Description - Spruce, as well as other species of wood such as pine and fir, belong to the
grouping of woods known as whitewoods. This wood, when used in outdoor applications
such as fencing is white in appearance when first installed. Whitewoods readily accept
stain or paint, but left untreated will weather to a silvery gray. Hoover Fence Co. highly
recommends treating these spruce stockade fence panels to help prevent warping, cracking,
and other general deterioration. Fence panels should be installed (with galvanized,
aluminum, or stainless steel screws or nails) on treated fence posts or steel posts set in
concrete footers. The depth and diameter of post holes and concrete footers are dependent
on local building practices. Depth of footer should exceed local frost level.
Advantages - Wood privacy fences define
boundaries, provide security, and help protect against natural elements such as snow and
wind. Spruce stockade fence panels ship preassembled making installation fast, easy, and
economical for an average fence builder. Spruce picket fences are one of the most
economical privacy fences available and may be painted or stained to match buildings and
houses. Preassembled fence panels are easy to cut down in size to fit lot characteristics.
Gates may be made out of sections of fence.
Disadvantages - Fence requires a
preservative for the longest-lasting performance, however many installations are never
treated. Wood fence panels are not as consistent as vinyl or aluminum fence panels and
generally do not last as long.