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Fence Designs & DIY Tips



Designs & DIY Tips

Build a durable and beautiful fence that will last for years to come.

Explore fencing materials for all uses, from charming garden picket borders to sturdy galvanized utility fencing. Finish the job with fencing accessories, such as post caps, lattices, paint, stain, and more.

Need more help? Visit your local Lowe's to learn more about how our Installation Pros can do the work for you!

Whether for privacy or architectural interest, your fence will make an unforgettable first impression.

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  • Common in residential settings as it effectively sets
    boundaries for small children and pets, but also emits
    a warm and natural decorative aesthetic.
  • Can be painted or stained to match landscape or
    architecture, or can be kept natural.
  • Panels are pressure-treated for above-ground use and
    pre-assembled for faster installation.
  • Depending on the region, wood fencing can be made
    from cedar, pine, redwood or spruce.
Pressure Treated Wood
  • Usually made of powder-coated steel or
    aluminum, metal fencing nevertheless
    boasts the classic look of wrought-iron
  • Available in a variety of styles and sizes, the
    components are easy to assemble, making
    this type of fencing a great DIY project.
  • For ultimate ease of installation, look for
    fencing with a "no-dig" option, using a
    pronged post support that is driven into the ground.
Decorative Metal Fencing
  • Add a charming touch to green spaces and
    landscapes with garden fencing: it acts as a visual
    barrier and also helps to keep small animals out.
  • Utility fencing is usually made of galvanized steel
    or welded wire, and acts as a strong and durable
    border. Its functions are varied, whether it's used
    for crowd control at large events or even as a
    trellis for climbing vines.
Garden & Utility Fencing
  • Galvanized to prevent corrosion and provide
    durability, chain link fence is easy to install by
    unrolling it across fence framing and terminal posts.
  • Chain-link fencing is a popular choice when
    functionality is the primary purpose; it's relatively
    affordable, easy to install, and transparent due to
    its open weave, allowing sunlight to get through to
    landscaping or gardens.
  • Chain-link fencing heights usually range from
    3 feet to 12 feet.
Chain Link Fencing
  • A criss-cross pattern of strips of material (usually
    wood), lattice can serve a purely ornamental function,
    or it can act as a breathable screen that shades an
    enclosed area, keeping it cool and dark while also
    maintaining airflow.
  • Look for pressure-treated lattice in order to prevent rot,
    decay, and insect infestation.
  • Wood lattice is very light-weight and easy to install;
    you can customize lattice easily by sizing and cutting
    it to fit your needs.
  • It's not just for fencing: lattice is remarkably versatile!
    Consider using it indoors as wainscotting, in a garden
    as a trellis, or attach it to the back of a shed door and
    hang your rakes, shovels, and other garden gear to it
    with zip ties. Use your imagination!
  • Your fence isn't complete until you've
    treated it with a protective finish. The type
    of finish coat you should use depends on
    your design goals and the kind of wood
    your fencing is made of.
  • Paint seals and protects your fence and can
    also add colour to coordinate with your
    exterior décor and garden.
  • Stain offers a durable finishing coat while
    the look and texture of the wood still shines
    through, creating a nature-inspired,
    'organic' look.
  • It's advisable to apply sealant or
    waterproofing repellent annually to a
    wooden fence in order to prevent decay
    due to weather exposure.
Exterior Paint, Stain, and Sealant
  • Add that finishing touch to create a fence that's
    both structurally sound and beautiful.
  • Solar post caps provide wireless accent lighting
    that adds both safety and atmosphere to your
    fenced outdoor area.
  • Whether you're looking for wooden, copper, or
    stainless steel post caps to finish your fence,
    Lowe's has a wide variety of products to
    choose from.
  • Remember: If buying wooden post caps, choose
    pressure-treated ones that are resistant to
    corrosion and decay.
Post Caps

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  • Wooden fencing should be clean, dry and primed with
    oil-based primer before being painted. Use a durable
    exterior latex paint for your fence.
  • Semi-transparent stain is best on new (i.e. not reclaimed) wood;
    it creates an even appearance and offers a hint of colour while still
    allowing the wood grain to show through.
  • Heavy or solid-coloured stains will cover wood grain, but retain
    the wood's texture. These types of stains are ideal for older wood
    that needs a facelift.
  • Waterproofing sealer, or repellent is the best option for woods that
    aren't resistant to decay and exposure to weather, like spruce,
    birch, hickory, red oak and poplar. The sealer/repellent will help
    prevent rain and moisture from soaking into the wood.
    It's recommended that sealants/repellants are applied annually in
    order to preserve the wood's natural colour.

+ Safety

  • Before building a fence, contact your local building code
    enforcement office to ask if a building permit is needed and to
    learn about hole-depth requirements and fence height rules. In
    many municipalities, fence height limits vary according to the
    fence's location.
  • Contact a Utility Location Technician through your local utility
    provider to help you find and mark any underground pipes, cables,
    or electrical wires before you dig holes. In most regions, this is a
    legal requirement, and you may be subject to legal penalties or
    fines if you don't take this necessary precaution.


  • Whenever you're drilling near the end of a board or post, drill a
    countersunk pilot hole before driving the screw in. This will
    prevent splitting in the wood.
  • When mixing concrete for a fence post, mix the concrete with
    slightly less water than called for to make a very stiff, dry mix. The
    dry mix will hold the post securely; a wet mix will allow the post to
    lean before the concrete dries. If it is windy, brace the post with a
    wooden stake in the ground and a 1" x 4" brace.
  • Warmer locations require a shallower hole for fence posts. In most
    of Canada and other cold regions around the world, the footing
    depth may need to be dug all the way down to the frost line (as
    much as 4 feet in the coldest climates). In these temperatures, you
    should use 10-foot posts and longer vinyl post sleeves.
  • When trowelling around installed fence posts, slope the concrete
    slightly downward in order to direct water away from post holes
    and footings.
  • Don't spread or distort chain-link fence fittings! This can
    compromise the structural integrity of your fence, as well as the
    safety and durability of the fence.
  • To build a durable fence that will last for years to come, pay
    special attention to the materials you use. Select treated lumber
    approved for ground contact and use weather-resistant
    galvanized nails and exterior screws.
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