Wood Fence Building Materials List
What’s in a Wood Fence?
Regardless of the type of fence you’re building, most of your fence will consist of three elements: the footing, the framework and the infill. Add the hardware of choice for your gates, and you’ve got yourself the makings of a fence.
As with any home improvement project, you’re going to have a supply list. If your favorite home improvement store carries wood, you can bet that it will have the hardware you need, not to mention more than a few guys in aprons willing to show you just where to find your materials, parts and equipment.
These basic materials will get you well on your way to a finished fence:
- Concrete gravel mix to set posts
- Pressure treated posts (add concrete and you’ve got your footing)
- Fence rails (the horizontal crosspieces, also called “stringers” – the framework)
- Fence rail hangers (the pieces that mount, support and attach fence rails to the posts – the other part of the framework)
- Pickets (the infill)
- Gate closure hardware including hinges, gate locks and screws
- Decorative finishes like end caps, arbors and lattice
- Galvanized nails or screws (make sure they’re galvanized, unless you like rusty-looking or stained wood)
- Wood preservative, stain or paint
Add some dirt to enclose, and you’ll have yourself a fenced-in yard!
Particularly for you novice fence builders out there, you’d be wise to do some fence exploration before you get started on your own. Take a look around your neighborhood. Ask yourself some questions:
- Does the style of the fence look good with the house?
- How are those older fences holding up?
- Do you like how the materials look together?
- How will your neighbors' fences look alongside yours?
- Will your fence block your neighbors’ view of anything important (the street from their driveway or beautiful sunsets)?
- Do you like the look of unpainted fences once they’ve weathered?
- Do you have a homeowners association with a say in your fence project?
You get the idea...
Before you dig your first post hole, think about the commitment you are making. Fences require maintenance. Unless, fence repair is a favorite pastime, build yours with the highest quality materials you can afford.