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3 Things to Consider When Designing a Wood Privacy Fence

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A fence offers many benefits. From safety and security for your pets and children to enhancement of your home's curb appeal, the installation of a fence can benefit your home and family's needs. In addition, a wood privacy fence can offer you an estimated 50 percent profit if you ever need to sell your home.

Because of all the benefits, a wood privacy fence will be a smart investment. However, the design and installation process can be a bit overwhelming due to all the various materials and styles that are available. This guide and your contractor will prepare you for the design and installation of your new wood privacy fence.

1. Wood Options

Once you decide wood is the best option for creating privacy, you will need to choose a type of wood. Unfortunately, each type of wood offers its own benefits, so choosing one can be an overwhelming process.

A high-quality grade of redwood is the most durable option for your fence. This wood offers the most resistance against insects and rot from moisture, but redwood is also one of the most expensive types of wood available.

Cedar wood is another good option to consider. Cedar contains natural oils that repel insects. This wood is also resistant to rot and decay, which ensures your fence will have a long lifespan.

If you need a more affordable option, choose pine for your privacy fence. Make sure the pine has been pressure treated with preservatives that repel insects and water. This will help prolong the look and durability of the pine, which will keep your fence appealing and durable for a longer period of time.

2. Style Options

After choosing your wood type, you will need to choose a design that complements your style and home's exterior. Again, many homeowners are overwhelmed by their options, but you can find a style that suits your taste.

For a traditional look, opt for a standard dog-eared picket for your privacy fence. This design features standard dog-eared boards installed on a fence frame without any space or with little space between each fence board.

A scalloped or arched fence is installed in the same basic manner as a traditional dog-eared picket style, but a scalloped fence offers a bit of elegance with custom cuts on the upper portion of your boards. Scalloped or arched designs offer the security and privacy you need with a little extra style that benefits your curb appeal.

A shadowbox design is also becoming a popular option because it offers privacy and an ornamental style that benefits your home's appeal and your neighbor's view. The board-on-board design offers a decorative look that is durable and attractive.

Each style can be customized to your preferences. For example, consider enhancing the standard design of your dog-eared fence with a layer of lattice across the top of your fence. This lattice offers an architectural element that is appealing while making an enclosed backyard feel more open and airy.

3. Height Options

The height of your fence is also important especially because you are trying to create privacy. Determining which height is best will require a bit of research, though.

To get started, make sure to research city, county, or neighborhood guidelines. Many cities and homeowner's associations have restrictions on what types and size of fences are permitted. If these guidelines are not followed, you may need to remove your fence, which can be a costly and stressful project. 

For privacy, you need to make sure your fence will be tall enough to block the views of neighbors. In most cases, a privacy fence will need to be between 6 to 8 feet tall. This fence height is also suitable if you have larger dogs that tend to jump.

A wood privacy fence is an excellent investment for your home and family. Thankfully, the design process does not have to be intimidating. To get started on your fencing project, contact Pioneer Fence of Greenville today.
Pioneer Fence of Greenville
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Greenville, SC 29606
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