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.
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.
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
Supreme Cedar Fence
Supreme S4S Spruce Fence
Resawn Spruce Fence
Consult the Guide to learn more about various fence models.
Rampart – Classic Traditional – Dimensions 4’, 5’ and 6’
Rampart II – Heavier Duty Classic – Dimensions 5’ and 6’
Bastion – Good neighbor – Dimension 4’, 5’ and 6’
Bastion II – Extra strong design – Dimensions 5’ and 6’
Fortress – The Developers Choice – Dimensions 5’ and 6’
Fortress II – Extra-sturdy good neighbor – Dimension 5’ and 6’
Estate – With Lattice Top – Dimensions 5’ and 6’
Estate II – Extra sturdy and solid design – Dimension 5’ and 6’
Nuvo – Nuvo II – Powder-coated galvanized steel lattice top (diamond or garnet styles available)
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.
Fence posts sunk directly into the ground
Fence posts inserted into tubes
Fence posts set in concrete footings
Fence with metal posts
Fence using anchor piles
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:
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:
To this, add the final end post.
For each entrance (door and gate), you will need:
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.