Fence Materials and Accessories

Learn about the different types of materials and accessories that can be used to build a fence.
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Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Square Wooden Fence Posts

The type of fence post you use will partly be determined by the type of fence you are constructing. In home gardens, wood is the most common material used, although metal and plastic posts are also an option.

Round Wooden Fence Posts

These can be used to provide a more rustic appearance than a sawn, square post. Round posts are often used with half-round horizontal members in a split-rail fence.

Metal Posts

These are good choices for chain-link and plastic fences. Make sure you use standard sizing in order to avoid the laborious process of having to cut the metal posts.

Post Caps

Decorative caps are attached to the top of wooden posts. This prevents water penetration into the end grain of the posts. This plastic post cap has a Gothic style fitting a formal-looking fence.

Wooden Post Cap

A wooden post cap is a good choice for simple wooden fences.

Square Plastic Post Cap

Post caps come in wood and plastic. Choose the same material as your fence posts.

Post Clip

This small clip screws to the fence panel to a post, holding the panel in place.

Bolt-Down Post Bracket

This socket houses a post on concrete or other masonry surfaces.