If you are considering a fence that has a little style, pizzazz and identity to it that sets it apart from the other fences in the neighborhood, consider a louvered fence. The louvered fence is just like a gigantic pair of Venetian blinds except the fence is much easier to control with its pullstring. (I kid, of course; louvered fences don’t have pullstrings. Thank you God!)
The effective thing about louvered fences is that they are both practical and alluring. The louvers allow in light while keeping out those prying eyes. If you’ve got the kind of construction that allows a corner fence only, you can’t beat a louvered fence. Those who trotting by in their supertight spandex shorts can enjoy the beauty that is your fence, but they can’t peeping Tom into the yard itself.
Louvered fences come in both horizontal and vertical styles. The vertical louvers may be considered better because they are less likely to warp thanks to rain rivuleting down the length. (Rivuleting? It’s a word. Probably. And if rivuleting isn’t a word, don’t you think it should be?) Horizontal louvers are far more likely to warp. Horizontal louvers also have the problem of needing to be shorter in length than their vertical louver cousins and that means you’ll need to bury more posts into the ground than just about any other kind of fence you can imagine that utilizes posting construction.
Actually, you can move the louvers up and down or back and forth like Venetian blinds. Adjustable louvers are more closely aligned to shutters than Venetian blinds. You will also likely adjust louvered fencing for the same reason you shut the shutters: storms and ugly people jogging past wearing supertight spandex shorts. The adjustable louvers on this type of fencing are made with slats that support the beams at both ends. A screw placed in the center of the slat pivots to allow opening and closing.
Louvered fences are also available in non-adjustable form. Or, as you might call it: stationary louvers. Stationary louvers are cheaper because they are easier to construct and don’t require quite the precision of measurement that adjustable louvered fences need. Heck, you can even order stationary louvered fencing in prefab form that allows you to put them up just like you knew what you were doing. As for making an adjustable louvered fence a DIY project? Well, let’s put it this way: just because you can enjoy Mozart, does that mean you should try writing an opera? (By the way, did you know that there is a conspiracy theory surrounding Mozart’s untimely death that revolves around his murder by Freemasons because his opera The Magic Flute let out too many of their secrete initiation rites? Just thought you’d like to know.)
Another thing to avoid is painting the louvers on this type of fence. It is much simpler and even more elegant to stain them with a varnish or shellac than try to paint them without drip spots all over them.