What to Expect with your Wood Fence Installation
Why Choose XL Fencing for your Wood Fence Project?
XL Fencing is a quality wood fence company. Our wooden fences are customized and installed onsite to ensure your fence looks the best in your Palm Beach County community. Our professional installers will access your property and provide you with a free quote. Once you decide on the best quality materials from a horizontal style to board on board or shadowbox style our experts will help reduce excess waste by working directly on-site and giving you top-quality wood fences.
Styles of Wood Fences:
- Horizontal Style is used to create a longer and bigger appearance. The strategy used by XL Fencing for the Horizontal Style is the emphasis on increased privacy and sharp characteristics of a horizontal wood fence.
- Board on Board is constructed with an overlapping pattern of vertical slats and is visually impenetrable. Board on Board fences serves many purposes from privacy to keeping pets in and unwanted visitors out. Lasting privacy is the key benefit and wood fences establish great boundaries.
- Shadowbox is a type of wood fence used to create a semi-private environment. Most clients that choose this fence are interested in the curb appeal. The name shadowbox was given as it is designed to cast a shadow. A Shadowbox fence is installed slightly differently than any other fence as the pickets go on differently and you will not see the inside of the fence and you get to view the pickets as well instead of just the frame.
- Stockade is a simple wood fence that is affordable and requires low maintenance. This style of fence can match any style of home and is very sturdy. Stockade fences hold well in extreme Florida conditions and can withstand elements for many years. Stockade fences provide privacy, security, and stability to meet your needs.
WHAT IS PRESSURE-TREATED WOOD, AND WHY DO WE USE IT FOR OUR WOOD FENCE INSTALLATIONS IN SOUTH FLORIDA?
Pressure-treated (PT) lumber is wood that has been placed in a depressurized holding tank that
removes excess air and replaces it with a solution of water and preservative agents that help protect the
wood from rot and insects. Some woods, like southern yellow pine, are better suited for pressure
treatment, while others, like cedar, have natural properties that resist rot and decay, which means they
don’t need to be treated to be used outdoors.
WHEN TO USE PRESSURE-TREATED WOOD?
Pressure-treated wood should be used for all outdoor projects, assuming you’re using a type of wood
that is not naturally repellant to insects and rot. That said, not all pressure treatments are created equal.
The two main types of PT lumber are above-ground and ground-contact.
You’ll want to use above-ground pressure-treated wood in outdoor applications that are
at least 6 inches above the ground, including deck railings, fence pickets, porch flooring,
and joists and beams.
Ground-contact wood has a higher chemical concentration that better protects it from contact with soil,
vegetation, rain, moisture, or other agents that can cause decay and rot. It should be used whenever
wood will come in contact with the ground or is installed less than six inches above the ground, when
the wood will get wet frequently and without proper time to dry, when air circulation is bad, and/or if
you are building in a tropical climate. Common uses for ground-contact wood include structural posts,
garden boxes, wood foundations, and landscape walls.
HOW LONG DOES PRESSURE-TREATED WOOD LAST?
It depends on the climate, the type of wood, its uses, and how well it’s maintained. To make your
pressure treated wood last longer, you’ll want to apply water-repellent sealers annually and use a
mildewcide cleaner at the first signs of any mildew growing on your wood.
IS PRESSURE-TREATED WOOD SAFE?
Yes, pressure-treated wood is safe for use in everything from raised garden beds to children’s
playhouses. Before 2003, pressure-treated lumber was often treated with chromate copper arsenate
(CCA), a preservative containing some amount of poisonous arsenic. Because small amounts of arsenic
can leach out of treated wood, the EPA and the wood industry decided to move away from CCA treated
wood to other types of wood preservatives, including Alkaline Copper Quaternary (ACQ) and
CAN YOU PAINT PRESSURE-TREATED WOOD FENCES?
Yes, you can paint pressure-treated lumber, however, you will need to wait until the wood is
completely dried before painting. This can take weeks or months, and you’ll want to make sure the
wood absorbs all water on the surface before painting. Additionally, you’ll want to use a latex primer
and water-based paint.
CAN YOU STAIN PRESSURE-TREATED WOOD FENCING?
Yes, you can stain pressure-treated lumber. Like with painting, you’ll need to wait until the wood is
completely dry, which can take weeks or months. Once the wood is cleaned and dried it can be stained.
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