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How to Install a Fence on a Slope

Aluminum Fence

The aluminum fencing made by Specrail is manufactured so you are able to follow a gradual slope without having to stair step your fence. This allows you to follow the contour of your yard while the vertical pickets of the fence stay vertical.

This ability to accommodate slope is called rackability. The standard rackability for a residential grade Specrail fence section is about 8 inches over a 6 foot span. Fence sections can also be specially made to accommodate a more severe slope if needed by specially punching the horizontal rails of the fence.

Note: This degree of rackability is only applicable for fence styles that have standard picket spacing (just under 4 inches). Styles with only 1.5 inch picket spacing cannot rack. (note should be italicized in different color)

Of course, you can also stair step the fencing if this is the look you are trying to achieve.

Aluminum fence provides you with the elegant look of wrought iron, is maintenance free and has the ability to follow the slope of your property. This makes a very attractive option for your fencing needs.

Vinyl Fence
The vinyl fencing from Vinylgard is also manufactured in a way that allows you to follow a gradual slope without stepping the fence. It is generally constructed in the same manner as the aluminum fencing. The same rules apply in regards to picket spacing and rackability (if the picket spacing is tight you won't be able to follow much slope). Again, stair stepping the fence is also option if you desire this type of appearance.

Vinyl fence gives you the traditional look of picket or privacy fence without the maintenance of wood with the ability to follow your slope or stair step.

Wrought Iron Fence
Our wrought iron fencing is not able to follow a slope due to its all welded construction. There is a four point weld at each location where vertical picket meets horizontal rail. This does not allow for any rackability. The only way to install the wrought iron fencing on a slope is to stair step the fence. The strength and durability of wrought iron is the biggest advantage of this type of fencing. You just have to sacrifice the ability to follow the grade of your property with this style. 

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