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June 04 2019

Exterior Building Supplies Fencing

Fencing: Function & Form for All Purposes

From creating borders to providing aesthetics and privacy, fencing serves many purposes depending upon the property and materials used during construction.

Published by Burt Lumber 2 minute read

    Fencing is one of the most versatile components of a property’s exterior, and can be used for purposes ranging from creating a border surrounding pools and gardens to providing added privacy or security around a set perimeter.

    Let’s take a look at a few of the more popular fencing options, the materials most commonly used to construct them, and the licensing and permits which may be needed.


    Fence Functionality

    Homeowners will immediately recognize the need for a fence, whether to ensure the safety of children or pets, or merely to create a secluded hideaway to relax beyond the prying eyes of the public.

    Pool fences are a staple of many properties, as safety codes necessitate the creation of a protected area around the water. Options range from vinyl to iron or ornamental aluminum, depending upon the level of durability and aesthetic appeal desired. Garden fences typically surround sections of flowers or edible fruits and vegetables, and are often designed to keep out animals and foot traffic. These can be wooden, vinyl, aluminum, or chain link, and can be customized to enhance the look of the property, particularly in the case of floral gardens.

    Those fences erected with privacy in mind are twofold—to keep property and its inhabitants safe, and to ensure intruders are properly deterred. Often wood or vinyl, and of a stockade or board-on-board variety, one of the prime purposes is to reduce noise. Security fences, as well, while commonly found on commercial properties, serve a similar function in prohibiting or minimizing the flow of traffic. These can be chain link, welded wire mesh, industrial-grade aluminum, wrought iron, or steel.


    Sectioning With Style

    While the type of fencing depends upon its purpose and the individual preferences of those selecting it, there are a few standard styles upon which most customization is built.

    Consulting with a professional—even if your intention is to complete the project yourself—is advised, as the type of property and local zoning laws may impact your choice.

    Paddock and estate fences are often used in rural areas, and offer a midpoint between the privacy of a board-on-board fence and the open views of a split-style rail fence. These require less wood than other types due to their open construction, and can be erected with vinyl as well.

    Board-on-board—also known as shadowbox fencing—mimics the same aesthetic on either side of the fence and is typically made from western red cedar, pressure-treated southern yellow pine, oak, or black locust. Split-rail, a particularly cost-effective option, is heralded for its versatility in being erected on almost any surface, including hard, rocky ground.

    Perhaps the most popular model is the picket fence—stable, economical, and easily customizable. Vinyl is the most durable material, and can last a lifetime with little to no maintenance, save for the occasional rinse-down with a garden hose. Stockade, as well, provides a simple, traditional choice for those seeking an affordable alternative that can withstand the pressures of the elements while also offering privacy and security.  


    Rules & Regulations

    Depending upon the state or local zoning regulations, certain fencing materials and heights may be prohibited. Fencing contractors can assist in the process if needed, especially in cases where a CAD (computer-assisted design) drawing is required. For simpler construction, permits may be able to be obtained online.

    If you’re in the market for a fence for your property, contact Burt Lumber to request a consultation. No matter your custom project, we can order the inventory to suit your individual needs.

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