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Do-it-yourself fence from corrugated board

How to build a fence from cor­ru­gat­ed board with your own hands: togeth­er with experts, we present step-by-step con­struc­tion instruc­tions
Do-it-yourself fence from corrugated board
Do-it-your­self fence made of cor­ru­gat­ed board. Pho­to: Frol­ov Mikhail

Deck­ing remains one of the most pop­u­lar fence mate­ri­als — it is rel­a­tive­ly eco­nom­i­cal and very durable. Espe­cial­ly if at the instal­la­tion stage you scrupu­lous­ly approach all con­struc­tion nuances. Then the fence will last for a dozen years. For those who decide to inde­pen­dent­ly install a fence from cor­ru­gat­ed board with their own hands, Kom­so­mol­skaya Prav­da has pre­pared instruc­tions.

How to choose a corrugated board for a fence

Decide on an invoice

Most cor­ru­gat­ed sheets do not look too aes­thet­i­cal­ly pleas­ing. How­ev­er, today they are active­ly sup­ply­ing import­ed mate­ri­als with a coat­ing that imi­tates wood, stone or brick. At the same time, the price of the mate­r­i­al is not much more expen­sive than clas­sic steel sheets. There­fore, if you want the fence to be com­bined with the ensem­ble of the entire site, it makes sense to look for mate­r­i­al with tex­tureone.

Sheet height and thickness

There is a sim­ple eco­nom­ic rule: the high­er and thick­er the sheet, the more expen­sive each sec­tion is. The min­i­mum thick­ness that is suit­able for build­ing a fence is 0.3 mm. This is the most bud­getary and least durable mate­r­i­al. It is bet­ter to pay atten­tion to the pro­filed sheet with a thick­ness of 0.45–0.5 mm.

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Coating and color

On sale you can find two types of cor­ru­gat­ed sheets: gal­va­nized (gray met­al) and poly­mer-coat­ed (col­or). Please note that the coat­ing is not the same as the col­or­ing. It’s just a pro­tec­tive lay­er. The col­ors of the pro­filed sheet are indi­cat­ed by num­bers in com­bi­na­tion with the let­ter des­ig­na­tions RAL or RR. For exam­ple, RAL 1018 is yel­low and RR 21 is metal­lic gray.

Single or double sided

One-sided is cov­ered with a pro­tec­tive lay­er only on the front side, and its reverse part, which will be hid­den in the area, is cov­ered with a gray primer. It is bet­ter to choose dou­ble-sided. It is more expen­sive, but not only looks pret­ti­er, but is also bet­ter pro­tect­ed from cor­ro­sion, thanks to the coat­ing over the entire area.

Take an interest in the amount of zinc in the metal

The indi­ca­tor is mea­sured in grams per square meter. The more zinc, the stronger and more rust resis­tant the sheet will be. An indi­ca­tor of 100 g / m² is bad and short-lived, and if more than 200 g / m² it is many times bet­ter, but also more expen­sive. The most durable sheets have an indi­ca­tor of 275 g / m². The prob­lem is that nei­ther the amount of zinc nor the qual­i­ty of the coat­ing can be deter­mined by eye. There is only one way out: buy from sup­pli­ers who give a large guar­an­tee on the mate­r­i­al of 10–15 years.

Deck­ing remains one of the most pop­u­lar fence mate­ri­als — it is rel­a­tive­ly eco­nom­i­cal and very durable. Pho­to: shutterstock.com

Which profile to choose

A pro­file is the geom­e­try of a pro­filed sheet. The pat­tern of the coat­ing and the width of the mate­r­i­al depend on it. Pro­files for pro­filed fences start with the let­ter C. To build a fence, it is cus­tom­ary to use C20, C21 or C8, C10. Oth­er com­bi­na­tions of let­ters and num­bers for the fence are unlike­ly to work, as they are pro­duced based on the use for roof­ing, etc.

How to make a fence from corrugated board

Order material

Both con­struc­tion hyper­mar­kets, mar­kets and pri­vate entre­pre­neurs sell cor­ru­gat­ed board. Some­one has mate­ri­als in stock, and some­one takes orders and trans­fers them to pro­duc­tion. Pro­duc­tion time usu­al­ly does not exceed three days.

How much mate­r­i­al to order? Exact­ly as much as was cal­cu­lat­ed in the esti­mate and a cou­ple of spare sheets. In most stores, mate­ri­als can be returned, and this is more con­ve­nient than trav­el­ing to buy more.

Don’t forget to buy logs and poles

There are stan­dard offer­ings on the mar­ket here. Find­ing some­thing above or below the fol­low­ing char­ac­ter­is­tics is dif­fi­cult. The fence posts have dimen­sions of 60 * 60 mm, the wall thick­ness is 2 mm.

- For the fence frame, take a square sec­tion of the pil­lars. Then the weld­ing point assem­bly will work much more reli­ably and look more aes­thet­i­cal­ly pleas­ing than when weld­ing to a round post, says design­er of ener­gy-effi­cient hous­es iHouse Ter­mo­Plus Oleg Kuzmichev.

The char­ac­ter­is­tic of the lag — the cross­beams of the fence — is 40 * 20 mm with a wall thick­ness of 1.5–2 mm. Anoth­er thing is that you can install two or three lags. The sec­ond option is stronger and more expen­sive. Since the posts and logs are clas­sic pro­file pipes, they are not paint­ed, which means that they can­not be left in this state. Be sure to prime and paint build­ing mate­ri­als. Although today on sale you can find a pipe made of gal­va­nized met­al, on which the man­u­fac­tur­er applied a poly­mer in the col­or of the fence.

You will also need met­al screws — ide­al­ly to match the col­or of the coat­ing and the strips that cov­er the top of the fence. Self-tap­ping screws must be with an EPDM mem­brane (EPDM). It is made of rub­ber, used to fas­ten met­al. It is worth buy­ing plugs for poles, they are inex­pen­sive, made of plas­tic. Will pro­tect the end of the racks from mois­ture.

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How to make a fence with your own hands

Sketch or draw a fence

Of course, you can imag­ine the scheme in your head. But it is best to mea­sure your site and visu­al­ize the future design. So it will be eas­i­er to build a fence from cor­ru­gat­ed board with your own hands.

Start installation

We will describe a step-by-step instruc­tion with a sequence of actions below. Recall that to install a fence with your own hands, you will need:

  • grinder, which will cut the sheets;
  • screw­driv­er;
  • weld­ing machine;
  • cement, grav­el and sand to pre­pare the foun­da­tion;
  • shov­el or drill;
  • con­tain­er for mix­ing the solu­tion;
  • primer for final coat­ing;
  • rust com­po­si­tion.

How to install a corrugated fence

Preparatory stage

Before pur­chas­ing mate­ri­als and prepar­ing a tool, a great solu­tion would be to dis­cuss the fence with your neigh­bors. This is the part that sep­a­rates the two sec­tions. If there are dis­putes regard­ing the bound­aries, then call the sur­vey­ors. The ser­vice is pro­vid­ed by pri­vate com­pa­nies.

- Dis­cuss with your neigh­bors the future design of your fence. Since the adja­cent fence, by law, can­not exceed 1500 mm and must have a trans­paren­cy of 50 to 100% so as not to obscure the site. The mate­r­i­al should not heat the land of neigh­bors and not be tox­ic and dan­ger­ous, explains Oleg Kuzmichev.

If you have a good rela­tion­ship with your neigh­bors, you can arrange to pay for mate­ri­als for an adja­cent fence togeth­er.

Decide on the type of foundation

Strip foun­da­tion, brick pil­lars, or a com­bi­na­tion of both is the most durable and expen­sive option. Screw or bored piles are no less reli­able. But the strip foun­da­tion is capri­cious to the ground, so it is bet­ter to leave its con­struc­tion at the mer­cy of spe­cial­ists.

On sale you can find two types of cor­ru­gat­ed sheets: gal­va­nized (gray met­al) and poly­mer-coat­ed (col­or). Please note that the coat­ing is not the same as the col­or­ing. It’s just a pro­tec­tive lay­er. Pho­to: shutterstock.com

Calculate the pitch

If you use the most com­mon sec­tion of the col­umn 60 * 60 * 2 mm, then the dis­tance between them should be from 2 to 2.5 m. The windi­er the area, the small­er the step.

- In prac­tice, it is not always pos­si­ble to main­tain the dis­tance between the pil­lars. After all, if we take the dis­tance between the extreme points, it will not be a mul­ti­ple. Take a tape mea­sure, take a mea­sure­ment and divide by a mul­ti­ple in the direc­tion of decreas­ing the dis­tance between the posts. So it will be clear how many pil­lars you need, — explains the expert of Kom­so­mol­skaya Prav­da.

Digging holes and installing poles

The depth of the post hole (pit) should be 1500 mm. This is the best indi­ca­tor for clay soils, loams and sandy, rocky soils. If the area is swampy, then you can not do with­out screw piles. An expe­ri­enced builder or soil spe­cial­ist will help cal­cu­late the exact depth indi­ca­tor.

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All fence posts must be recessed to the same length. Excep­tion: posts for gates and gates. They should be more mas­sive, and their instal­la­tion in the ground more fun­da­men­tal.

The final height of all the pil­lars after instal­la­tion may vary slight­ly, so it would be use­ful to mark one lev­el for all with a string and cut off the pil­lars along it.

The upper cut of the met­al pro­file — a square or round pole — must be closed with a spe­cial plas­tic plug or weld­ed so that water does not get into the pole. The low­er part also needs water­proof­ing.

If you want the most reli­able foun­da­tion, then the pil­lars are best con­cret­ed. True, after that you will have to wait about two days before con­tin­u­ing work.

We fasten the logs

Lon­gi­tu­di­nal guides are made from a pro­file. They will tie the posts hor­i­zon­tal­ly and the cor­ru­gat­ed board is attached to them in the future. To build a fence with your own hands, you can use two or three hor­i­zon­tal veins. But for max­i­mum reli­a­bil­i­ty and dura­bil­i­ty, it is bet­ter to install three: in the cen­ter and 50 mm from the edges.

The con­nec­tion of poles with lags is usu­al­ly done by weld­ing. How­ev­er, if poles with pre-weld­ed plates were used to fas­ten the lon­gi­tu­di­nal guides, then a wood­en block can also be used.

We paint the frame

Before mount­ing the sheets, it is nec­es­sary to paint the frame with high qual­i­ty. If this is not done, then rust will eat the met­al in a cou­ple of years. Part of the poles installed in the ground must also be paint­ed. There­fore, when build­ing a fence using weld­ing, pre-paint­ed ele­ments are very often used, and only at the joints they are tint­ed already in place.

We fasten sheets of corrugated board

Sheets are screwed onto the fin­ished paint­ed frame. Since the sheet is steel, you need to use spe­cial screws, the tip of which has the shape of a drill. This one eas­i­ly drills a sheet and a met­al guide pro­file.

Sheets can be paint­ed or gal­va­nized, have var­i­ous pro­fil­ing options, so it is nec­es­sary to deter­mine the front side in advance and fol­low this sequence.

We show spe­cial care with the sheets when they are mount­ed on the gate and the gate, these mov­ing ele­ments are con­stant­ly in sight and car­ry an increased load.

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Popular questions and answers

How long will a corrugated fence last?

Deck­ing is dif­fer­ent. If you want to for­get about the fence for at least 40–50 years, then you need to buy a pro­fes­sion­al sheet coat­ed with Quarz­it, Quarz­it Pro Matt. This is Arcelor­Mit­tal rolled met­al. The zinc con­tent in it per 1 m² is 265 g, the coat­ing is polyurethane. The thick­ness of the steel is 0.5 mm uncoat­ed, explains Oleg Kuzmichev. — The advan­tage of these two mate­ri­als is that the col­or does not fade from expo­sure to direct sun­light. A guar­an­tee for a cov­er­ing of 30 years, which can­not be said about cor­ru­gat­ed board with a poly­ester coat­ing. If we talk about the Quarz­it Pro Matt coat­ing, such a fence looks much more inter­est­ing, since the coat­ing is mat­te and the ser­vice life is high­er.

The ser­vice life of a fence made of an ordi­nary pro­filed sheet coat­ed with poly­ester 0.35–0.4 mm thick with zinc 120–160 g per 1 m² is also quite high. But in direct sun­light it fades quick­ly. After about 5–6 years, it los­es its orig­i­nal appear­ance and may have dents from a sim­ple hit by a soc­cer ball.

How to check the quality of corrugated fence materials?

It is nec­es­sary first of all to make sure of the declared thick­ness of the pur­chased mate­ri­als. If pos­si­ble, super­vise load­ing and unload­ing. Ask to present cer­tifi­cates for build­ing mate­ri­als and give a man­u­fac­tur­er’s guar­an­tee, — answers Dmit­ry Roman­cha, Chief Engi­neer of the Roman­cha Steel Struc­tures Work­shop.

How much does fence decking cost?

If you are going to build a fence from cor­ru­gat­ed board with your own hands, then you will cer­tain­ly call and look at the mate­ri­als offered by sup­pli­ers. Just to decide on the price / qual­i­ty ratio is not always easy. We give the aver­age prices for the mate­r­i­al to make it eas­i­er to nav­i­gate.

Sheet C8 0.3–0.35 mm gal­va­nized — 350 rubles. per m².
Sheet C10 0.45 dou­ble-sided — 500 rubles. per m².
Sheet C8 0.5 mm with polyurethane coat­ing — 900 rubles. per m².

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