“Privacy fences” are built to obscure the vision between two houses by placing pickets
side by side so as to end up with a solid wall of wood that you can’t see through.
Although there are many different styles of privacy fences, they are all meant to
serve the single purpose of providing privacy in your backyard. Pickets for privacy
fences are typically between 6 and 8 feet tall. If you have a rot board at the bottom,
this will increase the height of the fence by 6 to 8 inches. Privacy fences can serve
a wide range of purposes and there are numerous advantages associated with them.
It is by far the most popular type of fencing in Houston TX as well. Some of the
different styles and options associated with privacy fences in Houston are shown
below. Pictures of these styles are shown from left to right.
- Traditional Privacy Fencing. A traditional privacy fence in Houston is definitely
the most common and practical type of fencing available. If you are wanting a good
old fashioned basic privacy fence, then this is the design that you will most likely
get. This style of fencing is built with posts, 2 or 3 rails, and pickets. A typical
privacy fence is between 6 and 8 feet tall and only has pickets on one side. Of course
you can put the pickets on both sides if you want a “good neighbor fence”. Details
for good neighbor fencing are shown below.
- With Post Caps. Wood fences built with post caps aren’t necessarily a different style
of fencing. It is more of an added feature to a traditional privacy fence. Using
post caps is a great way to give your fence a little bit more visual appeal than
the average fence in Houston. This component is fairly affordable and the extra labor
involved in adding them won’t cost too much either since they are pretty easy to
- Capped. Capped privacy fences in Houston are slightly different than the traditional
style. The fence is basically built the exact same except at the top. As illustrated
in the picture below, wood is placed at the very top of the entire length of the
fence. This style of fencing is meant to be more decorative than your average Houston
fence. It also looks very nice when both sides have pickets, which is a form of good
neighbor fencing. In addition to the more decorative look it provides, capping your
fence also gives it a little more strength.
- With Rot Board. A privacy fence with a rot board is similar to post caps in that
it isn’t a different style. It is an added feature. Rot boards sit right above the
ground along the entire length of your fence. Contractors highly recommend building
your fence with a rot board for many reasons. Most importantly, they help protect
your fence from rotting. Your pickets will sit about 6 inches higher and they won’t
be exposed to the ground. In other words, you are dedicating a rot board to be the
wood that rots rather than the pickets. It is much more easy and affordable to replace
a rot board rather than pickets for an entire fence. After several years of ground
exposure and the wood starts to rot, you can simply go to your backyard with a hammer
and pull the old rot boards off. You just buy a few pieces of wood, nail them where
the old rot boards used to sit, and you are done. Doing this will buy you several
more years out of your fence. Two more advantages to rot boards are your fence will
sit a little higher and look a little nicer. Considering the benefits they provide,
rot boards are definitely worth the money and we strongly suggest that you include
this component when building your new wood fence in Houston.
A “good neighbor fence” is a general term used to describe a fence that looks the
same on both sides. In other words, if you went to your neighbor’s backyard and looked
at the fence, it would look the exact same as it does in your yard. There are actually
several different styles of good neighbor fences, but the point is to not leave your
neighbor with a less attractive look than you. Good neighbor fences are often built
when homeowners want to split the costs of a new fence. Regardless if that is the
case or not, a good neighbor fence is always a good idea and neighbors are usually
very pleased that you considered their interests when having a new wood fence installed.
- Traditional Good Neighbor. A traditional good neighbor fence is built the exact same
as a one sided privacy fence. The only difference is there are pickets on both sides.
The only reason that this type of fencing is built is so that neither side has framing
showing. Most people don’t like the way a fence looks when you can see the rails.
Since installing the pickets is the least labor intensive part of building a wood
fence, it really doesn’t take that much more time to have a Houston Fence Company
put pickets on both sides. With that being said, of course it will cost more since
you will need double the amount of pickets.
- Alternate Panel. An alternate panel privacy fence is fairly common in the Houston
TX area. It is a form of privacy fence, but there is one major difference from the
traditional style. The pickets face opposite directions every 8 feet as shown in
the picture below. This is definitely a much more cost efficient type of good neighbor
privacy fence than traditional good neighbor fencing since only half the amount of
pickets are required. A downside is that you will have rails showing every other
- Shadowbox. A shadowbox fence can also be considered a privacy fence, but they are
not very popular in the Houston area. Like the picture below, pickets are placed
on both sides of the fence about 3 to 4 inches apart. Of course the rails are visible
on both sides. If the pickets are placed too far apart, you will be able to see right
through the fence when looking at it from an angle. Shadowbox fences are usually
more expensive than a typical privacy fence since more pickets will be used.
- Post & Rail. Post and rail fences aren’t really an appropriate type of fencing for
most residential homes in Houston. However, if your home is located in one of the
more rural areas, then a post and rail fence might be more reasonable. This style
of fence is not considered a privacy fence at all. In fact, you can easily see right
through it. Your posts are usually placed 6 or 8 feet apart and connected by 2 to
5 rails. It is much more affordable than a privacy fence since there aren’t any pickets.
In Houston, the only time you really see this kind of fence is on land with cattle
or other livestock.
A “spaced picket fence” is a fencing style that is not very popular in the Houston
TX area because they do not provide privacy for your backyard. The pickets are placed
with gaps in between them, so you will be able to see straight through parts of the
fence. This particular type of fencing is usually used at rural homes or homes that
have a large yard surrounded by woods. If privacy is a big concern for you, this
would not be a very good kind of fence to have built.
What Type Of Fencing Do Most People Get?
Although we have completed a fairly vast number of jobs that have had a pretty wide
variety of specifications and customizations throughout the years, the most common
type of fence that people get in Houston is a 6 foot cedar fence with 6 inch rot
board. The reason why so many people get this particular fence design is because
it is affordable and long lasting. A wood fence with cedar pickets and a rot board
will provide the best value for your money. If you want to carefully balance costs,
visual appeal, and quality, then 99 percent of the time, a 6 foot cedar fence with
a rot board is what we will recommend to our customers.
Check out the Photos below to get design ideas and compare the different types of
Types Of Fences In Houston
If you are a homeowner in Houston Texas that is looking to have a new wood fence
built, there’s a fairly wide range of different fence types and styles to choose
from. We can offer an infinite number of possibilities when it comes to the customizations
our installers can deliver, but we have simplified your options into 3 main categories.
If you’re trying to decide which style or design you would like to have, take a minute
to look at the examples shown below. It is important to note that there are a few
Picket Styles & Different Woods that can be used for all of the designs.