Privacy Fence Design Ideas

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Privacy Fence Design Ideas
A privacy fence can protect you from prying eyes. (fence image by Sorawut from Fotolia.com)

A good privacy fence that will do its job of letting light and air in while keeping the neighbour's dog and prying eyes out should stand about 6 feet tall. You may think that this height limits your number of options, but many different types of fence designs will protect your property and enclose it in style. Make a list of your outdoor privacy concerns when selecting a privacy fence design.

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Simulated Rock

Simulated rock fencing is made from durable polythene and comes in six different colours. The top and bottom rails, as well as the posts, are reinforced with galvanised steel. While the fence may not let in a lot of air and light, it dampens sound, keeps the neighbour's dog out and can withstand gale force winds up to 130mph. It is rot-resistant and blends in well with backyard scenery. Heights at 8 feet and above require professional installation. The average 2010 cost per linear foot is £9 for the 8-foot height.

Framed Bamboo

Framed bamboo fencing is affordable and eco-friendly. It blends in well in a backyard space, the framing visually breaking up the expanse of bamboo. Air circulates under and through the bamboo. The frame and post construction make it convenient to install with only a shovel, hand saw, drill and 2-inch deck screws. The average cost per linear foot is £11.

Red Cedar

Red cedar wood has a light reddish cast when first cut and ages to a soft silver unless you stain or paint it. While red cedar is another affordable type of fencing, you must restain it every two to three years if you like that red hue and want to keep your fence looking like new. Scallop the top of each section, and add an open-air trellis for a visual texture and to let in air. The fence is eco-friendly and bug and rot resistant. You can fence in one, two or three sides of your yard using different scallop designs on each side of the fence, or keep the top fence line uniform. The average cost per linear foot is £5.70.

Lattice and Board

A framed lattice and board fence is resistant to high winds and lets in light and air. It gives your yard a grape arbor feel and provides visual interest while protecting your privacy. Construct your lattice and board fence out of cedar to make it bug and rot resistant, lasting for years. Find a manufacturer that makes the fence in premade panels so you do not have to set up each board and lattice. The average cost per linear foot is £6.40.

Picket Fence

You can go with a traditional type of white picket fence that lets in both light and air while still giving you privacy. Picket fences are now made with low-maintenance vinyl and cellular PVC materials. The fences are durable and can keep small children and pets in. The posts come decorated with a variety of caps, such as Gothic, colonial, New England and pyramid. The PVC picket fence can last up to 25 years longer that its wood counterpart, but it is much more expensive. The average cost can be up to £32 more than wood. The average cost per linear foot for traditional vinyl is £19.2 for a 5-foot height.

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