The pictures here depict both
"raking" (below) and "stair-stepping" (right). Our vinyl fences fall
into three major categories. Privacy (solid) styles like the Chesterfield pictured here,
ornamental styles, post and rail and picket styles. Their ability to rake is most
difficult in that order. In addition, for sharp raking, the pre-routed holes in the posts
may need enlarged on their heights to allow the rails to slide in at the additional angle.
This can be done with a coarse file. Here is a chart that shows raking limitations we
would call "natural" raking ability. These are the limits of the materials
without a lot of fuss. Angles 35 degrees or more are possible with special posts and
Natural Slope - Rise Per Foot
Post & Rail
2" with 8' rail
difficult 3", over 7-1/2', lattice tops no
This is an example of "raking"
(left). Customizing the grade of the fence to match the landscaping. This is a
task that involves cutting the picket tops and bottoms at an angle in cases where the
grade is sharp. Some raking is possible with little fuss; up to 3'' per 7-1/2' section on
solid styles (except lattice tops). WARNING: Pre-fabricated gates will
not rake. See picture left.
This view shows the
"stair-stepping" technique that is used to maintain the close distance from the
bottom rail to the ground. In this case, order end posts instead of line posts so
you can cut the second side on site for a custom fit.