Fence Design & Installation

Custom Redwood Fence Design and Installation

 

Fences are the backdrop to your home. Let us help you pick the perfect style for your yard. Fences may look the same to most people, but they vary greatly. The first thing to make sure of is the type of material that is being used. ACA uses the best possible material EVERY time. The key components of most fences are the posts, kickboards, rails, boards, and fasteners.

 

 

We use only the highest grade of Redwood

As a standard, ACA uses construction common 1x8 redwood boards. The two most popular grades of redwood are con/com (construction common) or con/hrt (construction heart). Because of cost, con/com has become the standard of the industry. Con/com means that the boards have come from the outer part of the tree. You can expect to see the well known salmon color of redwood, but you will also see some lighter blonde color (many times on the same board) known as sap wood. This sap wood is a little less dense, but will not compromise the integrity or strength of your fence in any way. Con/hrt however, comes from the center or the “heart” of the tree. This wood is consistent in color, has a smaller knot structure, and is slightly more dense. It is also much more expensive. A lot of people know about these grades. What they don’t know is that there are grades within the grades. These finer classifications determine things like how much sap wood is allowed per board, or the thickness of a board. ACA uses only the highest grades of each. That’s why our con/com boards often look better than other companies con/hrt. ACA also uses 1x8 fence boards, never 1x6. While there is nothing wrong with 1x6 fence boards, you need to use more of them for every section. Fewer and wider boards, leaves less chance of any problems down the road.

 

 

 

Lorem ipsumPressure Treated Hem/Fir Fence Posts

ACA uses pressure treated Hem/Fir posts. The posts and the way that they are installed, are the most important part of your fence. ACA will give your posts the best chance of survival by setting each post the right way. When your posts rot, it is due to moisture. When dirt, debris, leaves, etc. builds up around the base of the posts, it is not allowed to dry properly after rain or sprinklers. Unlike most companies that will only pour concrete up to or just below the grade, ACA takes the time to do it right. ACA “mounds” the concrete at each post base. That means that at each post, the concrete footing will come up and above the grade into a “mound” or “anthill” of concrete preventing an accumulation of debris or sitting water. This makes a huge difference in the life expectancy of your posts. Other companies will charge more for “mounded concrete” others don’t even offer it. At ACA it’s standard because, it’s the right way to do it.

 

 

 

 

Lorem ipsumPressure Treated Kickboards

ACA uses only pressure treated 2x8/2x12 kickboards. Kickboards are the spine of your fence. It is the horizontal piece at the bottom of most fences. It provides the 2x4 rails and the fence boards a solid place to sit. If the kickboard fails, your 2x4 rails will sag from the weight of the boards, and the boards will begin to get loose and fall out. The most common problem among kickboards is that they are too thin and have rotted away. Many companies will use a 1x8 kickboard that is no thicker than a fence board and untreated. ACA uses 2x8’s or 2x12’s every time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lorem ipsumRails and Cleats

ACA uses solid 2x4 rails with 1x1 cleats. The 2x4 rails are very important because they hold the boards in place, in between the posts. There are generally two kinds of rails. There are solid rails with cleats, or there are dadoed or “grooved” rails. Solid rails start from a solid 2x4. 1x1 cleats are added to either side of that 2x4 to make a channel for the boards to sit in. Dado rails also start from a solid 2x4. The difference is that rather than building a channel with 1x1’s, dadoed rails are hallowed out or channeled leaving your final rail very thin. Dado rails are the choice of many contractors because they take much less time to make and there’s no cost from the 1x1 cleats. With ACA you don’t have to worry about getting stuck with shortcuts, with ACA solid rails are also standard.

 

 

 

 

 

Fasteners (Wood Screws)Fasteners

At A Cut Above Fence we don’t believe in short cuts. That’s why you will find every job done by us is done with screws. Screws are more expensive than nails, and also take more time to install, but the end result is a much stronger fence. We use screws because of their superior holding power, versus nails which have no traction, and can eventually fail completely. Another huge benefit of screws is how easy it is to make minor repairs down the road. For example, if you needed to replace one or two boards, it is very easy to back out a few screws and replace your board, versus trying to pry out old (and often bent) nails. While some companies will charge much more for screws, and even more companies won’t do it at all, at A Cut Above it’s standard. Screws installed on every job are one of the biggest factors that sets us apart from everyone else. Give us a chance, and see the difference for yourself.

 

 

 

A Cut Above Fence & Deck uses screws for fasteners, not nails or staples.

 

Give us a call today at 408.628.0670.

 

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