Styles of Wooden Fence Panels

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You want your fence to keep unwanted people and animals out of your yard, mark property lines are and protect your privacy; but homeowners also want their fence to be aesthetically pleasing.

Wooden fences come in many different styles to fit a variety of needs, and you can choose from several kinds of wood to use in the construction. Wooden fencing is commonly made from western red cedar, pine, treated pine, locust wood, spruce, cedar, cypress and redwood.

Privacy Fence

A tall, solid fence, privacy fencing works well when you don't want neighbours or passersby to look into your yard. Choose pickets, which are the individual wooden slats that make up the fence, with undecorated tops or notched corners at the top called dog-ears. The pickets are placed vertically.

Privacy fencing also is available with a latticework option where the top half of the fence is created out of a crisscross pattern and the bottom half is solid. The privacy fencing looks the same to your neighbour as it does to you, so is good for neighbour relations. Unfortunately, privacy fencing may also not stand up to harsh winds as there is no spacing between the pickets.


Another fencing option that looks as good to your neighbour as it does to you is shadowbox fencing, which offers straight, convex and concave styles. Straight shadowbox fencing has boards the same length all across, while convex shadowbox fence panels curve upward and concave shadowbox fence panels curve downward.

The fence is double-sided, with solid or spaced vertical pickets placed on either side down the length of the panels. Shadowbox fencing is generally shorter than privacy fencing.

Spaced Picket Fences

Available with multiple types of post tops, including straight, dog-eared and decorative tops such as Gothic where the tops are shaped and notched, spaced pickets are also generally shorter than privacy fencing. The fences can be straight across, or convex or concave. The spacing between the vertical posts allows wind to go through the fencing, which makes the fencing better able to stand up against harsh winds. This fencing will only look good to your neighbours, as the supporting posts and rails will be on the side of fencing facing into your yard.

Post-and-Rail Fencing

Usually seen on rural properties, post-and-rail fencing consists of horizontal rails nailed to posts. Post-and-rail fences vary greatly in height, depending on the number of rails used. The fences can have two to five rails in each panel. The rails allow for wind to move through the fencing, but people and animals can easily duck under the bottom rail or climb through higher rails.