Split-rail wood fences and other wood fence designs marked by rough and rugged posts and rails have long been a favorite with Ranch-style houses and Landscape designs with a Southwestern theme.
The shadowbox style uses alternating panels across the back and front to give the fence the same look on both sides. This is an ideal "neighborly" fence style since a person on the other side will have a pleasant view of it as well. These fences are generally 6′. They have the look of a full containment fence but also allow more air circulation.
The solid or privacy style, when used as containment fencing, allows for complete privacy. It is commonly used to surround swimming pools and between property lines. It may also be used to hide ugly areas or to hide a major road from sight. These fences are generally 6′-8′ tall and use very closely-spaced pickets which may vary in style. The styles may be a basic dog-ear style to a pointed top or more elaborate design.
Cap and trim is a beautiful addition to your new fence project however, it provides more than an aesthetic function. The top cap is a 2" x 6" board that is added on top of the posts of a board on board fence that creates more depth and puts a nice finish to an already beautiful fence. The trim is a 1" x 4" board that is placed under the top cap to add a nice decorative "trim" and a clean finished edge. One of the reasons that homeowners love this fence option is because of its inherent durability. The design itself, with a 2×6 or 2×8 cap and a 1×4 or 1×2 cedar trim, prevents moisture from being drawn into the tops and bottoms of the pickets. This barrier allows your fence to have a much longer life, and limits any potential water damage to the cap and trim, which can be easily repaired if needed.