We Love it. You will too.
Horizontal fence styles are popular for many good reasons. There is often many different styles of horizontal fence that can offer unique design or custom functionality that you don’t see with more conventional methods. On a horizontal fence, posts may be spaced to a home-owners specifications (as long as it doesn’t sacrifice the integrity of the fence itself) or to combat the flow of an undulating yard. And different sized boards along the slat can give your fence a look that is modern and functional.
For most of our horizontal fence applications we use western red cedar. We love using cedar because each board is an individual. With distinct grain patterns and boards varying slightly in color, cedar takes almost any color stain and treatment incredibly well, but does not NEED it. Cedar is naturally water resistant and very durable – making it the premier fencing material choice for Grand Rapids and West Michigan weather.
Custom Built For YOU!
All of our horizontal fences are custom built on site giving you a fence that contours to your specific grade and land variation. Our fence consultant will talk with you about what’s possible from a design and function standpoint – to build you the exact horizontal fence you’ve always wanted.
Our custom fence designers will also explore the many possible design elements for your fences such as:
- fence board size and patterns
- post size (width and height)
- railing size
- joinery techniques
- screening material size and visibility
- custom touches (wood inletting, post caps and finials)
- wood texture, color and finish
- metalwork – handle, hinges, shelving, etc
- & even custom lighting
Your fence or privacy screening should also harmonize with the style of your garden or yard landscaping, as well as the architectural look and feel of your home. Get creative with this harmony. If your fence is intended to support plants or containers, the size and proportions should be matched to the size, weight and density of the plant. The final color of your horizontal fence should compliment the colors used in your landscaping. If you want to blend into the landscaping, the natural color of the wood or browns and greens work well. If you want the structure to stand out or highlight nearby plants, strong colors like white or black can be used. Using the same color and trim details on the fence or screening as on your home will give your property a distinctive look. Or leave the cedar as-is, and have a natural beauty feel to your enclosed space.
Horizontal Can Be Tricky
Not all horizontal wood fences are built equal. Without the expertise that comes from years of experience building fences, horizontal fence will probably start having trouble in a couple years with warping and sagging – especially here in Michigan. Whereas, if an experienced fence contractor were to craft your horizontal fence from the ground up, paying close attention to the environment and details of a properly integrated fence design and installation, you will enjoy the sustainability of your beautiful new horizontal fence for many years to come. Good quality material and hardware, combined with superior building skills, make all the difference. Call us today for a Free Estimate for horizontal style fence!