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This is the funny age old question, which pickets should I use on my new wood fence, which is better. D&C has installed wood fences under many different applications where the spacing on the posts needed to change. Double Drive wood gates are very typical in the wood fence realm and a standard opening for a double drive wood gate is anywhere from 8' opening to 10' opening.
D&C can custom build and install any type of wood with metal frame roller gate and add swing or roller gate operators to any of these types of gates.
A traditional wooden privacy fence is typically built using 4" x 4" x 8' treated pine wood posts set 30" deep in concrete footings on 7' centers. A skirt board is a board that is installed at the bottom of a new wood fence that adds height as well as keeps your bigger investment, the pickets, off the ground which helps to prevent future rot at the bottom of your pickets. For instance if a wood fence is installed on Padre Island it is expected to meet island codes. This is a wood fence built with pickets being installed opposite sides of one another and spaced apart.
A very standard style custom wood fence we get a lot of requests on is to add a foot of lattice to the top of the new 6' wood fence built. We don't recommend going over 5' wide due to sagging and warping issues as well as weight of gate.
D&C builds these gates to the same specs as the walk gates except we do offer if requested 6"x6" treated heavy duty wood posts for these gates and highly recommend them.
For an island code wood fence the center of the posts has to be 6' spacing and a 36" depth along with all rails being attached to posts with hurricane galvanized straps. With the cap and trim wood fence D&C uses 10' long 4" x 4" treated posts set in concrete footings, typically uses 3-2" x 4" treated pine horizontal rails, and for the custom look adds a 2" x 6" treated pine top cap flat on top of new fence and trims out the dog ears of the pickets under this cap with a 1x2 trim board to cover dog ears and give a really nice custom look. It does two things, one is it allows wind to pass thru easier which helps fence to hold up better and second gives a little more openness to a yard if that is the desire. One normal trait of all wood pickets, treated or cedar, is that the pickets over time will shrink.
D&C uses standard on all gates built a hot dipped galvanized gate hardware that is powder coated painted black. All double drive gates also come with heavy duty drop rods to keep gates secured when closed in center. When a gate is too large to build all out of wood, we recommend using a heavy duty galvanized frame gate and attaching wood pickets to this frame. This is a great option and we highly recommend adding a 3rd middle rail to all wood fences. Also standard with all D&C walk gates that sets us apart from all our competitors is that we use 4" x 6" x 8' treated gate posts, even though the rest of the fence has 4" x 4" posts.
For example if a double drive gate opening is 13' wide, we will weld two 6'6" wide galvanized metal frames for this opening, set two 6" x 6" heavy treated wood posts, and attach pickets on new metal frames and hang gates. After rails are installed D&C will install typical 1" x 6" x 6' wood dog eared pickets to new posts and rails for a finished wood privacy fence. This style of fence eliminates those gaps by adding a 1x2 strip run vertical with the pickets on every joint, basically giving it a custom look kind of like siding on a house, and absolute total privacy. This allows for longevity, eliminates the warping issue, and makes gates far more workable and adjustable. Another huge difference on D&C gates is we will use cedar 2" x 4" framework on the new gate.
As far as type of posts used for wood fences we gave you the standard, 4" x 4" x 8' treated posts, you could also upgrade using 4" x 6" x 8' treated posts if desired. Please let us know if you would like this option and we would be glad to add it to your fence estimate. Note that D&C carry's two different sizes of wood pickets, the 1" x 6" and the 1" x 4", which both look great.