Wood fencing has a long history of use in early and modern times – it’s versatile, easy to install and maintain, and available in many styles. It’s no wonder it’s one of the most popular materials used in fencing. Read on to learn exactly why the experience, quality materials, and superior techniques of a Richmond, Virginia fence company like First Step Fence will give you a well-built wood fence.

What Makes Our Wood Fences So Durable?

We want your wood fence to last so we make sure that we meet the industry guidelines for the installation of wood fences. Installation techniques are really important, but equally as vital is using quality materials. Here’s a look at why our Virginia residential fence installations are the strongest.

We Use Pressure-Treated Wood

Pressure-treated wood is softwood lumber, typically southern yellow pine, that’s been chemically treated to resist rot, decay, and termites. Southern Yellow Pine is an excellent choice for fence projects because it’s dense, straight-grained, easy to work with, and readily available.

Photo of pressure treated pine privacy fence

Rails For Stability

Rails are the horizontal structural members of the fence running parallel to the ground, which do the spanning work in wooden fences, connecting one post to the next. Top and bottom rails are almost always found in wooden fence styles; many will also have middle rails.


The horizontal rails provide the attachment points for the vertical in-fill panels or boards, and their strength is essential to the overall strength and durability of the entire fence. In some fence styles, there is also a “cap rail” that covers the top of the posts and in-fill panels across the entire length of the wooden fence.

Photo of a decorative wood privacy fence from the inside of the yard

Strong Posts

These are the vertical components rooted firmly in the earth, often made from 4 x 4 lumber and we use 6 x 6 posts for extra stability and strength for the gates of your fence. Properly set fence posts will hold all the other parts of the fence in place and are the foundation for your wood fence. Considerable care needs to go into the installation of these important components and that’s why we also use two full bags of concrete for setting each post.

Photo of a pressure treated pine wood privacy fence with horizontal panels.

Seal and Protect Your Fence For Longevity

When you have your wood fence installed by a professional Virginia residential fence company like First Step Fence, you’ll want to prolong the beauty of your investment. We recommend that you seal your fence by purchasing a penetrating sealant and applying it according to its directions or by hiring a contractor to apply it for you.


Using a quality sealant like stain or paint will protect your fence for several years before you’ll need to reapply it. Quality stain products are available in clear and several transparent colors so you’ll be sure to find a color you like. If you decide to paint your fence, well, the sky’s the limit on color choice!

Do You Offer a Warranty on Wood Fences?

When you purchase a fence from a reputable Richmond, Virginia fence company, you expect superior quality products and expert installation. There are very few companies that offer a workmanship warranty but we’re so confident in the expertise and dedication of our installers that we offer a Full 1-Year Workmanship Warranty from our business.  


Should any issue arise down the road, we’ll be there to make it right. First Step Fence will always warranty our workmanship for all of our fences. Many of the materials we use have their own manufacturer warranties as well. However, as wood is a natural material and will break down eventually, we are unable to offer a warranty on the wood material itself. Be sure to ask our friendly staff for additional information if you have questions about any of our products and processes.

Do I Need a Permit For My Wood Fence?   

Generally, getting a permit to install your fence is not required for a fence 6ft tall or less but it’s always best to check with your local municipality or HOA for any fence project. As fencing experts in Richmond, VA, and the surrounding area, we will consult with you about your specific fencing needs and guide you through the permitting process if you do happen to need a permit for your fence. 

Want to Use Wood for Your Fencing Project in the Richmond Area?

Now that you know that First Step Fence uses only the best techniques and quality materials for our wood fences, you can be confident that your Virginia residential fence will be built to last! Our knowledgeable team of professionals is ready to answer your questions and get you started with planning your installation. You can also use our instant quote tool on our website as well for a fast, convenient quote and comparison.


Let us show you how important customer service is! Give us a call at (804) 306-0492 or contact us through our website today for the friendly, courteous service you can rely on!