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There are three main varieties of wood fencing: privacy, picket, and rail fences. Conventional types of wood used for wood fences include cedar, pine, redwood, cypress, and more. The availability and price of specific materials will vary depending on the region. The height and placement of fences is usually regulated by city or county building departments. It is important to contact the appropriate office before building a fence.

Privacy fences serve the self-explanatory purpose of providing the homeowner withseclusion and an intimate setting in the back or front yard. Usually four to eight feet tall (but at minimum six feet), privacy fences are common in both urban and suburban environments.

Picket fences, especially the white picket fence, are an American tradition. They are usually shorter than a privacy fence (3-4 feet tall) and are not intended to provide privacy so much as an enclosed yard and a colonial style. Picket fences come in a variety of styles including arched, scalloped, gothic, French gothic, dog-eared, and standard flat-top.

Rail fences are more common in rural locations such as farms and ranches.They consist of round, square, board, or split rails attached to posts. Rail fences provide the benefit of animal containment with an uninterrupted view of the surrounding landscape. In most cases, the posts are mortised or predrilled so that the rails interlock with them, creating a strong and quickly-installed fence. The post and board style is the exception to this rule, as the rails are simply attached to the sides of the post. Often, a mesh wire is combined with fence framing to keep smaller animals in or out.

While certainly not the most durable fencing material available, wood remains a popular choice among homeowners. One upside is that there are myriad color options available to fit any design style. You should have no trouble finding the best wood fencing to suit your home. Here is some more information.


When it comes to wood fencing, the cost will vary depending on the length, height, and type of wood used. A 300-foot-long, 4.5-foot-high wood fence with two gates would cost between $4,500 and $5,500, while a 300-foot-long, 3-foot-high picket fence also with two gates should cost between $6,000 and $9,250. For help purchasing and installing your fence, get a free estimate from a licensed professional.


With the proper maintenance, your wood fence will last for years.

Wood is a relatively inexpensive fencing material, especially if it’s reclaimed from a previous source.

Wood can be painted in a variety of colors and stains.


Wood can warp over time.

Wood requires a significant amount of yearly maintenance.

It is susceptible to wood rot and termites.


Wood is certainly not the most durable fencing material available, but with the proper care and maintenance, it can last for several years.


First and foremost, make sure that your wood fence is sealed and resealed regularly to protect it from the elements. The fence can be cleaned when need be (especially if you find mildew) with soap, water and a scrub brush.

Common Questions and Answers

What are the different types of wood fences?

Privacy fences serve the purpose of providing the homeowner with seclusion and an intimate setting in the back or front yard. Usually four to eight feet tall (but at minimum six feet), privacy fences are common in both urban and suburb


Wooden fences were widely used in 16th century England to keep livestock contained in one central area. They were later used in the American west to create private land boundaries.

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