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Backyard Projects: Fences

Your backyard is an extension of your home's living space: you can eat there, entertain friends and family and watch your kids grow up. So why not add a backyard fence and truly make your backyard part of your dream home? It will also enhance your privacy and safety, but the benefits extend beyond the merely functional. The right fence can also add a stylish accent to your property and complement your home’s overall appearance. Choosing the ideal fence for your backyard is exciting, but the planning and construction can often be a challenge. Home Hardware is here to help!

Backyard Projects Wood Fence Packages include many style, material and accent options to suit your tastes and fit your budget. Whether you want to enhance privacy or mark out a large property line, one of our Backyard Project experts is here to help.

Step one Choose Your Fence Type

Vertical Board Fences

Classic vertical board fencing comes in three main styles, each with its own unique benefits. A single-sided open board fence includes spaces between the fence boards for wind to pass through, thus reducing the chance of it blowing over. A double-sided open board fence features alternating boards on both sides of the rails. This style gives you visual privacy and is more neighbour-friendly because there is no back side of the fence facing into their yard. A solid board fence (also called a Jasper Fence) offers the most privacy of all as it creates a sound barrier to help keep your backyard conversations contained, while also reducing external noise.

Step two Choose Your Fence Material

Pressure-Treated Fencing

Pressure-treated fencing is durable and long-lasting, with a strong resistance to rot, decay and insects. Easy to handle and work with, pressure-treated fence boards can also be stained or painted for a great finished look. Home Hardware's Backyard Projects use premium pressure-treated wood to help ensure your fence boards have fewer knots, a straighter grain, and less tendency to warp. With proper care and maintenance your pressure-treated fence should last up to 20 years.

Spruce Fencing

Spruce is one of the most inexpensive wood fencing options on the market. Its light colour and coarse grain make for a great rustic look, and also allows spruce to be easily stained or painted for a customized finish. Untreated spruce turn an attractive silvery gray colour, though staining will increase the durability and lifespan of the wood. A sealant should also be applied to protect against moisture and pests. A good spruce fence can last up to seven years or more.

Cedar Fencing

The deep, rich colour of cedar make it an excellent option for backyard fencing. Left unstained cedar will weather nicely into an appealing, rustic grey hue. But it can also be stained, bleached or painted to great effect. The natural oils in cedar make it resistant to rot, decay and insects. Cedar is dimensionally stable, which makes it less likely to twist and warp in an outdoor environment. Any type of treatment will increase the lifespan of your cedar fence. Properly maintained, it can last anywhere from 15 to 30 years. Contact your local Home Hardware Building Centre for availability.

Picket Fences

A classic picket fence can add just the right finishing touch to your dream home. It will enhance the look of your gardens and complement your home's landscaping and architecture. Inexpensive and easy to install, the three-foot high design features three-inch wide vertical pickets sharpened to a point. Your picket fence can be easily stained or painted multiple colours, but classic white will complete the small-town look and feel.

Step two Choose Your Fence Material

Pressure-Treated Fencing

Pressure-treated fencing is durable and long-lasting, with a strong resistance to rot, decay and insects. Easy to handle and work with, pressure-treated fence boards can also be stained or painted for a great finished look. Home Hardware's Backyard Projects use premium pressure-treated wood to help ensure your fence boards have fewer knots, a straighter grain, and less tendency to warp. With proper care and maintenance your pressure-treated fence should last up to 20 years.

Spruce Fencing

Spruce is one of the most inexpensive wood fencing options on the market. Its light colour and coarse grain make for a great rustic look, and also allows spruce to be easily stained or painted for a customized finish. Untreated spruce turn an attractive silvery gray colour, though staining will increase the durability and lifespan of the wood. A sealant should also be applied to protect against moisture and pests. A good spruce fence can last up to seven years or more.

Cedar Fencing

The deep, rich colour of cedar make it an excellent option for backyard fencing. Left unstained cedar will weather nicely into an appealing, rustic grey hue. But it can also be stained, bleached or painted to great effect. The natural oils in cedar make it resistant to rot, decay and insects. Cedar is dimensionally stable, which makes it less likely to twist and warp in an outdoor environment. Any type of treatment will increase the lifespan of your cedar fence. Properly maintained, it can last anywhere from 15 to 30 years. Contact your local Home Hardware Building Centre for availability.

Horizontal Fences

The most unique benefit to a horizontal fence is that the linear boards make the space they enclose appear longer and bigger. It's a great strategy to enhance the spaciousness of your backyard. The horizontal design also has a more modern look and can create a very contemporary appeal to your home. This is especially true if your property sits on a slope as the fence can be graduated in height to fit the landscape and highlight its distinct qualities.

Step two Choose Your Fence Material

Pressure-Treated Fencing

Pressure-treated fencing is durable and long-lasting, with a strong resistance to rot, decay and insects. Easy to handle and work with, pressure-treated fence boards can also be stained or painted for a great finished look. Home Hardware's Backyard Projects use premium pressure-treated wood to help ensure your fence boards have fewer knots, a straighter grain, and less tendency to warp. With proper care and maintenance your pressure-treated fence should last up to 20 years.

Cedar Fencing

The deep, rich colour of cedar make it an excellent option for backyard fencing. Left unstained cedar will weather nicely into an appealing, rustic grey hue. But it can also be stained, bleached or painted to great effect. The natural oils in cedar make it resistant to rot, decay and insects. Cedar is dimensionally stable, which makes it less likely to twist and warp in an outdoor environment. Any type of treatment will increase the lifespan of your cedar fence. Properly maintained, it can last anywhere from 15 to 30 years. Contact your local Home Hardware Building Centre for availability.

Ranch Rail Fences

Displaying the look and feel of rural farm life, ranch rail fencing was traditionally used to contain will livestock and is still well-suited to the task. But the appeal has broadened. The classic look of the open board design has made ranch rail fences increasingly popular in more suburban settings. The horizontal lines flow smoothly over small hills and curve gently around property lines to showcase your estate to its fullest. Durable and easy to maintain, ranch rail fences are also simple to install, repair or move should the need arise.

Step two Choose Your Fence Material

Pressure-Treated Fencing

Pressure-treated fencing is durable and long-lasting, with a strong resistance to rot, decay and insects. Easy to handle and work with, pressure-treated fence boards can also be stained or painted for a great finished look. Home Hardware's Backyard Projects use premium pressure-treated wood to help ensure your fence boards have fewer knots, a straighter grain, and less tendency to warp. With proper care and maintenance your pressure-treated fence should last up to 20 years.

Spruce Fencing

Spruce is one of the most inexpensive wood fencing options on the market. Its light colour and coarse grain make for a great rustic look, and also allows spruce to be easily stained or painted for a customized finish. Untreated spruce turn an attractive silvery gray colour, though staining will increase the durability and lifespan of the wood. A sealant should also be applied to protect against moisture and pests. A good spruce fence can last up to seven years or more.

Cedar Fencing

The deep, rich colour of cedar make it an excellent option for backyard fencing. Left unstained cedar will weather nicely into an appealing, rustic grey hue. But it can also be stained, bleached or painted to great effect. The natural oils in cedar make it resistant to rot, decay and insects. Cedar is dimensionally stable, which makes it less likely to twist and warp in an outdoor environment. Any type of treatment will increase the lifespan of your cedar fence. Properly maintained, it can last anywhere from 15 to 30 years. Contact your local Home Hardware Building Centre for availability.

Lattice Fences

A lattice topper will add a touch of style to your backyard fence. The thin diagonal slats are arranged in a crisscross pattern which can be either tight or loose, depending on your desired level of privacy. It can also serve as a handy plant support, allowing climbing vines to weave into the crosshatch. Consider an arched lattice top for a more elegant look or fencing with both lattice top and bottom for a more balanced, symmetrical appearance. Full lattice fences are also available which offer a good combination of style, privacy and wind allowance.

Step two Choose Your Fence Material

Pressure-Treated Fencing

Pressure-treated fencing is durable and long-lasting, with a strong resistance to rot, decay and insects. Easy to handle and work with, pressure-treated fence boards can also be stained or painted for a great finished look. Home Hardware's Backyard Projects use premium pressure-treated wood to help ensure your fence boards have fewer knots, a straighter grain, and less tendency to warp. With proper care and maintenance your pressure-treated fence should last up to 20 years.

Spruce Fencing

Spruce is one of the most inexpensive wood fencing options on the market. Its light colour and coarse grain make for a great rustic look, and also allows spruce to be easily stained or painted for a customized finish. Untreated spruce turn an attractive silvery gray colour, though staining will increase the durability and lifespan of the wood. A sealant should also be applied to protect against moisture and pests. A good spruce fence can last up to seven years or more.

Cedar Fencing

The deep, rich colour of cedar make it an excellent option for backyard fencing. Left unstained cedar will weather nicely into an appealing, rustic grey hue. But it can also be stained, bleached or painted to great effect. The natural oils in cedar make it resistant to rot, decay and insects. Cedar is dimensionally stable, which makes it less likely to twist and warp in an outdoor environment. Any type of treatment will increase the lifespan of your cedar fence. Properly maintained, it can last anywhere from 15 to 30 years. Contact your local Home Hardware Building Centre for availability.

Post & Rail Fences

The rustic charm of a post and rail fencing has made it a longtime favourite of homeowners with large properties. Shorter than vertical board fences, the post and cross rail design makes for an open, airy appearance that looks great in both wide and narrow yards, and on flat or sloping terrain. A post and rail fence will still effectively mark out your property line, but it won't block natural beauty. Simplicity of design also helps make post & rail fencing durable, hard-wearing and cost-effective. It's easy to install, uninstall or move should you ever need to adjust your property boundaries.

Step two Choose Your Fence Material

Pressure-Treated Fencing

Pressure-treated fencing is durable and long-lasting, with a strong resistance to rot, decay and insects. Easy to handle and work with, pressure-treated fence boards can also be stained or painted for a great finished look. Home Hardware's Backyard Projects use premium pressure-treated wood to help ensure your fence boards have fewer knots, a straighter grain, and less tendency to warp. With proper care and maintenance your pressure-treated fence should last up to 20 years.

Spruce Fencing

Spruce is one of the most inexpensive wood fencing options on the market. Its light colour and coarse grain make for a great rustic look, and also allows spruce to be easily stained or painted for a customized finish. Untreated spruce turn an attractive silvery gray colour, though staining will increase the durability and lifespan of the wood. A sealant should also be applied to protect against moisture and pests. A good spruce fence can last up to seven years or more.

Cedar Fencing

The deep, rich colour of cedar make it an excellent option for backyard fencing. Left unstained cedar will weather nicely into an appealing, rustic grey hue. But it can also be stained, bleached or painted to great effect. The natural oils in cedar make it resistant to rot, decay and insects. Cedar is dimensionally stable, which makes it less likely to twist and warp in an outdoor environment. Any type of treatment will increase the lifespan of your cedar fence. Properly maintained, it can last anywhere from 15 to 30 years. Contact your local Home Hardware Building Centre for availability.

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  • Fence Gates: Once you've selected your fence type, you need to consider whether or not you want a gate for your backyard. In some jurisdictions it may be mandatory, so be sure to check with your local building official. The right gate will add perfect finishing touch to your fence so try to envision the final appearance. Do you want the gate to blend seamlessly with your fence or would you prefer it stand out and make a statement? Should the gate top follow the flat line of the fence top, or would an upward or downward arc be more appealing? Home Hardware offers a wide selection of gate packages to meet your needs and budget.

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  • How Your Backyard Project Works

  • Backyard Projects are available through all Home Hardware Building Centre and Home Building Centre locations. All lumber and materials are included: simply choose your project and contact your nearest Building Centre location to confirm material availability and place your order. Concrete footing materials are sold separately; these items are specific to your project and will need to be considered when designing your fence. Your Backyard Projects expert will help you choose the options that are right for your home. Project costs will vary according to local conditions, by-laws, and building codes. Contact your local Building Centre for project pricing and guidance.

Backyard Project Installation Options

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    1. DIY: The self-installation option gives you complete control of your project. That means you're in charge of the material cutting, pre-drilling and assembly. The level of difficulty varies from project-to-project. Many are ideal for handy homeowners with experience reading construction plans and using power tools and hand tools. All tool requirements are also your responsibility, but remember - Home Hardware's always here to help!

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    2. We Install: For more advanced projects, your best solution may be to use Home Hardware's trusted Home Installs service, or a Home Hardware recommended contractor. This option brings experience and expertise to your project and helps ensure it is completed in a timely, professional manner (including post-project cleanup). Consult with your store's Backyard Projects expert to make the choice that is right for you.

Before You Start: Whichever option you choose, be sure to contact your local building department for by-law and permit requirements, and your local utilities for easements and underground service locations. Your Backyard Projects expert can help guide you through the process and assist with any special drawings and approvals that may be required.

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