Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Wood fence Installation

Sterling Fence Inc  installation crews take pride in their craftsmanship. We have many referrals and repeat customers. On privacy and picket fences, we set post approximately 3’ in the ground (8” diameter footing) and cement top 2/3’s so post do not rot prematurely.

Fences conform to the contour of the ground and posts. Gates are custom fabricated at the job site, with heavy decorative hardware being used. Good fences must be straight and clearing obstacles in the way is important.

We inspect the ground during bid quotation and modify the building of the fence if necessary. All types of dirt, clay, sand, black dirt, peat, and gravel are taken into consideration.

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Wood Fence Installation

Wood Fence Installation

Chain Link Fence

Chain Link Fencing Company

Commonly referred to as mesh or wire, Sterling Fence primarily sells 11 gauge and 9 gauge wire. The gauge refers to the thickness of the wire. The smaller the gauge (number) the heavier or stronger the mesh or wire. The wire also comes in varying diamond sizes. The greater the number of diamond shaped openings, the stronger the fence. (Our 2” wire is of greater strength than the 2 ¼” and 2 ½” wire sold at big box stores). The wire is a hot dip zinc galvanized for resistance to corrosion. The fence is available in 42”, 48”, 60” and 72” heights.

The 11 gauge wire is most often used and serves well for most requirements, large or small size dogs, children, and boundaries, etc.


The fencing contractors at Sterling Fence, Inc. install chain link, wood panel, vinyl and ornamental fence. We are a full-service fencing company that provides service throughout the Twin Cities including Minneapolis, St. Paul, Roseville, Minnetonka, Eagan, Apple Valley, Shakopee, Edina, Eden Prairie, Chaska, Chanhassen, Waconia, Plymouth, Maple Grove, Rosemount, Wayzata, Bloomington, Burnsville and Brooklyn Park, MN. We are insured and licensed to operate in the state of Minnesota.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

7 types of Cedar

Seven types of cedar trees exist. They produce a desired and beautiful form of lumber that is used for commercial building as well as home and personal use. Sterling Fence Inc uses Western Red Cedar

Cedar wood fence properties

Sterling Fence Inc cedar fence has the properties of dimensional Stability - Cedar offers low density and shrinkage factors, and exceptional thermal insulation value.

Workability - Cedar is easy to cut, form, glue and finish.

Natural Preservative - Cedar contains natural preservatives, tanin,  that resist moisture, decay and insect damage.

Flame Spread and Smoke Development Ratings - Cedar exceeds safety classifications and does not require preservative treatments.

All-Weather - Cedar is naturally at home in the sun, rain, heat and cold all year round.

Durable Cedar that Sterling Fence Inc uses:

Sterling Fence Inc has Cedar whic is very durable: 
Historically, native peoples of the Pacific coast prized cedar for its long lasting qualities and used wood and bark from cedar trees for most of their building needs. Evidence of cedar's durability are the many cedar artifacts still in good condition today.

Properly finished and maintained, cedar will deliver decades of trouble-free service. If exposed for prolonged periods to conditions where decay could be a factor, such as where the wood is in contact with the ground, cedar should be treated with suitable wood preservatives.

Western Red Cedar has good fastening properties but its natural preservatives have a corrosive effect on some unprotected metals in close contact, causing a black stain on the wood. Fasteners should be corrosive resistant such as aluminum, brass, silicon bronze, hot-dipped galvanized or stainless steel.

Nails and screws used to fasten Western Red Cedar should be about one-third longer than those used to fasten hardwood species.

Because it is free of pitch and resin, Western Red Cedar has excellent gluing properties, comparable to those, for example, of old growth Redwood and American Chestnut. It works well with a wide range of adhesives.
Although cedar is a naturally durable species, leaving it untreated is not recommended because a finish or protective coating will greatly increase its service life. Cedar is free of pitch and with its high degree of dimensional stability, it is the best of the softwoods for accepting paints, stains, oils and other coatings. For a detailed discussion, see Finishing Western Red Cedar published by the Western Red Cedar Lumber Association.
With its straight grain and uniform texture, Western Red Cedar is among the easiest and most rewarding woods to work with. It takes a fine finish in all hand and machine operations, takes fasteners without splitting and is easily sawn and nailed. When working with Western Red Cedar, sharp cutters are recommended.
Products, Grades and Sizes
There are few more versatile building materials than Western Red Cedar which is ideal both for indoor and outdoor uses. Western Red Cedar lumber is available in visual stress grades for construction and finishing uses in a range of lengths, widths and thicknesses. It is available in clear or knotty grades with smooth surfaced, combed or rough sawn finishes; kiln dried or unseasoned (green); flat grain and vertical grain.

Western Red Cedar is used to manufacture a range of specialty products such as siding, paneling, structural decking and outdoor decking. Detailed product information is available from the Western Red Cedar Export Association.

Cedar produced by the Western Red Cedar Export Association includes specialty end use grades as well as products graded to National Lumber Grading Authority (NLGA) rules. NLGA grades are approved by the American Lumber Standards Board of Review and are accepted under all US building codes.

Western Red Cedar (Thuja plicata) is one of North America's great renewable resources. Slow growing and naturally durable, Western Red Cedar has one of the longest life spans of any North American softwood. It produces long lengths of timber with true, straight grain. It is free from pitch and its heartwood has natural decay resistance. Its low density gives it an insulation value superior to most other species. Light weight, easy to work, easy to finish, possessing outstanding dimensional stability, Western Red Cedar is a preferred wood for nearly all purposes where attractive appearance or resistance to weather is important.

Features of Western Red Cedar

Acoustic properties: Cedar tends to dampen sound transmission
Density (oven-dry): 22 lb/ft3
Specific Gravity (oven dry): 0.35
Durability: Durable species
Fasteners: Corrosion resistant only (aluminum, hot-dipped galvanized, brass, etc.)
Finishing: Paints, stains, varnishes, oils and waxes all work well
Flame spread rating: 69 (class II)
Smoke developed classification: 98
k value(12% mc): 0.74 BTU inch/square ft.h degrees F
R value: 1.35 in. of thickness
Stability: Cedar is the most stable softwood species
Workability: Easy to cut, saw, nail and glue

Comparative Softwood Densities (pcf)

Species Oven-Dry Density
Western Red Cedar 22
Douglas Fir 31
Ponderosa Pine 27
Southern Pine 34

Shrinkage of Western Red Cedar

Direction of Shrinkage Shrinkage in Percentage
From green (25% or greater moisture content) to: From kiln dried (15% average moisture content) to:

  1. Radial shrinkage applies to the width of vertical grain lumber: tangential to the width of flat grain lumber.
  2. Shrinkage does not begin until the fiber saturation point is reached.
  3. 15% is the average equilibrium moisture content of wood during the summer in the Pacific Northwest.
  4. 12% is the summer average equilibrium moisture content in dry areas of the Pacific Northwest.
  5. 6% is the average equilibrium moisture content for interiors of heated buildings.
Our wood

Characteristics of cedar wood

Sterling Fence Inc has Cedar wood which has these properties:

One of the lightest commercial softwoods, the density of Western Red Cedar at oven-dry conditions is approximately 22 pounds per cubic foot with a relative density (specific gravity) of 0.35. Comparative oven-dry densities of cedar and some other softwood species are given in the table below. Cedar's low density enhances its insulation value and makes it an easy wood to transport and handle.

Dimensional Stability
Like all woods, Western Red Cedar is hygroscopic and will absorb or discharge moisture to attain equilibrium with the surrounding atmosphere. However, it has a very low shrinkage factor and is superior to all other coniferous woods in its resistance to warping, twisting and checking. The size differential between dry and unseasoned Western Red Cedar is given in the table below. Shrinkage in both the radial and tangential directions is given in the table below.

Lattice fence

Sterling Fence Inc has lattice fencing for your yard or patio... challenging. Fences and walls can create privacy, sure, but tend to block light and views... your privacy probably isn't high on your priority list. For the rest of us, coming... your privacy and your vacation fund, give lattice a try.... Lattice fences are not less expensive than other fences as the first paragraph implies... solid wood fencing up to 4 or 5 feet and lattice above that to extend visual privacy without..." more »

Jerith Ornemental, aluminum Fence

Decorative aluminum fences are strong, attractive and maintenance-free. They come in many styles, colors and sizes to fit your needs and your landscape. The black-wrought-iron style is one of the most popular ornamental choices. It enhances your property with the wrought iron look without the labor-intensive maintenance of an iron fence. Installation is simple.

Onemental Fence

Decorative aluminum fences from Sterling Fence Inc are strong, attractive and maintenance-free. They come in many styles, colors and sizes to fit your needs and your landscape. The black-wrought-iron style is one of the most popular ornamental choices. It enhances your property with the wrought iron look without the labor-intensive maintenance of an iron fence. Installation is simple.

Jerith Ornemental, aluminum Fence

Decorative aluminum fences from Sterling Fence Inc are strong, attractive and maintenance-free. They come in many styles, colors and sizes to fit your needs and your landscape. The black-wrought-iron style is one of the most popular ornamental choices. It enhances your property with the wrought iron look without the labor-intensive maintenance of an iron fence. Installation is simple.

Jerith Ornemental,

Decorative aluminum fences are strong, attractive and maintenance-free. They come in many styles, colors and sizes to fit your needs and your landscape. The black-wrought-iron style is one of the most popular ornamental choices. It enhances your property with the wrought iron look without the labor-intensive maintenance of an iron fence. Installation is simple.


First, let me say that whoever packaged my products knew what they were doing. The packaging was impeccable! Everything was wrapped internally and labeled; I knew exactly where to find everything. In regards to the quality of your products, I cannot say enough about it. From your designer,  to the thickness and strength of the vertical pickets, I cannot tell you how happy I am with your products! My neighbors haven't stopped complementing the fence and gates we purchased from you. Thank you!"Steve Forsthye, Minneapolis

"Everything turned out great - the fast shipping and the delivery truck driver. The packaging was fantastic and every part was included and in great shape. The fence looks terrific! Thanks so much!"Lynette Holtberg - Glenwood, Minnesota

"Very nice, high quality product. The fence looks great; we are very happy with your products!"Joe Haagland, Maple Grove, MN

"I received my gate in record time and it is absolutely beautiful. It installed easily and it is extremely sturdy. Thank you and I will definitely do business with you again and I will also refer your company."
Frank Gilliespie, Wayzata, Mn

"Love your aluminum fence. Have had multiple comments from neighbors and passerbys. Feel more secure with it and will much more so after our big double gate is up.....great product!"
Joe and Carol Franks, Eden Prairie, Minnesota

"The speedy delivery was a delightful surprise. And, the Gold Finials turned out great!"
Mike James, Bloomington, Mn
Residential Wood Fence Styles are available in numerous heights from 3' high and up. Sterling Fence Inc. has spaced picket fences are available with picket tops in the following styles: dog eared, dog ear curved, French gothic, English gothic, and standard gothic. We also offer decorative post tops cut right into the post or fancy post caps. Sterling Fence Inc offer picket fences prebuilt in 8' wide panels in both western red cedar and treated pine species. Choose from our prebuilt fence panels, or order individual western red cedar fencing components to stick build your own fence style.

Warranty on our Jeith Ornemental Fence

Jerith Lifetime Limited Warranty

As a leading manufacturer of quality fence products, Jerith Manufacturing Co., warrants that the FencCoat finish on its Aluminum Fences of Distinction will not peel, crack, chip, or blister for as long as you own this product. Jerith also warrants that this fence will be free from defects in workmanship and materials for its lifetime and will never rust.
This warranty does not extend to damage caused by improper application, installation, or use; abuse; accident; alteration; negligence; or acts of God. There are no other express warranties except as stated herein. This warranty is issued to the original purchaser and is not transferable. The enclosed postcard must be returned within 30 days to register this warranty with Jerith.
If the product should fail to conform with this warranty, Jerith shall repair or replace the defective parts at its discretion. The purchaser shall provide Jerith with a written notice of the failure, along with proof of purchase, and the nature of the defect. Jerith reserves the right to inspect the material at its plant to determine the validity of a claim. If it is valid, the removal and re-installation cost of the materials are the responsibility of the purchaser.
The above constitutes the complete warranty by Jerith and no other agreement, written or implied, is valid. No person is authorized to change or modify this warranty. Recovery for consequential or incidental damages are hereby excluded. This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights which vary from state to state

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We are located in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. We have had offices in Brooklyn Park, Roseville, Wayzata and in Bloomington,
We carry 11' mountain split rails in stock, These are mixed hardwoods, mainly oak. We also carry cedar split rail, 10' rails and 2 and 3 hole posts.