Privacy Fencing Tips

Here are a couple of things to consider when you are thinking about building or replacing a privacy fence.  I will only discuss lower cost fences in this post.

*  Check with your City codes, many cities now require only steel posts to be used.
*  If you’re within City limits, most will require you (the fencing company) to pull a permit before work begins.
*  Property corners must be marked clearly and a plat of the property must be provided.
*  This will require a land surveyor to come out and clearly mark the corners.

*  Whitewood, the lowest cost available.  3/4 inch thick and if taken care of, should last 8-10 years.
*  Cedar, a great durable wood, will last 8-12 years if taken care of.
*  Treated, STAY AWAY!!!  When we switched wood treatments a few years ago and went with a less-cancer-causing treatment, the lumber has become almost worthless.  The biggest issue is bad warping due to imp?roper drying.  I refuse to install it.
*  Builder grade material….worse, never use it.  We’ve seen 4 year old fences falling apart…


*  Landscaping timbers…should NEVER be used as posts, they warp and rot extremely fast.
*  4×4 treated posts are our wooded posts of choice… from 4-7 each, it’s a bargan.
*  4×4 cedar posts, even better, but would recomend cedar posts with a cedar fence so it doesn’t look missmatched.
*  Steel posts, the best…price varies greatly with the price of steel. From 12 to 22 dollars each.  Note that with steel posts you will have to purchase 3 brackets per post @3-4 dollars each.  The most expensive option, but the best option.


*  At the very least, put a clear coat over the fence as soon as it goes up.  We do this to all our fences.
*  So many stains and treatments, you have dozens of options.  Just make sure you put SOMETHING on it immediately.

Happy Fencing

One comment

  1. Thanks for sharing this article, its been extremely helpful and interesting reading about. I haven’t ever dealt much with fencing Vancouverbefore. I’ve got this project coming up in the near future and would love any extra tips and advice I can get my hands on. Thank you so much for sharing!

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