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6 Tips for Building a Split Rail Fence

November 25, 2017 ~ Posted By Jim Jenkins

Traditional wood split rail fence is both economical and fairly easy to install.

Traditional wood split rail fence is both economical and fairly easy to install.

Homeowners like split rail fences as they are among the simplest and most economical type of fence to build.  Drive around the rolling hills of the western Maryland area and you’re sure to see quite a few of them surrounding some lovely farms or gorgeous homes in suburban areas.  To many of us at Frederick Fence, there’s nothing more gorgeous than a split rail fence—they’re one of the most decorative and you can now build them using vinyl, which means the sections will never warp or fade!  A majority of the time you’ll see split rail fence covered with welded wire, which helps keep your children and pets in the yard and pesky critters like deer and rabbits off property.

Adding a split rail fence to your yard augments its appearance with a natural, rustic beauty. Split rail’s design is simple and it’s one of the easiest fences for a first time DIYer.  If you’re considering building a split rail fence soon, here are seven tips to help you build fence that will make your process easier:

 

  1. Consider installing a split rail style gate.  It’s a lot easier than installing a picket gate fence.  However, if you want to install a picket gate and are not sure how, call us for help!
  2. Make sure to set your posts on 10’6” centers.  Rails for a split rail fence are 11’ tip to tip.  The ends of rails are tapered or “paddled” so they can overlap when they are put in the post. If you set you posts 10’6” from the center of post to center of post, this will give you the perfect space to accommodate the rails.
  3. Rails should overlap 3” on either side. If you have less overlap, the rail are more likely to fall out over time, if your posts are too close, you can’t overlap too much and the rails won’t fit.
  4. Secure your rails with a nail on the ends and corners, and short sections.  These portions of fence are the most likely to move.  The ends are corners are called terminals and bear a lot of the load.  The short sections are custom built and need to be secured to avoid any rails falling out.
  5. Dry pack all post holes with about 25 lbs of concrete.  This will keep them in place even among the harshest of weather conditions.  If your posts are not properly set, your fence may become less sturdy over time and you may find yourself re-installing some sections if we have to endure a lot of harsh weather during winter and spring.
  6. Your gate opening should be 2” wider than the width of the actual gate panel in order to accommodate for the hardware
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Vinyl split rail fence is the perfect fence for DIYers wanting to install one fence to last a lifetime that requires little to no maintenance!

Got more questions on building a split rail fence? You can chat with us online or just stop by our showroom on Tilco Drive—we’re open weekdays until 5 PM during winter and we’ll be open on Saturdays from early spring through late fall—we’re happy to offer you everything you need to build a split rail fence!

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Wood Fence Installation: Assembled Versus Stick Built Fence

November 15, 2017 ~ Posted By Jim Jenkins

Are you a DIY devotee and wonder what type of wood fence to install?  There are two ways to install a wood fence—you can either install assembled panels or build your panels on site.  It all depends on what your needs are and the grade of your property.  Here’s some basic information to help you decide:

Stockade fence is the most popular type of assembled fence for DIYers.

Stockade fence is the most popular type of assembled fence for DIYers.

Assembled Fence

The only type of fence we install in panels is stockade fence, which is a six foot privacy fence.  If you’re looking to build a fence where you, your children and pets can enjoy the outdoors without being observed by everyone around you, this is a great fence that’s highly cost effective compared to vinyl.  Paddock fence installs also tend to go quickly and easy as most of your time is spent measuring the posts to hold up the sections.

One of the biggest downsides of using assembled fence is that you cannot accommodate a grade (a slant or hill on the fence perimeter) and you would need to step your wooden fencing panels. If you have a yard with any type of hills or slope, it’s best to stick build your fence.

Stick Built Fence

When a fence is stick built, the posts are set, runners are strung, and then the fence is boarded.  This way the fence can flow with the grade.  It is often sturdier as well because it typically is installed with joist clips for the 2x4s and uses the highest quality pressure treated or cedar boards.  Stick built fence requires significantly more time than assembled fence and a bit more skill as you constantly have to pay attention to the grade each step of the way.  You also need to measure twice as joist hangers requires an EXACT space between posts. If you measure incorrectly, your fence will turn out uneven and will not be as sturdy.

When working with stick built fence, remember your fence needs to flow with the grade of your ground in order to remain both even and sturdy.

When working with stick built fence, remember your fence needs to flow with the grade of your ground in order to remain both even and sturdy.

Just remember that wood fence is typically installed in 8’ wide sections; most pre-made wooden fencing panels are cut to this width.  When you install a fence and a portion of the fence that is less than 8’, you would need to cut the panel down to fit (which can sometimes be a pain).  If you’re building a fence and one of your sections requires you to install a 28’ stretch of fence, do not install three 8’ wide sections and then a small 3’ section, people will see the panels and think that the one small panel looks like a mistake on your part.  We recommend splitting the difference among several sections to make them all appear to be similar widths.  Trust us, it will look more appealing than the odd shorter section on one end of the fence.  When you install pre-made fence panels, you’ll just need to cut several sections to achieve that consistent look.

If you’ve never built a fence before and need help, feel free to use our online chat feature and we’ll be happy to answer your wood fence design and installation questions. For expert wooden fence installation advice, stop by our showroom on Tilco Drive and our fence experts will give you all the tips you need for a successful fence installation. In fact, if you want the best price on quality fence materials, just bring your truck by our shop and you’ll drive home with everything you need to build a fence!

 

 

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Getting Wild and Whimsical (Colors)With Vinyl Fence

July 30, 2017 ~ Posted By Jim Jenkins

Introducing the Grand Illusions Color Spectrum Estate Series!

Introducing the Grand Illusions Color Spectrum Estate Series!

Are you the type of homeowner that wants to stand out in your neighborhood? Do you wish you could design a fence that bursts with color? Have you ever asked yourself “Gee, I wish my fence was the same color as my front door and shutters?”

If you answered YES to any of the above questions, then consider designing a fence from the Grand Illusions Color Spectrum™ Estate Series! For more than 40 years, Illusions ® Vinyl Fence has been manufacturing and distributing high end fence products; their most recent innovation that’s transforming properties across the United States is its Estate Series line, where you can purchase vinyl fence in all styles and make use of 24 low gloss colors. If you want to use your creativity and design a fence like no other in your area, colored vinyl fence styles from this series is surely the way to go!

Bold, Brave and Colorful Options in All Styles

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The Illusions line…where it begins with your creativity and ends with a one of a kind colorful fence!

 

Grand Illusions Color Spectrum™ Estate Series offers you a wide spectrum of colors, ranging from multiple shades of green and blue, to orange, yellow, red and even purple! If your desire is to truly make a statement in your neighborhood and want a fence that will last a lifetime, this is your opportunity. The great thing about the Estate Series is that you can mix and match as many colors as you like with practically any style, whether it’s picket, split rail or privacy fence! That means if you’ve always wanted to build a vinyl privacy fence using the colors of the American flag or your favorite football team—as in burgundy and gold—you can get EXACTLY what you want! Thinking of painting your house light blue with yellow trim and want a fence to match? Now’s your chance!

One of the reasons why people love the Estate Series fencing paint is that if one of their existing colors is not what the homeowner wants, the company will work with fence vendors to develop a custom color. All Illusions needs is a swatch and they will work with you to design the fence of your dreams. Just be mindful that any custom color work will typically take a bit longer to develop and may incur additional costs to create your individual color scheme.

However, if you’re looking for something no one else will ever have, then this vinyl fence style offers you the perfect fence solution! And the good news is how long it will last!

With the Illusions series, you can design a fence with multiple colors!  Just remember, custom design will take longer and cost a bit more!

With the Illusions series, you can design a fence with multiple colors! Just remember, custom design will take longer and cost a bit more!

Colored Vinyl Fence: The One Fence You’ll Need That Lasts as Long as Your Home

True, you could put up a standard wood fence and choose to stain or paint it any color you like. However, you’ll need to constantly apply a fresh coat of color every few years to maintain your fence’s unique look. Wood fences can also occasionally warp and bow or suffer damage from the elements—especially difficult winters and extremely hot summers. When this happens, your fence can fade or the colors can sometimes end up looking distorted in certain sections depending upon the type of beating the fence takes from the sun or harsh rains or inclement weather.

The good news about vinyl fence is that it’s made to withstand the elements and it never fades. Vinyl fence is also maintenance free—once you install it, typically the only thing you’ll need to do is spray it with your garden hose to clean off any debris! That means your fence may last longer than the colors on your house, depending upon your building materials!

Want Color But Something More Traditional When It Comes to Vinyl?

Should you want a vinyl fence and want something that looks more natural, but with a bit of color, you can also choose to build your fence using Grand Illusions Vinyl Woodbond™ wood grain fence. You can chose a dark vinyl like Mahagony or Cherry or go as light as rosewood or Eastern White Cedar. These are some of the most gorgeous vinyl materials on the market and are completely lifelike!

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With this amazing Estate Series, you can choose the style of fence in practically every color, meaning you can match your door and shutters to turn your design dreams into reality!

Are You Ready to Get Wild With Color?

If you’ve been looking to build the most striking fence in your neighborhood and want something completely different from everyone around you, give us a call and we’ll send out one of our fence consultants to help you design a fence that’s truly unique. Simply click on our chat feature, visit our Contact page or give us a call at 1-800-49-fence and we’ll help you bring a dash of color to your neighborhood with your new vinyl fence!

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The (Vinyl) Fence With Something Extra: Natural Looking Color!

July 15, 2017 ~ Posted By Jim Jenkins

Remember when vinyl fence appeared in the marketplace and you could have any color you wanted so long as it was white? Yes, there used to be a time when manufacturers sold only one color of vinyl fence, which looked great in almost every setting.   In fact, many home owner associations often choose white as the main color for vinyl fence in many communities. White vinyl offers a clean look and if your goal is to establish community-wide curb appeal with a consistent fence style and color scheme, vinyl fence makes sense as it’s easy to maintain and never requires staining and painting.

But what if you live in an area where you have the freedom to choose both the style and color of your fence and you’re a bit creative and want to make a statement that reflects your unique personality or design a fence that complements the colors for your home’s exterior?

Simple, build a vinyl fence with natural-looking color!

Thanks to the amazing folks at CertainTeed, you can now design the perfect vinyl fence with an earthy color and texture that truly satisfies your singular taste in exterior décor while also looking like a natural part of your outdoor environment. Whether it’s a split rail fence built for simplicity and traditional charm or six-foot privacy fence that offers you and your family the opportunity to live outdoors without observation, CertainTeed’s Bufftech line of innovative vinyl products will showcase your home and yard at highly affordable rates.

Textures and Color: Blended to Perfection

One of the major innovations from Certain Teed home owners can choose from include a variety of textures in a fence design. If you want a smooth, classic look, you can always go with a smooth texture for your fence. However, if you prefer the look and feel of natural wood or the graininess of stucco walls, you can design a vinyl fence with either of these textures, and in various colors ranging from shades of brown to almond and clary. These natural colors will complement a yard filled with trees, shrubs and plants.

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Split Rail and Pickets: An Open Fence with Diverse Views

Looking for a strong, open fence for enclosing your horses, livestock or four-legged friends and want to install a fence that lasts a lifetime? CertainTeed’s Bufftech wood vinyl fence products come in wither a smooth or grain texture and offers the authentic look of a painted wood fence, but comes with the durability, low maintenance and limited-lifetime guarantee. The good news is that you can choose from 2 to 4 rails and mix it with a crossbuck pattern if you want a little variety in your fence design.

Want more traditional vinyl fence options? You can also design the perfect natural looking picket vinyl fence in various colors and picket sizes, included single-sized straight pickets to more concave pickets that create a swoop pattern.

Style and Privacy: A Wining Combination

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Want to relax outdoors in maintain some peace and quiet and a chance to enjoy your pool without being in a fishbowl? CertainTeed’s Bufftech privacy fences are truly works of art when it comes to color! In fact, their wood grain privacy sections look so authentic that casual passersby may not realize that they’re looking at a vinyl fence! If you want a more ornate and polished look, their stucco fence offers you that rich textured feel without having to ever worry about it peeling, chipping or cracking from the sun’s hottest rays. For added accents, you can also top your vinyl privacy fence with several lattice styles or design a fence that swoops in certain sections, giving you the ability to transition from low to high fence so you can still observe what’s beyond your yard while maintaining some sense of privacy.

 

Gates and Accessories to Match Your Unique Fence

CertainTeed’s Bufftech vinyl products include gate sections that complement every fence design, based on your unique style and color. You can go with a solid panel fence or design a concave or convex gate with lattice work on top that will truly set your entrance apart from the rest of the fence. For added beauty, you can also add a vinyl arbor or pergola to your fence, along with a variety of decorative post caps, including ones with solar powered lighting.

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Design the Fence of a Lifetime

When you install a wood vinyl fence, you’re getting the fence that will typically last the entire lifetime of your home. Now that you can choose vinyl materials with the look and feel of natural wood, a vinyl fence serves as a more cost-effective solution given that even the best wood fences often require full replacement after many years of enduring the extreme heat, wet and cold the seasons in our area bring.

Curious to see all the vinyl fencing supplies available to you? We encourage you to come by our showroom and see some of the amazing CertainTeed samples in person or schedule one of our expert fence consultants to stop by your home with the latest samples and up to date brochures. Simply click on our chat feature, fill out our Contact form,  or give us a call at 301 663-4000 and we’ll help you design the perfect, most unique colored vinyl fencing to showcase your property!

Want something a little more whimsical and unique?  Check back for our next entry where we talk about some truly wild ideas for vinyl fence!

 

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Own A Farm? Learn About The 3 Best Fencing Options For Containing Livestock

June 10, 2016 ~ Posted By Kathy Crum

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Choosing the right type of fencing will keep your livestock safe and contained.

Our friendly hooved friends come in all shapes and sizes. When choosing types of fences, including the right livestock fencing it’s important to consider the best option that caters to the type of animal you’re trying to contain. These rural fencing options will keep your prized livestock safe and comfortable! Going to the Maryland State Fair this year? You’re going to want your beautiful bovines in peak condition! When animals escape from poor quality livestock fencing, they risk injuring themselves. Don’t get caught showcasing your best thoroughbred with scrapes and bruises! Taking care of your farm life is important with high quality rural fencing options. They depend on you for survival and their well-being is your responsibility. To keep a stampeding mass exodus  from occurring, let’s explore the best rural fencing options for containing your livestock.

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Know your Fencing Options for Dog Fences

December 30, 2015 ~ Posted By Kathy Crum

Modern technology has brought around electric and invisible fencing for dogs for our furry friends, but receive a lot of criticism—and for good reason. Dog fence installation may be simple, but using pain as the main method of containment, electric and invisible fencing for dogs can cause behavioral problems and fear of leaving your property, even when you want to take them on a walk.dog-fences-fencing-options

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