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Project DIY Deck and Fence - Fencing

DIY (Do It Yourself) Project Deck & Fence Whether for privacy or architectural enhancement, a fence is a crucial element of both the design and function of a home and its property. Lowe’s has all the tips, tools, and products you need to build a durable and beautiful fence that will last for years to come Shop All Fencing Whether for privacy or architectural enhancement, a fence is a crucial element of both the design and function of a home and its property. Lowe’s has all the tips, tools, and products you need to build a durable and beautiful fence that will last for years to come Shop All Fencing

Lowe's offers a vast selection of fencing materials for all uses, from charming garden picket borders to sturdy galvanized utility fencing. We've also got all the fencing accessories you'll need to finish the job: post caps, lattices, paint, stain, and more. Need assistance?
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Pressure Treated Wood

  • 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.


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Decorative Metal Fencing

  • Usually made of powder-coated steel or aluminum, metal fencing nevertheless boasts the classic look of wrought-iron fencing.
  • 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


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Garden & Utility 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.


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Chain-Link 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.


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If you've chosen the style and materials of your fencing according to your functional needs, you'll need to secure it and dress it up with post caps, paint, stain, lattices, and other accessories. Explore below to make sure your fence gets all the trimmings!

Lattice

  • 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!


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Exterior Paint, Stain, and Sealant

  • 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.

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Post Caps

  • 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.

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Did You Know?
  • Wooden fencing should be clean, dry and primed with oil-based primer before being painted Use a durable exterior latex paint for your fence.
  • Semitransparent stain is best on new (ie. 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.
Planning + 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.
Best Practices Best Practices
  • 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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