Choosing Wood Fencing for Your Denver Backyard

June 26, 2011

Choosing Wood Fencing for Your Denver Backyard

When many people think of wood fencing, they imagine a 6-foot tall privacy fence with simple wood slats. That’s because it is a very common fence here in Denver and homeowners frequently choose to install this very basic wood privacy fence (and many HOA’s require it).

In addition to the simple wood board fences, there are many options for wood fences.

wood-privacy-fences-styles-denverWood Privacy Fences

  • For privacy, these wood fences should are generally between 4 and 6 feet tall and to reduce visibility, the solid boards (slats) should have no space in between each other.
  • Wood privacy fences come in many beautiful board patterns: shadow box, horizontal slats and board on board. The shadow box pattern (pictured at right) is the most installed wood fence in Denver.
  • Some of the style options for the tops of wood privacy fences are: concave, convex, double concave, alternating gothic top edge, stockade (pointed), flat top, dog-eared, decorative top with lattice or other pattern.
  • Board widths for wood privacy fences can range from 2.5 inches to 8 inches. And your choice of board thicknesses is 5/8”, 11/16”, ¾” and 1 inch.
  • Wood privacy fences can be stained a variety of colors, from clear coat to a dark redwood or painted in a color of your choice.
  • Pressure treated, pine, spruce, cypress, redwood and cedar are common woods used for wood privacy fences.

white-wood-picket-fence-denverWood Picket Fences

  • Generally 3-4 feet tall with a board size of 2.5 inches to 5 inches.
  • The space between the pickets is typically more than one inch.
  • Typically, stockade (pointed) tops are used but flat top, gothic and dog-eared tops are options as well.
  • Wood picket fence tops can also be concave or convex.
  • Most people think of a “white picket fence” but wood picket fences can be painted any color, left natural with just a clear coat or stained in a variety of colors.
  • Pressure treated, cedar and redwood are common woods used for wood picket fences.

split-rail-wood-fence-denverSplit Rail Wood Fences

  • This type of fence is the “original” American fence used since Colonial times.
  • Very cost effect wood fence for defining property boundaries, maintaining livestock and decorative fencing.
  • Split rail wood fences can be very rustic, constructed from timber logs usually split lengthwise into rails.
  • Ideal for hard or rocky ground, they can be built with no hardware or nails. Concrete is generally not needed for the posts.
  • Typical woods for split rail wood fences are cedar, poplar, spruce, southern yellow pine and other hardwoods.

Installing a wood fence can be large project for any homeowner. Alpine Companies has installed thousands of fences in Denver yards for over 40 years. If you need help designing and installing your wood fence, give Alpine Companies a call today at 303-797-8908 for a free estimate. Or, click here to contact us via email.

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