Fences 101 - Chapter 3: Fence Types
Last Updated: 02/10/2012
Ornamental fences are made from tubular steel rails and
pickets and are often characterized by their ornate
designs. Once a primarily decorative fence type, today the
term ornamental applies to almost all metal picket and rail
fences, regardless of function.
Privacy fences are built for, you guessed it, privacy. Made from panels of tightly fit boards,
privacy fences are designed to protect the owner from prying eyes and loud external noises.
Is there any fence as iconic as the picket fence? A classic symbol of American homeownership, picket fences
still hold a special place in our hearts.
Board on Board (aka. Good Neighbor) Fences
A variant of the standard privacy fence, Board on Board
Fences (aka. Good Neighbor) feature an alternating board pattern that
looks similar on both sides of the fence. The main reason
for creating this fence design is to maintain
good relations with your neighbors by not making them look
at the business end of
your privacy fence; hence the "Good Neighbor" moniker.
Post and Rail Fences
Post and Rail Fences are beautiful in their simplicity. Drive down any road where there's farmland or a ranch and your likely to see a post and rail fence. This fence type is very material efficient, enabling you to create a long line of fence using less materials than almost any other type of fence. Like the picket fence, post and rail fences have traditionally been made from wood boards; however, in recent years vinyl has become a popular material.In this chapter of the DIY Fence guide, we discussed several of the more popular types of fence. The next chapter will show you some of the common options for installing a fence. Go to Chapter 4: Installation Basics
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