Types of Rural Privacy Fences

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Types of Rural Privacy Fences
A privacy fence offers the chance for isolation that can be enjoyed any number of ways. (Chris Clinton/Lifesize/Getty Images)

Privacy fences in rural areas tend to require a bigger outlay of work than a privacy fence for a residential area, if only because there is more ground to cover. The same cause and effect remains in place however: you want to keep prying eyes out so you can enjoy your solitude. When it comes to rural fencing, you have as many choices as those in the suburbs, as long as you don't mind putting in the work.

Grapestake Fence

Grapestake fences are a good choice for rural areas because they can be erected to follow a curve more easily than other types of fencing. The height of a grapestake fence can be also be varied from tall to short or vice versa. The grapestake fence is one of the easiest privacy fences to build as it is constructed of vertical boards nailed to stakes like a picket fence.

Basket Weave Fence

The basket weave fence is constructed of horizontal boards woven around vertical boards. The spacing of the posts is determined by the length of the wooden strips being used. This type of privacy fence offers a great deal of privacy, but without cutting off air circulation into and out of your yard.

Board and Batten

A board and batten fence is constructed of vertical boards with battens nailed over the joints. The result is a durable and solid screen fencing that offers not only privacy, but a good sound barrier. This is an effective privacy fence option for rural areas where you want to shield your property from the sound of livestock on the property next door.

Clapboard Fence

A clapboard fence uses siding material to create a privacy fence that is durable, but expensive to put up. A clapboard fence is better suited to closing in a small piece of rural property rather than an expansive lot of land. The best decorative effect is often to match the siding of your clapboard fence with the siding of your house.

Vertical Board Fencing

Vertical board fencing offers versatility because you can choose to arrange the wood either abutted together or slightly spaced or set in an angle like louvres. You can also choose to nail the boards on either side of the posts to create a staggered effect. This type of privacy fence is most often constructed of 4-by-4 posts set eight feet apart.

Lattice Panel Fence

Lattice panels provide the opportunity for privacy courtesy of climbing vines. Build the lattice fence and plant vines so that they are climbing through the holes and over the top for maximum privacy. Or you can just leave the lattice panels alone to allow for less privacy, but a fence that affords you a view of the surrounding area.

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