Wood fences are everywhere. While you can probably point out a few in your neighborhood or draw one from memory, you may not know what each part of a wood fence is actually called. Wood fences contain a variety of distinct components, each with their own names and functions. Read on to learn more about the parts of a wood fence and their functions.
Wood Fence Posts and Post Caps
Fence posts are the vertical beams that anchor a fence to the ground. Posts must be buried (and sometimes encased in concrete or gravel) to provide adequate support for the rest of the structure. Wood fence posts are often much taller than they appear, extending deep below the ground’s surface. On the opposite end, fence post caps are the decorative (and functional) toppers that sit atop some fence posts. Made of wood, PVC, or metal, fence post caps provide an aesthetic boost while also protecting the exposed end of each post.
Boards and Backer Rails
Boards compose most of the fence’s mass. With classic wood fences, boards are typically oriented vertically, though some designs utilize horizontal boards. Fences can gain a significant amount of their style from boards; the amount of space between each board can make a world of difference, and the shapes and decorative elements present on boards can create a defined style. Backer rails are the horizontal slats that connect the boards and posts together, and they, too, can create a unique appearance. Many people view the side of the fence with backer rails visible as the “wrong” or “unfinished” side.
Wood Fence Gates
Gates are fairly self-explanatory. These features allow people and vehicles to pass through fenced perimeters, and they can take many forms when attached to wood fences. Many homeowners choose to incorporate a wood gate that looks similar to the rest of the fence, while others opt for stone or metal features. Some others choose not to install gates at all!
Kick Boards and Trim Boards
Kick boards and trim boards are optional features that some home and business owners prefer. Kick boards are ideal for areas with children or small animals; these boards are designed to protect the lower portion of a fence from damage. Trim boards, on the other hand, are accessory boards that are purely aesthetic.
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