Wood Fencing in Fort Worth TX & Surrounding Areas
Cedar Wood Fencing
Cedar Wood is the predominate choice in the fencing industry. Its longevity and resistance to decay is long established. For this reason, the vast majority of our fences are built using WRC (Western Red Cedar). In optimal conditions cedar wood fences can last up to 20-25 years.
Steel Posts versus Wood Posts
We use steel posts in our fence installation as they are far superior to wood posts. Although the wood posts might look better in the beginning, they decay much faster. In particular, the moisture accumulation along the ground will rot out the posts much sooner than the cedar pickets or rails. With steel posts you will achieve the maximum longevity in the life of the fence. One upgrade option is to use steel posts, and to ‘box’ the posts with wood pickets. It gives a nice look of a square wood post with the structural strength of steel the best of both worlds.
Pressure Treated Rails versus Cedar Rails
There is a legitimate debate over the use of pressure treated rails versus cedar rails. The horizontal rails along with the posts provide the primary foundation of the fence. Pressure treated rails are intended to repel moisture, as water damage is the #1 reason for a shortened fence life. The majority of the early fence replacement reasons are either rotten wooden posts along the ground, or the rotting of the rails. Once the rails rot, there is not enough structural integrity in the wood to create the strong bind between the pickets and the rails. Once this decay starts, you soon start seeing loose pickets and damaged fences. Our belief is pressure treated rails are the best choice to achieve maximum fence life.
With that said, cedar rails can also be a good choice. They might not last as long as pressure treated rails, but they look better and still have a good lifespan. Cedar Rails are a little more expensive, and in the end either choice is valid depending upon your primary criteria either maximum life span or maximum aesthetics.
Wood Fence Styles Many Choices
- Panel Style is the most basic style in fence looks. It is a side by side installation of each picket
- Board on Board is a more decorative look. It starts with a single picket installed on the rails with a gap in between each subsequent picket. The gap is then covered with another picket, which overlaps each of the first two. The style is repeated over and over down the panel.
- Picket Widths / Heights. There are many options in pickets. The dimensions are established by 3 numbers 1”x4”x6’, or 1”x6”x8’. The first number represents the thickness 1”. The second number represents the width 4” or 6”. The last number represents the height of the fence 6’ or 8’. Note that all dimensions are not exact. The thickness is never a full 1”, but typically the width and height are exact.
- Picket Tops can vary from DE (dog eared), FT (flat top), or gothic.
- Cedar Split Rail gives a rustic, open style to your property.
- Shadow Box is an additional style.
- Stain Treatments will go a long way in beautifying your fence. Although a cedar fence has a 20-25 potential lifespan, it will turn grey in a few years time. Although the color change will in no way effect the life of the fence, some people think the grey makes the fence look old. Wood that is pre-stained prior to installation will look much better longer. The color can also be refreshed every 5 years or so to keep the fence looking new.
- Kickboards (or rot boards) is a really nice upgrade as it will protect the bottom of the fence from weed-eater damage and moisture. Both cause premature decay.
- Cap/Trim gives a nice finish to your fence top. It is the single item that quickly adds a fancy touch.
- Custom Fence options can continue to be added. Items like double trim, arched gates, and iron scroll work are just some upgrades that make your fence special and unique to you.
In the end, it’s all about you and your choices. We can do it all, and have done so since the early 80’s. Send us a picture of something you like, and we can make it happen.
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Locally owned and operated since 1982, Diamond Fence & Concrete provides custom residential and commercial fences to the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas area. We service Collin, Dallas, Denton and Tarrant Counties: Addison, Allen, Arlington, Carrollton, Cedar Hill, Colleyville, Coppell, Dallas, Denton, Desoto, Duncanville, Euless, Flower Mound, Fort Worth, Frisco, Garland, Grapevine, Irving, Keller, Kennedale, Lewisville, Mansfield, McKinney, Plano, Richardson, Trophy Club, Southlake, Westlake.
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