Pressure treated wood fence panels are a reasonably priced option. In this kind of fence, the wood is pressure treated and this makes it resistant to the harsh elements of nature. These types of panels are usually found in a greenish color which tends to turn gray with the passage of time. Therefore, it is advisable to treat these panels with a sealer or stain.
Redwood panels are very beautiful to look at and are ideal as a border fence. They have a natural resistance to insects and mildew and do not need to be stained because of their natural color. To increase the life of these wooden panels it is advisable to use oil or a coating of shellac.
Cedar panels are a great visual treat and hence one of the most preferred choices. These panels do not rot easily and can easily complement both the Northern White Cedar as well as the Western Red Cedar. These types of fences do not require a high degree of maintenance.
After deciding upon the material of the wooden fence the next step is to choose the design of your wooden fence panel. Flat top panel design with a dog ear is a popular choice. It not only helps to mark the boundary, control the noise but also provides a visual barrier. These wood fence panels are usually around five feet and are used to contain children and pets. They are used extensively in commercial applications.
Composite shadowbox wooden panels are highly suitable for people who are looking for privacy. These panels are available in several designs and provide a striking frame for the gardens. These panels allow the air to flow through the fence but obstruct the vision. As a result they are a perfect choice for areas that are large and open.
And the last option is the spaced picket wooden panels. These are designs from the old world with a huge visual appeal. These fences are suitable for the side and front of the yards.
In choosing fence materials, wood fence panels are more favored by people for three reasons: it looks more natural than plastic or metal fences, it is easily repaired, and it can protect against the elements for a cheaper price.
Wood panels are made from among several types of wood, with each having many styles. The panels may either be untreated or chemically treated to resist weathering and insects. But even when treated, wood fence panels are not as durable as aluminum or vinyl.
Cedar, spruce, pine and cypress are common materials used to make wood fence panels. Once they are made, they are usually cut in 8-foot long sections. However, they can easily be made shorter if needed. The panels can be pre-styled in several ways - dog-eared, Gothic top, lattice, split-rail, among others.
Wood fences are usually pre-made, but may also be assembled on site. The panels may be joined in one of three ways - privacy, picket or post and rail. Privacy fences are about 6 feet tall or higher, and the panels are arranged adjacent to each other. Picket fences are shorter, about 4 feet tall, with the panels spaced apart. Post and rail fences are also short, and have 2-4 horizontal beams (the rails), with the posts at regular intervals.
Wood panels may be treated to make them last longer. Using a combination of pressure and preservatives, wood can be treated to better resist termites and fungi. Among the wood varieties, spruce and pine readily accepts treatment, while cedar does not normally need any treatment.