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Frequently Asked Questions


Should I stain or paint my new wood fence?

Some people like the look of a natural fence. Should you decide to not stain your cedar fence, the natural oils contained in the wood will be leeched out by the sunlight and seasonal weather conditions such as rain and snow etc., resulting in a natural and subtle change in color to a grayish-silver.

There are several things you can do to maintain an unstained fence. You can clean your fence with a cleaner containing a mildewcide. This will insure that your fence will remain bright and attractive. You can seal your fence with a water repellent that contains an ultraviolet stabilizer. This will not prevent discoloration but will slow down the process over time.

Should you choose to stain your fence, we suggest an oil-based stain. Stains penetrate the wood providing more protection than paint and let’s not forget that eventually paint peels. Solid stains do not let the grain show through. So, if you like the look of the wood grain, we suggest a semi-transparent stain. We recommend waiting at least two months before treating your fence. The longer the wood has to dry out, the better the sealant or stain will take to your cedar fence material. If your fence is installed in the fall, we recommend waiting until spring to apply your stain or sealant. Stain should be applied once every five years.

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Aluminum Fence or Steel Fence?

Think all ornamental fencing is alike? Steel and aluminum fencing may look similar but the benefits of steel far outweigh aluminum. A strong, sturdy fence is necessary when you’re protecting precious possessions – namely your children and pets. Steel provides both strength and security and enhances your property, offering value that can’t be surpassed.

Aluminum has the same ornamental appeal as steel fencing and can be used in most fencing situations. Talk to your sales consultant about the wider selections of style and color that are available with aluminum products.

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Why are my posts and boards splitting?

Good News! The splitting you may notice in your fence is a process known as “checking.” Checking results from the natural drying out process of any type of lumber. In essence, the exterior surface shrinks faster than the inner heart of the piece and something has to give.

Much research has been done on this subject. Checking occurs mainly in full round items but is evident as well in boards and posts. These timbers are normally cut from larger trees. Laboratory and field tests have consistently proven that natural checking DOES NOT AFFECT THE STRENGTH OF THE TIMBER. You can rest assured that if checking occurs, this will not compromise the structural stability of the fence.

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Do I have to give my neighbor the “good” side of the fence?

There is a good side and a bad side to everything. Especially fences.

We see a new range war on the old suburban frontier. The homeowner pays for the fence and wants to know why they have to give the good side of the fence to their neighbor.

The rule of thumb is the neighbor always gets the good side of the fence. You must check with your village as there may be a code in place that mandates installation. One thing to keep in mind, when you turn the good side to your yard, you are offering a predator a ladder to get over your fence. Facing the good side out should keep peace with your neighbors and your family safe. Remember to ask your sales consultant about styles that offer a “good” side on both sides.


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