If you are considering building a wood fence you may be overwhelmed with the thought of nailing up each individual picket. With any project we want the best results in the shortest amount of time.
If you visit your local big box store with your fencing questions they may recommend that you use pre-made fence panels to reduce the amount of time and labor of your fence installation. These can be purchased on site and are ready to install. However, there are some considerations that you may want to take the time to think over before doing so. There are pros and cons to these pre-fabricated panels.
Now, if you are an avid do-it-yourselfer and enjoy every step of the projects that you tackle, then building your fence piece by piece may be satisfying. But, if you are looking for something in between purchasing pre-made panels and piece each board yourself, then think about making your own fence panels. This will give the you benefits of some reduce labor but still allow you a custom fit without some of the other drawbacks of the panels from the box stores.
Pre-Made Fence Panels, A Custom Fit
Store bought fence panels have one major downfall. That is that they are not customized or customizable to your yard. Pre-made fence panels are fabricated in standard heights varying from 3 to 6 feet with a width of 6 feet. They are unable to be alter in any way. That means that with a 6 -foot span if you have any height variation, the panel will not allow for that.
If you like the pre-made panel idea and don’t want to install each picket individually then you can make your own panels. If you plan out your fence and account for all topographical changes along the fence line, you can make your own panels with the necessary custom measurements.
Pre-Made Fence Panels, A Unique Look
Your fence is an important part of your landscape and accents the outside of your home. As most of you know there are a variety of styles when it comes to the original wood fence. Although pre-made fence panels from the box store do have some decorative options, they are limited.
If you are considering a custom top, middle, or bottom insert the store-bought panels are not for you. Again these individualized accents can easily be added to your own pre-made panels.