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Wood Fences Style In Houston

If you have ever taken a drive through the neighborhood, then you know that not all wood fences are identical. Today we are going to discuss a few popular styles of wood fences that Houston homeowners should consider if they are on the market for a new fence.

Top 5 Most Requested

  • Board on Board

  • Stockade

  • Shadow Box

  • Lock Board

  • Horizontal


Board-on-Board Wood Fence: The board-on-board wood fence is ideal for privacy and longevity. In a traditional privacy fence, wood shrinkage causes gaps to form between the boards that compromise the fence’s ability to offer true privacy. The board-on-board design solves that shrinkage problem because the overlapping layer of pickets compensates for the eventual shrinkage.


Stockade Privacy Fence: This fence is also known as a “dog-ear” fence because of the shape of the top of the boards. Instead of a flat top, the boards have the corners sawn off, providing a “dog-ear” shape in many wooden fence styles across Houston. These stockade wood fences are the most common style found in residential neighborhoods.

Shadow Box Wood Fence: What is a shadowbox fence? Shadowbox fencing is a wood fence design where every other vertical picket is attached to the opposite side of the fence rails, creating a gap in the fence. This gap allows for better breathability and wind movement in your yard. In addition, the Shadowbox design is ideal for neighbors sharing the cost of a fence project to achieve a similar look on both sides of the fence.


Lock Board Privacy Fence: This type of privacy fence has boards that fit together tongue-and-groove style to create a solid panel that blocks the view. Lock board fencing will be even more sturdy than a stockade fence. Unlike a stockade or dog-eared wood fence, no visible gap allows for expansion. Instead, the expansion and contraction take place within the tongue and groove. This wood fence is less common in Houston because the design prevents a cool breeze from blowing on a hot day, but if you prefer looking outside rather than sitting outside, this design gets ten stars for looks and functionality.


Horizontal Wood Fence: Horizontal wood fences will cost Houston homeowners more than other designs because they require the highest grade of lumber. The thickness of the lumber should be no less than an inch and reduced to four centers with the lumber staggered; if quality wood like cedar and IPE are not used, the pickets will sag over time as this is a deck built straight up in the air.

Again, this is a partial list of styles, so if you have something in mind, we would love to hear from you. We are always here to offer you additional information, answer any of your questions, or provide a free on-site estimate for your new wood fence. We serve Houston, Katy, Sugar Land, Missouri City, and the surrounding area. Our estimates are free, so call us today at (281)545-7740 or contact us online and Melissa will call you within 24 to 48 hours.

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