Logo, Reyes Fence - Fence Contractor

(609) 561-8792
Mailing Address: 318 Arrowood Avenue, Blue Anchor, NJ 08037

Office & Showroom: 314 Arrowood Avenue, Blue Anchor, NJ 08037
ray@reyesfence.com

 
 
 
 

Licensed & Insured v NJ Contractors License Number: 13VH06391200 v Year-Round Installations Available

 
 
Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some common questions we have been asked. If you don't see the answer you seek below, please send us your question via our Contact Form.

1.

What kind of fencing do you install?

We install almost any type of fencing for residential, commercial or industrial needs. Our professional team can install aluminum, chain link, vinyl or wood for your yard or around a pool. Unfortunately, we do not install invisible/underground dog fencing; but we do make dog enclosures if you need to contain your pets!
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2.

Where can I see different fence products and styles you have?

Our estimators can give you a great idea onsite of what may work for your needs. You can also see completed installation photos here on our website in the Photo Gallery, or in our various brochures at the Fence Specifications page.
You can also visit our showroom, located at 314 Arrowood Avenue, Blue Anchor, NJ 08037.
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3.

Are you licensed and insured?

Yes. We carry full liability and workman's compensation policies. Certificates are available on request.
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4.

Do I need a permit to install a fence?

A permit is typically required to construct a fence. As each township is different, check with your local office for requirements, restrictions and permit fees.
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5.

What is "Checking"?

Please take note that all cedar wood is subject to the natural process of “checking”. Checks are cracks or openings that form along the surfaces of wood, parallel to the wood's natural grain direction; seasonal fluctuations in wood's moisture content.Cedar wood has a number of beneficial qualities that make it ideal for use in shingles, fencing, outdoor furniture and several other applications. The wood has an aesthetically pleasing, straight-grain pattern; a pleasing fragrance and it naturally resists the damaging effects of moisture, insects and microorganisms.

Checking happens as wood releases moisture, and normally occurs across or through the annual growth rings. While outer layers of wood fiber are able to expel moisture quickly when temperatures warm up, inner layers shed moisture at a much lower rate. As a result, the outer layers shrink inwards, but crack when they bump into the denser, moisture-heavy inner layers. It is the usual result of wood seasoning. Checking occurs only on the surface of the wood, and does not affect the structural performance or the integrity of the wood. 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Products Laboratory at Madison, Wisconsin has done considerable research on this subject. The following is quoted from U.S.D.A. Bulletin #1187: "Round items are considerably more difficult to season than sawed items. The difficulty arises because the round item contains the heartwood or center of the tree, frequently of large proportion to the whole, and the outer sapwood layer. The enclosure of the heartwood within the piece prevents the satisfaction of the inherent differences between tangential and radial shrinkage by distortion of cross section. As a consequence, stresses set up in different directions during drying. Thus, the item has a natural tendency to develop a V-shaped check toward the center."

In plain language - when a full round or square timber dries, the exterior surface (sapwood) shrinks faster than the inner (heartwood) heart of the piece, and something has to give. The result is the familiar "check" which is technically neither a split nor a crack. Users of full round timbers (posts, rails, etc.) or dimensional members (posts, boards, slats, etc.) can be assured that the natural checking, which is almost certain to occur, will have no appreciable effect on the strength of that member.

 

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