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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.
the posts precisely perpendicular to the
the top of the fence have a uniform flow?
the posts set in concrete, and if so is the concrete
even or slightly above the surface?
--This keeps growth
away from the post--
minimum, were 3 1/2 inch "galvanized" ring
nails used to mate the rails to the post?
many rails were used?
--You should see a
minimum of three on a standard privacy
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
--In order to achieve the objective of
extreme wind resistance the straps must be
installed with several 2 to 2 1/2 inch deck
minimum, were the pickets mounted with
"galvanized" ring nails?
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
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