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Horizontal fences are one of the oldest fence types out there. They’re easily assembled with wood, and they just make sense when you think about it. Laying wood logs one on top of the other to make a barricade is a classic style of fence. Recently, however, these fence types have become more and more popular as they look great and add a nice touch to many modern home types. They can increase the curbside appeal of any home and really add the extra aesthetic touch to your yard. Neighbors like the horizontal fence style because they look good from both sides of the fence, with the horizontal lines drawing the eye into the distance, making outdoor spaces appear more spacious. If you’re thinking about getting a horizontal fence installed take a few of the following considerations into account.
Materials for Horizontal Fences Have a Big Impact
Materials when it comes to a horizontal wood fence is all about texture, coloration, and finishing. You can paint your fence, but many people who choose wood as their horizontal fence material enjoy the natural wood look for their yard.
There are generally two types of wood to start with, rough wood or smooth / polished wood. The names are indicative of what you’ll be getting, as rough wood is more coarse, and is unfinished to give your fence a more rustic, gritty look. The wood here is also more thick to create a strong fence that is also heavier. Smooth wood is thinner, and has a more silky texture with a nice finish on each plank. The edges of the smooth wood are also often beveled to give each piece of wood a more refined look. It just depends on your personal taste and preferences which you prefer.
Choosing the Right Fencing Material
The horizontal fence style works with a lot of different materials since it’s a classic fence style and the concept is simple. Deciding which look you like best, and what material will do the best job at what you need it to do is a personal decision, but we’re here to help you try to make the right choice. Hardwood’s natural grain that runs through the length of the wood gives a horizontal fence a high end look, drawing lines across the fence throughout. Softwoods such as pine, Douglas fir, redwood and cedar make good fencing choices as well, but they aren’t as durable as hardwoods. The difference is softwoods are less expensive than hardwoods. But if you want another cost-effective choice then vinyl fencing is a very popular rail fence option when it comes to ranch rails.
Versatility of Horizontal Fence Designs
While the basis of a horizontal fence is simple, of course there are many different creative fence designs to choose from.
Stagger plank designs for horizontal fences makes a brick like feel if that’s what suits your home. You can also align the seems so it flows well with a clean, modern style. If you vary the width of the planks it can create an interesting and creative design. You can also have exposed metal posts to add a rustic flare to the fence. Spacing the horizontally stacked wood also differentiates designs to allow for a breeze and a more open feel to your yard.
Or, try tongue and groove planks for the most privacy possible without any gaps. There are also more customizable systems for fencing that allows varying amounts of light and breeze. Plus you can have wood stained to match your house and personal style.
Modernize Your Fence
One of the greatest advantages of horizontal fencing is the amount of variation available to match your own aesthetic and budget. Bring inspiration photos to our fence showroom and talk with the team about the time required to turn your vision into a reality. From traditional to ultra-modern, there’s a horizontal fence option that can match every price point and make every yard look amazing.
If you’re thinking of installing a horizontal fence, you don’t have to go it alone. We’re here to help. Talk to our Chamblee Fence team at (770) 396-4200.