Other Trex Items Available

Trex® Composite fencing is a very malleable material. We can offer many ancillary options to go with your project and will match your Trex® fence or Trex® deck or railing project.

We have in the past used Trex® Composite materials to build for customers raised flower bed and garden boxes that match their new Trex® Seclusions Composite Fence project.

We did a similar project to the raised garden boxes and flower beds where we used Trex® Composite material to build a sand box for a family. This raised box also surrounded the wooden play set/jungle gym for a play area for the family.

Another great idea to consider is using the Trex® Composite to build the large flower planters that are often placed at the corners of a garage. Again, these planter boxes would perfectly match your new Trex® Composite fence.

For your new Trex® Composite deck we have built in our shop a comfortable and very fashionable Trex® Adirondack chair for lounging and enjoying. A Trex® table could easily be included and placed between two Trex® Adirondack chairs on your front porch or back deck. Cleaning the chairs and table are very simple since they are made of the Trex® Composite material.

The list can literally go on and on from there. We have even built palm trees and birdhouses out of the Trex® Composite fencing and decking materials. Our shop has craftsmen who can build nearly anything one could imagine for their landscaping features or outdoor living area fixtures that will match their fence and/or deck using the Trex® Composite materials.

Sprinkler Systems

Property owners who are planning their landscaping are well-served to consider the fence line location compared to the sprinkler line location. Whether working with a landscaper or Do-it-yourself (DIY), where these lines are located in relation to each other is important. The biggest casualty by a huge margin when doing a fencing project is going to be broken sprinkler lines and broken sprinkler heads.
There are ways to prevent this kind of collateral damage, which converts into greater expense, when planning your fence line and sprinkler lines.

The best way from a fencer’s point of view is to contract with a surveyor and have the corners of the property marked with accurate property locator pins.
Obtaining a plot map from your local County Recorder’s office is also an effective method to ensure there are valid starting points to begin marking property corners and stringing lines for the fence line. Many counties have their public information online and can be accessed from your home or office computer and printed out without having to go into their offices.
It is always beneficial to speak with and agree with adjacent neighbors on where the fence line is to be placed. Often, they will also have sprinkler lines to locate and hopefully avoid or move off the appointed fence line to avoid breaking them.
It is important to note that Blue Stakes does not mark for privately owned and placed sprinkler lines.
If the sprinkler system lines and heads are in the way of the fence line the sprinkler lines will need to be relocated to avoid breaking them and creating more expense and more mess.
When installing or moving the sprinkler lines and heads, it is recommended to maintain a distance of 18” so that when digging post holes for your fence to avoid damage to your sprinkler lines.

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.

 

Step vs Slope

Step vs Slope

Installing a fence yourself or having it installed by a contractor is a large project.  There are many decisions to make from layout and height, to color.  If your fence is going on a slope, one important idea to keep in mind is whether you want your fence sections to smoothly follow the slope or step down at intervals and what options the fence type you are purchasing offers.  Trex Composite Fence and wood fence types allow users to smoothly follow slopes.  Fortress Versai Ornamental Fence uses a unique point-weld hinge system on each of the pickets which allows to panel to rack or shift up to 45 degrees and follow slopes.  On the other hand, SimTek Composite faux rock fence uses pre-assembled solid square panels which must be stepped down slopes.  When deciding between step and slope consider why you are getting a fence: if you just need privacy then stepping your fence panels may be easier for installation.  However, if you are trying to keep animals or small children in your yard, following the slope would be a better option because stepping panels can leave a small opening at the corner of each section.

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 www.fenceutah.com.  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.

Fence Considerations: Dog Owners

Dog Fencing and Escape Artists

There are many extremely agile and athletic and dog breeds that one might attempt to contain like the American Pit Bull Terrier, Australian Shepherd, Border Collie, Boxer, Britney Spaniels, Doberman Pinscher, German Shepherd, German Shorthaired Pointer, Jack Russell Terrier, Siberian Husky, and Vizsla. While some dogs are more prone to bolt others are more capable jumpers and climbers. Then you have dogs that love to dig like Beagles, Jack Russell Terriers, Fox Terriers, Siberian Huskies, and Dachshunds. Followed by certain hounds, that when on a sent will stop at nothing to get to the end of the trail.

Fence climbing Dogs

If you have a climber chain link fencing is an exciting yet dangerous challenge for your super dog. The open diamonds serve as toe holds and the top rail a ladder rung. Unfortunately the protruding wires above are what cause the most injury.

Another consideration with climbing dogs is the rail placement. With 2x wood rails placed on the dog side the result is a nice climbing ladder for the dog, this is especially true with a 3 rail fence. The simple solution is obvious to place the smooth side of the fence toward the yard with dogs, simple as long as the neighbors don’t own a climbing dog breed. We also suggest you consider a Canyon Winds Cedar fence or Trex Seclusions ® composite fence both do not have a mid-rail and they use an overlapping board design for strength.

Under the Fence Dogs:

With chain link fencing your dog may find a spot to push under, yet this can be a problem with any fence depending on the placement of the fence in relation to the existing grade and landscape. While fencing can be reinforced, and or boards placed to fill in gaps, we suggest bringing the grade to the bottom of the fence. With dogs that like to dig consider buried chicken wire, rocks, or concrete edging.

Fences and Dog Training

While it is important to address the security and safety of your dog and neighborhood in your fencing choice don’t discount the importance of proper obedience training which should reduce the likelihood of an AWOL pet. However, a dog left in a yard all day with nothing to do is the most likely escape artist regardless of the breed.

Ultimately, when you consider the propensities of your dog by breed and personality, you can make a better choice in fencing material, style, and construction.

Know Your Options: Canyon Winds Privacy Cedar Fence

CFC Fences and Decks offers many options fence options ranging from wood to composite, iron and faux rock. In this seven part series, we will explore the attributes, warranty, cost effectiveness, look, dimensions, and maintenance of each of the types of fence CFC Fences and Decks offers for installation.

Look:

Canyon Winds:  

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The Canyon Winds fence has overlapping pickets that will still overlap as the cedar shrinks over time. Canyon Winds also comes with a top and bottom rail to provide extra attractiveness and style, a beveled top that provides a unique look, and is also available with or without a midrail. The midrail is recommended to provide extra strength and support that will reduce the natural warping over time.

Mini Winds:

Mini Winds Privacy Fence Utah ContractorThe Mini Winds style is a full privacy economy type fence with framing on one side and a more decorative reverse side. The posts are beveled and revealed on both sides and fascia is attached at the top and bottom of the decorative side.

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

Canyon Winds:

6”x6”x8’ or 6”x6”x9’ or 6”x6”x10’ Cedar Posts

2”x6”x8’ Cedar Rails (Top, Bottom, and Top Cap)

1”x6”x8’ Cedar Rails (Top and Bottom Fascia)

1”x6”x6’ Cedar Slats

Mini Winds:

4”x4”x8’ Cedar Posts

2”x4”x8’ Cedar Rails (Top, Mid, Bottom, and Top Cap)

1”x4”x8’ Cedar Rails (Top and Bottom 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.

(For more information, please see: https://www.fenceutah.com/maintenance/)

Know Your Options – Dog Ear Cedar Fence

CFC Fences and Decks offers many options fence options ranging from wood to composite, iron and faux rock. In this seven part series, we will explore the attributes, warranty, cost effectiveness, look, dimensions, and maintenance of each of the types of fence CFC Fences and Decks offers for installation.

Look:  For both the Dog Ear and Flat Top styles of cedar fence, the edges are butted up next to each other. They are also usually built with a mid rail to prevent bowing.  Dog Ear and Flat Top fences are constructed utilizing cedar wood, which has a reddish-brown color naturally but can be stained, painted, or treated in any way. There are three ways the Dog Ear and Flat Top fences can be built to change the look of the fence.

With the standard method, slats are boarded up next to each other. When the shadowbox method is used, a horizontal midrail is used and the slats are alternated on each side of the rail. The final method is alternating panels so the front and back side of the panels are alternated every section. Finally, the only difference between Dog Ear and Flat Top is that the top corners of the Dog Ear style are cut to create a “dog ear” shape.

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Dimensions: Dog Ear and Flat Top Fences are typically built in 8’ wide sections using the following materials:

4”x 4”x 8’ Cedar Posts

2”x 4” x 8’ Cedar Rails (Top, Bottom, and Mid)

1” x 6” x 6’ Cedar Slats

Average Cost:  Low

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.

(Please reference: https://www.fenceutah.com/maintenance/)

Don’t Forget Blue Stakes

An essential part of any fence building project is requesting for all utilities to be marked. If CFC Fences & Decks is your fence contractor, we will be sure to request for the Blue Stakes ticket. For a do-it-yourself project, you will need call Blue Stakes at 811 to make the request, or go to their website at bluestakes.org.

When making a request, Blue Stakes will ask for the Utah address of the project and the area of the property that will be affected with digging. There is a special note box available for any specific instruction (i.e. where to mark or where not mark). CFC Fences & Decks always requests that permanent structures are not marked.

After a request is made, Blue Stakes will divide all utilities out to the appropriate company for the lines to be marked on your property. There are generally five or six companies going to the property to mark utilities. All Blue Stakes requests must be requested two requested two days prior to any digging and they are legal and valid for 14 days after the request has been made. So make sure to finish your fence in 2 weeks.

If there are any marks made within two feet of a fence line, the digging needs to be done very carefully and by hand. We’ve seen problems in nearly every city in Utah because some sort of utility line was hit.

Blue Stakes is an important resource to use when installing a fence, not only because it reduces the liability a home owner will have if any lines are hit, but also for safety. Many lines can be very dangerous if hit.

So, don’t forget to call Blue Stakes!

Seriously. Don’t forget.

Fence Installation Process

Not only does CFC Fences & Decks have materials available for do-it-yourselfers, but there is also an entire install team dedicated to fence and deck installations. Because fences and decks are such large home improvement projects, the goal of our installers is to make the process as easy as possible for the homeowners. Our installation crews have installed fences and decks all over Utah so we know what specific challenges face Utah residents. Make sure we discuss these challenges with you before we start building your fence or deck.

After a contract with a customer is signed, the install team sets up a tentative date to begin the project. As a general rule, fence projects require a few days between setting the posts and building the panels of the fence. This allows enough time for the concrete around the posts to set properly. This is how the install team schedules each project.

Once the project is scheduled, the estimator who bid the project meets with the install team to transfer all the details. The team will then order any special items, and put all the materials together for each specific job.

Then comes the day of the project. Each customer should be available the first morning of the project for an initial walk through. The crew reviews the layout of the fence and the customer will sign off stating the crew is ready to begin.

Occasionally questions or concerns come up, in which case, the Install Coordinator over the fence building project can help answer or arrange for special instructions to the crews.

If you have any questions about our installation process or how you can schedule a big please contact us here.