Clearing Fence Lines

Clearing the fence lines—

Before our crews can come out to begin stringing the string lines as to where the fence will be built, those lines need to be cleared of all encumbrances to provide access for the crews to begin their work.

Such things begin with removal and disposal of an existing fence and concrete footers, if there is one.

Unless other arrangements are made and contracted, it is the responsibility of the owner/customer to ensure the fence lines are cleared at least 18”-24” on both sides of the area where the fence is going to be built.

Many times there are wood piles or storage sheds, trees or old tree stumps, tree branches and shrubs, rocks or other decorative landscaping features that may be in the way of where the fence line has been determined.

This can often be determined simply by walking the line and “eye-balling” the areas to see what if anything noticeable can be moved or taken out of the way so the fence crews can do their work. Just look for anything that will obstruct the bottom rails of the fence from running straight along grade and realize that a crew man will need to actually place himself on both sides of any kind of fence to properly build and secure it its panels and upper rails and top caps.  He will need enough room for himself, tool belt and tools, his nail guns, saws, air hoses, compressor, extension chords etc.  While our crew men are all experienced, English speaking professionals who have extensive experience with all of our Iron, Cedar, TREX® composite fencing, they are not necessarily ballerinas nor contortionists.

It is always a better policy to discuss and work with adjacent neighbors. Some discussion points to be had with neighbors includes discussing our crews having access to the proposed fence line from their side of the property-especially if there is a tool shed or some other immoveable object that won’t allow working from one side or the other to build the fence.  Work out arrangements for pets and kids to be secured during the time that any existing fence will be down before the new fence is completely installed.

At CFC Fences and Decks we are always very careful with permanently installed landscaping features including special ornamental flora and fauna. We always take great care with all of your landscaping and property as possible, but in moving fencing materials in and out of a property will create some slightly worn areas in a lawn or flower bed. It is simply part of the construction process of any outdoor project, be it fencing or decks.

Hopefully this is helpful in making your fencing project go much more smoothly for you and all of your neighbors.

Please call CFC Fences and Decks for a FREE ESTIMATE or materials for your DIY project.

Getting to Know your Options: Split Rail & Lodge Pole

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:

Split Rail: The Split Rail style is an open space fence. This fence is popular on ranch property or if a more rustic look is desired. Cedar also resists insect infestation. Western red cedar wood has a distinct color which left uncoated will weather to a silver gray color. Cedar split rail fence is very rustic in appearance. Each rail and post come in a slightly different size and shape.

Utah Split Rail Fence

   Lodge Pole: The most rustic and durable rail fencing in the industry. The sturdy posts are chamfered and drilled to hold the 3”- 4” rails, creating a perfect fit and finish. Our Lodge Pole in two, three or four rails looks great in the front yard, around the ranch house or surrounding your property.

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Dimensions:

Split Rail: Built in 10’ long sections using 5-7”x5-7”x5 ¼’ or 6 ½’ posts and 3-5”x10’ rails.

   Lodge Pole: Built in 8’ long sections using 3-4” rails.

 

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: Split Rail is resistant to moisture and insects due to natural elements contained in the Cedar and Lodge Pole fences are built using treated lumber.  Due to the aforementioned factors, there is no maintenance required on either style fence.

To see more examples of these styles, visit our galleries. If you would like a free estimate give us a call and we can set you up for one at your earliest convenience.

When the Focus is Function

There are special circumstances in which wood fences, despite their beauty, may not be your best choice for fencing. Maybe someone is looking for a low maintenance fence. Cedar Fencing is anything but low maintenance. Between staining and power washing the cost for maintenance is incredible. Many look for low maintenance fencing like Fortress Ornamental. However, ornamental fencing is not conducive to privacy.  Many times there are trade offs when selecting a functional fence.

Security is another practical function many homeowners demand from fencing, a function for which, as mentioned above, metal fencing is generally considered superior to wood fences.

But wood fences are an excellent choice for privacy fencing, whether it be in terms of noise barriers or, more commonly, visual barriers. Wood fences provide some of the most attractive fencing options available when your chief concern is creating a backyard sanctuary.

The stockade style offers an example of a wood fence design that can afford a solid visual barrier between your yard and your neighbor’s, resulting in almost total privacy. While masonry work such as brick can do the same, it costs significantly more than does a wood fence.

Others prefer a compromise on privacy, choosing wood fences with a certain amount of airiness to them, to avoid fencing out the outer world altogether. Tall picket fencing, for example, can afford partial privacy, as can lattice fencing.

A popular alternative to these privacy-fencing options is a hybrid wood fence design: i.e., a solid barrier for the bottom three-quarters of the fencing, with lattice on top to inject an element of airiness and decoration.

As noted above, one factor in choosing between the different types of wood fences is their potential for compatibility with one’s landscape design. Solid wood fences can provide compelling backdrops for plantings, while the airier wood fence designs (e.g., split-rail and picket-style wood fences) can serve either as foregrounds or backgrounds for planting beds

Other types of fencing which are not mentioned in this article that are gaining great popularity are composite fences such as Trex Seclusion Fencing and SimTek a simulated rock wall.

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.

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