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Attention to detail is paramount for durability.

Look hard at your fence or those around you and ask yourself the following.

1. Are the posts precisely perpendicular to the ground?
2. Does the top of the fence have a uniform flow?
3. Are the posts set in concrete, and if so is the concrete even or slightly above the surface?
--This keeps growth away from the post--
4. At a minimum, were 3 1/2 inch "galvanized" ring nails used to mate the rails to the post?
5. How many rails were used?
--You should see a minimum of three on a standard privacy fence.--
6. How were the rails mounted?
--The rails should be contained inside the margins of the posts which means that the bottom two rails need to be custom cut.--
--Additionally, the rails should be mounted with the narrow side of the 2 x 4 facing the ground to prevent sagging--
--Ideally the bottom rail should measure 2 x6 in size.--
--Thought should be given to the use of "hurricane straps". Hurricane straps will increase material cost as well as the installation cost.--
--In order to achieve the objective of extreme wind resistance the straps must be installed with several 2 to 2 1/2 inch deck screws.--
7. At a minimum, were the pickets mounted with "galvanized" ring nails?
8. At a minimum, are there 6 ring nails per picket? (2 per rail)

If the answer to any of the questions above is "NO", with the exception of bullet 2, then the life expectancy of your fence has been greatly sacrificed. Any fence can be "thrown" up and last for 2 to 3 years which in that time span allows for reasonable doubt to grow for the installer making it nearly impossible to recoup any of your expenses. I retired from the Army after 27 years and moved to Freeport in December of 2017. In less than one year I have witnessed the dramatic decay of countless privacy fences throughout the area and it disappoints me.

The installation of a gate is even more in depth when it comes to longevity, security, and ease of use. If I get enough emails requesting me to describe that build process I will post my thoughts. For all I know my words are not reaching anyone.

If you would like to see a "LABOR" estimate for a 1,039 linear foot double sided commercial shadow box 3 rail fence

Below are examples of the work that I perform.

Freeport Fencing is a subsidiary of Scottie's Lawn Care, Landscaping and Lot Clearing, LLC