Anyone can take a look at a fence and tell if it is strong and sturdy or not. There is logic behind the design and installment of a fence to ensure that it will be strong for years and years. The article below explains what components are responsible for a strong wooden fence. Check it out!
What Are the Components of a Strong Wooden Fence?
April 3, 2017 by: Minara El-Rahman
Spring is officially here and that means lots of outdoor entertaining.
Is your outdoor space ready? While most homeowners focus on building a
new deck or on deck maintenance, redoing your fence can transform your
space. Do you know what the critical connections of a fence are? We will
outline them here along with a sneak peek at our newest fence bracket,
the FBFZ, just in time for spring.
Select the Right Wood
Since fences are exposed to the elements, using the right type of
wood can make all the difference. Using woods like cedar, redwood or
preservative treated lumber ensures that your fence lasts for years to
come. Finishing with an exterior grade stain or paint is
Strong Fence Posts
It is essential to set your fence posts into the ground properly.
This means for wood fences that are 6 feet tall, you need 2 feet of the
post in the ground. It is also recommended that a 2″ gap be maintained
between the bottom of the fence and the ground to help prevent rot. We
recommend that your fence posts be set in concrete for strength and
Exterior Grade Hardware
Using connectors, screws and nails that are rated for exterior use
will prevent rust and corrosion and ensure that your fence will last a
long time. Using exterior-rated Simpson Strong-Tie connectors can save
you on long-term costs by adding strength while minimizing repairs. The
new patent-pending FBFZ flat fence bracket creates a simple and strong
connection between the rails and posts. With a new flat-plate design, it
is easy to install and creates a secure connection. It has a ZMAX
galvanized coating for additional corrosion resistance, so you know you
won’t have to worry about a rusty fence in a few years!
A well-built fence not only gives you some privacy, it gives you the
peace of mind to know that your children and pets are out of dangers
way. Plus, who doesn’t love a nice picket fence?