When you think about a wooden fence, you probably have a singular image that comes to mind. You may not even know that there are actually several different varieties of wood fences, and each one is unique. The difference lies primarily in the way the wood in each style is put together.
As you begin shopping for your own fence, you’ll need to become familiar with each type so that you can select the fence that is best for you.
Stockade fences are composed of several small, relatively narrow pieces of wood fitted very closely together and supported by a horizontal beam across the back. The original concept for these fences can be traced all the way back to the days of ancient Rome, where their solid construction was used to keep prisoners contained. Today, these fences are a good choice because they are an affordable, low maintenance option that provides a great amount of privacy. Stockade fences are very popular in rural areas because they provide such a rustic look for the property.
Board on Board
A board on board fence is one of the sturdiest options of wood fencing (or any fencing, for that matter) that exists. The panels are constructed along horizontal rails, where vertical boards are attached on both sides. The sides overlap so that you have two layers of wood instead of just one. A board on board fence will last longer than a traditional single layer fence because, thanks to the overlap, any wood shrinkage that occurs from age and wear will not result in gaps in the fence. This style is more expensive to construct or purchase than a stockade fence due to the greater amount of wood involved; however, if you have a bit of a larger budget and are looking for privacy and quality that will last, this style of fencing is for you.
In everyday speech, board on board and shadowbox are often used interchangeably to describe one of the two styles of fence, but they are actually two different things. Both fences use two separate vertical rows of boards attached to a horizontal beam, but while a board on board fence is completely impenetrable, a shadowbox fence has certain spots that you can see through. It should be noted that on average, shadowbox is the most expensive of the three styles because more work is required in cutting areas that can be seen through. If you are not looking for the total privacy of a board on board fence but still like the look of that style, then you should definitely consider the shadowbox.
Not all wood fences are created equally so looking into the different styles and how they fit with your home and budget is the best way to find exactly the right one. Call us today for your FREE quote on a wooden fence or for more information on the differences in wood styles.