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

Post Types & Their Uses


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


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


Used 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


Used 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 accommodate.
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 Post.

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 & Match:  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 look.

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

Our 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 ]