wood fence styles

Choosing a wood fence style


October 23rd, 2018   Category: Wood Fence

Selecting a wood fence type that looks stunning and meets all your needs

Installing a wood fence in your yard is a major purchase decision. A well-planned, well-constructed fence will not only beautify the area but will serve one or more functions in the yard while increasing the value of your property.

Once you decide that you would like a fence installed, it’s important to take the time to think about what purpose(s) the fence will serve, and what mood/atmosphere you are trying to create in your outdoor space. A well-constructed fence will be around for many, many years so you want to make a well thought out decision about which fence to install.

shadow box privacy fence
Shadow Box Privacy Fence with Gate

What is the purpose of my fence?

The first thing to ask yourself is why you want a fence. Make a comprehensive list of all the reasons you want a fence in your yard. Reasons people add a fence include:

Privacy: Adding a fence can create a more private area that can’t be seen by neighbors.

Boundary: A wood fence can define the boundary of a property and eliminate confusion for neighbors or pedestrians.

Safety: Fencing keeps children and animals from accidentally wandering into streets or getting lost. It can also keep them away from hazards like swimming pools or ponds.

Blocking out unattractive sights and sounds: Well-selected fencing can block out unwanted sounds such as traffic or unsightly neighboring homes or businesses.

Security: Fencing can prevent unwanted visitors from entering your yard.

Ambiance: Fences can define and create a beautiful, relaxing oasis for the homeowner. Choosing a design that complements the aesthetic look and feel of the outdoor space helps create a retreat where homeowners can spend many relaxing hours alone or entertaining.

Curb appeal: A front yard fence will affect the first impression someone has of your home. Fences can increase curb appeal and home value.

Functional: Fences can define areas such as gardens and pastures, or create separate spaces in your yard for different purposes.

Which Fencing Style Matches My Needs?

Once you have defined the reasons you want a fence, you can now look at different fence types to see which one is the best choice:

wood picket fence
Cedar Wood Picket Fence

Picket Fence: A picket fence works well to define a property’s boundary, enhance the beauty of the yard, keep kids and animals safely contained in the yard, and define gardens and flower beds. Choose features that match the mood you are trying to create: a white picket fence has a classic, clean, colonial look, while a stained wood picket fence will provide a natural, simple backdrop to your yard.

split rail wood fence
Split Rail Fence

Split Rail Fence: Split rail fencing is one of the most cost-effective ways to define boundaries, fence in livestock and horses, or add a rustic charm to your property. Durable and picturesque, it is a time-proven fence with both functional and aesthetic properties that defines the property without blocking the view.

split rail fence
Post & Rail Fence

The Post and Rail Fence: The post and rail are similar to the split rail fence, but uses boards or finished logs instead of rough, split pieces. One of the simplest fences one can choose, it can outline a yard or flower garden with a simple beauty that adds a natural, organic feel to your landscape. Each post of this fence is joined by one, two, or three horizontal rails, leaving significant open space for those who do not want their views affected by the fence.


Privacy Fences have many design options

Privacy Fence: Privacy fences work well in many situations: safety and security, defining boundaries, shielding from unwanted noise/views, and creating a private space for the homeowner to enjoy. When considering a privacy fence, there are many unique designs, each with a different feel. Shadowbox fencing, lattice top accents, semi-private designs, and arched top fences each create a different feel in your yard. You can also vary the materials used, choosing from woods such as cedar and pine.


Wood Accent Wall

Wood Accent Wall: Wood accent walls create a beautiful backdrop to highlight flower gardens, grow vines on, or create separate spaces in your yard.

Choosing the Perfect Fence

Selecting the right type of fence is an important decision you will live with for a long, long time. The professionals at Ivy Fence Company will not only help you choose the fence type and design that will fulfill the vision you have for your yard, but will also construct that fence with years of expertise ensuring it’s done right and will hold up for years to come. Call us today at (662) 842-3431 to schedule a consultation and free estimate.