Are you thinking of building a wooden fence? Maybe you simply need a fence. Perhaps your current fence is beyond repair. There are other good reasons, too! Your property may need clearer boundaries. Or a fence may enhance the curb appeal of your property. If you have young children, you might be thinking of the safety factor — keeping the children in and the critters out.
Answer These Questions Before You Build
Whatever your reason to build or rebuild a fence, here are five practical considerations to keep in mind. In addition, you will find out how to find quality, pretreated fencing products in your area.
- How can you protect your fence from weather, termites and fungal decay? The best way to is to choose pretreated wood fence posts and panels from the start. They are ideal whether your fence sits above the ground or touching the ground. Then, apply a stain and water repellent coating to your fence. There are many good sealants that contain attractive stains.
Clean your fence and let it dry completely before coating it. If you leave your treated wood fence unstained or coated with a clear repellent, the sun will fade it naturally to brown and eventually to gray. To keep it colorful, you will want to apply a weather repellent stain coating or paint it.
- Do treated posts need to be installed into concrete footings? Not necessarily. High quality treated posts are made to endure years of in-ground use. Some builders avoid concrete footings since water can gather where the post and concrete meet. This can cause the fence to decay prematurely.
Many builders, however, prefer to bury the corner posts into concrete — especially if it is a tall or heavy fence. This adds to the overall structural stability. Then the rest of the posts are inserted right into the soil.
- What about Zoning and Building Permits? Sure, it is a free country. That doesn’t mean you can build whatever kind of fence you want. For both safety reasons and community consistency, many residential areas require a building permit for fences. They may place restrictions on what kind of fence you can build and include specific requirements. Best advice is to check before you build!
Inquire about any height, material, or style requirements before you buy materials for your fence. People tend to think such requirements are reasonable for signs being put up by businesses in town. Yet, we may forget this when it comes to fences on personal property. For example, you might be surprised to learn that many homeowners associations allow fences in the backyard but disallow them in the front yard.
- Why can digging fence post holes be dangerous? In South Carolina, where Cox Industries is headquartered, residents follow the motto, “Know what’s below! Call before you dig!” Digging without knowing what is below the ground surface can be very dangerous. If you are like most homeowners, you aren’t quite sure where the underground cables and utilities run. So call your local utility company to have someone come out and mark the locations for these lines. Typically, there is no charge for this service. Always call before you dig post holes!
- Where can I find quality pretreated fencing products?
Cox offers a variety of simple to elegant treated wood styles, in pre-built panels for easy installation. Our Durapine treated wood and fencing uses a premium non-arsenic based treatment against termites and fungal decay — whether your fence is above ground, at ground, or in the ground. Durapine is the most successful alternative to CCA treated wood available on the market.
While some fencing products are surface treated, or even untreated, Cox fencing products are pressure treated. The preservatives penetrate all the way to the core of the wood. This leads to years of durability!