Summary: Concrete fence molds, also known as concrete wall form liners, can create some very appealing fences. Here is information on making concrete fencing with molds, choosing fence molds, and installing molded concrete posts.
There's a strong chance that you've seen a fence which appeared to be a wood, brick, or stone fence that was actually made of cast concrete.
Concrete is simply unmatched in its versatility as a building material.
It can be made to look like most fencing materials, but it is more durable, easier to install, and lasts far longer than traditional fence materials.
If you were considering putting up a brick wall or a wooden fence, check out concrete fence molds first.
You might be surprised at what a great alternative they can be.
While there are contractors
who pre-cast concrete walls, posts, panels, and post caps and ship them to where they're needed, you can also get molds yourself and make your own fence from concrete wall form liners.
Another great characteristic of concrete is that you can make it just about any color you can dream up by using concrete stain or concrete dye.
You can get other finish effects on concrete fences, such as sandblasted effects, exposed aggregate effects, or stucco.
If you want to make your own fence from concrete fence molds, here are the tools & materials you'll need:
- Concrete panel molds
- Concrete post molds
- Concrete post and / or panel caps (optional)
- Concrete release agent
- Concrete mix
- Wheelbarrow / hoe or portable concrete mixer
- Work gloves
If you plan to make your own concrete fencing components, you'll need to purchase molds for each part of the fence: panels, posts, and optional post caps and panel caps.
These molds are often made of rubber bonded to steel.
With the use of a concrete release agent to eliminate the vacuum effect caused when concrete dries in the mold , the concrete fence elements you cast will release cleanly, giving your fence a professional and consistent look.
Note: nonstick cooking sprays often do a good job as release agents.
While you can make your own molds for fencing, precast molds will give you more options in terms of design.
You will also need sufficient concrete mix for the job, and either a wheelbarrow, hoe, and shovel, or a portable concrete mixer
plus hoe and shovel.
Additionally, You will need a piece of scrap lumber you can use as a screed.
When choosing fence molds, shop around for a design that will be simple to use. For example, side closing arms and hinged flaps will make pouring concrete much more convenient.
If you can get molds that have no obstructions over the pouring surface, that is best. It should also be easy to apply form release to the molds.
If you are in the market for custom shapes for a concrete fence and have a post or decorative cap that you'd like to duplicate, there are spray on, brush on, or pour-on rubbers that you can use to make custom molds ready for accepting concrete within a couple of days.
Perhaps the best thing about installing concrete fence posts made from concrete fence molds is that you'll never replace fence posts again.
Moreover, you do not have to settle for boring plain fence panels and posts because designer concrete molds are available in many options, and can be custom made in some instances.
The resulting fence will withstand time and weather for many, many years, particularly when it is made with steel reinforcement.
Concrete is remarkably adaptable when it comes to getting a certain look because it can be poured into just about any shape and can be colored just about any shade you want.
Some traditional wood fence styles are made from concrete fence molds with tongue-in-groove joints that allow deep overlap, and they last almost indefinitely with no maintenance.
They look remarkably like wood, but without the necessary upkeep.
With fence panels made with the look of dry stone masonry, you will have the exact look of stone masonry at only a fraction of the cost of real stone.
Many people are surprised to discover that what they always thought was a split rail or cedar fence was actually molded concrete.
That is really no surprise at all. Concrete has been used since Roman times because its compressive strength is unmatched, it is made from readily available materials, and it is perhaps the most versatile building material ever created.
If you're considering putting up fencing, be sure to research styles made from concrete molds.
When cared for and stored properly, concrete fence molds will last many years, so that if you later choose to extend your fence or wall, you can do it with perfect consistency.
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