Features of a Wooden Privacy Fence

Gardenerdy Staff Dec 1, 2018
There are many types of fences that can used to protect or enclose an area. A wooden privacy fence is one such type that can be used to surround houses and gardens.
The history of solid wooden fences can be traced back to ancient Rome and Greece, when the armies of both the nations started building fortifications with the help of wooden designs. These were known as palisades. This concept led to the development of solid wooden fences that we see today.
The modern privacy fence, a descendant of palisade, has seen considerable change, and evolved into effective designs we can use for privacy and protection. The first non-military use of this fencing was for gardens and orchards where the nobility usually kept deer hunted as sport.

History

There is no proper archaeological evidence found regarding the origin of the wooden fence that we use today. One of its oldest use was to protect farms during the Iron age, and evidence of it was found in Leksand, Sweden.
This type was built by erecting two vertical poles in the ground, and by tying a series of wooden poles to them, horizontally. It cannot be classified as a 'privacy' fence, as the inside view is not at all obstructed. It was basically used to enclose farms and animals.
The first proper model that we use today was used for fortification during the Second Macedonian War by the Romans. This fencing was made of sturdy wood and was short, but sturdy, and resembled the design of a complete wall.
Its specialty was that the thick poles of wood were directly driven into the ground and were secured with anchors. Their advantage was that it was impossible to destroy them or pull them down.

Features

Plan: A privacy fence must be built for protection and not for style. Thus, it should have a good thickness, and a height of at least 6 feet. It must also have enough anchoring and reinforcement.
Columns: It is also necessary to have strong and thick columns placed at equal intervals within the enclosure for the purpose of enforcement.
Wood: It must be built with the help of extremely strong and sturdy wood variety. It is better to use any variety of white wood.
Paint, Polish, and Waterproofing: It is bound to be weathered by many weathering agents, hence a sturdy and strong waterproofing formula and paint are required to safeguard the wood.
Enforcing: The last feature is enforcing of the posts with the help of metal brackets.
To build a privacy fence, you can either appoint somebody for the task or you can use a 'do it yourself kit'. The total cost is calculated on the basis of length. Thus, the bigger the area you want to enclose, the more expensive it would be.
There are several different wooden privacy models and designs to select from. It is best to select the sturdiest and thickest, as it lasts longer. In spite of the longevity of the wood, you will need to take care of the fence by keeping it clean and free from moss and mold.
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