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Fencing: planning and installation

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The addition of a fence can be either necessary or purely decorative. There’s no need to sacrifice your outdoor decor: choose fence panels that will harmonize with the existing elements of your outdoor environment.
Versatile, durable and low-maintenance, treated-wood fences are very popular, as are composite fence panels. Installing fence panels is straightforward and doesn’t require specialized tools, aside from a posthole auger. Note however, that digging post holes and pouring concrete is physically demanding work.
Determine your needs, then choose the location of your fence, the model you want and the materials you’ll need. We recommend you have someone to help you: this is definitely not a one-person job.

GOOD PLANNING IS ESSENTIAL

To enjoy complete privacy in your back yard, a property fence is ideal. And if you’re well prepared, building a fence is a straightforward project that can be completed fairly quickly.

  • Check existing municipal regulations (maximum height, materials permitted, minimum distance).

  • Check if there is any possibility of sharing the cost with a neighbor.

  • Locate and measure the property line. Avoid solid panels more than 6' wide in areas where heavy winds are common, and make sure the panel model allows air to circulate.

  • Use stakes and string to mark the location of the proposed fence on the ground and determine the total length.

  • On sloped ground, the fence should be installed in stages; you must therefore measure horizontally to obtain the exact length.

  • Allow for the location of doors and gates.

     

Consult “Property fencing: planning and installation.” The steps to planning a fence are explained in detail, as well as how to avoid common problems.

READY-TO-INSTALL FENCING — FAST AND ECONOMICAL

Prefab fence panels provide a ready-made solution to your fencing needs; assembled quickly and easily, they are high-quality and relatively inexpensive. There is a variety of models available to suit your taste, from straight traditional with or without trellis, decorative or sturdy.

Certain ready-to-install wood fence models are available at your local store. Included are all the pieces of wood required as well as easy-to-follow instructions. Some kits even include accessories such as fence post caps. Hardware is sold separately.

Various wood species are also available to meet your needs, budget, and personal preference.

Pressure Treated Fence

  • Dimensions: 4’, 5’ or 6’.
  • Top quality fencing.
  • Graded for appearance.
  • Lifetime guarantee.

Supreme Cedar Fence

  • Dimensions: 4’, 5’ or 6’.
  • Best quality resawn cedar.
  • Rough-sawn face.
  • Smooth back.

Supreme S4S Spruce Fence

  • S4S: soft on four sides.
  • Dimensions: 4’, 5’ or 6’.
  • Excellent quality kiln-dried spruce.

Resawn Spruce Fence

  • Dimensions: 4’, 5’ or 6’.
  • Economical dry spruce.
  • Rough-sawn face.
  • Smooth back.


Consult the Guide to learn more about various fence models. 
 

 Model

Description 
Rampart - Rampart II 

 Rampart – Classic Traditional – Dimensions 4’, 5’ and 6’

Rampart II – Heavier Duty Classic – Dimensions 5’ and 6’

  • All boards are installed along one side
  • No-sag rails installed on edge
  • Versatile, easy to construct with alternating boards or sections
  • Spruce, cedar, or pressure-treated wood. 
Bastion - Bastion II 

 Bastion – Good neighbor – Dimension 4’, 5’ and 6’

Bastion II – Extra strong design – Dimensions 5’ and 6’

  • A popular design, widely used in many new neighborhoods and communities
  • No-sag rails installed on edge
  • Top rail caps to provide a finishing touch
  • Spruce, cedar, or pressure-treated wood.
Fortress - Fortress II 

 Fortress – The Developers Choice – Dimensions 5’ and 6’

Fortress II – Extra-sturdy good neighbor – Dimension 5’ and 6’

  • No-sag rails installed on edge
  • Third rail for added strength in the middle
  • Post caps to provide a finishing touch
  • Spruce, cedar, or pressure-treated wood.
Estate - Estate II 

 Estate – With Lattice Top – Dimensions 5’ and 6’

Estate II – Extra sturdy and solid design – Dimension 5’ and 6’

  • Unique lattice panel accent
  • Deluxe good-neighbor design
  • No-sag rails installed on edge
  • Third rail for added strength in the middle
  • Top rail caps to provide a finishing touch
  • Spruce, cedar, or pressure-treated wood.
Nuvo 

 Nuvo Nuvo II – Powder-coated galvanized steel lattice top (diamond or garnet styles available)

  • Deluxe good-neighbor design with an iron feature
  • No-sag rails installed on edge
  • Spruce, cedar, or pressure-treated wood.

 

FENCE POST FOUNDATIONS

A fence can be put up in five different ways: posts can be set in spikes, piles, concrete footings or form tubes, or sunk directly into the ground. The choice of foundation depends on the area, soil conditions, fence model, and, of course your budget.

Fense post

Fence posts sunk directly into the ground

  • Most common method.
  • Fairly simple, moderate time requirements.
  • Should be used on even terrain where the fence will be fairly sheltered from extreme weather conditions.
  • Suitable for wood or metal fence posts.
Fense post

Fence posts inserted into tubes

  • Most time-intensive method and also the sturdiest.
  • Fence can be secured solidly to the ground.
  • Can be installed on uneven terrain and can withstand heavy winds.
  • Suitable for wood and metal posts.
Fense post

Fence posts set in concrete footings

  • Installation of posts into footings set in concrete provides a solid result and makes it possible to replace wood posts that have rotted over time.
  • When the tube has been filled with concrete, footings are inserted while the concrete is still fresh.
  • Different models are available.
  • Very stable and solid method, suitable for uneven ground.
  • Footings are ideal for wood or PVC posts measuring 4" x 4" or 6" x 6".
Fense post

Fence with metal posts

  • Less stable method, suitable in a dense urban environment where the ground is flat and sheltered from extreme weather conditions.
  • Installation is quick and easy, since posts are inserted into the ground using a sledgehammer.
  • Ground must be loose, not compact.
Fense post

Fence using anchor piles

  • Less stable method, suitable in a dense urban environment where the ground is flat and sheltered from extreme weather conditions.
  • Installation is straightforward since the spikes are simply screwed into the ground with a screwdriver.
  • Ground must be loose, not compact.

 QUANTITY AND BUDGET

Before you undertake a project of this scale, it is important that you determine the cost involved and quantities of materials you’ll need. To do this, you need to know the perimeter of your property as well as the size of fence panels you’ve selected.

Each section includes:

  • 1 post (pressure treated, cedar depending on the model selected).
  • Rails.
  • Boards and lattice panels (depending on the model selected).


To calculate the materials you’ll need to complete your project:

1. Subtract from the total perimeter the width of doors, gates and access points;

2. Divide the remaining perimeter length by the width of the fence panels. The result will provide you with the number of fence sections you require;

3. Multiply the items below by the number of fence sections required.


For each section, you will need:

  • 4 hangers for the fence panels;
  • Treated wood screws.
  • 1 screw OR 1 stake OR 1 pile OR concrete and 1 form tube (depending on the post foundation method chosen).

To this, add the final end post.

For each entrance (door and gate), you will need:

  • The door or gate.
  • 2 hinges.
  • 1 spring.
  • 1 handle.
  • 1 latch.

KEY INSTALLATION STEPS

Installing a fence is a fairly straightforward project. For more details, read the instructions included with the ready-to-install fence panels or read “Install fence panels” on the Rona website. There are seven major steps to this project:

1. Determine the precise location of the proposed fence using stakes and string.

2. Dig post holes.

3. Insert posts according to the type of foundation chosen.

4. Measure the placement of the hangers on the posts, then install;

5. Install rails.

6. Screw boards, or panels, to the rails.

7. Install accessories, if selected.
 

 
Format 5/16x3"x8' 10SF
Details
Article #52245038
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Format 1/4"x3 3/4"x48"
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Article #6864001

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