Frequently Asked Questions about Fencing
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You might feel overwhelmed if you’re thinking about sprucing up your outdoor space with a new fence. It’s natural to have many questions when making changes to your home – after all, it’s a significant investment!
But don’t worry – Trex Outdoor Living is here to help ease your mind. We get it – your home is essential to you, and you want to ensure you make the right decisions. That’s why we offer free design consultations and stand behind our work with warranties and guarantees.
We’ve also compiled some FAQs to help answer some of our customers’ most common questions. Of course, we’re always here to chat if you still have any questions! So look around and let us know how we can help you create the perfect outdoor space.
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How much does a typical deck cost?
The type and design of your fence installations will have a significant impact on the overall cost. A split rail wood fence is relatively easy and cheap to construct. You can even save more money if you choose two rails instead of three.
The cost of your fence will depend on:
- The overall length and height, as the pricing is done per linear foot
- The type of fencing material
- The slope (steep properties require grading)
- The style and design (simple fences are cheaper to install)
The distance between the posts will also have an impact. Most posts are 8 to 12 feet apart although you can increase the spacing to 15 feet to reduce the cost.
What is the cheapest fencing material?
Chain link fencing is significantly cheaper than other fencing options that provide the same benefits in terms of visibility and strength. The precast concrete poles that support the chain link fencing are maintenance-free, sturdy, and aesthetically pleasing. Whatever the height, these weather-resistant poles are available in various options to suit your specifications.
If you are using timber poles, you need to invest in the right anti-termite treatment solution. Soak the posts in a copper naphthenate solution to prevent termites and apply engine oil to avoid dampness.
The ideal way to improve the longevity of your fence installations is to fix the posts at the proper depth. A typical 200mm-wide post needs to sit in a 600mm deep hole if you are building a 2000mm high fence. Most homeowners prefer chain link fencing for the following reasons:
- Quick installation
- Ease of repair and maintenance
You need to install tension wire to reinforce the bottom of your fence line. The tension wire significantly improves durability by preventing the fence installations from sagging or loosening over time. If you plan to install an electric fence, you need a ground wire to protect the occupants from electrical shocks.
What’s the most durable fencing material?
Masonry wall fencing can last over 100 years without any structural issues. Whether you use stone, brick, or stucco, you’ll only need a simple facelift to restore its original appeal. For the best outcomes, you must fortify your masonry wall with columns.
If you are building in an earthquake-prone region, you need a structural engineer to provide the necessary seismic resistance as per the codes. If you are not planning to paint your wall, ensure that your chosen materials are aesthetically pleasing.
Take the following steps when constructing a stone fence:
- Set the course of the wall and dig a 6″ deep trench
- Fill it 4″ of gravel and tamp it down to 2″
- Construct footings and columns
- Install stones and backfill as you go
Masonry stone walls pose some challenges that include cracking or displacement of the over-stressed units. Installing expansion joints is the ideal way to prevent this problem.
These joints separate the fence installations into segments and prevent cracks that result from moisture expansion, temperature change, settlement, or elastic deformation. Space your expansion joints approximately 10 ft. from each other. Alternatively, install the joints at the center point between two posts.
How long will my project take?
The time required to complete your fencing project depends on the materials, fence design, and the underlying site conditions. If you encounter stones while digging the trenches, you will spend more time and money. But if you are looking for stability and longevity, you cannot afford to skimp on the excavation process.
You need to secure the posts into the ground for maximum stability. You’d rather take more time than end up with a poorly reinforced fence. However, if time is the issue, you can fast track the fencing process by:
- Installing precast concrete blocks
- Mechanizing the grading process
- Choosing a vinyl fence that takes three days or so
- Using an auger to dig the posts
Precast concrete blocks guarantee a quick way of installing a boundary wall. You can use them to significantly fast-track the building process. By molding and curing the blocks in a controlled environment, it’s possible to ensure rapid construction on site since they’re non-load bearing.
The fencing company will use bolted connections to join several blocks per the drawings. Welded connections are equally effective in providing the structural stability that you require.
After digging the trench, you need to incorporate the steel bolts in your poured concrete foundation. Allow your poured concrete to cure for at least 22 days, and install the concrete blocks to the dowels that protrude from the foundation.