Looking to spruce up your yard or need some privacy? Whether you are installing a new fence or replacing a fence, wooden fence installation is a great choice for any fence project.
Wood is the most common and most popular material for many types of fencing including:
- Picket Fence
- Privacy Fencing
- Farm Fencing
- Yard Fence
- and many more!
Although wood fencing is an affordable and attractive option, it is not maintenance-free by any means. Proper maintenance of wood fencing helps your wood fence last longer.
Frequently Asked Questions About
So what should you know about wood fencing and what can you expect over time? We’ve put together a list of common questions and issues that you may run into with your wooden fence installation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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At Pro-Line Fence Co. it is our goal to provide you with not only the security and privacy for which you are looking but also the beauty. We have a wide variety of options for both residential and commercial clients. With the professionals at Pro-Line Fence Co. by your side through every step of the process, you are sure to be more than pleased with your end result.