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3 Most Common Styles of Residential Wood Fence

Are you getting ready to replace your fences at your home or install a new fence for added privacy? One of the most common questions we get asked is, “what are the most desired styles of wood fence?” Here are the 3 most requested and liked styles that we see in the Sacramento, Placer and El Dorado areas!

Best Fence Designs: Standard Dog Ear - Good Neighbor in Sacramento, California

Best Fence Designs: Standard Dog Ear - Good Neighbor


The Dog Ear Good Neighbor style is a true timeless standard. This is a more basic and traditional style of fence that is economical and durable. It is constructed with redwood pickets and rails, with pressure treated posts cemented into the ground for the most common installations. Some upgrades that people make are to use flat top pickets, or hidden steel posts for extended lifespan, or overlapping pickets for additional privacy. This is a great style choice that looks great, is durable, and the most economical.


Best Fence Designs: Cap and Trim – Picture Framed in Sacramento, California

Best Fence Designs: Cap and Trim – Picture Framed


If you are looking for an upgraded style that basically looks the same on both sides, this Cap and Trim fence is always a winner! This fence is constructed of a Redwood cap, pickets next to each other (NOT OVERLAPPING), and 2 rails on 1 side. On the other side we add 2 trim to match the placement of the rails on the other side, making the fence look effectively the same on both sides. This fence is supported by pressure treated posts cemented into the ground. This fence gives a very clean look for both neighbors. An upgrade that people make with this fence many times is to upgrade to hidden steel posts for extended lifespan. This is a beautiful upgraded fence for those people that like the clean look of the smooth cap and the want to avoid the flip flopping good neighbor style of the Standard Dog Ear fence. This fence is pictured framed between the posts, which means the panels are inset between the posts and under the cap. This fence is always a homeowner favorite!


Best Fence Designs: Board on Board – Picture Framed in Sacramento, California

Best Fence Designs: Board on Board – Picture Framed


If you like the clean looks of the Cap and Trim fence above want to additional privacy the next step is to overlap the pickets to prevent any gaps between the pickets once they fully dry. This overlapping of the pickets is called Board on Board. In this picture framed style we inset the panels between the posts instead of having the pickets on the face. With these panels between the posts and underneath the smooth cap, it give the fence a really elegant picture framed style! This fence is constructed of a Redwood cap, pickets OVERLAPPING, and 2 rails on 1 side. On the other side we add 2 trim to match the placement of the rails on the other side, making the fence look effectively the same on both sides. This fence is supported by pressure treated posts cemented into the ground. This fence gives a very clean look for both neighbors. An upgrade that people make with this fence many times is to upgrade to hidden steel posts for extended lifespan. This is a beautiful privacy fence that will be a fantastic background for the yard in your home!


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Now that we have explained some of the best wood fence designs you can add to your Sacramento area home or business, Contact us today for a free estimate. Our team looks forward to the chance to impress you with our professional consultation on designing and building your fence. We service the entire Sacramento, California region and have offices in Sacramento and Rocklin.


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