Fences 101 - Chapter 5: Fence Glossary
Last Updated: 02/10/2012
Aluminum - A lightweight, low maintenance ornamental fencing material.
Augur - A tool used to drill into and remove dirt from post holes.
Board on Board Fence - A type of fence that has a staggered arrangement of boards on either side of 2 or more rails. Also called a Good Neighbor Fence.
Composite - A fence material manufactured from a combination of synthetic material and natural wood.
Concrete - A mixture of cement and an aggregate such as limestone, sand, or gravel. Commonly used to anchor fence posts.
Chain Link Fence - A fence type composed of galvanized steel wire mesh and posts.
Deer Fence - A polypropylene mesh fencing system used to protect gardens and landscaping from wildlife.
ICC Code (formerly known as BOCA Code) - The ICC is the International Code Council. They publish the IRC (International Residential Code) and IBC (International Building Code). The Pool Barrier code in the IRC defines a set of national standards for residential pool fences.
Iron - A heavy metal used in ornamental fencing. Iron fences are typically either wrought (worked into a shape) or cast.
Kennel Fence - A steel wire mesh fencing system used to build pet kennel cages.
Ornamental Fence - A fence type defined by long thin metal pickets attached to horizontal rails.
Picket - A vertical element in a fence. Pickets can be made from any fence material, including aluminum, steel, or wood.
Picket Fence - A common type of fence made from pickets, rails, and posts.
Pool Fence - A fence used to provide a barrier around a swimming pool.
Post - A vertical support component in a fence.
Post Anchor - A metal device driven into the ground that supports a fence post. An alternative to traditional post hole and cement fence installations.
Post Hole Digger - A tool used to dig and remove dirt from a fence post hole. Also called a clamshell digger.
Post Mount - An optional fence component used to mount a fence post to concrete.
Post & Rail Fence - A common fence type made from vertical posts and horizontal rails.
Privacy Fence - A fence type characterized by tightly fitted components. Build to enhance privacy and reduce external noise.
Privacy Slat - A vinyl strip locked onto a chain link fence to enhance privacy and visual characteristics.
Rackable Panel - A fence panel that changes profile from square to diagonal. Used for fences installed on a hill or grade.
Rail - A horizontal element in a fence upon which boards or pickets are attached.
Split Rail - A fence type made from split wood rails and posts.
Stair Stepping - A method of installing a fence on a grade where each successive panel is placed higher (uphill) or lower (downhill) than the last.
Steel - A heavy duty fencing material commonly used in ornamental fences.
Vinyl - A lightweight synthetic fence material commonly used as an alternative to wood fencing.