Fences Styles and Designs
Determining the best fence for your yard is somewhat challenging. The Eden team has curated a list of popular fence styles ‒ Dog Ear fence style, Flat top fence style, Gothic Fence style, Lattice Top Fence style, among others so that you can make an informed decision for your front and backyard, garden and patio.
1. Dog Ear Fence Style
The term ‘dog ear’ resembles the top of the board’s shape. Unlike the flat top fence style, the corners of the boards are sawed off, rendering a half-hexagonal shape. Dog ear fencing style is a popular or economical choice among most homeowners.
The panels and top of the boards provide a decorative sense to your lawn while rendering privacy. These dog ear boards are primarily made out of wood. Materials like cedars, whitewoods, and treated lumbers are commonly employed to manufacture these fences.
If you are a homeowner who desires a classic look, has pets and kids, requires a closed-off backyard, wants privacy, or needs a budget-friendly option that also comes with high-quality materials, then dog ear fence style is your go-to option. The privacy, however, depends on how further the wood planks are spaced out or how tall the fence is.
Being inexpensive, the average cost of building a dog ear fence style can range from $717 to $2,755. However, wood fencing styles can cost as much as $3,290, depending on the materials you choose. Dog ear fencing style made out of wood can last 10 to 15 years.
2. Flat Top Fence Style
The flat-top fence style is more of a traditional design that most Americans associate with. This traditional design acts as a semi-boundary wall while rendering several advantages. Apart from the flat top fence’s attractiveness, this particular design provides a protective boundary, especially in high-traffic areas like a resort can work with this style around their pool to keep the area secure for kids. Commercial benefits of this flat top fence also include aesthetic value to properties, easy maintenance, security and semi-privacy.
The cost range for building the flat top fence can go as low as $500 and as high as $6,700, depending on different factors, from the type of material used for the construction to the area of your lawn. At the same time, the maintenance of the fence also varies depending on the material.
3. Gothic Fence Style
The gothic fence style depicts a traditional design that has been around for more than half a century. While this style adds aesthetic value to your property, most homeowners choose the gothic style for its security attribute. The pointed ends of the pickets render surety that no person could jump over the fence, making it popular among homeowners.
Regarding concerns about gaps between the pickets, Eden suggests Board on Board style eliminate the shrinkage problem. You can work with a 6′ to 8′ tall fence for an attractive-looking area.
The easy installation and simplicity of the design make the gothic fence style an economical choice. The picket packages or kits can cost anywhere from $38 to $96. The installation may vary depending on the material you want and the area you need to cover. Red Cedar is mostly employed for the construction of this particular style. You should do annual or frequent inspections to maintain the material and keep it from cracking, peeling or looking shabby.
4. Lattice Top Fence Style
A lattice fence design is ideal for homeowners looking for privacy for spaces like garden walls, spa enclosures and patio screens. This type of design typically arranges the slats in a crisscross pattern. The crisscross patterns obtain square holes when intersecting between the top and bottom and the middle of the right and left sides.
Usually, the top of the lattice fence can be 1 foot, but you can go as high as 18″, 2ft or 3ft, according to your needs and convenience.
Lattice top Fencing can add privacy and offer a unique pattern that is quite appealing to visitors or onlookers. Depending on the materials and area of your yard, the whole project can cost you around $580 to $4900.
5. Picket Fence Style
Picket fences are known for the evenly spaced vertical boards attached to horizontal rails and connected to end posts. Usually, there is a 2 ½ inch gap between the pickets, and you can easily divide the fence length by the total picket width to determine the number of pickets you need for the construction.
The picket fence style is broadly used for securing pets and children while depicting impeccable decor without blocking views. This particular style of fencing complements both front and back yards.
The classic design of picket fencing depicts a good combination of traditional and contemporary styles while creating a welcoming entrance. No wonder it is popular in the suburban areas of the U.S. regions.
Installing a wood or vinyl picket fence can be an inexpensive choice where these materials last you for several years if maintained properly. Speaking of maintenance, if you choose wood for your picket fencing, then you must schedule a regular inspection and care. It should include applying paint and reapplying as the wood wears and proper staining to prevent any wood issues.
Installing a picket fence can range between $1,600 and $2,200.
6. Privacy Fence Style
Identical to its name, privacy fence design offers prevention from sight and a certain degree of sound. Now when you require a privacy fence style, you would prefer a height that represents your aspire privacy. While backyard fences are typically allowed to go as high as six feet, you can reach out to the rules and regulations of your region and determine the height according to your convenience.
Privacy designs and styles come in wood, vinyl, and metal designs. The average cost can range from $12 to $50 per linear foot. However, the average installation cost can vary depending on the height of the fence and the material used for the construction.
7. Scallop Fence Style
A scalloped fence depicts spaced-out panels of different sizes while creating an arrangement that resembles the form of a scallop shell. Designing a scalloped fence that starts from shorter panels in the middle of the fencing section and systematically increases the panel’s height working towards the post on either end of the section beautifully creates a u-shape. This repeated shape throughout the fencing line represents an aesthetically pleasing yard that most homeowners desire to define their space and enhance their privacy.
One of the advantages of this design is the size of the cuts that immediately capture visitors’ attention. The average cost ranges from $40 to $800 for scallop fencing, but again, the price varies from home to home depending on the yard area and the material you need. Scallop vinyl fencing could be your choice if you are looking for a low-maintenance fence, unlike wood, that will require you to schedule regular care and maintenance.
8. Shadow Box Fence Style
Homeowners who want to foster a good relationship with their neighbors while attaining a privacy and security fence can go for a shadow box fence style. Shadow box fencing reflects your sentiment for looking out for your next-door neighbors since this design looks great from both sides. Formed via wood, this fence design is created by alternating pickets, which also offers durability.
In the case of wood fences, there is no warranty applicable, but the shadow box fence can have a life expectancy of 5 to 10 years if maintained properly. Remember that wood can crack, contract, and fade on drying up, and it is also susceptible to termite infection. Hence tread lightly. The average cost of the materials and installation involved in shadow box fence style can range anywhere from $1375 to $1985.
9. Spaced Picket Fence Style
Spaced picket fence style is best suited to define your yard’s boundaries. While standard picket spacing allows a 2 ½” gap between the pickets, you can increase the gap according to your needs. Remember that by increasing the gap, you will be compromising the privacy of your lawn.
The material and installation cost vary according to your convenience and the area of your lawn you intend to cover. Remember that a simple design and clean lines can work incredibly well for you. Your fence style does not have to be overwhelming to be both aesthetically pleasing and functional.
10. Rail Fence Style
A rail fence implies using split logs laid across each other at an angle (a split or log fence) that are evenly spaced. These horizontal-style fences are usually for larger properties and farms. And since the material per linear foot used is less for this type of fence, it is a cost-effective option which is why they are popular among commercial sectors or large properties.
While this kind of fencing is cost-effective, easy to install, looks great from the outside and is easy to maintain, it doesn’t provide much real security if you have small pets who can easily slip underneath the bottom rail. And due to the small height of the rails, larger pets can jump over the top of the fence.
To conclude, the popular fence styles are ‒ Dog Ear fence style, Flat top fence style, Gothic Fence style and Lattice Top Fence style, to name a few.
Along with consultations, Eden provides professionals who can design and build a unique fence for you, employing the materials and design you intend to use. Contact us today for more information.
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