Almost all residential privacy fences are fabricated from either wood or vinyl. The most common height is 6′, but 7′ and 8′ high fences are also available. Generally, almost any style wood fence is also available in vinyl.
Wood or Vinyl? Here is a Comparison:
|Durability||15-20 Years||Lifetime Warranty|
|Colors||Choose a stain or weather to silver gray||Usually white, other colors available|
|Price||From $30 per foot||From $36 per foot|
On the bottom line, you’ll pay more for a vinyl fence, but it will be maintenance free and will never need to be replaced. As we say in the trade, Vinyl is Final. On the other hand, many of our customers have no interest in vinyl. There is just something unique abut a wood fence. We’ll be happy to prepare estimates on comparable style fences in both wood and vinyl.
Installing Your Privacy Fence on a Slope
On slopes, many of the privacy fences you see are “stepped” leaving a gap under the low end of each section. At Oneonta Fence, we recommend a “racked” fence. Racked means that while the vertical posts and pickets are plumb, the horizontal rails are parallel to the ground. Aesthetically, racked fences flow with, rather than fight with, the slopes on your property.
When it comes to privacy, there’s nothing like the look of wood. At Oneonta Fence, we prefer cedar. We pride ourselves on how attractive our fences look from both sides. That is because we install our fence sections between the posts rather than on the face of the posts. Our horizontal rails feature 2″ ends to fit securely into 2″ bored out holes in each fence post. This Doweled installation is much stronger than the conventional Nail On method, because of the weight of the fence sections rests on 2″ dowels rather than on a few nails or screws.
We also use 5×5 posts rather than the standard 4×4’s used by most fence companies. That one inch may not sound like much, but if you do the math, you’ll find that it works out to about 50% more wood per post!
We order our custom made cedar fences from two local wholesalers, AFSCO in Queensbury NY and Long Lumber in Slingerlands NY. You can see our wide variety of cedar privacy fences by direct link to their websites: www.afsco-fence.com www.longlumber.net
Vinyl Privacy fences are available in a variety of styles, colors and heights. We are the exclusive area dealer for Bufftech, one of the largest vinyl fence manufacturers in the country. You can see our entire selection on vinyl fences by direct link to their website: www.certainteed.com