Modernize Your Backyard with a Horizontal Cedar Fence

The use of horizontal cedar boards is the most recent development in fencing, and its popularity has risen quickly for a good reason. It’s simple to understand why horizontal cedar fences are popular after seeing this fence in plain sight.

The horizontal cedar wood fence is a great way to give your property a more modern look. Your yard can become an outdoor showpiece with the help of a horizontal fence if you plan it out carefully and use high-quality materials. Horizontal fences are aesthetically pleasing from either side and give the illusion of extra space to any outdoor area. The following is some information you will find useful if you are thinking about installing a horizontal fence.

1. You Can Use Smooth or Rough Cedar

Your fence’s style and final appearance will depend greatly on the material you use. Two primary types of lumber are available to you. Thinner, more “perfect,” and more finely sanded, smooth lumber planks have a silkier texture. A fence made of surface lumber, often only half an inch thick, will be lighter and look better finished. The margins of surface lumber are often beveled slightly to give the individual planks a more refined appearance.

Rough lumber, coarse and unfinished, can offer your cedar fence a rugged, traditional appearance, as suggested by its name. The board is gritty and rough; saw marks may still be etched. The overall thickness of rough-sawn lumber often falls between three-quarters of an inch and an entire inch. The fence will be hefty, but the thick planks provide a strong barrier. Be sure your framework is strong enough to hold the weight of the rough lumber if you decide to go.

2. Cedar is More Affordable

Depending on your priorities in terms of cost and aesthetics, you may choose among the numerous types of wood suitable for horizontal fencing. When laid horizontally, the inherent grain of hardwoods like Mangaris and Ipe gives a beautiful, sophisticated effect. Fencing made from softwoods like Douglas fir, pine, redwood, or cedar are also excellent options. Although they don’t last as long as hardwoods, softwoods are much more affordable. Vinyl fencing is another low-cost, long-lasting alternative, a common sight in ranch rail styles.

3. Cedar Fences are a Style for Everyone

Your design possibilities for horizontal fencing are only constrained by your creativity. The variety of options that match your personal style is one of the biggest benefits of a horizontal fence. Bring reference images and dimensions to the lumber yard, then discuss with the staff how much time and supplies are needed to make your vision a reality. There is a horizontal fence choice to fit any budget and make every yard appear stylish and updated, from conventional to ultra-modern.

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Several horizontal fencing alternatives are simple to build and can be easily customized. FLEX-Fence louver systems are a popular option to control the light and airflow entering a room at different times of the day. With the FLEX-Fence hardware kit, you may assemble a fence out of wood that you buy and stain to suit your tastes. This is the right solution if you want to restrict who can see through your fence or gate.

Design Trends for Wood Fences

  • Alternately, line your seams for a clean, contemporary appearance.
  • For a rustic-modern aesthetic, use posts made of dark exposed metal.
  • For complete privacy, select tongue-and-groove planking.
  • Plank seams should be spaced apart to produce a “brick-like” alignment.
  • Use planks of varied widths, such as 2-inch, 4-inch, and 6-inch, to add visual variety.
  • For a more “open” appearance that allows a breeze, increase the space between the planks by 1/2 inch.

Benefits of Cedar Fencing

Cedar has always been one of the most popular fence materials available; its rustic beauty and long lifespan made it a favorite long before horizontal cedar fencing was an option. Cedar’s inherent oils make it resistant to decay and insects. In addition to preventing the need for cedar fences to be treated, these oils make them an attractive alternative for households that want to avoid using synthetic materials around their children and pets. Furthermore, cedar tends to preserve its original shape, whereas other types of wood warp and shrink with time.

Why Horizontal Cedar Fences?

A horizontal cedar fence is even stronger than a vertical one. Why is it the case? They are sturdier because they have six-foot-apart pillars rather than eight, allowing them to resist higher winds and heavier snowfall. At Foothills Landscaping & Irrigation, we stay current on the most recent fencing innovations. We’ve even started installing postmasters, which are protective covers for the bottom of wooden posts that protect the wood from decay and bacteria from soil exposure. Because of this, cedar lasts even longer than it normally does.

Horizontal Cedar’s Beauty

Horizontal cedar fences are not only extremely sturdy, but they also have an unmatched aesthetic appeal. Their clean, contemporary designs are a nice complement to cold, hardscaping-like patios in the yard. Seams are also concealed by vertical pickets that are properly positioned. Having this done to the fence makes it look much more natural and elegant. The horizontal lines of a cedar fence can trick the eye into thinking that the space beyond it is larger than it actually is.

Contact Foothills Landscaping & Irrigation, LLC

Call us if you’d like to learn more about landscaping and horizontal cedar fencing in Colorado. You can also contact us to arrange a site visit so we can talk about your project.