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You’ve Got Questions - We’ve Got Answers

Are permits necessary to build a new fence?

Fence building permits are only necessary when the height of the fence exceeds 7 feet.

What purpose does a cap on my fence serve?

1. A cap strengthens the fence
2. It protects the tops of posts & boards
3. A cap also enhances the beauty of the fence

Can you tear out & dispose of my old fence or deck?

Yes. We can tear out & haul away old fencing or decking for a small fee and include that with our final estimate.

Does your fence package include pressure treated rails?

No. Pressure treated rails tend to twist. There is no need to use pressure treated rails unless you have ground contact. We use a Hem Fir product that will provide the needed strength and durability.

Does your fence package include cedar rails?

No. Cedar rails are too soft. We use a Hem Fir product that is superior in strength.

Which is better wood or vinyl?

Both are great products, however it depends upon your needs, your landscaping, and the architecture of your home.

Do you recommend staining a fence once it is installed?

We recommend allowing your fence to weather naturally for the first month. In order to provide the best protection and enhance the genuine beauty of your fence, we recommend using an oil-based sealant like Superdeck (800-825-5382) every two years.

What grades of cedar boards are used in building your fences?

We prefer to use #1 select Cedar boards, but have other options available upon request.

What is the life expectancy of a cedar fence?

A Cedar fence should last at least 20 years if treated regularly.

What are the building code requirements for deck handrails?

Handrails are required on decks 30″ or more off the ground. The handrail minimum height for residential decks is 36″, and picket spacing requirements are 4″ on center. The handrail must be able to support 25 lbs per foot of side thrust.

What are the building code requirements for steps?

The riser needs to be between 6″ to 8″ in height and the step needs to be at least 3’’ wide.

How soon should a deck be treated after installation, and what products do you recommend?

Allowing the deck to weather naturally for the first three weeks to a month is strongly recommended. The wood needs that time to dry and the natural oils in the wood begin to break down from the sun’s UV rays. An excellent oil-based sealant like Superdeck (800-825-5382) is recommended annually.

What process is used in treating a cedar deck?

Before sealing a deck, the surface is cleaned with Superdeck cleaner. This exfoliates the dirt to the surface. The entire surface is then pressure washed with a low-pressure washer. If necessary, use Superdeck Wood Brightener to remove any stains or rust spots. after allowing the deck to dry for at least one day, apply one even coat of Superdeck Exterior Stain to the entire deck surface.

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