When considering the installation of wood fence panels, security and privacy concerns are first and foremost in most peoples’ minds. Some consideration should also be given to the aesthetics of the fence -panel design and coloring for instance. Wood fence panels are typically found in 8 section configurations, though other designs are available.
To execute installation of wood fence panels, the following process can be followed. Determine where to place each post by calculating the length needed for each panel and marking up the ground where each post is to be placed. Secure a marker in each position of a fence post. A string can be drawn taught from end-to-end to ensure a straight line. Stakes can be used to mark the post locations.
For digging fence posts, a fence post auger can be used. Specialized shovels are also available but the time for digging by hand will be significantly increased. Once post holes are dug, the posts should be placed and carefully leveled from trap to trap. Next place dry cement into the whole and pack the cement tightly. Use a garden hose to cover the fence with water -following directions on the bag- and leave the post overnight to set.
If the ground the fence is being installed on is uneven, then height offsets can be used to maintain fence bottoms at 90 degree angles to the horizontal plane. If instead, you decide to hang the panels in a stepped fashion, then the panel bottoms should be cut when complete to maintain a standard clearance from the ground. It’s important that the panels not contact the ground directly to avoid the onset of rot.
When buying Wood Fence Panels, try to choose a design that is appealing to you. You will after all, be looking at the fence for many many years with any luck. For fastening fencing panels to posts and supporting members, a hammer and wood nails can be used. However, life of the fence will be improved if wood screws and a driver are used since the wood screws will hold the wood for a longer period of time without becoming loose. For painting a fence panel, standard paints and wood stains can be used. Standard paints are easier to apply to the fencing but will begin to peel and crack after a number of years of exposure. Stain on the other hand, can be more difficult to apply. More product may also be required, especially if the wood has been treated.
Once your fence panel is installed, it is generally maintenance free. Inspect the fence after a couple of months and look for any loose boards or fence posts. Loose boards should be tightened down with additional nails / screws. For Loose posts, Additional cement can be applied. Wood fence panels are a great way to add privacy and security to your home. The panels deter intruders since the fence must be cleared to gain entrance to the yard. Most wood fence panel configurations are difficult to see through & so privacy is significantly enhanced. Consider growing shrubbery at the base of a fence in order to further enhance privacy. Rose bushes are another good way to deter intruders since the stalks contain many thorns which can be painful to have to walk through.
There are a number of alternative products on the market at this point -vinyl fencing for instance -that compete with wood fence panel fencing. Wood continues to be used because of its cost advantage and because fencing construction using wood fence panels is a relatively straight forward and painless process. Wood gets a bad rap for environmental concerns. However, most wood used in fencing today comes from professionally managed forests and wood lots. Wood is an environmentally concious option. When done right, installation of a wood fence panel fence will add value to your home or property. Investment in fencing is therefore a good tool for enhancing home equity over the longer term. Be sure to select a fencing design that is consistent with the look and feel of your home and agrees with the color schemes in use in the neighborhood. This will ensure a happy conclusion to your fencing project.