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Styles of Residential Wooden Fences

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Which style of wooden fence is best for your DC home?

Are you ready to upgrade and replace your residential wooden fence? It’s not just a matter of choosing which stain you like the best; you also have to decide which style fits your taste and property the best. You can gather inspiration from various places, but this list will give you a great start for choosing the best style for your home.


Set apart as one of the simplest styles on this list, the post-and-rail wooden fence is recognized by its vertical posts that are set in concrete, and horizontal boards that are attached between them. Although not known for its privacy, this style does act as an effective barrier and property marker while adding character to your landscape. In most designs, there are two rows of boards with at least a foot of space between them.  


If you are looking to add more privacy to your landscape, the stockade style is a great choice. It features thin vertical panels, which each have a pointed top. This style is easy to build, repair, and maintain. The posts are lined up side-by-side between wider, square fence posts. For aesthetic purposes, you would orient a stockade fence with the smooth side facing your neighbors or the sidewalk, with the side that features the horizontal boards toward your home.


The board-on-board style of wooden fence provides a smooth, polished look on both sides. It features strong, vertical posts with horizontal boards placed between them. Vertical boards are nailed to the horizontal boards on both sides, which creates that smooth look on both sides of the fence. They are often referred to as “good neighbor” fences because of this feature.  

Shadow Box

The shadow box style is the more rugged cousin of the board-on-board style. It looks the same on both sides like board-on-board, but the vertical boards alternate. This set up allows you to see the horizontal board between each vertical one.


Wooden lattice fences feature thin strips of wood that are framed by solid pieces of wood. It’s one of the most decorative choices on the list as it allows sunlight through without completely sacrificing privacy.


The dog-eared style is characterized by its shape on top of the vertical planks. It’s similar to stockade but features a somewhat softer appearance. It works the best with country-style homes and cottages.

Horizontal Plank

Unlike the other choices on this list, horizontal planks don’t feature vertical boards. This style has planks that are attached on top of each other with spaces in between or directly onto one another.  

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