There are three wood privacy fence designs that rank among the top. These include the lattice-top, shadowbox and your basic privacy fence. Cedar, cypress and pressure treated pine are the most common types of wood used to construct these fences which usually range from 6 to 8 feet tall.
You will sometimes see these privacy fence designs used for fences that are less than 6 feet tall, but they aren’t really considered privacy fences. Any fence less than 6 feet tall is usually there for decoration or to keep in a pet and are not recommended for privacy.
A lot of people choose to go with cedar when building their fence because of the red color and how it holds up to the weather. What most people don’t realize is that after a couple years, you can’t hardly tell the difference between a pine fence and a cedar fence.
The most common style of privacy fence is the basic, treated pine, privacy fence which is made by simply butting pickets together so that it’s difficult to see between them. This is the style that you see used in most neighborhoods to give homeowners privacy in their backyards.
A lot of people have the misconception that once they get one of these fences built that nobody will be able to see through the fence. This is not the case most of the time.
The second most common privacy fence design is the shadowbox. This fence starts out like a basic privacy fence that has approximately 2″ wide gaps between each picket rather than them being butted together.
In addition to having pickets on the outside of the fence, there’s also pickets on the inside of the fence that are spaced approximately 2″ apart as well. The gap between the pickets on the inside of the fence are lined up with the center of the pickets on the outside of the fence so that you can’t see straight through the fence.
The lattice-top privacy fence is the third most popular style of wood privacy fencing. This design starts out as a basic privacy with the addition of lattice added to the top.
The lattice gets framed in with additional lumber for support. Most people agree that the lattice top is the best looking of the three styles. The only drawback is the price. The material cost is higher, and there’s a considerable amount of additional labor involved.