Cedar Privacy Fence Installed West Bend, Wisconsin

West Bend Fencing Installation

cedar privacy fence

A to Z Quality Fencing LLC of  Kewaskum, WI completed a cedar dog-eared privacy fence in West Bend, Wisconsin last week.

I wanted to take this opportunity to talk about the choices in wood fences.  Your first decision to make in purchasing a new wood fence is what height of fence you need.  There are several factors to making this decision.  Reason for fence, placement of fence, style of fence and of course city/town codes and or subdivision by-laws. You would also need to pick the style of fencing. Lastly but not least would be the type of lumber to use.

The reason for the fence may be the most important.  If you are wanting privacy then a 5′ or 6′ fence is probably the way to go.  If you are containing dogs, kids, or just out lining property lines then the 4′ fence may suit your needs. Your local building code may dictate what height and where you can go with your fence.  For instance in West Bend, Wisconsin  You can only go 6′ tall if you stay 6″ off your property line.  In Hales Corners, Wisconsin  you can only go 6′ if you stay 2′ off your property line.  In Wauwatosa, Wisconsin area  they only allow you to go 4’6″ tall unless you get a special permit.  None of this includes your subdivision by-laws.  Most places like Milwaukee, Grafton, Mequon, Port Washington, and Germantown allow you to go right to the property line with a 6′ fence as long as you are in your back yard.  Most front and side yards allow 4′ (many times 4′ privacy with 2′ lattice is allowed. )  As you can see there are many variables to what you can and cannot do based on city codes.  It really isn’t that complicated but it  is best to seek the advice of a good contractor like A to Z Quality Fencing of southeastern Wisconsin for sound advice and placement of your fence.

Now that you have the reason for your fence and the needed height for your fence nailed down, now it is time to look at the style of your fence.  As a salesman I make it my job to give yo all the options and give you my opinion as to what would work well and what would not work well.  In some cases a certain type of fence will make your yard seem extremely small or boxed in while other styles will open it up and can actually make your yard appear larger.  I always suggest customers take their time in choosing both style and height.  Sit in your back yard and imagine what it will look like.  Don’t settle on something you’re not sure about.  If there is something you do not like about a certain style ask to see if it can be altered.  A to Z Quality Fencing LLC custom builds all wood fences and can alter almost anything to your liking.  The last thing I always tell my customer is be sure this is what you want…you have to look at it for the next 15- 20 years.  Styles to choose from would be a basic dog eared picket, a country picket (pointed top), Scalloped (concave or convex), Lattice top (1′ or 2′) as well as our privacy estate (solid privacy with more trim work).  You also need to choose from an open picket fence (spaces between pickets), privacy fence or a shadow box (pickets on both sides of fence alternated).

Now you must choose the type of lumber to use on your fence.  The main choices are White cedar, Western Red cedar and treated lumber.  A to Z Quality Fencing uses Northern white cedar as our main wood product.  Northern White and Western Red Cedar has most of the same qualities except that Red will generally be a darker red wood.  Some of the differences of white cedar and western red cedar is that due to the shrinking supply of Western Red Cedar the mills keep producing thinner and thinner materials.  Example:  Our Northern White cedar picket Is a full 3/4″ thick while the standard Western Red cedar is called a 5/8″ picket but if you measure it it is really only 1/2″.  Our 2x4x8 are actually 1-3/4″ x 3-3/4″ while western red is 1-1/2″x 3-1/2″.  As you can see your getting more fence from a white cedar.  The other thing that sets White and Western Red apart is the number of knots on the boards.  Western red depending on the grade will have many knots of varying size while white will have fewer and smaller knots. The other lumber out there is treated lumber.  Treated lumber is usually pine (the cheapest and most available lumber) that needs to have a chemical treatment in order for it to last more than 3 years.  With the treatment they use today, I give the life of a treated fence as 7-10 years.  Due to the amount of chemicals they must add to the lumber to treat it, treated lumber can be very prone to warping, cracking and splitting.  All lumber is can due this but treated has a much higher rate!  For these reasons we offer White Cedar as our main product at A to Z Quality Fencing.  We can and do offer the other two lumbers to those who insist but most take our experience and recommendation on the white.

I have not gone into installation technique of our wood fences and will do so on a latter blog.

Please feel free to contact me at 414-235-0173 with any questions on wood fence or any other fencing.  I would be glad to help you.  Also check out our web sites for all of our fencing at www.atozqualityfencing.com and our vinyl products at atozfencesupplies.com.


Aaron Smith
A to Z Quality Fencing
American Manufactured Vinyl Fence
MdBarnmasters of Wisconsin



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Premium Rails

Much like our fence pickets, our company takes care to only build with rails with minor defects. Taking the time to use premium fence materials helps ensure your family can enjoy the security and privacy of your new fence for years to come.

Decorative Details

Our team is committed to going the extra mile in every detail of your fence project.

Customize your fence project by asking about our add-ons we offer: decorative post caps, trim, and custom railings.

Better Fence Pickets

We build with only the best fence pickets. These are not the typical fence pickets anyone can buy from the local big-box stores. We have partnered with suppliers to provide the highest quality wood fencing materials.

Stronger Posts

We understand that your fence is only as strong as your posts. This is why we take great care to use the strongest posts, free of defects. We not only offer heavy-duty wood posts but our no-mess, no-dig installation adds a galvanized steel post inside the wooden post for an even stronger post.

All high-quality posts are built to ensure that your fence stands strong for years.

Stronger Top Rails

The Modern Aluminum Fence top rails are routed into the posts creating an even stronger fence installation! The U channels are screwed to the frame and the entire fence is quickly assembled on-site using our no-mess, no-dig installation.

Modern, Sleek Design

A to Z Quality Fencing’s proprietary Modern Aluminum Fence features one of the most modern, sleek designs on the market. These fences are long-lasting and bring the best of A to Z’s vinyl (including simulated wood finishes) and aluminum products together, allowing for custom fabrication of modern, industrial, privacy fencing.

Stronger Fencing

Compared to wood, vinyl fencing is much stronger. Vinyl fencing is flexible and durable, which helps vinyl out-perform wood fencing in windy conditions and with environmental exposure to UV rays and weather.

Versatile Inlay Options

Want to create a super durable fence that’s as unique as you? With a Modern Aluminum Fence, you can pair A to Z Quality Fencing’s commercial aluminum fence with the inlay that best fits your style. Our vinyl inlay is available in 9 colors including various simulated wood tones, so you can create the exact look you want.

Durable Frame

Modern Aluminum Fence posts are composed of galvanized steel posts covered by our commercial-grade aluminum with its superior powder coat finish to create a stronger, longer-lasting fence that is more than weather-resistant – it will not rust with exposure to the elements!

Easy to Clean

Vinyl fencing can be cleaned easily with a regular garden hose. If you get a little mildew from moisture or shady conditions, you can use a mild dish soap and then spray off the fence with a garden hose. Vinyl fences are very easy to clean, making them a great option for low-maintenance fencing.

More Options Available

Vinyl fencing is available in a wide variety of configurations to match any property, home, or purpose. Iconic, white vinyl picket fences give a feel of classic Americana with that white-picket-fence-style. Darker vinyl fences can be installed to make a space look more elegant or modern. From short picket to tall privacy, vinyl fencing can be designed to enhance your backyard or business.

Strict Standards

All our aluminum fence meets BOCA (Building Officials and Code Administrators) code. These strict standards ensure your fencing is sturdy, durable, and non-climbable, protecting your property no matter if you are fencing in a business, backyard, or swimming pool!

The BOCA health and safety codes are critical when installing fencing around a swimming pool because they prevent children from getting over, under, or through our aluminum fencing.

Beautiful Vinyl Fences

Vinyl fences are a bright, bold fence choice. Available in a variety of colors, vinyl fencing can be installed in a many configurations to help you enhance the beauty of your property. And, because vinyl isn’t as porous as wood, vinyl fences retain their color and finish much longer than wood fencing so you can enjoy your fence for years to come.

Superior Powder Coating

Our superior powder coating provides a smooth, durable finish, more resistant to chips, scratches, fading, rust, and corrosion than other finishes. This long-lasting, low-maintenance finish results from our application and curing processes that melt the powder particles to create a smooth, continuous, and permanent bond to the aluminum.

In addition, our paint finish meets AAMA (American Architectural Manufacturers Association) specifications.

Custom Fabrication

You’re steps away from a one-of-a-kind aluminum fence made just for you! Our high-quality aluminum fencing comes from our sister company A to Z Fence Supplies. We assemble each aluminum fence to meet your unique design requirements, including color, finials, puppy panels, O-rings, and custom top edges.

Stronger Posts & Hardware

A benefit of choosing our team to install your chain link fence is that we use only the most durable posts and hardware.

Chain-link fences are known for being the last fences standing during hurricanes, tornados, and other severe weather events.

Unparalleled Durability

The weakest point of any fence is where the post comes out of the ground. Our no-mess, no-dig installation process pounds a galvanized steel post into the soil. Then we slide an aluminum post over the galvanized steel posts. A steel post is stronger at ground level than an aluminum post.

Our high-quality aluminum fence, combined with our no-mess, no-dig installation process, creates a highly durable aluminum fence.

Top Quality Rails

We pride ourselves on going the extra mile to ensure your investment is built to last.

Adding a top rail to your chain link fence project creates an extra level of durability and security.

Premium Chain Link Mesh

Our chain link mesh offers a high level of security for residential, commercial, and industrial properties.

Manufactured with you in mind to provide you with security and beauty at the same time.

Nice Finishing Caps

Our team prides themselves on putting in the little details that make your fence unique to you. Ask your representative about adding premium finishing caps to your Chain Link fence project.