When it comes to choosing a fence, you want to consider the function of the fence as well as the style of the fence. In some cases, a fence's style contributes to its function. A board on board wood fence might make your Orlando, FL. home look good while at the same time keeping nosy neighbors from seeing what's going on in your yard.

If you're considering installing a fence on your property in Central Florida, here are five popular styles to consider.

Picket Fence

The "classic American" fence style, a picket fence is traditionally a wood fence. Some types of picket fences are made of vinyl, making them somewhat more durable than traditional wood.

The distinguishing features of a picket fence are the pointed, vertical boards that run the length of the fence. The boards, or pickets, are usually attached together by rails that run horizontally along the top and bottom. Usually, there's space between each picket, so that you can see what's on the other side of the fence.

Estate Style Fence

The estate style fence gets its name because it's the type of fence you would typically see surrounding the yard of a grand estate. Estate fences are usually aluminum fences. The channels of an estate fence might have a flat, even top or a decorative feature, such as a pressed spear or staggered pickets. There's also the option of adding decorative adornment caps, such as the following:

  • Standard post cap
  • Ball post cap
  • Pressed spear
  • Tri-ad finial
  • Quad finial
  • Fleur-de-lis
  • Rings
  • Butterfly Scroll
  • Estate Scroll

These decorative adornment caps come in the following colors: black, matte black, Florida bronze, matte bronze, light bronze, white, grey.

Split Rail Fence

While a picket fence is traditional and an estate fence is regal and grand, a split rail fence is rustic and homey. The signature look of a split rail fence is several rough-hewn beams that stretch horizontally between two posts.

The original purpose of a split rail fence was to keep livestock from wandering away from a farm. There's often enough space between the horizontal beams and the fences are usually short enough that you can climb them easily.

Privacy Fence

Picket fences, estate fences, and split-rail fences do a good job of outlining your property's boundaries. They can also keep pets and kids safe in your yard. However, they do not provide full privacy.

If you want a bit of privacy when you're barbecuing or enjoying your property, you're going to want to invest in a privacy fence. Wood or vinyl privacy fences feature slats or boards that are placed right up against each other. Unlike with a picket fence, there's no space between the boards, so people can't see what's going on, on the other side of the fence. Privacy fences also tend to be taller than other types of fences. Some options are 6 feet tall.

Lattice Fence

A lattice fence replaces pickets or rails with a lattice panel. The lattice panels are usually positioned between posts, creating an elegant and warm look. In some cases, you might come across a lattice/privacy fence hybrid, which has a lattice panel running along the top of a fence and close-together boards along the lower portion of the fence.

Need help picking out the perfect fence style for your home? Fence Outlet has seven locations in Central Florida for your convenience. Pay us a visit today and we'll be happy to help you pick out a new fence.