:

6”x6”x8’ or 6”x6”x9’ Cedar Posts (with routed and beveled gothic top revealed above fence)
2”x6”x8’ Cedar Rails (Midrail and Top Cap)
2”x4”x8’ Cedar Rails (Top and Bottom)
1”x4”x8’ Cedar Rails (Top and Bottom Fascia)
1”x6”x8’Cedar Rails (Midrail Fascia)
1”x6”x6’ Cedar Slats

Mini Estates:
4”x4”x10’ Cedar Posts (with routed and beveled gothic top revealed above fence)
2”x4”x8’ Cedar Rails (Top, Mid, Bottom, and Top Cap)
1”x4”x8’ Cedar Rails (Top and Bottom Fascia)
1”x6”x8’ Cedar Rails (Mid Fascia)
1”x6”x6’ Cedar Slats

Average Cost: Low-Mid

Warranty: CFC uses quality materials inspected and certified for the use in our installations, but because of the natural properties of wood, materials are not warranted.
Maintenance: Apply a high quality stain/sealant preferably soon after installation (after the wood has had ample time to dry). Use a product that has both a U.V. protectant for damage from the sun as well as a water repellent.

Generally, a sealant with a pigment (as opposed to a clear sealant) will last longer. We recommend that you apply a sealant annually the first two years to provide adequate protection, and then apply as needed thereafter as needed (probably every 3-5 years).

Adjust sprinkler heads so they do not hit the fence directly, as this will cause hard water stains to appear on the fence. If staining does occur or if the fence becomes discolored or grey for any reason, a high pressure washer with 3000 psi can be used to clean the fence.
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Cedar Split Rail Fencing

There are a variety of products and styles available for open space ranch-style fencing. One of them is the cedar split rail. This is the most rustic looking of the fences we offer and is very popular where privacy fencing isn’t needed or desired. It’s perfect for containing larger animals and defining a property.  And with the option of adding galvanized steel mesh, smaller animals can be contained as well without blocking your view.

Split Rail Fencing

Split Rail compliments your landscaped area without standing out.

Split Rail Fencing

Adding wire mesh allows you to keep your animals in your yard while still providing a rustic feel.

Like lodge pole or dimensional lumber fencing, it stands out as an attractive option to your property but doesn’t call a lot of attention to itself. We have installed miles of it over the years and it’s fairly easy for a do-it-yourselfer to build it as well.
The look of it harkens back to the open-space western so popular during the frontier days. The spacing on the posts is 10’ wide rather than the typical 8’ wide on other fences like the lodge pole treated pine that we also carry. This actually is an advantage if you have a lot of posts to set. For example, in a 100’ span you would set 10 posts + one terminal (end-of-line) post as opposed to 12 posts + one terminal post. On a large project, that could save you quite a bit of digging!

Split Rail Lumber

Split Rail fencing is rustic, charming and affordable.

Because it is a light weight fence, you don’t need concrete, although you certainly have that option if you don’t want the fence to lean at all as the ground saturates. Typically, the posts are set 24” in the ground and the height ranges from about 3.5’ to 4.5’ depending on whether you get 2- or 3-rails.

We have split rail fencing on display at our location: 543 E 600 S in Provo. Stop by to take a look today!

CFC Standards for a Cedar Fence

If you are thinking of installing a cedar fence – here are some things that set CFC apart from the competition.

CFC buys directly from North Western (Milled in the USA) mills – and can pass that saving on because there is no middle man.
CFC pursues only premium cedar products we use #2 or better no prior pick – we do not buy economy cuts or Chinese cedar.
The cedar products we offer are a Western Red or incent cedar.

Cedar Inventory

CFC has a large inventory of premium cedar products

When choosing a more upper end style of cedar fence with 6×6 posts – we will use a 9’ or 10’ tall post so there is plenty of post in the ground. Our competitors typically use an 8’ tall post because they are less expensive are more readily available (this means there may only be 1.5’ feet of post in the ground), and at times they are bidding treated pine posts that don’t have near the longevity of cedar (whether it’s a 4×4 or 6×6 post project).

The slats and rails we use on fence installations are a premium cedar product. Some of our competitors will use a Douglas fir rail (or pine) and an economy cedar slat (that the knots will fall out of) or a cedar tone slat that is pine.
CFC standard practice for attaching the slats and rails is to use a ring shank nail. The ring shank nail has ribs on it that won’t allow it to come loose. Other fence installation companies may use a staple (for the slats) and brackets (for the rails) – in our experience (25 years) this is not as secure as the ribbed nail – because lumber will expand a contract in the seasons, causing these applications to fail over time. Screwing in the slats and rails is a durable as the ring shank nail, but is very time consuming – therefore it can be costly.

Cedar Slats

CFC keeps a large stock of premium kiln dried slats on hand for customers.

The premium cedar products that CFC use will add to the longevity of your fence line. Cedar (like redwood) has a natural resistance to moisture and insects.
CFC offers cedar fence materials for the do it yourself handy man that is looking to save some money on the installation. We stock products that the big box stores don’t carry at a very competitive price. If there are custom products for outdoor structures (like pergolas) we can usually have them here in one working day – and we have a shop for custom cut orders.

Cedar Inventory

CFC stocks premium cedar products all year round.


Cedar Split Rail Fencing

CFC Fences and Decks is the major supplier of Cedar Split rail fencing in Utah, and feature Cedar Split Rail fencing products from Idaho Timber.  It is available in stock and ready to install.


When you sell Idaho Timber cedar, you get the surpassing natural beauty of genuine red cedar. You also get durability without chemical preservatives since red cedar has its own resins, tannins and oils that make it highly resistant to rot, insects, decay fungus and weather.


Unlike other so-called split cedar products which are sawn to “look” split, our product is actually split. Skillful use of modern hydraulic splitting equipment ensures consistent sizing, while preserving the natural split texture that makes this fence so attractive.


Idaho Timber red cedar is an all-natural, biodegradable product, made from America’s renewable resource – wood.

CFC Fences and Decks offers both two rail and three rail fence options, with 10 foot rails for economical coverage.  We stock gates in both heights in two sizes- 3.5 foot wide and 5 foot wide.  Are hardware is heavy duty and options are available for both single and double gate configurations.

Split rail fences are easy to install.  If you can dig a hole, you can build a split rail fence.  Rails are notched to fit in pre-cut slots in the posts, and it is easy to cut and re-notch your rails for shorter sections.

CFC has offered split rail cedar fencing, in stock, for over ten years, and we have the knowledge and expertise to assist you in completing your project.

Come see us today!!

Split Rail Galleries

Staining Your Cedar Fence

Whether or not you stain your Cedar fence ultimately is a personal preference. Many HOA’s require Cedar and Wood fences are painted or stained.  In those cases there is usually a requirement for a stain or paint color the HOA approved.

A quality Cedar fence will last for many, many years whether stained, painted or left natural.  The most likely part of that fence to deteriorate first would be the part of the post that is below dirt grade level above the concrete footer.  Rain and sprinkler watering, melting snow and ice and the natural expansion and contraction due to the nature of wood will, after years, cause that part of the post to deteriorate and eventually rot out long before other exposed areas of your Cedar fence.

Deciding to stain or paint your fence here are some instructions to care for and maintain your Cedar or Wood product fence:

  • Stain new fencing with a high quality wood stain 2 weeks after installation.
  • Stain fencing the following year (first two years, back to back). The Cedar/Wood will absorb the stain.
  • Stain fence as needed as color starts to fade (every 3-5 years is typical).
  • Adjust sprinklers away from fencing.  Don’t water your fence. It will erode the exterior staining as the Cedar will absorb the water also.  Water on the Cedar fence will stain with water marks.  That will increase the maintenance required and frequency to stain and re-stain.

All fencing products will fade over time from exposure to the sun.  Many composite fencing materials will list a Fade Factor or Sun Factor to show how the product reacts and fades in different environments like the sun. Natural Cedar fencing with or without staining will also fade due to sun exposure, and many people appreciate the silvering that natural Cedar becomes due to the exposure to the sun.

If you are looking to hire a professional to stain your fence, we recommend Fence Defense and Deck Defense and Woodstock Finishing. If you prefer to do it your self, give us a call and we can recommend multiple brands of stain that will meet your needs.

CFC Fences and Decks can be visited online at  Our website is very user friendly and interactive and has extensive galleries showing our many styles and designs, both stained and natural of Cedar and Wood fencing projects we have done all over Utah.