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10 Modern Yard Fencing Styles

As a homeowner, one of the most important decisions you’ll make is what kind of fencing to put around your yard. There are many different styles and materials to choose from, so it can be tough to decide which is right for you.

In this post, we’ll take a look at 10 modern yard fencing styles that are popular today. We’ll also discuss the pros and cons of each style so you can decide which is right for your home.

1. Horizontal Board Fence

A horizontal board fence is a great option if you’re looking for a modern, stylish look. It’s made of horizontal boards that are attached to fence posts, and it can be made from a variety of fencing materials, including wood, vinyl, or metal.

Horizontal fence and tree

One of the benefits of a horizontal board fence is that it’s very durable and gives your property curb appeal. It’s also resistant to weather and pests, making it a great choice for outdoor use

However, a horizontal board fence can cost you more compared to other options.

2. Shadowbox Fence

A shadowbox fence is composed of horizontal boards placed at intervals that are wider than picket or traditional board fences. It’s similar in style to a horizontal board fence, but it has much thicker boards that are spaced slightly farther apart.

Shadowbox wood fence

One of the biggest benefits of a shadowbox fence is that it can provide added privacy without completely obscuring your view. This makes it especially useful in locations where you might want to enjoy the scenery while still maintaining some level of privacy.

One disadvantage of shadowbox fencing is that it’s susceptible to termite infection.

3. Spaced Picket Fence

Picket fences are very traditional and are the style most people envision when they think of a traditional backyard fence. They come in many different styles, but they’re all made up of smooth vertical boards that are attached to posts placed at even intervals.

Spaced white picket fence

They’re relatively inexpensive, especially compared to other fencing options, but they also tend to be short and don’t provide much privacy.

4. Split Rail Fence

A split rail yard fence is a type of wooden fence that’s popular in rural areas. It’s made up of horizontal boards that are attached to posts, and it usually has two or three rails. This type of fence is very sturdy and lasts for many years.

Split rail fence and country side home

One disadvantage of split rail fences is that they can be quite expensive, especially if you choose a higher-quality wood like cedar.

5. Vinyl Picket Fence

A vinyl picket fence is a great option if you’re looking for a low-maintenance alternative to wooden yard fencing. It’s made of vinyl, which is a durable and weather-resistant material, and it doesn’t require any painting or staining.

white vinyl fence

However, vinyl fences can cost more than wood fences. They also may not be as sturdy as wood fences, so they may not be the best choice for areas that are prone to high winds or storms.

6. PVC Privacy Fence

PVC privacy fences are a great option if you’re looking for a durable yard fence. They’re made of a versatile material, which makes them last longer than other types of fencing.
PVC privacy fences are also more affordable than other privacy fencing options, such as metal fencing. They’re a great option if you’re on a budget but still want to have a privacy fence.

White PVC fencing

However, they may not be as sturdy as some of the other options listed here.

7. Bamboo Fence

Bamboo is a great material for fencing because it’s strong and durable, yet it’s also lightweight and easy to work with. It’s also a natural material, so it’s environmentally friendly.

Bamboo fencing

One downside of a bamboo fence is that it can be quite expensive compared to other fencing options.

8. Geometric Concrete Fence

A pure concrete fence will give your yard a high-end look. While there are a lot of ways to build a concrete fence, most often it is smooth and gray, with geometric gaps.

Concrete fence

A concrete fence will require some professional help, therefore this isn’t a DYI project, and can cost you more than other types of fences.

9. Climbers Wall Yard Fencing

A climber’s wall fence is a great choice if you want to enhance the look of your yard. This fence is ideal for supporting climbing flowers and vegetables due to the strategically placed latticework.

Keep in mind though that climbing plants may get rather heavy, so make sure your fence can handle it.

10. Gabion Wall Fence

Gabion fences are made of rocks that are held together by a metal wireframe. This type of fence is very sturdy and can last for many years. If you want to ensure a higher level of security, you can add barbed wire to your fence.

Gabion wall fencing

One downside to a Gabion fence is that it can be quite expensive, especially if you choose a higher-quality rock like granite. It also requires regular maintenance to keep it looking its best.

Frequently Asked Questions

Ranch rail fences are installed in a similar way to other wooden fences. The posts are first set in the ground, and then the rails are attached. You can either use screws or nails to attach the rails, depending on what type of wood you use.

Fencing installation costs can vary depending on a variety of factors, including the size and type of fence, the materials used, and how labor-intensive the installation is. That said, a basic wooden fence installation typically costs between $10 and $15 per linear foot, while a vinyl fence can cost anywhere from $25 to $50 per linear foot.

It depends on your budget, your preference for upkeep (germ-resistant vs. not needing to be stained or painted), and any issues you know of with termites, rot, etc. Keeping these factors in mind will help you decide whether cedar, pressure-treated wood fence panels, composite lumber fence panels or vinyl is right for you.

To keep your backyard fence looking its best, you’ll need to perform some regular maintenance tasks. This includes cleaning it with a hose, removing any debris that may have been collected, and reapplying a coat of sealant or paint every few years. You should also check for rot and replace any damaged boards as soon as possible.


Fencing can be a major investment, so it’s important to do some research and decide which type of fence suits your style.

If you need help deciding or if you’re not sure how these options will work with the landscaping in your yard, get in touch! Our experts are ready to answer any questions about which fencing style is best for you and offer professional assistance when it comes to installation.