When it comes to fencing, you need to break free from the mindscape that says your landscape must contain only chain link. There’s nothing wrong with chain link, although they are a son-of-a-gun to make a DIY project, but would you not rather have a fence that is a little different and adds more style than the chain link variety ever could?
The close-board fence gives you as much privacy as you could want and is easier to build than a chain link fence. Close-board fences are constructed from a frame of posts and horizontal rails and then takes on overlapping vertical feather-edged boards. Maintenance of a closed-board fence means staining treated lumber with a preservative ever few years. The gravel boards can also rot and may need replacing.
Post and rail fences are those that look like they belong on the set for Shane. Post and rail are traditional rural fence types where privacy wasn’t all that important because the property itself was large enough to ensure no peeking Toms or nosy Nellies next door. Damaged rails should be replaced as necessary, but rotten posts can be repaired with concrete spurs.
The picket fence does not just belong in a suburban neighborhood filled with pretty little houses and pretty little people living inside. The picket fence is a low fence made of a framework of posts and horizontal rails. If you have kids that enjoy playing football or baseball or freeze tag or other games involving running randomly around the yard, your picket fence maintenance is mainly going to be repairing or replacing a broken picket.
A lumber panel fence pretty much looks just like a close-board fence with one huge exception. The boards on a close-board fence run vertically whereas the planks used for a lumber panel fence run horizontally. Taking care of a lumber panel fence requires the same kind of maintenance as that given to a close-board fence.
The best name ever for a type of fence is the hit-and-miss fence. The hit-and-miss fence is that one that has horizontal planks running along both sides of the fence. Alternate the position of the horizontal planks so that you can see through the empty spaces to the backside of the planks on the opposite site.
A trellis fence is one of the most attractive types of fences you can build. A trellis fence looks like a checkerboard of square openings and that makes them perfect for allowing vines and creepers to twine around and through the fencing. What begins as a simple wooden fence can over time because a living fence of multiple colors and fragrances.