Wood Fence Installation Vancouver
Wooden fences are the number one choice for many home owners looking to install a fence as they are both durable and timeless. While most opt for the classic look that wooden fences give, there are many installation methods available to give you a custom design or style. Wood fences just add a certain beauty to your home and can really help tie in a landscape together. When we install a fence for you, you can be sure that we only use the highest quality material available. Pine and cedar are typically the most popular woods used for fences but cypress and redwood can be used as well. While you may just go with the cheaper option due to your budget, you'll want to take a look over the long run how much it will cost to maintain your fence and budget accordingly. While the team at Vancouver Fence Builders will recommend cedar as the best option, we've listed out some common alternatives. We will always work with you to make sure you are comfortable with the material you have chosen.
Pine is common pick as it is the most relatively inexpensive option to work with. It does not have natural insect repelling substances compared to other types of wood. If you decide to go with pine, we recommend going with a pressure treated option as this will help to combat against rot and insect infestation. Pine is little more susceptible to damage compared to other woods but is one of the more easier materials to work with.
Cedar is our recommended pick as it doesn't require much maintenance and it contains natural insect repelling substances and oils in the wood. It has a pleasant scent and a beautiful aesthetics which makes a desirable choice for fences. As it is considered a rot resistant wood, it can have a long lifespan if it is properly maintained. In the long run, cedar fences tend to be the more economical choice of wood even though it may be a little more costly upfront.
Cypress is an alternative to cedar as it also contains insect-resistant properties. The wood itself has a nice aroma and contains very few knots. It's price point is generally similar to cedar.
Similar to the previous two options, redwood is also insect resistant and long lasting. Some people opt for redwood as they prefer the look that it gives. Depending on the specific types, redwood can actually be more expensive than cedar but is in a similar price tier.
Regardless of what type of wood you choose, an average wooden fence can last you anywhere from 10 to 30 years, depending on the quality of installation, and maintenance work. Using a skilled contractor and quality wood will significantly decrease the chance of repairs being required on your fence. Our team will make sure you understand exactly what you are getting when you have a fence installed by us. We'll go over what type of material will best suit your situation and budget, alongside a maintenance plan.
Wood Fence Contractor Vancouver
When looking to get a wood fence installed, there are many types styles for you to pick from. We'll go over some of the more popular choices below.
Wood Picket Fence
Picket fences probably come to mind when thinking of a traditional detached home in North America. They are a great option for areas that don't necessarily need top notch security but more of a barrier or deterrent for entry. Areas that they are typically installed in are front yards, gardens, and pool enclosures. These fences are usually 3-4 feet tall and have a pointed design which helps to shed raindrops. With the amount of precipitation that we receive in the lower mainland, it's important to make sure you know what types of steps are required for maintenance and general upkeep.
Vertical Board Fence
This type of fence is probably the most common type you are used to seeing in backyards. They are a sturdy and durable option as the fence boards won't sag due to gravity compared to horizontal boards. If you couple that with a naturally strong wood material such as cedar, you've got yourself a nice long lasting fence. Vertical fences can be flexible in use as they work well on uneven ground and sharp slopes. Fence boards can be manipulated to match the contour of the ground. These fences also act as a privacy fence as you get noise and wind protection from the fence itself and privacy due to these fences typically being up to 6 feet tall.
Horizontal fences are becoming a more popular style as the design is sleek and has more of a modern feel to it. For any landscape that is going for a contemporary look, horizontal fences are a must. This type of fence actually makes the surrounding space look and feel larger due to its design. We typically recommend using a higher quality wood when installing horizontally as we want to reduce the possibility of sagging.
A lattice fence has a crisscross design like the top of some pies. While it may not give the best privacy, it allows for air and light to pass through and can be a perfect structure for climbing plants. It can be an excellent option for gardens, decks, patios, and pools where you may not necessarily need complete privacy. If you enjoy the lattice design but value privacy, you can have a privacy fence topped with a lattice design.
A louver style fence can offer the perfect mix of privacy and air flow to your property. When you look straight onto a louver fence, you aren't able to see through it but from an angle, you can. Pools, gardens, and decks are some great places for this style of fence. Louvered fences are slanted and installed in a way that they provide privacy, substantial coverage from the elements, and good air flow.
Post and Rail Fence
One of the more inexpensive fence types, you typically see post and rail fences used for enclosing fields on larger pieces of lands such as farms. These types of fences can be good for creating a barrier for livestock as well as creating any sort of arbitrary boundary between two properties or areas. It's generally a good option for larger spaces due to the relative inexpensive costs of the fence type.