Adding a fence to the perimeter around your property can be the finishing touch that makes your house feel like home. But once you start looking at vinyl fences or wooden fences in Orlando, FL, you might start to feel overwhelmed by all the terminology.

If you can't tell your pickets from your balusters or your corner posts from your end posts, don't fear! Here's a handy glossary of every fencing term you need to know.

Fencing Anatomy Terms

Whether you're in the midst of planning your fence or know exactly what you want but not how to describe, learning the lingo can help. You can use some of the more common fencing anatomy terms when talking to a fencing expert at Fence Outlet to help them work with you to design the fence that meets your needs.

Here are some words to know:

  • End Post. The posts of a vinyl or wood fence support the entire fence. An end post is found at the end of the fence and usually has holes, on one side only, for the rails. An end post might border a house or other structure or might connect to the gate of the fence.
  • Corner Post. A corner post also supports a fence or serves as the foundation. It has holes on two sides for rails. Usually, the holes are positioned at a 90-degree angle to each other.
  • Rail. The rails of a fence run horizontally between the posts. In some cases, a fence can only consist of posts and rails. In other cases, the rails provide support to the pickets or balusters. Depending on the height of the fence, there might be a top and bottom rail as well as a rail in the center.
  • Picket. A picket is a vertical length of vinyl or wood that sits on top of the rails. Pickets often have pointy tops. They can be spaced right next together to create a privacy barrier or positioned with gaps between them for a more open look.
  • Post Cap. The post cap rests on top of the posts of a fence. It serves two roles. It protects the post from weather damage. It can also be decorative.
  • Chain Link. Chain link is a type of fencing material usually made from a galvanized metal that is woven together to form a diamond-shaped pattern.
  • Hinges. Hinges connect the gate of a fence to a post. Hinge types include Tee hinges and Strap Hinges.
  • Latch. Latches allow the gates of a fence to firmly shut. A gravity latch falls into place on its own when the gate closes while a bolt latch has a bolt that needs to be slid into place to securely close a gate.

Now that you're familiar with some of the most important fencing terms, it's time to start putting together your fence. Visit Fence Outlet today to learn more about your vinyl, aluminum, and wood fencing options in Orlando, Fl.