A wood fence looks great, but one of its greatest benefits is all the practical design options available. There are several different ways you can use pickets to alter the style of your fence.
Closed Privacy Fences
If your goal is privacy, wood provides a few design options to ensure you get the privacy you desire.
Vertical pickets are the most common style. The pickets are placed closely together on a framework of rails, which are the horizontal supports. The rails can be on the inside or the outside of the fence. If your main concern is security, place the rails on the inside of the fence so that possible intruders can’t easily climb the fence. Pickets with pointed tops can further discourage climbing.
If security isn’t as important as keeping pets or children confined in the safety of the yard, then it is better to design the fence with the rails on the outside. For both external and internal security, spend a little extra and enclose the rails between two layers of vertical pickets.
Horizontal pickets provide just as much privacy as vertical pickets, but with a twist. Instead of standard upright pickets, the pickets are laid horizontally on their side. The result is a modern look that is attractive whether you leave the wood natural or paint it.
Horizontal pickets are also fairly secure since they don’t require horizontal rails, so climbing is not a concern if you opt for this style.
Open Privacy Fences
For those that prefer some privacy screening but still want light and air to come through, there are other design options available.
Offset pickets resemble closed vertical pickets, except every other picket is installed on the opposite side of the horizontal supports. These fences are also sometimes referred to as alternating picket fences.
Another benefit of offset pickets is that the rails are enclosed between the alternating rows of pickets, which can make this style of fence a little more complicated to climb.
A woven fence utilizes horizontal pickets but has them woven around the vertical spacer poles. Horizontal boards are first attached to one fence post, and then the spacer poles are placed and the weave is completed before the other end of the boards are attached to the adjacent post. Although one can’t see through the fencing, air can circulate through the boards.
Woven fences are also sometimes called basket weave fences.
Open Fence Options
Sometimes you don’t care about privacy, but you do want to mark your property line or need a simple fence to help contain pets or children.
Spaced pickets are just as they sound — upright pickets with a space between them to let in light and help maintain a visual sightline. You can easily see through these fences, which makes them a popular option for front yard fencing when you don’t want absolute privacy.
Safety is the main concern with spaced pickets. Picket spacing must be less than 4 inches apart so that a child cannot get their head between the pickets. You may even want to space the pickets more closely if you have a small dog you want to confine in the yard.
Combination fencing is a mixture of wood and another material, usually metal mesh fencing. The posts and horizontal fence rails are made of wood, typically a pressure-treated wood or cedar. The wire mesh fencing is then stretched tautly between these supports.
A mesh fence allows for plenty of visibility and airflow while also providing a good barrier. Opting for smaller mesh opening can help minimize climbing concerns, if necessary.
Metal mesh combination fencing is often combined with one of the open picket options. The mesh is sandwiched between the pickets and the posts, where it provides an additional barrier so pets can’t squeeze through.
Contact Harco Exteriors, LLC, for more help in designing the perfect fence for your yard.