Paling fence extensions are manufactured on the criteria of whether they will be used primarily on form (stylistic appearance) or functionality (practical purpose). Cedar wood and treated pine boards are the most popular wood selections because they are affordable and long lasting.
When Form supersedes Function
Split rail and picket-style wood fences are the typical choices when outward form of the fencing is part of the paramount in the purchase decision.
Split Rail Fencing
Split-rail wood fence designs are marked by rough and rugged posts and rails. The fencing features two or three horizontal vertical rails or slats. These connect to posts, which are usually spaced approximately 8 feet apart. There is space between all of the slats giving the fencing an open look. The board is placed flat across the top of the first rail. Split fencing adds a rustic look to yards and in addition serves to keep in/out livestock. They are installed mainly around ranch-style houses and Southwestern (US) designed landscaping.
The Picket-style fencing have evenly spaced vertical slats that connect to two horizontal rails. They designed to be decorative and are easily identifiable with the trademark arrow heads that are set at the top of the slats. Picket fencing complements well historic and cottage designed homes.
When Function Overrides Form
Privacy and semi-private fencing are satisfying and affordable option to create boundaries with neighbors, whether visual or physical.
Wooden Privacy Fencing
A privacy fence is characterized by closely placed slats. The slats are either touching or just about touching with less than a half-inch between the boards. The tops of the slats are either dog-eared or flat with a long board running across the top. This board is similar to the top cap, except that it runs nearly the entire length of the slat section. Privacy fences are usually only about 6 feet tall. It is important to check local zoning codes before adding a 6-foot-tall fence. However, depending on the code, there may be a size limit for fences. The stockade style is an example of a wood fence design that offers a solid visual barrier, resulting in almost total privacy.
Semi-private Wooden Fencing A semi-private fence is similar to the privacy fence except that there is more space between the boards. This space ranges from 1 to 3 inches. It does not provide total privacy from being seen but prevents neighbors from arbitrarily entering their neighbor’s property. This fence also works to keep secure pets within property boundaries.
Lattice Fencing and tall picket fencing provide semi-private fencing. They allow some amount of airiness and reduce the perception of being closed off from the outside world. Lattice fencing serves to screen off imperfection in yards such as unsightly HVAC unit and garbage storage. Vines can be trained to climb the lattice to create greater privacy.
Different wood fencing are widely available for purchase. The choice will vary according to purpose whether it is to add character to designer landscaping or as a backdrop for privacy.