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Wood FencesA wood fence is an excellent choice for both security and privacy. A traditional wooden privacy fence is typically built using 4" x 4" x 8' treated pine wood posts set 30" deep in concrete footings on 7' centers. This really gives D&C an edge as most of our competitors set their posts on 8' centers 24" deep in concrete. D&C installs as standard 2-2" x 4" treated horizontal rails to nail pickets to. After rails are installed D&C will install typical 1" x 6" x 6' wood dog eared pickets to new posts and rails for a finished wood privacy fence. With typical wooden fences there are a huge array of options and styles. Below we will do our best to cover a few of these.
Wood Fence Options
This is definitely one of the most common options added to our wood fences. A skirt board is a board that is installed at the bottom of a new wood fence that adds height as well as keeps your bigger investment, the pickets, off the ground which helps to prevent future rot at the bottom of your pickets. All different sizes of skirt boards may be used but typically they are always treated pine. The most standard is a 1" x 6" x 14' long board for an extra 6" of height. Another fairly common skirt board option is when customers desire a 7' height D&C can add a 1" x 12" x 14' treated skirt board or 2-1" x 6" x 14' skirt boards on top of one another. With this taller option as standard policy D&C automatically upgrades their posts to using 4" x 4" x 10' long treated posts in order to accommodate new height and will change post depth from 30" to 36" deep in concrete footings. This is done in order to have more strength due to the added height and wind load. On wooden fencing, some other skirt boards we have used in the past are 2" x 6" and 2" x 12" along with 2" x 8" and 2" x 10" of course all treated lumber. Please let us know if you would like this option and we would be glad to add it to your fence estimate.
3rd two by four rail
This option has actually been prevalent on most all fences D&C installs. We love to add a middle 2" x 4" treated rail to all of our wood fences. The great thing about adding this middle rail is that it adds very little to the wood fence cost but it does add great strength supporting your pickets in the middle, and it greatly helps to keep the pickets from bowing and warping as much. This is a great option and we highly recommend adding a 3rd middle rail to all wooden fences.
Cedar verses Treated Pine Pickets and picket size
This is the funny age old question, which pickets should I use on my new wood fence, which is better. If I could count the times folks have asked this question. The bottom line on the answer is actually just preference. You will find different opinions everywhere you ask about the best wood fence. We believe both woods have about the same life expectancy. They both totally look different with cedar carrying more of the orange to reddish look and treated pine being a more greenish board. They both fade overtime to a grayish color. So what are the other differences? The main difference in our opinion is the warping issue. Treated pine pickets have a tendency to warp dramatically more than cedar. A cedar board will stay straighter longer. They both have dog ears and come in 6' tall pickets. Note that D&C carry's two different sizes of wood pickets, the 1" x 6" and the 1" x 4", which both look great.
Posts and post center options
Of all the local wood fence contractors, D&C has installed wood fences under many different applications where the spacing on the posts needed to change. For instance if a wooden fence is installed on Padre Island it is expected to meet island codes. For an island code wood fence the center of the posts has to be 6' spacing and a 36" depth along with all rails being attached to posts with hurricane galvanized straps. Some customers just prefer their posts be closer together to add strength to fence. We have no problem doing this and actually welcome it. We have gone with 5' centers on posts all the way to 8' centers if requested. As far as type of posts used for wood fences we gave you the standard, 4" x 4" x 8' treated posts, you could also upgrade using 4" x 6" x 8' treated posts if desired. We have also installed a lot of wood fences using 2 3/8" galvanized heavy duty pipe posts in the past. This is also a great option that holds up well to the elements.
Customizing Your Wooden Fence
Add a personal touch to your fence. We can handle a variety of custom fence styles. Let us know what you have in mind and we will do our best to make it a reality. Some typical customer designs are as follows:
Cap and trim style fence
This is a great design for a new wood fence. It adds a lot of strength as well as a incredible custom look. With the cap and trim wood fence D&C uses 10' long 4" x 4" treated posts set in concrete footings, typically uses 3-2" x 4" treated pine horizontal rails, and for the custom look adds a 2" x 6" treated pine top cap flat on top of new fence and trims out the dog ears of the pickets under this cap with a 1x2 trim board to cover dog ears and give a really nice custom look.
Shadow Box style fence
This is fairly common and is what we have heard referred to as a neighbor friendly fence. This is a wooden fence built with pickets being installed opposite sides of one another and spaced apart. It does two things, one is it allows wind to pass thru easier which helps fence to hold up better and second gives a little more openness to a yard if that is the desire. Typically these pickets will have a 1/4" over lap by D&C design but can be built however requested.
Lattice topped fence or lattice style fence
As a wood fence company, we have built a lot of custom lattice fences over the years. A very standard style custom wood fence we get a lot of requests on is to add a foot of lattice to the top of the new 6' wood fence built. D&C builds this different than any of our competitors. We build this with heavy duty lattice and a beautiful custom picture framed look at the top. It costs more to do it this way but the results speak for themselves. We have also built man custom all lattice fences and wooden fence panels.
Board and bat wood fence style
This is for the customers that want absolute privacy with a very nice custom look. A typical board and bat wood fence is built just like standard wooden fencing. One normal trait of all wood pickets, treated or cedar, is that the pickets over time will shrink. When this shrinking occurs the privacy is not as prevalent because gaps are created. This style of fence eliminates those gaps by adding a 1x2 strip run vertical with the pickets on every joint, basically giving it a custom look kind of like siding on a house, and absolute total privacy.
Wood Fence Gates
Walk gates for wood fencing are typically 2.5' to 5' wide. We don't recommend going over 5' wide due to sagging and warping issues as well as weight of gate. D&C uses standard on all gates built a hot dipped galvanized gate hardware that is powder coated painted black. Also standard with all D&C walk gates that sets us apart from all our competitors is that we use 4" x 6" x 8' treated gate posts, even though the rest of the fence has 4" x 4" posts. We do this to add longevity and strength to the gate. Another huge difference on D&C gates is we will use cedar 2" x 4" framework on the new gate. This is to prevent the gate frame from warping, which is very common for treated lumber.
Double Drive Gates
Double Drive wood gates are very typical in the wood fence realm and a standard opening for a double drive wood gate is anywhere from 8' opening to 10' opening. D&C builds these gates to the same specs as the walk gates except we do offer if requested 6"x6" treated heavy duty wood posts for these gates and highly recommend them. All double drive gates also come with heavy duty drop rods to keep gates secured when closed in center. Basically double drive gates are two separate gates for one opening.
Walk gates or double drive gates over recommended openings
This is a huge area that sets D&C apart from all other companies. We absolutely build the best custom designed metal frame wood gates. When a gate is too large to build all out of wood, we recommend using a heavy duty galvanized frame gate and attaching wood pickets to this frame. For example if a double drive gate opening is 13' wide, we will weld two 6'6" wide galvanized metal frames for this opening, set two 6" x 6" heavy treated wood posts, and attach pickets on new metal frames and hang gates. This allows for longevity, eliminates the warping issue, and makes gates far more workable and adjustable.
Wood roller gates and motorized gates
D&C can custom build and install any type of wood with metal frame roller gate and add swing or roller gate operators to any of these types of gates.