Fence Boards Ultimate Guide

Choosing your Fence Boards – The Ultimate Guide

Ready to get a new fence installed? Uncertain what type of fence boards are best for you? Jay Fencing’s ultimate guide will show you how to choose the best fence boards. First, you’ll need to decide what you want your fence to be used for. Then, we’ll help you decide if wood or vinyl boards are best for you, and what style of fence suits your needs! This ultimate guide will give you all the information necessary to pick your perfect fence.

Your Fence’s Purpose

First, it’s important to briefly determine what the purpose of your new fence is. Will it be a decorative fence? Will it be a privacy fence? Picking the perfect fence boards will depend on the fence’s purpose.

For example, if you want a privacy fence, you may choose to go with the board-on-board style. This style places the fence boards very close together, limiting the ability to peer through the slats.

 

Fence Board Material

Wood Fences

$ – $$$

Wood fences are the most common fence type. Wood fences can be crafted in many different ways and styles to create custom, unique fences. When made by a reputable company, they are sturdy and resistant to the elements. There are also many different types of wood to choose from, all with their own pros and cons. Some popular choices include:

  • Pressure Treated Pine $ – A practical, well-priced option. Chemically treated to resist rot, insects, and moisture.
  • Cedar $$$$$ –  Beautiful and naturally resistant to rot, insects, and moisture. Always a great choice for fence boards.
  • Redwood $$$ – Naturally resistant to rot, insects, and moisture. Comes in a beautiful red colour, prized for both its aesthetics and strength.

Vinyl VS Wood

Wood fences are not without their drawbacks, however. Even naturally rot and insect resistant wood will need some level of maintenance, especially after years of harsh weather. The more resistant the wood, the more expensive it tends to be. Wood fences also attract termites. This can actually put your entire property, including your home, at risk. Wood fences must be properly installed or they will warp and bend, eventually needing to be replaced all together.

Vinyl Fences
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Vinyl fence boards look almost identical to wooden fence boards. They also come in a variety of styles; many of these styles are identical to their wooden counterparts. Some benefits to choosing vinyl fencing include:

  • Durability – A durable product requiring very little maintenance.
  • Customizable – Like wood fences, vinyl fences come in many styles and colours.
  • Easy to Clean – Maintenance free indeed!

Though vinyl fences are easy to maintain and come in many attractive styles, they also have some downsides. The biggest difference between wood and vinyl is the price tag. Vinyl fences are often more expensive, and repair can be much more complicated. Vinyl is durable, but not as durable as most types of wood. Bending, warping, and even expanding can occur due to harsh weather or violent winds.

Fence Board Style

Once you’ve decided on the material, whether you choose from a variety of different wood types or vinyl, it’s time to pick your board style.

Each board style also comes with a host of both advantages and disadvantages, depending on what you’re looking for. There are many different board styles, but four of the most common include solid board, lattice top, board-on-board, and post and rail.

  • Solid Board – A decorative and beautiful option. The top can be crafted in a variety of different ways to suit whatever your preference may be. The solid board style also allows privacy.
  • Lattice Top – Lattice top is a very popular choice. It allows some air flow by breaking down strong winds into a gentler breeze. It also provides privacy while still allowing some vision beyond the boards.
  • Board-on-Board – One of the top choices for privacy fences. It looks attractive from both sides of the fence and allows a breeze to come through between the boards.
  • Post and Rail – With a classic, welcoming look, the post and rail style is definitely not a privacy fence. Often used as a decorative fence, though it can actually be customized with mesh to protect children or pets from getting out.

How To Get The Best Price

Looking to purchase new fence boards, no matter what the purpose may be, can be quite intimidating. Right now, there are tons of do-it-yourself (DIY) guides, books, and videos online showing you how to build and install your own fence from scratch. Some even say this is the most inexpensive option.

Though there are many experienced handymen out there, installing a fence and choosing the perfect fence boards can be a challenge for even the most capable Do-it-Yourselfer. Not knowing exactly what you’re doing when it comes to fence installation can end up costing you more and more with every little mistake you may make.

The best way to get the best price is by going with a reputable company. At Jay Fencing Ltd, you can feel confident that we will only recommend products or services that are best for you and your needs. This means you won’t be buying any unnecessary products or services that will make the price go up.

Getting the best price isn’t only about affordable costs. It’s also about quality work, so that you won’t have to spend more on upkeep or repairs down the road. We highly value having an experienced team and providing the highest quality service possible.

Contact Jay Fencing today!

 

Sources

http://www.doityourself.com/stry/woodfence

http://www.doityourself.com/stry/wood-vs-vinyl-fence-pros-and-cons

https://www.homewyse.com

https://www.proreferral.com/hg/what-are-best-types-wood-fences/

http://homeguides.sfgate.com/far-apart-should-set-pickets-privacy-fence-83209.html

https://www.bobvila.com/articles/33566-fences-101/#.WJM4nmQrK2w

Top 12 Amazing Picket Fence Designs

Picket fence designs were once confined to a mundane and predictable fashion. That is until recently when these 12 amazing designs were discovered.  Click here to find out how the team at Jay Fencing can help you get your own picket fence hassle-free and at the best price.

Featured Picket Fence Designs

From functional to spectacularly amazing, these picket fence designs hail from all different places but each proposal leaves you with a sense of appreciation and inspiration. Here are the 12 picket fence designs that showed out and is known for their claim to fame. Improve the look and feel of your community and home today by choosing an amazing picket fence design and get your project completed before the summer.

12 – Waved Picket Fence Design

Claim to Fame: A curved wave design simply uses symmetrically heightened pickets to create a subtle impact on neighbours and passersby.

Source: southernliving.com

11 – Picket Fence for a Special Occasion

wedding picket design

Claim to Fame: Ready to put a special twist on your picket fence for a special moment or celebration? Look no further by adding masons jars and candles to your established picket fence. A great way to bring new life to a tried and treasured design.

Source: southernliving.com

10 – Cape Cod Concave Fence

Claim to Fame: This wood picket fence is inspired by traditional wrought iron fence design. The concave layout, while more common with wrought iron, is both fresh and familiar when done in wood pickets. This fence is a clear illustration of how inspiration with new materials and applications can take shape.

Source: Halfway Fence Co

9 – Bird House Picket Fence Design

picket fence design bird house

Claim to Fame: A creative spin on the tried and tested picket fence. By virtue of small bird house shaped additions, this picket fence creates an eye-catching design for a memorable impression.

Source: Dumpaday.com

8 – Picket Garden Accent

garden accent picket fence

Claim to Fame: This offering showcases an inventive approach, using a picket fence corner to highlight an area of your garden and to provide separation between different plants and trees in your back yard.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens

7 – Opposing Pickets Fence

opposing picket fence design

Claim to Fame: A sophisticated and modern proposal, the opposing pickets design bridges traditional and modern sensibilities.

Source: 16house.blogspot.com

6 – Obelisk Picket Fence

obilesk picket fence with worse

Claim to Fame: The obelisk styled pickets are a great accent, bringing a welcomed new twist to any garden or home. This offering not only satisfies visually but offers a far more sturdy and secure installation, given the increased thickness of each picket.

Source: Home Made in Heaven

5 – Spade Styled Picket Fence

spade style picket fence design

Claim to Fame: Despite its aged look this fence could have easily come out from Through the Looking Glass or Alice in Wonderland. It accents the craftsmanship required to turn a traditional picket fence design into one that bridges day to day life with high cultured gothic tones.

Source: Calfinder.com

4 – Staggered Picket Fence Design

staffered picket fence design

Claim to Fame: Save material and increase your property’s style profile by using this staggered fence design. A small twist creates a big impact for those visiting or simply strolling by. The use of alternating heights helps this picket fence stand out from the rest.

Source: Home Stratosphere

3 – Pickets on Rails Fence

Picket on Rails Fence

Claim to Fame: The railing adds a designer’s touch and craftsmanship with augmented curves that help secure a variety of perimeters. The railing departs from the traditional picket fence while providing stability and comfort to those stopping by to appreciate the garden and its occupants.

Source: Mooisenliefs.blogspot.ca

2 – Community Mural Picket

mural picket fence

Claim to Fame: Take pride in the mosaic of your community, this design demonstrates the diversity within each community. Part artistic expression and part picket fence design, this offering showcases the picket fence itself as both an end product and a canvas for creativity.

Source: Garden Lovers Club

1 – Crayola Picket Fence

crayola picket fence design

Claim to Fame: An idea so simple and brilliant that you almost knew it was possible. The Crayola picket fence is a play on one of our most memorable childhood accessories, creating a rainbow palette of nostalgia to top our list of 12 amazing picket fences.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens

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Jay Fencing Brings Stunning Workmanship to Everyday People

Whether it’s pickets or wrought iron fences, Jay Fencing brings your dreams and Pinterest aspirations to life. The team works to ensure a stellar experience from quote to completion as we make your dream perimeter fencing project come to life.  Count on the experience and detailed planning of the team to help you create a fence that stands the test of time, season after season. Work with Jay Fencing to ensure you walk on a sturdy deck instead of tripping over bylaws.

The fence was completed this afternoon. It is gorgeous. Exactly what we wanted. Thanks so much and pass our gratitude on to your fabulous team. 🙂  
DonnaChain-link & OrnamentalMannheim

 

 

The best way to determine which fencing option is right for you is to reach out to Jay Fencing Ltd. Let Jay Fencing deal with the fine print and bylaws and security headaches while you focus on your business and family, all at the very best value. With Jay Fencing you can expect these services every time we serve you:

  • Master level craftsmanship and attention to lifespan augmentation
  • Careful consideration of community requirements
  • Personal and property security
  • Protected play for children and pets
  • Over 28 years of experience delivering quality service to our clients

We service customers everywhere from Stratford to Brantford,  Mississauga to Fergus, and everywhere in between. Book a consultation today and Jay Fencing can help you pick the right perimeter for your property.

Post Hole Digging Service Kitchener

Post hole digging can be a challenge for even the most experienced handyman. There is much more to it than simply digging a few holes with a shovel. In fact, post hole digging includes various steps and requires many different tools. Unless you already own a clamshell digger, a digging bar, and a reciprocating saw, you might find yourself with a few extra expenses on your hands.

Although do-it-yourself (DIY) fencing is becoming increasingly popular, it requires a lot of hard work and knowledge. Today, there are many how-to guides and Youtube videos explaining the steps and process for proper post hole digging. If you read through any online forums discussing DIY post hole digging, you will see it is not as simple as many guides make it out to be.

Difficulties With DIY Post Hole Digging

Post hole digging Kitchener

Ergonomic Issues

The first issue many people run into begins before the first hole is even dug. Digging by hand is not the most efficient way to get a big job done. Many opt to make their own post hole diggers. Homemade diggers can be a feasible option for those with access to the proper materials and have the know-how. However, an improperly made post hole digger can fail and even lead to serious injuries.

Even digging without the use of heavy machinery can lead to injury. When proper techniques are not used, potential injuries include muscle strain or soreness, overexertion or fatigue, and even twisting your back or leg.

Post hole digging also requires lots of time. This is not a one day job. Time can widely vary and depends on the size of property, soil type, experience, and tools. Even a quick job can take countless hours and many days, leading to repetitive muscle straining and exhaustion.

The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) explains the physical difficulties that come with digging and provides ergonomic digging techniques.

Technical Issues

Post hole digging also requires precision. A hole dug in the wrong spot will need to be filled and re-dug. This can leave a lasting mark on your yard. A shallow hole will not be sturdy. Proper planning and precise marking will ensure little or no mistakes.

Another issue many do-it-yourselfers encounter is one they have no control over – the soil itself. On the forum Homeshopmachinest.com, a member called Black Forest responded to a question about digging in rocky soil. User Black Forest replied, “If you bore down in anywhere close to a tree or football size rocks or bigger you will stick the auger. Then you will have to dig it out by hand. No fun at all.”

Rocky soil, wet soil, and soil with too much clay all pose problems for digging proper holes.

It is also important to know your city or town’s bylaws regarding fencing. In Kitchener, there are bylaws that state where on the property a fence is allowed (within specific property lines) and how tall your fence can be. It is important to be aware of these bylaws before digging post holes, as you may accidentally dig them outside your property line and end up with a hefty fine.

Avoiding Pitfalls

If you do plan on going the DIY route for post hole digging, it is important that you do thorough research, buy the correct tools, and know how to use them.

However, another way to avoid these pitfalls is by hiring a fence installer. Hiring a reputable company to do the hard work for you is a safe and viable option.

A professional company will have all the proper tools, an understanding of weather and soil conditions, and the ability to work through any issue that may arise during the post hole digging process.

Jay Fencing has the experience and the know-how to get the job done right. With over 20 years of experience delivering quality service to our clients, we will make sure you don’t have to experience the difficulties and pitfalls of DIY post hole digging.

Jay Fencing offers a variety of fence types including woodvinyl, and chain link.

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Fence with dug post holes by Jay Fencing.

I’m sure you know that your guys are here today digging post holes manually in the snow. I am very impressed with their professionalism and the care they have taken with this side of the yard.

Please thank them for me.

– Sherron Guelph – More testimonials here

Jay Fencing can not only help you dig post holes that will last, but we can also help you build a spectacular fence.We service customers everywhere from Stratford to Brantford, Mississauga to Fergus, and everywhere in between. If you are ready to move forward with your fence project plans, book a consultation today and Jay Fencing will help you get the job done right.

Sources:

http://www.familyhandyman.com/garden-structures/fences/how-to-dig-a-hole-pro-tips/view-all

http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net/threads/58989-DIY-post-hole-digger-good-idea-bad-idea 

http://www.safetyandhealthmagazine.com/articles/ergonomic-digging-techniques-2

https://www.ccohs.ca/oshanswers/ergonomics/shovel.html

https://www.kitchener.ca/en/livinginkitchener/BuildingAFence.asp

Phoenix Fences and other Songs On Fence Design Wisdom

Great music moves us and remains timeless just like well-crafted fences designed for purpose and aesthetics. This article uncovers the fence design wisdom in every great fence song. Click here to find out how the team at Jay Fencing can help create fences that exude soulful craftsmanship like the best music that moves us.

Fences by Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

The song details someone building a row of fences and how they are eventually forgotten by those who they used spend time with. The fence instead of keeping other people out has instead kept its owner away from the relationships that matter.

Fence Design Tip: Build a fence that is both functional yet balances aesthetics and hospitality for your guests.
Genre: Indie
Length: 3:51

The Fence by Tim Minchin

Tim Minchin highlights the need for sustainability and information to help us make informed decisions rather than creating false impressions.

Fence Design Tip: Consider the environmental footprint of the materials going into your fence and work with ones that you feel comfortably line up with your own values on stewardship.
Genre: Rock Opera
Length: 6:57

The Fence by Peter Katz

This fence was dedicated to a student in the states that was a victim of a hate crime because of orientation. Human dignity is non-negotiable and fence design and its components should also take into account ethical labour and trade practices.

Fence Design Tip: Research the materials being used and where they came from, verify that workers are fairly treated and not discriminated for personal views, practices, or orientation.
Genre: Folk
Length: 7:01

Clean Clothes offers a starting point for researching brands that have documented ethical issues.  Buyers can also inquire from RonaLowes, or Home Depot to see where they source their materials and how they can get an assurance of good practices.

The Fence Man Song by The Fence Man Company

The Fence Man company is an Arkansas-based service provider offering all types of fences designs and installations. Here is what we learned from the Fence Man Company’s song.

Fence design tip: Don’t let work hold you back from visioning the fence design that can offer you functionality and aesthetics.
Genre: Jingle
Length: 1:59

The Night Paw got Hung on the Electric Fence by Bluegrass Comedy

The story behind this song is about a student skipping class and facing various challenges that ensue while reflecting on the concept of freedom. Along the way, the student hops a fence, pointing to the vulnerability of fences that aren’t properly designed for security.

Fence Design Tip: Ensure your fence is planned for the maximum allotted height in your zoning area to help keep fence hoppers out while also meeting bylaw requirements.
Genre: Country
Length: 2:51

White Picket Fences by Shelley Skidmore

Shelly Skidmore offers great wisdom in designing a fence to suit our family and community’s charms.

Fence Design Tip: Design in the maintenance schedule to maximize the lifespan of your fence, Shelly mentions the need to paint a fence every 2 years.
Genre: Country
Length: 3:05

Why Not See the Real Thing?

Ornamental Fence

Estate Fence

Commercial Wood Fence

Residential Wood Fence

Residential Chain Link

Vinyl Fence

Feel free to take a look at the other property-enhancing products and services Jay Fencing provides.

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Jay Fencing Brings Craftsmanship and Soul to your Perimeters

If you can dream it, we can build it, whether you’re inspired by great music or over 20 years of proven craftsmanship, we help turn your vision into reality.  Jay Fencing has been doing deck and fence design and installation for almost a quarter century. Count on the experience and detailed planning of the team to help you create a fence that stands the test of time, season after season. Work with Jay Fencing to ensure you walk on a sturdy deck instead of tripping over bylaws.

The fence was completed this afternoon. It is gorgeous. Exactly what we wanted. Thanks so much and pass our gratitude on to your fabulous team. 🙂  
DonnaChain-link & OrnamentalMannheim

The best way to determine which fencing option is right for you is to reach out to Jay Fencing Ltd. Let Jay Fencing deal with the fine print and bylaws and security headaches while you focus on your business and family, all at the very best value. With Jay Fencing you can expect these services every time we serve you:

  • Master level craftsmanship and attention to lifespan augmentation
  • Careful consideration of community requirements
  • Personal and property security
  • Protected play for children and pets
  • Over 28 years of experience delivering quality service to our clients

We service customers everywhere from Stratford to Brantford,  Mississauga to Fergus, and everywhere in between. Book a consultation today and Jay Fencing can help you pick the right perimeter for your property.

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Tell us about it in the comments section below and we’ll feature you and your song.

Great Tips for Pool Fence Designs in Ontario

Having a pool is a fun way for family and friends to spend quality time together. Pool fences help protect your family and meet civic regulations around pool safety. Yet maximizing the life span and durability of your pool fence design requires product and installation know-how.

Click here to find out how the team at Jay Fencing can help you get your pool fence hassle-free and at the best price.

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All cities have regulations on pool fences in order to keep children and animals from safety risks of drowning or injury residential pools. Designing a long-standing pool fence takes time and precision particularly with the disparate climates of Ontario ranging from scorching summers to woes of winter.

Here are things everybody should know if they are planning for or want to upgrade their pool fence.

Removable or Permanent Pool Fence Design

Ornamental #212

Ornamental #212

Despite the convenience of removable pools, their design are often hampered by frailty because of their mobile nature. To offer the best protection to your family choose a permanent fencing design, that utilizes.
Expected time for permanent fence installation: 4- 8 hours actual time depends on various factors*

Choosing the Right Pool Fence Design Posts

Pool fences will unlikely take punishment from a variety of different sources from children, pets, to wildlife in your neighbourhood. Having strong posts can prevent the fence from sagging or being overrun meaning safety issues for your family and city by-law infractions. Ensure the post is reinforced with an inner core that can withstand bending or impacts of collisions.
Expected time to choose a fence post: 2-3 hours with price matching

Ornamental #208

Ornamental #208

Preventing Rust and Rotting from Your Pool Fence Design

The key here is to minimize the gap between your fencing panels or elements so that foliage and other nature’s trimmings won’t get stuck on your fence. This is particularly worrisome for wood fences as increased moisture can cause your fence to collect mold and deteriorate up to 30% faster than normal wear and tear.
Another  great way to maintain pool fences is to paint them with oil-based paints to ensure they keep their polish and durability throughout the seasons. Though owners should be aware that this will expose you to fumes and may require you to protect your grass as paint often drips onto your back yard as you paint. For those with wooden fences another good tip from A1 Fences is that you can stain your fence to keep out excess moisture.
Expected paint time: 3-4 hours if done on your own from setup to finish for staining and painting

Residential Chain Link Fence #19

Residential Chain Link Fence #19

Planning for the Right Gate Size for Your Pool Fence Design

Based on your city by-laws you will need to ensure that the pool fence design is compliant. Having the right size of a pool fence gate including locking mechanism is helpful to protect young children from entering the pool without supervision. This is a safety precaution and one that is enforced. The best pool fence gates have an auto-closing mechanism, sound dampener, and also child-proof access by leveraging the right gate height.

Expected gate installation time: 2 hours or more depending on requirements

Jay Fencing Pool Fence Designs that Offer Peace of Mind and Lasting Craftsmanship

Our customers know to look for the Jay Fencing experience, featuring quality workmanship, timely installation, non-disruptive service, and friendly staff if there are questions or additional requirements. Services and products are selected for your specific needs and tailored to ensure complete satisfaction. Jay Fencing offers the following product categories.  You can let the team know if you don’t see what you’re looking for. Here are just some of the few quality projects we’ve completed across Ontario.

Pool Fence Designs Samples (Ornamental Fences)

 

Feel free to take a look at the other property-enhancing products and services Jay Fencing provides.

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Jay Fencing Offers you Hassle Free Service

Jay Fencing has been doing deck and fence design and installation for over 20 years. The team works to ensure our customers don’t encounter the horror stories found above while we make your dream perimeter fencing project come to life. Count on the experience and detailed planning of the team to help you create a fence that stands the test of time, season after season. Work with Jay Fencing to ensure you walk on a sturdy deck instead of tripping over bylaws.

Here is what a recent customer had to say about Jay Fencing’s service:

“Kelly and the entire team at Jay Fencing were terrific from the beginning of the project to the final clean up. On time and on budget with no extras along the way.”

-Diego, See more Google reviews here.

pool fence tips quote

The best way to determine which fencing option is right for you is to reach out to Jay Fencing Ltd. Let Jay Fencing deal with the fine print and bylaws and security headaches while you focus on your business and family, all at the very best value. With Jay Fencing you can expect these services every time we serve you:

  • Master level craftsmanship and attention to lifespan augmentation
  • Careful consideration of community requirements
  • Personal and property security
  • Protected play for children and pets
  • Over 28 years of experience delivering quality service to our clients

We service customers everywhere from Stratford to Brantford,  Mississauga to Fergus, and everywhere in between. Book a consultation today and Jay Fencing can help you pick the right perimeter for your property.

*Estimated time for construction is estimated and a free consultation is recommended for more tailored estimates.