Q: Hi Rob, thank you for the quote. I went on line and saw at a large box store that 6’ cedar fencing can be obtained at $82 per 8 ft. section. Throw in posts and hardware and I suppose you would come up with about $900 dollars, retail. I know that 8’ would be somewhat more expensive but cannot believe if you discount contractor pricing that it would be that much different. It seems that over 2K in labor for a 64-foot fence is rather high. Can you account for this? Thanks.
1. We stick build our fence one board at a time, we do not use prefab fence material.
First, prefab fence material is not available in 8ft and we would never consider using it no matter how great the material savings may be. The stick building will allow for us to follow the contour of your ground, for a more custom look and a better-built fence.
2. My fence boards are a true 3/4″ of an inch and 8ft tall. The Box store boards are only 6ft tall and only 1/4 to half inch thick. The grade of cedar is lucky to be a 3 instead a #1 like we have quoted. The higher quality cedar the least amount of knots.
3. A lot of the times consumers are looking at an online price that is for ACQ pressure treated lumber OR untreated Spruce, which again we never recommend for fence boards or 2×4 rails. The warping and twisting may happen rapidly.
Another very common mistake is mistaking cedar tone or pre stained lumber as Cedar, this is a marketing technique used by many retailers.
4. We use full thickness cedar 2×4 rails 3 per section, not ACQ pressure treated rails which are often substituted to give a very attractive purchase price.
5. We use aluminum ring shank nails which will not rust. We do not secure our fence with staples or ungalvanized fasteners which will rust and streak down the fence boards or just corrode and boards will then fall off, which again is found on prefab panel pricing fence.
6. All of our posts will be 4x4x12 we recommend a 36″ minimum deep hole for 8ft fence construction. (My quote does reflect a 10ft long post, however, that is an error on my part. You will receive a 12ft long post.)
7. This deep of a hole will require approx. two 80lb bags of concrete per hole.
I hope some of these things make sense, let me know if I can be of any more assistance.