Bushes and trees may take months to years to grow to a size where they can actually offer any type of decent privacy. But privacy fencing can be put up quickly in an afternoon and enjoyed immediately. No longer will you have nosey neighbors watching you barbeque your hotdogs. And people walking down the sidewalk will not be able to steal peaks as you do a cannonball off your diving board into your swimming pool. With fence, you will have the privacy you desire in no time.
Privacy fence panels come in a multitude of different materials. Aluminum, wood, lattice, and vinyl are all very popular kinds of fencing material. The first step is to decide how tall you want your fence to be. The standard height for a wood fence is usually eight or ten feet. However you can easily design a fence of any height to fit your needs. Then pick a material, measure how much you will need, and install it accordingly. Then sit back and enjoy the privacy your new fence has afforded you.
So whatever your needs may be, consider privacy fence panels as a way to obtain the privacy you deserve. Quick and easy to install, attractive privacy fencing will add value and enjoyment to your outdoor living for years to come.
Potential customers have asked me on many occasions if it would save them money to have their privacy fence built using wooden fence panels rather than building their fence from the ground up. The answer is yes. Fence panels do save on labor cost, but the real question is: Are they a better value? This answer to this question is a little more complicated. There's several things that need to be taken in to consideration when deciding if you want to use wooden fence panels to save on labor cost. In most cases, panels are made using materials that aren't quite as sturdy as custom-built fences.
I'll begin with the pickets. The width of the pickets aren't what's important when it comes to structural integrity, but thickness is. You'll want to measure the thickness of the pickets on the panels then measure the thickness of the pickets that are sold individually. The ones that are sold individually are what would be used to build the fence from the ground up. The pickets that are sold individually are usually quite a bit thicker.
Next, you'll want to take a close look at the runners. These are the boards that run horizontal and have the pickets attached to them. For starters, you're probably only going to see two runners on the panel. A good contractor is going to install three runners on a 6 foot tall privacy fence rather than two. This reduces warping and provides more anchor points for the pickets. You also want to measure the width and thickness of these. Then, measure a 2"x4" which is what's normally used for runners on a privacy fence that's built from the ground up. You're probably going to see that the panel has runners that are quite a bit smaller than a 2"x4".
While you're looking at the runners, you also want to see how the pickets are attached to them. You may see that they're attached using staples. Most staples are nowhere near the same diameter as nails and as a result, rust to pieces much sooner. If you see staples, you want to make sure that they're galvanized and the thicker the better. In my experience, staples are the number one cause of fences falling apart after only a year or two in regions that get rain regularly. I've had to replace a lot of fences that were no more than a couple years old, because they were built using staples rather than galvanized nails.