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Before installing a fence, you should consider several factors for your safety, and for the safety of others.

Property Line

First, it is imperative that you know the precise location of your property line. If you do not know where your property line is, consider hiring a local surveyor who will be happy to assist you. Additionally, it is important to discuss the fencing plan with your neighbors, so everyone agrees on the proposed fence line. You do not want to find yourself in a dispute later on because your neighbor does not agree with your new privacy fence.

Underground Utilities

It is also important to check with local regulations and ordinances before installing a wooden fence to avoid digging into a gas, water, or electrical line. Not doing so could pose a threat to your safety, and those around you, or the city or county could fine you. You can check our county offices page for your county’s phone number. If you contract with us, we will call 811 for you, however, if you are installing the fence yourself, you must call 811 before you dig anywhere in Tennessee.

Remember, 811 only checks certain utility companies, and those companies will be listed on your dig ticket. Be sure also to contact any other local utility companies so that they can mark any pipelines and underground cables. Also, consider any sprinkler systems or other underground piping or electrical work that you or any other previous property owner might have installed. There are local companies that will locate these privately installed utilities for you.

Homeowners Association

If you live in a neighborhood or are bound by a homeowners association, be sure to check the rules before installing your fence. Make sure that a fence is even allowed, and that there are not any limitations on the type, size, or style of fence that you choose.

Now that you have the go ahead to install a fence, consider the type of wood you would like to use.

Wood Fencing – Which type of wood do I choose?

Every fence project is different, but many homeowners, or business owners, may decide that wood fencing is a better fit for their needs instead of chain link, vinyl or aluminum fencing, mostly because wood fencing seems to be more affordable and perfect for their needs.

When selecting a wood fence, first decide which type of wood material you prefer for your project. Common materials used for wood fencing are cedar and pine. If cost is a factor, consider choosing pine as it is readily available and requires a smaller initial investment as compared to cedar. If quality is more of a priority for you, consider cedar as your material of choice. Cedar is naturally durable, insect-resistant, non-toxic, and does not require harsh chemical treatments for it to last a long time.

Difference between cedar and pine

Cedar wood is a popular choice for privacy fences because of its natural beauty, and it is low maintenance. Cedar does not shrink or warp and is known to be a more long-term solution with little to no maintenance throughout the years. Some believe that cedar is worth splurging for, especially considering its beauty and that it is low-maintenance.

Pine wood is pressure treated to prevent damage from termites, weathering, and rot. However, pine can shrink and warp if not properly maintained, and the sun will only make it worse. Water makes the pine moist, which helps decrease the warping and shrinking that may occur when it is hot and dry out. Pressure treated pine should be stained or painted regularly, to protect the wood from rot, and maintain aesthetics.

Style of Fence

You are ready to install a wooden fence, but which type of style is right for you?

The most common styles of wooden fences are solid side-by-side, board-on-board, spaced picket, or shadowbox. There are also many other custom styles available. If you are not sure which style is best for you, our expert technicians can help you decide.

What style of wood fencing offers the most privacy?

The board-on-board style allows for complete privacy. The boards are nailed up side-by-side, and then we go back along the fencerow and place another board on top of the other boards to hide any gaps that may arise in the fence. This style offers the most privacy in a wood fence that you can get, but the installation cost is a little extra because of the second row of boards that need to be added.

What are the semi-privacy styles of wood fencing?

The solid side-by-side style allows semi-privacy because the wood planks may shrink when they dry and leave a small gap between boards. This gap is hardly noticeable unless you get next to the fence and peek through the boards. The solid side-by-side plank fence is less expensive than the board-on-board, because of this reason this is considered the standard dog-eared style of wood fencing, and is the most common of the wood fences used in local residential areas.

The shadowbox style is ideal for privacy and airflow, plus it features a similar look to the board-on-board but has a gap between the boards to allow a view from each side of the fence, depending on which angle you are looking.

The spaced picket style is used to define boundaries, and at the same time maintain a decorative appeal. The fence is placed board by board with a pre-determined amount of space between each board. This allows air to flow through the area as well as maintaining a view from both sides of the fence.

All of the styles may be used to fence around swimming pools, cover unattractive areas, define property lines, and create curb appeal.

Need Help?

If you are ready to get started on the installation of a new fence, contact MT Fence & Deck today at (931) 224-7186 or email us at We gladly serve clients in the Middle-Tennessee areas of Franklin, Mt. Juliet, and Murfreesboro.