diagram of the anatomy of a fence so you can see how
it is constructed,
privacy fence can transform your yard or pool area
into a secluded retreat. Privacy fences are
constructed with little or no gap between boards to
reduce visibility into and out of an area. They are
commonly used on property lines and around swimming
pools but may also serve to conceal unsightly areas or
fences provide better noise reduction and protection
against wind than most other styles of fence. Privacy
fences are generally 6'-8' tall.
anatomy: All-American Fences uses only choice
western red cedar (WRC) in its privacy fences, unless
the customer requests a different type of wood.
Western red cedar is the best form of wood for
exterior fencing because of its magnificent color,
weather resistance, water resistance, medium weight,
and natural insect deterrence. To help keep termites
and ants from even trying to burrow into the fence, we
use pressure treated pine (PTP) as a base kick-plate
and for any retaining wall support. Galvanized steel
posts make up the main support as they are set in one
cubic foot of concrete. The rails are attached to the
posts with Strong-tie pipe grips which are also
galvanized to keep moisture from causing rust. Ring-shanked
nails or coated screws are then placed to hold the
cedar pickets to the rails. Since we have never
seen a fence that failed because ring-shanked nails
came out, we do not recommend nor do we believe it is
necessary to use screws, which require about four
times the labor time of nails.
At the top of the fence a horizontal plate of cedar is
added to enhance visual appearance. This can be a
single board or side-boards with a 2x6-8' or 2x8-12'
cap laying flatly on the top of the fence to cover the
ends of the pickets as well as the top of the posts.
With or without the top cap on the fence, each post
has a galvanized domed post cap attached to keep rain
from rusting the posts from the inside out. Customers
may even desire to attach a chair rail across the mid
section of the fence if is close to a patio here
chairs may scrape the fence. Also, we recommend a
weather-poofing finish be sprayed or rolled to further
preserve the wood. We have had the best success with
most popular form of privacy fencing is the Board On
Board ("BOB") style in both a 6 foot and 8
This fence is built on a stone
retaining wall, but more typically, a pressure treated
pine bottom plate is used along with metal posts (as
is seen in the picture on the right) rather than
4" x 4" cedar posts.
fences show a 6" wide picket on a 2x4" rail,
attached to a 4x4" wood post or a 2 3/8"
galvanized metal post..
By Side ("SBS") pickets are abutted against
each other with no overlapping boards. This is a
less expensive way to build a fence, but as the boards
dry out thoroughly, depending upon weather conditions,
the boards will shrink slightly, leaving gaps between
the boards that lessen the fences effectiveness in
SBS fence is usually used where either bushes cover
one side or where minimal privacy is required as in
the following picture.
fences are 8 foot tall using 4" wide pickets.
Notice the top on the left is trimmed flat, while the
lower has "dog ear" on top.