Which Privacy Fence Style is Right for You?

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Privacy fences are arguably the most popular type of fencing in the United States. After all, U.S. zoning committee experts estimate that between 80-90 percent of fence applications from fence companies and homeowners are for privacy fences.

And for good reason, too. The benefits of privacy fencing are numerous. They’re affordable, secure, and low maintenance. Many privacy fences are made of pressure-treated wood. Privacy fences also create a secure enclosure, ensuring that children and animals stay within a certain perimeter, that no unwanted guests will get in, and when the materials are sufficient, that unwanted noise is reduced and mitigated. Plus, all homeowners have to do to ensure that their wood fences remain in good condition is waterproof them, rake dead leaves away from them to keep the wood from rotting and splitting, and keep them clean.

Most importantly, perhaps, privacy fences are aesthetically pleasing and can add a ton of curb appeal to any property.

That being said, not every fence will look great with every property. Homeowners need to choose privacy fence designs that match the style of their houses in order to ensure that their privacy fences are as aesthetic as possible.

With so many privacy fence designs to choose from, though, finding the right one can be a bit of a challenge. Here are a few suggestions that can help.


Scalloped and arched top privacy fences are two of the most popular designs in the industry. Scalloped privacy fences have beams whose tops slope downwards between posts, while arched privacy fences have beams that slope upwards between posts.


Some homeowners would like their privacy fences to have a more elegant, intricate design, and so they choose lattice, basket weaves, and horizontal louvre tops. Lattice-topped fences have latticework framed with wood that runs along the top. Basket weave tops have horizontal and vertical beams that overlap, much like a basket. Horizontal louvre tops have beams that mimic the louvre door style.


Then again, there’s always the traditional dog-eared top, which has beams with angled edges. This is good for homeowners who want to keep their wooden fences simple and traditional.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comments.