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Types of Privacy Fences to Consider

April 17, 2018

There’s a multitude of options when it comes to fences. If privacy is what you’re looking for, you’ll want a fence that has slats or boards that are close together to fully enclose your backyard. Here are some potential choices to help improve the privacy of your yard.

Fence Styles

Dog-Eared Fence

A basic dog-eared fence can add some privacy to your yard at an affordable price. There will be very slight spaces between each board, but this style of fence will still make your yard more secluded.

Good Neighbor Fence

Unlike the dog-eared fence, the good neighbor fence has overlapping boards, so there isn’t any space in between. This fence looks identical on both sides, so both you and your neighbor get the “good side.”

Good Neighbor Fence with Lattice

A lattice, which consists of crisscrossing strips of wood on top of a fence, will be around one foot in height. By adding a lattice, you’ll have an even taller fence to cover your yard.

Vinyl Panel Fence

Preconstructed vinyl panel fences are easily installed and require little upkeep. You don’t have to worry about individual slats because each section of the fence is a single panel, which means no one will be able to see between any spaces in slats.

Bamboo Fence

There are a few options for bamboo fences. Some home owners use live bamboo that they trim as needed. Others will use bamboo poles woven together and then frame the fence with cedar or a similar wood to improve structural integrity. The spacing between bamboo doesn’t provide the most coverage, and bamboo is also pricier than other options. The upkeep costs of pruning live bamboo should also be taken into account.

Horizontal Slat Fence

Horizontal fences can come in a variety of materials and designs. Ranging from semi-privacy fences that have small spaces in between the slats, to full privacy fences where no one will be able to see into your yard. This is a good choice if you’re looking for a more modern design, but horizontal fences are more complicated to install and typically have a higher price tag.

Aluminum Privacy Fence

While most aluminum fences use open styles that allow others to see inside your property, you can get an aluminum privacy fence to completely enclose your yard. However, a metal fence can seem imposing rather than neighborly to some people.

Alternative Options

Fences aren’t the only way you can add more privacy to your yard. Hedges, trees, or even a vine trellis can be creative ways to enclose your property.

Your personal taste will help you decide which privacy fence is best for you. Hopefully this guide has helped you know more about your potential options.

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