Help Center – Planning Guide

Fence Planning Guide

To help you understand how to plan a fence and ensure no details get overlooked, we have put together a list of fence plans which will help you determine what’s needed to complete your project and to provide ideas and options for unique situations like elevation changes and odd sizes or layouts.

Fence Components

The above
illustration shows the different fence
components, and their names, that make up our
complete fence systems.  The fence shown is

Rainier Privacy Fence
but most terms are
universal and apply to all fence styles we
offer.  For detailed information and
specifications for each style we offer please
visit the product page for that product of view

Product Catalog
for a complete listing of
styles, sizes and options.

Post Types & Their Uses


where a fence line starts and ends
including when a gate will be
installed on any remaining side.


where two sections of fence meet and
are running in a straight line. Some
angle variation possible.


where a 90 degree corner is desired.
Some angle variation is possible as
with line posts.


Used to
create a 3-Way intersection of
fence. A 4-Way intersection would
require 2 End Posts


when no fence is to be attached as
would be the case for a gate at the
end of a fence line.

Layout Plan Samples

The Images below
demonstrate a couple of common and basic types
of fence project configurations.  This
should give you a sense of how the different
types of posts are used and how the number of
posts is almost always more then the number of
fence sections.  Adding gates, stopping and
starting a segment of fence, splitting a section
of fence in half, these are all situations that
require additional posts beyond the “one post
per section” that come with the fence sections
free of charge.

In this
example of a residential home front yard
you can see the posts used at multiple
gate locations/placements.  Each
situation is different
and different post types are needed to

In the
second example, this one showing a back
yard, we show a very standard
configuration.  You can see that in
both examples the gate next to the house
uses a Blank Post and not an End /Gate

Racking Vs. Stepping

The two most common
options for installing Vinyl Fence on a surface
with an elevation change or grade are shown
below.  For specific questions or
assistance please [
Contact Us ]

and speak to one of our trained fence and
installation professionals.  We can help
plan your project and ensure you have everything
you will need.

An example
of a stepped installation using our

Rainier Privacy Fence
.  This
technique can be used with almost any of
our fence styles.


An example
of a racked installation using our

Rainier Privacy Fence
. The same
result can also be achieved with our

Mocha Walnut Privacy Fence

Mixing Styles, Creative Options

Mix &
 You can mix styles and
colors to create a unique look for your
yard of fence project.  Standard
Colors to choose from include White Tan
and Cray and can be combined in a
variety of ways to create the perfect

Selecting Color Combinations:

available colors

Most all of
our fence style come in our three
standard colors; White, Tan and Clay.
The Rainier Privacy and our Ranch Rail
Fence is also available in Gray. For a
complete list of color options see [

Available Colors

simulated stone fence

Simulated Stone Privacy Fence has an
even wider variety of color options.
If you are looking for more color
options the Simulated Stone is a great
choice.  [

View The Simulated Stone Privacy Fence