Do you get blinded by technology?

It happens all the time, and I get a bit confused when my kids talk about the latest gadget.

Fence building is an old art and people have been closing off their land for centuries.

A lot of fence building terms come from the many years of fence building, and most of them are self-explanatory.

New terms pop up all the time, and sometimes even we are left scratching our heads.

With this in mind, we decided to ask our experts for the common terms, and the not-so-common ones.

A list to help our clients doing the DIY jobs; those building or repairing a fence who may need a guide through the process.

Some of the terms are new, but many are older ones which still need a bit of explaining.

On the list of fence building terms we have:


A lot of people contact us who do not realize they have a choice of materials with which to work.  It may seem obvious, but if you are building a fence, you must decide on the right material. A vinyl fence will require little maintenance and last many years. Wood is the traditional fencing material and needs care. Aluminum and iron are durable fences which may suit certain landscapes perfectly.

Rail fencing

Rail fencing consists of rails running between the posts. You can have two, three or four rail fences, depending on what the fence needs to do. Split rail fences are an old way of fence building, which takes a bit of skill but looks great on your property. Rail fences are usually wood or vinyl.

Privacy fences

If you want privacy in your yard or around parts of the garden, then the privacy fence is for you. The pickets in a privacy fence are fixed together and come in completed panels. The panels then fit between the posts and keep the area private from the outside world.

Picket fences

As old as the idea of fences is the picket fence. If you are building a fence you will find the picket fence is straightforward to build. They now come flat packed in assembled panels. All you will have to do is erect the posts and attach the panels. Picket fencing comes in vinyl and traditional wood, with a choice of colors for the garden.

Tan Vinyl Fence

Fence building permits

If you are doing a DIY installation, this is a critical consideration. You may not realize it, but there are many small rules on fence building, especially in urban areas. In some districts, there are restrictions on materials, height, colors, and styles. It is best to ask at the local building regulations office before you start on a fence project.

Fence tools

You are going to need a few tools before you start that fence project. An auger for digging holes is a good one when starting out, as it takes away a lot of digging. You will need a few different tools when working with vinyl, such as the vinyl notching tool for shaping new notches. A level is useful for ensuring the post is straight and that the rail is in line with the rest of the fence.


An essential part of every fence building project is how you finish the fence. We have a wide range of accessories which really add character to the fenced area. Fence post caps vary from standard to ornate and look great when in place. Lighting accessories add plenty of style and light up the fence and garden at night.

Draw It & Quote It

This is our software to help DIY builders erect the best fence possible. The software will allow you to see costs and how the fence will look on your property. You can sample different styles and get an idea on time and overall budget.

Call us

We know a lot about fence building.

Our experts can help you plan the project from start to finish.

Do not let the terms confuse you.

Call us today and let us help you build that fence on your property.

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