Fence. Friday , June 29th , 2018 - 14:02:07 PM
Two of the most popular woods used in residential fencing are pine and cedar. You'll hear the expression 'pressure treated pine' used often, but realize that process does not exempt the wood from potential damage from insects or weather. Pressure treating will help limit the breakdown of the wood, but additional sealers and periodic painting or staining are needed to extend the fence's lifespan and keep it's appearance from deteriorating. In almost any neighborhood, you can see fencing that has a driftwood gray hue. That's pressure treated pine that wasn't sealed and painter (or stained) after installation. Ideally, you'll seal your pine fencing and then paint or stain it every two years or as needed.
With that said, here are the five things to think about when installing a fence. Requires approval A lot of people miss out on this. You need the approval of your local homeowner's association if you're installing a fence regardless of whether it's wood or vinyl. So make sure that you get in touch with the folks at your local homeowner's association and get their approval before you proceed with the purchase of your fence.
A general rule of thumb to estimate the cost of many home improvement projects is to calculate the materials cost and double it to determine the total project cost when using a contractor. For most fence projects this method will overestimate the project cost by 10-20% so it can be used as a conservative approximation. Installing a wood privacy fence is a significant project due to the amount of work, but not too difficult for the typical homeowner and the cost savings can be substantial. The American Fence Association estimates the average cost of privacy fence installation at approximately $17 to $24 per linear foot for a licensed, bonded, and insured contractor (2013 figures). This estimate doesn't include sales tax or permit/inspection fees that may apply in your locality.
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