What are the basic fence materials?

Basic fence materials for residential use include pressure treated or cedar wood (picket, estate and privacy), rustic split rail with wire mesh, classic ornamental aluminum or steel fence, metal chain link, and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) fences.


What kind of fasteners do you use?

We use ring shanked, or stainless steel nails approved for the new MCQ pressure treating process. Stainless nails are required when using cedar. However, we do use screws and bolts when necessary to make gates and decks stronger. Composite decks require screws and are recommended on wood decks.


Which is better cedar or pressure treated materials?

The basic differences between cedar and pressure treated materials are the life and visual appearance of the lumber. Cedar, usually western red, is a dense, yet light material with a tendency to resist rotting and infestation. While cedar is a sometimes more stable material it does not have the longevity of pressure treated.   Pressure-treated lumber, southern yellow pine is a dense, heavyweight material with a mix of chemicals injected into the lumber during a treatment process at the mill. The wood is environmentally safe and prevents rotting or infestation from occurring during the life of the lumber. This provides for durability and longevity in custom fences.  


What kind of warranty do you offer on my fence?

You will have a 5 year warranty on all workmanship on your new purchase.  However, we are always glad to fix minor problems years after depending on the situation.  In addition, the materials used in the installation of your fence or deck are covered by the manufacturer’s warranty. Please ask for specifics on the product you choose.


How should I care for my wood fence?

Although it seems obvious, we like to remind customers to use their gates with care and keep them closed especially during harsh wind and storms. At three to six months: You should apply water repellent to aid the pressure-treatment. For example: Thompson’s Water seal. It is important that a water repellent, coat of paint or stain be applied after a fence dries out. This will reduce the amount of shrinkage & warping of materials. Repeat every couple or so. Once a stain, paint or water repellent has been applied, no additional care is needed to maintain the fence. Gate hardware may need to be checked occasionally. Nashville Fence and Deck does offer these services.  With the proper care and attention, you can expect to enjoy years of satisfaction from your new fence!


How deep are your posts set?

We always try to set posts at the very minimum 18″ deep regardless of the type of fence/barrier/pole or ground conditions, but sometimes 18″ is not feasible or necessary due to bed rock. In some cases we are happy to have a 12″ depth in some rock. When the soil is “soft” we usually set posts 24″-30″ at the most shallow.


Why choose Nashville Fence and Deck?

Ask any one of our past customers. Attention to detail, and fast friendly services are our priority. We aim to do this while also offer a fair price without gimmicks and phony pricing schemes. We treat each customer as we would want to be treated! Find out for yourself!


Fence Installation

All of our fence installation projects are custom fabricated on site to match the existing contour of each homeowners yard, allowing the fence to roll in flowing manner that stays consistent with the slope of the land. We take pride in our design to ensure that spacing between posts, framing runners, and pickets are even and uniform. Whether it’s a 4 foot picket or 8 foot privacy fence we maintain the habit of also making our vertical support posts and pickets plumb and our horizontal board members level and/or parallel. Attention to detail and symmetric consistency are one of the many assets that sets Nashville Fence and Deck apart from our competitors.


Commonly Used Fence Lumber Dimensions

Vertical Support Posts
4”x4” finished at 3.5”x3.5”
6”x6” finished at 5.5”x5.5”

Horizontal Framing Runners
2”x4” finished at 1.5”x1.5”
2”x6” finished at 1.5”x5.5”

Vertical Pickets
1”x6”x6’ finished at 5/8”x6”x6’
1”x6”x8’ finished at 5/8”x6”x8’
1”x4”x4’ finished at 5/8”x4”x4’



We dig our 4×4 post footer holes for 6 and 4 foot tall fences 18 to 24 inches deep and 8 inches wide. We add 60 pounds of concrete per hole and let it set for one to three days before we frame depending on the weather. Then to frame the fence we fasten three (two for 4 foot and four for 8 foot tall fences) 2×4 horizontal runners for 6 foot fences with 3 inch galvanized zinc coated shanked framing nails or 3 inch wood screws. Last fasten the pickets one by one with 2 inch nails or screws.