Are custom wood fence weights and sizes exact?

No, these will only be approximations. A variation in moisture, content and industry standards all contribute to the size and weight of wood fences.

Does wood change color over time?

Yes. Many species of wood turn gray as it ages, but some turn silver or almost black. This is a natural reaction to the aging process.

Do the heads of nails driven into fencing eventually rust, causing “streaking” down the face of the pickets or boards?

Yes. When nails are driven into a piece of wood, usually the hammer knocks off the galvanized coating on the head of the nail. Eventually, the streaking caused by the rusting of the nail head will blend with the weathered gray of the wood.

Will water-repellent boards initially shrink when installed?

Yes. All ACQ-treated lumber, including water repellent, will internally dry during the first 60 to 90 days after installation. This drying process will lead to shrinkage and some checking on the boards.

Will gaps develop between pickets and boards of wooden fences?

Yes. Every piece of wood is constantly taking on or giving off moisture in an attempt to reach the same humidity level as the surrounding atmosphere. During long dry periods, boards will shrink, leaving gaps. Additionally, during periods of heavy rain, the wood expands and the gaps will close.

Can splitting occur near the end of a piece of wood when installed?

Yes. Nails can cause the wood fibers to split. Additionally, the ends of a board dry more quickly than the middle. This stress can cause splits.

What causes wood fences to shrink, warp, and twist?

The natural drying process. In the installed climate, wood cells lose their natural water content to the air, which causes shrinkage and movement.

Will all lumber, regardless of the species of wood, eventually split or crack?

Yes. Lumber is a porous material. Wood swells when it absorbs moisture from rain or snow and shrinks when the sun’s heat releases the moisture. This drying process creates stresses in the wood which are often relieved by warping, splitting, and cracking.