Wood Fence Installation Coquitlam
The most common fence type for homeowners is the timeless wooden fence. Many choose to go for the classic look that a wooden fence gives but there are many different types of custom designs and styles to choose from. Wood fences give a desirable look to your home and is a very easy material to work with from a landscaping prospective. When our team installs a fence for you, you can be sure that we use only the highest quality of woods available. Cedar and pine are the most common types of wood used for fences but cypress and redwood are alternatives as well. While some of our clients opt to go with the cheapest upfront option, higher quality woods tend to pay off in the long run due to less maintenance costs and we suggest to budget accordingly. While the team at Coquitlam Fence Builders will always suggest cedar as the best option for wood fences, we've also listed some other alternatives.
Pine is one of the more commonly chosen options as it is the most relatively inexpensive option to pick from. It does not have the natural insect repelling qualities that cedar has however. If you decide to choose pine, we highly recommend a pressure treated option to combat against insect infestation and potential rot. While pine is more susceptible to damage compared to other wood materials, it is one of the easier building materials to work with.
Cedar is our wood of choice as it doesn't require much maintenance work while also having a natural insect repelling substances and oils in the wood. It has a rather nice sent and a beautiful look which makes it such a desirable material for fences. Due to its strength and durability, cedar fences can have a long lifespan if it is properly maintained. While more costly up-front, cedar tends to be the economical choice in the long run.
Cypress is another insect-resistant alternative as it contains similar properties to cedar. It has a nice aroma and the wood itself has very few knots. The wood itself has a nice aroma and contains very few knots. It's price point is generally similar to the cost of cedar.
Redwood also has the insect resistant qualities that we look for when choosing a wood material. Some folks like the look that redwood gives and decide to go with this option. Depending on the specific type, redwood can be more expensive compared to cedar but it is generally in a similar price range.
No matter the type of wood you choose, an average wood fence can last anywhere between 10-30 years. Variables can include the quality of the wood you use, the quality of the installation, and the presence of maintenance work. Having a skilled contractor goes a long way in ensuring that the chances of repairs needed on your fence are kept to a minimum. Our team will go over the pros and cons for each option and give you an understanding of exactly what is happening for the fence installation. We'll discuss the most suited type of material and design that will fit best for you situation and budget.
Wood Fence Contractor Coquitlam
Another decision you'll need to make for your wood fence is the type of style that you would like. Here are some of the popular choices below.
Wood Picket Fence
A white picket fence used to be the gold standard of success for North American homes. While this is not so much the case any more, it is still a great option for your home. It does not offer much in terms of security as it acts as more of a deterrent or a barrier for entry. This type of fence is typically installed in yards, gardens, and poll enclosures. The size is typically 3-4ft tall with a pointed top to shed any rain. Due to the amount of precipitation we get here in BC, it's important to understand what type of maintenance steps should be taken along with any sort of general upkeep.
Vertical Board Fence
This is probably the type of fence that most people are used to seeing. It is a regular structure for backyards and are also commonly called privacy fences. Vertical board fences are sturdy and won't sag to gravity compared to its horizontal counterparts. This type of style coupled with a strong material like cedar is the perfect recipe for a sturdy long lasting fence. Vertical fences have some installation flexibility as well as they can be installed on uneven grounds and slopes. The boards can be manipulated to match the contour of the ground on uneven surfaces. Vertical boards also double as a privacy fence as you block out wind and noises from the fence itself. The privacy aspect is due to these feces typically being approx 6ft tall.
Horizontal wood fences have become a popular pick as they offer a much more modern and sleek design. For any type of landscaping that is going for a contemporary design, horizontal fences are an absolute must. Due to its design, it makes the surrounding space look and feel much larger than it actually is. A high quality wood is a must when installing horizontal fences as you want to reduce any possibility of sagging from gravity and wear and tear.
A lattice designed fence has a crisscross design that you see on the top of pies. Its typically installed at the top of vertical board fences. It does not give the best privacy but it does allow for air flow and light to pass through. A full on lattice fence can be a great option for those with climbing plants. In areas where privacy is not a major concern, it can be a great option. If you are keen on the lattice design but would like the added privacy, a privacy fence topped with the lattice could be the perfect option for you.
A louver fence is a unique style of fence that provides privacy for your property but actually allows air flow to come in. Looking straight on at a louver fence, you aren't able to see through it. But when you look at it from an angle, you are able to see through the fence. This type of fence is great for areas like pools, gardens and decks where it's nice to have some privacy but also some air flow coming in.
Post and Rail Fence
Post and rail fences are one of the relatively most inexpensive fence types. Typically seen on larger pieces of lands such as farms where you just need a fence to enclose a space. Post and rail fences are great for creating a barrier for livestock or even creating an unofficial boundary between two areas or property lines. It's usually the best option for large areas due to the relatively cheap cost.