FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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Simple DIY Louver Solution to turn your space into a covered area at a tilt of a bar.

FLEXfence is a unique and exciting louvre system that lets you customize your landscaping. Create unique louvred designs and patterns without the problems associated with spacing and fitting boards.

  • All fastening hardware
  • 2 pieces of 4-foot rails
  • 22 Brackets
  • 1 Operating Bar
  • Easy to follow instruction sheets

Please note that the Flex Fence kit doesn’t include the wooden slats it is just the kit mechanism.

FLEXfence is made from recycled PVC, is U.V. stabilized, and has excellent strength qualities.

FLEXfence is available in 4-foot standard kits can be easily sized to meet your needs.

Please out kits come packaged with up to 3 kits per box

The Most Frequently Asked Questions

What size timber do the brackets accommodate?

FLEXfence has been designed to work with 1″ x 6″ or 150mm x 22mm wooden slats.

The brackets can be altered to accommodate boards slightly larger by easily removing the ends but we recommend staying close to the sizes above.

Is the FLEXfence Louver System made out of metal?

FLEXfence components are made from exterior grade plastics.

Can it be mounted horizontally between pergola rafters?

Yes, can be mounted horizontally. Once the rails and brackets have been mounted on your frames, measure the opening distance and cut your boards square and to length.

It is very important that the boards are not too long a span to prevent them from sagging.

What size timber do the brackets accommodate?

FLEXfence has been designed to work with 1″ x 6″ or 150mm x 22mm wooden slats.

The brackets can be altered to accommodate boards slightly larger by easily removing the ends but we recommend staying close to the sizes above.

What is the maximum vertical span for the slats?

We recommend a maximum span for vertical slats is 6ft or 1.8m.

What is the maximum horizontal span for the slats?

If you are running the boards horizontally, we recommend shorter spans to help prevent sagging. Spans greater than 4ft or 1.2m are not recommended. The wood species also affects the wood span. Pressure Treated timber has a tendency to warp and/or twist when wet, whereas cedar and redwood are more stable. PT spans greater than 4ft or 1.2m are not recommended.

Can FLEXfence be used with composite boards?

Composite boards should only run vertically because of the load, otherwise they will sag over time. If the boards run horizontally, the spans should be kept short because of the weight. Composite boards are not recommended for overhang applications.

How do I put together several 4ft kits of FLEXfence so it looks like a continuous run?

When butting pieces together, cut the adjoining ends to create a 4inch or 100mm space between center holes.

Will the FLEXfence kit keep out the rain when used on a pergola roof?

The FLEXfence kits when fitted as a roof will not be water tight. It will help to deflect the water when fitted at a 20 degree angle but it won't completely stop water entering.

Awnings and overhangs are not waterproof. Water will drip on the sides (where brackets and rails meet). There is no protection against driving rain.

Can these be cut or added in line to make a 6 foot tall privacy screen?

Yes, the FLEXfence rails can be easily cut and butted together to make a 6 foot tall privacy screen.
When cutting and butting together make sure to cut the adjoining ends to create a 4″ or 100mm space between the center holes. Should you wish to move all the louvers together you can make a connector piece from the extra operating bar. The connector piece should have 2 pre-punched holes. Attach the connector piece on the opposite ends of operating bar placement.

What is a louver?

A “louver” is from the French word “l’ouvert” or “the open one” and is most often associated with interiors. A window, blind or shutter with an arrangement of parallel horizontal and sometimes vertical blades or slats, made of plastic, glass, metal or wood and is designed to regulate ventilation or sunshine while keeping out elements such as dirt or water. We have adapted the concept for exteriors – hardware to mount blades in a frame – and made it applicable to fences, gazebos, pergolas, etc.

Are there louvered pergola kits?

Our kit, the Flexfence Louver System can be adapted for any number of design projects, and is especially applicable for pergolas. We have a DIY plan in our website.

Can I make a louvered gate with this kit?

You certainly can. 

Can I make a louvered gazebo with this kit?

You certainly can. As a matter of fact, we showcase a few louvered enclosures and louvered gazebos that some of our customers have made in our Showcase section.

Does the FLEXfence Louver System come in other colours?

Our louver system is only available in black as it has better UV properties than other colours.

Can you paint the FLEXfence Louver System?

Yes you can with plastic compatible paint.

Has the FLEXfence Louver System been performance tested?

Yes it has. FLEXfence has been independently tested. The results of Independent Product Testing ASTM E330-02(2010) can be found in the Hardware Section.

What if I need horizontal spans longer than 4' or 5'?

If it is not possible to shorten the spans than you can substitute the 1″ x 6″ with 5/4″ deck boards. The 5/4″ boards will be stronger and should be more stable. There may still be some sagging, depending on the length of the horizontal span.

What are the best wood species to use with FLEXfence?

The choice of wood will depend on the application, the direction of the slats (horizontal vs vertical) and your budget. Cedar or Redwood are best as they have excellent exterior application qualities and tend not to warp. PT lumber is not recommended as it can warp or twist if not completely dried (internally).

What is the gap between the pre-punched holes?

FLEXfence pre-punched holes are 4″ apart. With wood attached, the gap in an open position is approximately 3 ¼”.s.

Can FLEXfence rails be cut?

FLEXfence rails can be easily cut using a hacksaw.

Is there a mechanical method for opening and closing the louvers?

Simply open and close the louvers by grasping one of the slats.

shade

Create a shaded area for the hottest part of that day.

 

warmth

Protect yourself from a cold breeze by simply closing the slats.

comfort

Create a private space when using a hot tub or seating area

entertainment

The prefect space for entertaining that can adapt for your needs

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