TREATED FOR TERMITES WOOD PICKET FENCING
Does this look like your CEDAR FENCE ? Were you promised a CEDAR FENCE that would last for generations, only to see it rot out, eaten up with termites in only 6-8 years? East Tennessee IS in the TERMITE BELT, where the Subterranean Termites are active ALL YEAR LONG. It’s no wonder these white or red or yellow cedar fences rot…they are one of the Subterranean termites favorite wood species. Soft wood, close to your home…watch out for termite invasion!
So what lumber has a termite warranty? Natural pine lumber treated (INJECTED) with termite insecticide. It is warranted for 10 years from termites for structural integrity. This means that the termites can get started on the lumber, and as they digest the wood fibers the insecticide will kill them!
How long will the insecticide injected natural pine wood fencing last? We have been installing this fence for over 32 years and some of our original fences are still standing! The manufacturer warranty is for 10 years, we think you should get about 20 years life in the fence. Also note that as with any natural product you will need routine maintenance of picket board replacement, and regular staining for a great looking fence.
PICKET FENCE ONLY 4 FOOT HIGH? WE DIDN’T GET THE MEMO!
Can’t build a beautiful picket fence in natural wood that is chemically treated for termites? HOGWASH! WE DIDN’T GET THAT MEMO! Of course we can build your beautiful fence style in natural wood that is WARRANTED FOR 10 YEARS AGAINST TERMITES FOR STRUCTURAL DAMAGE!
PANEL FENCE VS. BUILT ON SITE: YOU CHOOSE YOUR FENCE!
So, what’s the difference between a panel built fence and one that is built on site? Both methods of the fencing have their pros and cons, and we let you make that decision.
PANEL BUILT WOOD PICKET FENCING
First, lets look at the panel built products. A lower cost is achieved because by building in the factory workshop we’re using lower labor costs and it’s a highly productive operation. Once the picket topping is chosen, the spacing for the rails and pickets, then panels are built on a jig (like building a pallet) no real skill involved. Installation is about half the time of stick built, since only posts are set and sections nailed to the posts. Overall costs are lower for the panel built wood picket fencing.
So what’s the downside? Several, even though you have a lower cost, you will have a production effect on the fence.
For instance, when figuring up for a fence the entire footage is broken down per complete section. When installing the fence, at the end of a line run the last section is cut and then the left over is used on the other side (saving money at the expense of aesthetics). So in effect a wave fence section is split over a corner post and the fencing continues on.
Racking the wood picket fencing panels weakens the fence panel. What is racking the panel? Panels are nailed square at the wood shop and during installation the panels are forced out of square (racking) to accommodate elevation changes in grade (hills). This keeps the pickets vertical when the section climbs a hill, unfortunately also bends the nails and weakens the section. The more the incline the more bending of the nails.
Since the wood picket fencing panels are built square in the wood shop, that means the bottom of the fencing is a straight line. Even racking up a hill the fencing will maintain the straight line. This is great for smooth yards, but if you have gaps in the yard they will not be secured with this fencing method. For pet security, you will need to take further steps to secure the gaps.
BUILT ON SITE – STICK BUILT WOOD PICKET FENCING
This is a great fence choice for East Tennessee with all the hills and valleys and uneven dips in the yards. You may not notice the dips in the yard until you look for it, be sure your contained pets will be checking out the entire bottom of the fence!
On site construction will cost more than wood shop panel built fencing because you have a skilled crew on site building your entire fence from scratch. Oh sure the pickets are already cut, the backing rails ready for assembly, but you need an eye for quality fence construction. The stick built styles with top trim outs (Charleston, Windsor) offer an additional feature of dropping the picket boards to the ground to close up gaps in the yard. Once construction is complete the top of the fence is trimmed out with a carbide saw blade for a clean cut.
Since the setting of posts are not constrained to section sized, the crew can set the posts in each line evenly spaced. This will achieve a smooth run for each section, versus the panel built wrapping corner method. There is a little more wood scrap here, but I think this is a much more professional look for the yard.
Climbing hills, common in East Tennessee is not a problem for the stick built fence construction. Since they are nailed on site, no bending or weakening of the nails (to rack a section) is required. This results in stronger, tighter wood picket fencing.
Check out these gorgeous natural wood fencing styles below!