Building a fence with siding..

How to use a siding fence.

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Building a fence with siding

 

If you’re looking for a way to integrate the architectural style of your house with other elements in the landscape, consider a siding fence. These fences allow you to duplicate exactly a number of different materials used on the surface of homes. Even if your home is finished with masonry or brick, a siding fence makes an architectural statement. Siding fences can provide total privacy if build tall enough, and those styles build with hollow cores, such as shingle and clapboard are best for noise control.

Hollow core fences need a reinforced frame. Standard 2+4s are ok so are 2+6s, but you’ll need studs to provide additional support as well as a nailing surface for some materials.

On the whole, siding fences cost more than other kinds of fencing. For example, tongue and groove lumber, like any other milled stock, is expensive. But if you’re planning to paint your frame, you can save money by buying finger jointed tongue and groove stock. Finger joint millwork is made from shorter pieces joined with glue finger joints. It’s strong, but needs protection from the elements, finish it with high quality primer and alkyd paint. Clapboard siding is more reasonably priced and construction will go quickly. Plywood, once fairly inexpensive has risen in price, but building a plywood fence is an easy task.

For most styles start construction of a siding fence by setting your posts at least 3 feet in the ground. Don’t be concerned with aesthetics when spacing your posts, they are less visible in this design. Post spacing of 8 feet will work well with most materials.

Next build a flat rail frame and, if required by the fence style, toenail 2+4 studs to the top and bottom rails every 16 inches. Use pressure treated lumber throughout the frame, the cavity between the exterior and interior faces will trap moisture so you need rot resistant framing. When installing any panel materials use the methods for a plywood fence. Toenail lattice into the rails between 1 + stops. For acrylic panel, pre-caulk the rail along the stop with silicone. In most setting and with most materials a 1+8 cap rail enhances the appearance of a siding fence.

 

 

 

 

How to use siding fences

 

1·         Define spaces: Excellent, they make very attractive dividers, but will look imposing on a long fence line and will overwhelm a small space.

2·         Security: Excellent, but only if the fence is high which may mar the overall appearance of the fence. Impenetrable and difficult to climb.

3·         Privacy: Excellent. Tall fences offer total privacy.

4·         Creating comfort zones: Moderate blocks noise, sun, snow. Not a good windbreak its not tall enough and the wind will vault over a solid structure.

 

 

 

 

 Plywood fence

 

A solid panel plywood fence can look stylish despite the simplicity of its construction. Because plywood comes in 4+8 sheets, fence designs with 4 or 8 foot bays will reduce or eliminate cutting the panels, and construction will go fast. Only exterior grade plywood will withstand the elements. Use 5/8 or ¾ inch sheets. They will provide the structural support required and will resist bowing in heavy winds. Textured plywood siding is a good choice for fences too. It comes in several patterns. Simplify finishing tasks by using primed or pre-stained materials.

·         Lay out your fence line for 8 foot bays, dig the postholes and set the posts. Build a flat rail frame with a third rail if you plan to make a double paneled fence. Mark the position of the first stops on one side of the rails and post, using a reveal that will center the panel in the frame. Nail the stops to one side of the frame. Cut the panel stock to fit the interior dimensions of the frame and toenail it to the rails and posts.

·         When you have fastened the panels to the frame measure and cut the trim to fit, mitering the corners. Install the trim against the panel with finish nails. Use the same techniques to finish the remainder of the fence. Install a 1+6 cap rail, mitering the corner.

 

 

 

 

  Shingle fence

 

The highly textured surface of wood shingles give a fence a rich and warm appearance. Shingles are sold by the bundle and vary in cost according to the grade. Relatively inexpensive no 3 shingles have some knots and are specified for walls. No 1 shingles are made for roofs and will cost much more. Cover the frame with ¾ inch plywood sheathing or nail 1+4 horizontal furring strips to the studs, spacing them at the length of the shingles generally 15 to 18 inches. Fasten the shingles with 3d galvanized nails, two per shingle, ¾ inch from edges. Space the shingle 1/8 inch apart and stagger the overlaps 1 ½ inches. To keep the courses straight snap a chalk line across each row at the point where the next course will begin.

·         Lay out the fence line for 8 foot bays, dig the holes, set the posts. Build a flat rail frame with a kickboard, fastening a 2+4 stud in the center of each bay. Fasten ¾ inch exterior grade plywood to both sides of the frames, flush with the top of the top rail. Working from the bottom up, install cedar shingles. Finish the fence with a 2+8 cap rail

 

Tongue and groove fence

 

Because its edges interlock tongue and groove siding creates an extremely solid fence with a style that will suit almost any location. Shadow lines at the joints interrupt the surface with a subtle rhythm. The fence has an ordered elegant overall appearance.

·         Lay out the fence line for 8 foot bays, dig the holes and set the posts. Build a flat rail frame in each bay. Cut 1+ and install them on the rails and posts. Then cut tongue and grove stock to fit the bay. Starting at the bottom, toenail the infill to the posts, tongue side up. Run a bead of polyurethane glue on the tongue of each board before fastening the next one. Continue until the bay in-filled. Then install the stops on the other side.

 

     Clapboard fence

 

Nail a starter strip as thick as the bottom edge of the siding along the bottom of the frame. Then working upwards fasten the siding to the posts and studs with galvanized nails. If you’re not going to paint the fence use aluminum siding nails.

·         Lay out the fence line for 7 to 8 foot bays, dig the holes and set the posts. Build a flat rail frame in each bay with a 2+4 kickboard and studs. Cut clapboard siding to length and install it on one side of the fence. Work from the bottom up and offset the joints on the center of the studs and rails. Repeat for the other side and finish the fence with a 2+8 cap rail.

 

 

 

 

 

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