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June 6, 2020

Tips for Building a Wood Fence

Now that you’ve decided to embark on a DIY wood fence journey, some tips may be helpful. Wood fences are great for many reasons. They are durable, perfect for privacy reasons and almost a necessity if you have dogs. Before you build, consider the following tips.

Map Out the Area

Before you build or even buy materials, map out the area on paper. Walk the area and decide on the wood fence placement. It’s important to consider property lines. Create markers to show where your property begins and ends. This will help you decide on the amount of material needed for your fencing project before you start.

Check the Legalities

It’s possible that your HOA has certain restrictions when it comes to fencing. Check with your HOA or local officials regarding the rules surrounding fencing height and materials in your area. Doing this will help avoid any issues down the road.

Consider the Wood Selection

There are a variety of options when it comes to wood material for your fence. It’s important to consider the pros and cons before you make a decision. Pressure-treated woods are going to be more costly but will require less maintenance and last for years. On average, pine and spruce can last up to 20 years and Cedar can last double that. Natural wood is going to offer a natural look at an affordable price. However, natural wood fences require annual maintenance and can become easily damaged by weather, moisture and insects.

Choose a Style That Matches

The style of wood fence you choose should match the overall style of your home. It’s as simple as googling wood fence styles to get an idea of the style you want. When talking style, it’s also important to consider a design that is aesthetically pleasing on both sides. If you chose to go with a design that only includes one finished side, be sure that the finished side is facing out and not in. You want your fence to up the house’s curb appeal!

If your considering building a wood fence, let our team at Fischer Lumber Co. help! We have the expertise and materials to help you with your project from start to finish. Visit us in store or give us a call today! 618.259.7434.