Benefits of Installing Privacy Fences 

Privacy fences offer your home added security, privacy, and reduced noise. This type of fence is a great choice for individuals who live in densely populated areas as well as close to busy roads. They will not only ensure that your property is safe but also prevent your pets from wandering from your homestead.  

Wood privacy fences will also block away unsightly elements such as dumpsters and garbage cans. Even in a cramped space, these fences will make a huge difference to your home’s appearance. They are not only a great addition to your home but also to any business organization. Besides ensuring your safety and privacy, these fences are durable and easy to install.  

There are so many types of privacy fences available, and the variety of stylish designs to give your home a unique look is only limited by your vision. Leaving them untreated (particularly the wooden models) adds a natural and rustic look that blends naturally with the environment. Additionally, they are available in various heights, designs and can be painted for a customized look.  

 

What are the best privacy fence designs? 

 

Whether you are stretching out on your lawn reading a book, taking a swim in the swimming pool, or relaxing on a hammock, you need some privacy. The best privacy fences are designed to give you a sense of privacy by protecting you from the prying eyes of your neighbors. Nothing is more pleasing than knowing that you are living your daily life without anyone watching you.  

 

Wood Privacy Fencing 

types of privacy fences

A wood privacy fence is probably the most common type of privacy fencing available. Let us look at the various styles available.  

  • Solid or Stockade Fence 

This type of fence is made using boards that are tightly placed against each other, offering you a solid panel. This keeps your home completely cut off from the eyes of nosey passersby.  

  • Board on board

This is another type of wood fence that is designed with overlapping vertical slats over each board fixed to the fence rails on the opposite side. This design leaves a small space in the fence that lets you get a slight view when standing at an angle.  

  • Board and Batten

This fence has a similar construction to the solid board fence but it comes with narrow bars or battens on the joints. This gives it a more stylish look.  

  • DIY privacy fences 

The main advantage of the DIY privacy fence in which you can make a custom design that offers you additional privacy or height. You can also choose a decorative latticework if you want a better visual appeal.  

 

 

Vinyl Privacy Fence 

For those looking for extra privacy, less maintenance, and superior durability you should consider getting a vinyl privacy fence. These fences come with various options allowing you to get exactly what you need. They come with a board on a panel or solid board style, allowing you to choose the model that offers you the privacy you need. Another great feature about this fence is that it is possible to add a decorative latticework to customize it. As if that wasn’t enough; there are also models that come with an insect repellent treatment. This makes it a great choice for individuals who love to spend time outdoors but are having trouble with insects on their patio.  

 

 

Metal Fences

types of privacy fences

There are many options available for metal privacy fences. Most of metal privacy fences are constructed from aluminum or steel panels. Maintenance for metal fences is a breeze because the metals are treated to prevent corrosion and rust. Some additional benefits are the material’s durability and longevity, making it a perfect solution for climates that experience severe weather. A few drawbacks are the initial price of the fence, but you will end up spending less on maintenance and care in the long run, and that repairs can require more skill than with a typical wooden fence. An alternative choice is to use a combination of both metal and wood.

 

 

Getting Started on Your DIY Private Fence Project 

While there are many options when it comes to privacy fences, you are not limited to the obvious. You can also bring your creativity into play and customize your fence. By adding some personal touches, you can enclose your property and create whatever version of paradise you can imagine. This will bring you more privacy, stability, security, and appeal. Luckily, you don’t have to do any hard work. There are many dedicated companies that will help you customize your fence to meet your needs.  

 

 Conclusion  

While the basic role of a privacy fence is to offer you with absolute functionality, you shouldn’t compromise the look of your home. As a rule of the thumb, a solid and attractive privacy fence will not only give your home a beautiful look but will also help in adding value to your home. For this reason, if you are thinking of installing a privacy fence, you should take your time and consider the material, style, and design that blend well with your surroundings. Again, with so many options, you can be sure to get a model that will meet your needs while still remaining at your set budget range.

What You Need to Know About Wood Fence Repair  

What You Need to Know About Wood Fence Repair

 

The durability of a wood fence depends on how you as the owner maintains it. Even so, wood fence repair is unavoidable especially when climate, termites, or mold have their way with it.

Causes of Wood Fence Damage and the Repairs Needed 

  • Shifting Ground (Under the fence)

Rain can result in the shifting of soil subsequently causing your fence posts to sag and move. This will ultimately damage the posts and necessitate repairs. To avoid total damage under such conditions, you should install your fence posts deep into the soil (at least three-feet under) to minimize total damage of the posts in case of a soil shift.

  • Rail and Post Damage

Wood fence posts comprise of rails and posts and damage to either usually mandate for repair.  Damage can be due to high winds, beetles, and termites among others. The wood fence repair process and costs vary with the wood type and fence design.

  • Rot

Naturally, wood is prone to rotting especially when exposed to external weather elements. Damaged posts can be fixed either by supporting the rotten rails/posts or patching them or even a replacement where the rot damage is severe. Alternatively, you can invest in ‘waterproof’ wood species such as redwood and cedar as well as purchasing types of wood fences that although not waterproof, are treatable with paint or a stain.

  • Cracks and Holes 

Inevitably, wood develops cracks and holes over time due to external factors such as climatic conditions and pests. And depending on the damage extent, minor repairs such as refinishing or patching can do the job. However, severe damage will usually require replacement.

  • Weather Damage

You need to add paint or stains on the wood for protection against weather damage and to boost its durability. Nonetheless, the quality and type of stain or paint will dictate its resilience and durability.

Before painting or staining, power-wash the wood surface to get rid of the dust buildup to ensure it adheres properly.

  • Sagging Posts & Gate

Sagging is a consequence of various factors. However, the decision to consider wood fence repair or wood fence replacement depends on the overall damage extent. Posts can sag due to rotting at the base (underground). In such instances, the best way to fix is to repair. You can dig around it, reposition it to an upright position, and then pour concrete around its base for a firm hold in the right place.  Alternatively, you can also prop it by incorporating a diagonal brace and adding cement for a firm hold.

Gates can also sag either because the surrounding posts are also sagging or some of its parts are loose or faulty.  Moreover, if the gate is too heavy, it can force the frame off its alignment. You can fix this by removing the maligned gate off the hinges and attaching a new diagonal bracing (wood) to realign it. Alternatively, you can insert a tension rod with a turnbuckle adjustment.

  • Replacement Panels

Rot, storms, and wind may result in missing panels, and as a result, replacement may be necessary.  The replacement costs may vary depending on the stain and wood types used during the first installation. Additionally, the figures may also change on the inclusion of labor and the number of panels.

  • Gate Repairs

Over time, factors such as broken hinges and latches that won’t catch can hinder the effectiveness of a wood fence gate, hence the need for gate repair.

Hinges can especially do so especially when they are not in good condition or working correctly. For instance, faulty hinges can lead to the gate dragging against the hinges. This is because with time; the weight of the gate misaligns the posts eventually. In such case, a small wheel is fixed underneath the gate’s moving part to support the gate and also enable smooth hinge movement.

Factors That Determine the Repair Costs  

  • Fence Height

The height of a wood fence varies depending on the owners’ preference and the local area codes. As such, depending on the fence height, the costs of repair may vary.

  • Extent of Damage

The extent to which the wood is damaged (as well as what type of wood it is) will dictate the costs of repair. Cedar, pressure-treated wood, and redwood (although costly) are quite durable and may require less amount of paint or stain as opposed to other kinds of wood.  Investing in such as opposed to cheaper options (which experience a greater extent of damage eventually) may mean less expensive repair costs in the end.

  • Supporting Structure

Fence posts primarily support the entire wood fence, and as such, any damage to them must be repaired. If the post shifts from its usual position due to various external factors like the weather, for instance, you may have to reset them deeper into the ground or in a concrete foundation. Damaged posts can also be refinished, replaced, or patched.

  • Concrete Foundation

Where the damage occurs on a post secured by a concrete foundation, repairs may usually require digging out the old foundation and fence post and pouring another concrete foundation to set another post. Alternatively, you can also dig around the damaged post and saw it down. Afterward, you can set your new post just above the old post and pour concrete over the old foundation.

The costs of repair will factor in the damage extent, wood type, post numbers, and labor.