The Pros and Cons of Horizontal Fencing

The Pros and Cons of Horizontal Fencing

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Horizontal fencing, like the one in the picture, is a popular choice these days. It’s something a little different, and there are a wide variety of design options available.

If you’re considering a horizontal fence for your home or commercial property, you might be wondering what the pros and cons are. Let’s take a look.

Pros of Horizontal Fencing

Let’s start with the pros of horizontal fencing, and dive into the reasons this might be a good choice for you:

  • It looks more modern and contemporary than standard privacy fence
  • You can use different board widths, like the image, to make the fence more interesting visually
  • Horizontal fence can be constructed from wood, vinyl, composite, and possibly other materials, so there are lots of design options
  • Horizontal fencing is relatively easy to adapt to slopes, since the boards themselves can be angled to follow the ground

From a design perspective, there’s no denying that horizontal fencing is a great choice.

Cons of Horizontal Fencing

Now that we’ve covered the good stuff, let’s take a look at some of the not so positive things, so you can make an informed decision about whether horizontal fencing is for you:

  • It’s not great for security – if there are any gaps between the horizontal fence boards, you’re basically building a ladder
  • It’s also not idea as fencing around pools and similar, because children and even pets can climb it relatively easy
  • If you do angle the boards, there will be a lot more labour and some complex material calculations to be done
  • Not every contractor can or will do this kind of fence, so you might struggle to find someone who can install it for you

What To Do If You Know You Want Horizontal Fencing

If you have weighed the pros and cons of horizontal fencing and you’re still sure you want this kind of fence, you should find a contractor who has experience designing and installing it.

Ask to see photographs of previous jobs and get references if you can. Ask them what material and design options they have too – that way you can choose if you want standard wood or a weatherproof option like vinyl or composite.

As always, choose fence installers who are licensed and insured, and who offer a warranty on their products and or workmanship.

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