Wood Fence Installation Burnaby
The most popular type of fence for residential projects is the timeless wood fence. They are common in most backyards and can last for long time if properly installed and maintained. Most people opt for the classic vertical board design but there are many different types of styles to choose from. The classic look of wood just adds that unique beauty to your property and is an excellent way to bring together most forms of landscapes. When our team installs a fence for you, we use only the highest quality of wood that is available. The most common types of wood are cedar and pine with cypress and redwood being some alternatives. While the cheapest option may look the most enticing, it usually makes sense to go with the better material in the long run due to maintenance and longevity. The team at Burnaby Fence Builders will typically recommend cedar for you fencing needs but have listed out some alternatives below for you.
Pine is the budget option when it comes to wood fences. It doesn't have the natural insect repelling substances that other woods naturally have. If pine is the option you go with, we recommend going with a pressure treated pine as this will combat against rot and insect infestation. While pine is a little more susceptible to damage compared to its other wood counterparts, it is one of the easier materials to work with.
Cedar is typically our preferred choice as it contains a natural insect repelling substance and oils in the wood. If installed properly, the maintenance and the up keep required is relatively less than the other woods. The aesthetic cedar creates is desirable and it also has a pleasant scent as well. Cedar also has a long lifespan if it is properly installed and maintained. All things considered, it is usually much more economical going with a cedar fence even though it may be a bit more costly upfront.
An alternative to cedar is cypress as it also contains the much desired insect resistant properties. It also has a nice aroma and the wood itself usually contains very few knots. When it comes to price point, it is generally in the same ballpark as cedar.
Redwood also has the ever desired insect resistance and has similar longevity as well. Some opt to go with redwood as they prefer the unique look it gives. The price point is in the same tier as premium woods such as cedar.
No matter what type of wood you chose, an average fence will last you anywhere between 10-30 years. Much of the longevity of your fence will come down to the quality of installation, proper maintenance work, and the quality of the material itself. A skilled fence contractor can make the world of difference for your fence and significantly decreases the chance of a repair being required. Our team always goes over the best options for you and your project.
Wood Fence Contractor Burnaby
Maybe you have an idea of what type of wood you want to use for your project. Now it's time to decide on the style of fence. Let's go over some of the design choices you have when it comes to wood fences.
Wood Picket Fence
The more traditional standard for a detached home is the white picket fence. While not necessarily the the most popular pick in recent times, they still do a great job as a deterrence for entry. They are most typically seen in front yards, pool enclosures, and gardens. The average height is 3-4ft and they have a pointed edge which helps to shed any precipitation. With the rainfall that we receive in the lower mainland, it's important to know ahead of time the proper upkeep and maintenance steps for your fence.
Vertical Board Fence
The most common type of wood fence is the vertical board fence. Vertical fences are seen in most backyards and can also act as a privacy fence. They are designed to be sturdy and wont sag like its horizontal board counterparts. With the design coupled with a strong material like cedar, you have the equation for a long lasting fence. Vertical fences can also be installed along uneven ground and sharp slopes as well. The individual boards can be manipulated to match the contour of the surface. With these fence typically being 6ft tall, it helps to keep out noise and acts as wind protection as well.
Horizontal fences have seen an uptick in installation as the design is modern and sleek. If you are looking for a contemporary look, a horizontal fence is what you are looking for. Due to its design, horizontal fences can actually make the landscape look large than it actually is. A high quality wood is a must for horizontal fences and we want to reduce the any chance of the boards sagging.
Lattice fences are typically seen on the top of vertical board fences. The design is similar to what you see on the top of some pies. Full lattice fences are available to install as well and is a popular addition for gardening as plants are able to climb through the lattice. Most typically installed in gardens, patios, decks, and pools. While it does not provide the best privacy, it can be combine with a vertical fence if needed.
A louver fence looks like a normal privacy fence from the front on but it actually promotes air flow through the fence. From an angle, you are actually able to see through the fence due to the way its designed. It's a great option for the around the pool, gardens, and decks. The slanted installation makes it a nice combination for some privacy and air flow.
Post and Rail Fence
Post and rail fences are typically seen on farms and larger pieces of land. They can act as an arbitrary boundary between to space or property lines. They are an excellent way to enclose fields and create barriers for livestock as well. Linear footage can add up when building a fence so a post and rail fence is the perfect option to keep your costs on the lower end.