Fences are great for keeping your property protected, all while improving your property’s overall curb appeal. With so many great designs from which to choose, it feels like you can’t go wrong with any fence design you choose. With that said, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take your design into consideration before you install one. There are two ways to install a fence. You can get a vertical fence, or you can get a horizontal one. Each has merits, and we’ll discuss both types with you to make deciding on one easier. Let’s review the differences between a horizontal and vertical fence.
Choosing a Vertical Fence
Vertical fences are fences that have boards that get attached vertically to horizontal stringers. Your fence posts will usually be roughly 8 feet from one another. The stringers will go through your fence posts. At a minimum, one stringer should be a couple of inches away from the top, while another stringer mirrors on the bottom. You can also have a stringer in the middle if you would like.
What makes vertical fences so great is that they have high durability and can be installed easily. They also work well on uneven ground, and the fence posts span widely.
However, you’ll need to use stringers, and the construction materials are heavier. You also don’t get a unique look, and the stringers you apply to your fence will begin to sag as time goes on.
Choosing a Horizontal Fence
Horizontal fences solely have fence boards that are horizontally-oriented, as well as fence posts. They don’t use stringers like a vertical fence would. The fence posts tend to be six feet from each other so that there is a lower chance of sagging fence boards.
What’s great about horizontal fences is that they tend to look more modern, and they don’t require stringers. These fences also don’t use as much lumber, and the fence board ends will face sideways so that they don’t crack or deteriorate as rapidly.
The downside is that these fences are usually more pricey due to the higher-quality lumber, and you need more total fence posts if you’re going to build a horizontal fence. These fences are also tougher to install on sloping surfaces.
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Hercules Fence Northern Virginia has countless fencing options for your home and commercial property. Whether you are excited about a beautiful vinyl chain link fence or already planning out your custom wood commercial fence, we are ready to help you frame and secure your property. Hercules Fence Northern Virginia has been providing homeowners with quality fences for over 50 years. We are well equipped to meet your needs, whether they are residential or commercial. Contact us to see how a beautiful wood fence can protect your property by giving us a call at 703-551-2609 or visiting us online. To see examples of our work, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Flickr.