How do I buy a fence?

Installation: First, pick the right installer. They should be knowledgeable, have their own tools, and a truck with a trailer, to complete a successful installation. Anyone that doesn't have their own truck and/or a trailer, will need to hire someone else to deliver and remove fencing materials. If the person who comes and quotes for your fence is not the person who is going to be installing said fence, you have now committed to paying a salesman, a delivery driver, a person to remove/tear down old fence, plus the person who is going to build/install it. Whenever the person building the fence is different from who gives you a quote and records the information of your needs & preferences, the information will never fully accurate, leaving you not fully satisfied. If at any time, the salesman or installer suggest you can save money by paying in cash upfront - BE AWARE: This usually means that there is underlying financial circumstances or benefits they are receiving, that they do not want the job to effect (ex: welfare or government unemployment funds). Be aware if they want you to pay the supplier directly, but ask to receive their cut in cash. 
Quality: Western Red Cedar fences are beautiful and of great quality when made by the correct supplier. They can last for over 25 years, while maintaining the security and beauty they had when first installed in your yard. Different types of fence panels have  three different grades of quality. Top quality fence panels come with tongue-and-groove boards, 2x4 frames, and are screwed together. Where needed on lattice work, these quality panels use galvanized fasteners. They also use 2x6 pressure treated toe-kick boards, which are a skirt along the bottom to ensure that the panels maintain their strength and shape, allowing them no opportunity to sag and provide protection against rot and decay. Any compromise on this quality wood or it's manufacturing, results in a cheaper panel. Installation costs the same on a quality panel as it does on a cheaper panel. Make your investment in your fence last 25 years by using quality panels. 

Can I just use regular nails to put my fence together ?

No, it's not advised. Regular nails rust within a reasonably short period of time. Without a galvanized coating, nails will rust and produce a dark line down your fence.
The best fastener for installing a fence is the use of screws. For any screws that are used on a pressure-treated wood, a ceramic coated screw works best. Using screws allows for adjustment for fence panels, if necessary, at a later time. 

Do I really need concrete to hold my fence in place?

No you do not have to use concrete to install your fence poles! Concrete should only be used in extreme situations. Crushed gravel is much better for supporting your fence post. The posts do not rot at the top of the concrete, frost does not lift the pole up or cause leaning, and chemicals from the concrete do not leach into the garden. Crushed gravel allows water to permeate through, and cures nearly as strong as concrete, and yet allows flexibility for repairs to fence post and panels in the future. 

Are there different sizes of 4 x 4's ?

4x4 for fences come in either cedar or pressure-treated. Pressure treated 4x4's last longer against the elements. They come in 3 or more sizes: One that is less than 4x4-nearly 3.5 inches. The next size up is truly not a 4x4 either, and is nearly 3.75 inches. The 4x4's used by us at Greenseed are true 4x4's - Measuring at 4 1/8 of an inch. These extra strudy & strong 4x4's will outlast others by years, and will ensure that the poles holding up your panels will last as long as cedar ones would.

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