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How Much Does Board on Board Wood Fencing Cost?

Board fencing goes by a number of different names, including post-on-board fencing, horse fencing and animal fencing. Often used on farms to prevent animals from escaping, the fences are also popular with homeowners who want some privacy and security. Adding a new fence to a home adds a decorative touch to the space, promotes a sense of privacy and can even keep kids from playing outside a home's boundaries. Board fencing is usually a little less expensive than other types of fencing, but it isn't always the right solution for homeowners. Anyone considering board fencing should take into account its benefits and uses as well as potential drawbacks.

The Cost: 

  • $10 to $15 per foot

What Is Board Fencing?

Board fencing is a unique type of fencing that uses posts evenly spaced around the yard and smaller pieces of wood applied horizontally across the posts. The fences usually consist of three to five horizontal boards of equal shape and size and a number of fence posts. Farmers often use these fences because the small gap between the boards provides fresh air for the animals, but those gaps are small enough that the animals cannot wander from the farm.

Types of Wood Fencing

There are several different types of wood board fences that homeowners can choose, including picket fences, privacy fences and split-rail fences.

While all fences use posts for stability and support, each fence features a different design. Picket fences use individual wood pieces, known as pickets, that attach to those posts. The design is often shorter than other types of fences and works well around a garden. Split-rail fences are similar to board fences, but these fences often have a rougher design that doesn't offer any real security.

One of the more popular options is a wood board privacy fence. These fences feature large panels of wood that installers attach to the posts. Those panels range in height, but most people choose a 6-foot or 8-foot height. This keeps people from seeing inside the yard and also provides more privacy for people spending time in their yards.

How to Pick a Fence

When choosing a fence, homeowners should look at the overall design of their home and what they need. A picket fence can keep people from stepping on the flowers growing in a garden, and the shorter fences work well with older homes and cottage-style homes. Split-rail fences give the illusion of security and look nice when used on a ranch house.

A privacy fence works best for homeowners who have a swimming pool or want more protection for their homes. These fences feature a gate that they can lock to keep people out and a higher design that prevents people from even seeing their lawns. Those who want a combination of decorative and functional purposes might opt for the type of board fence commonly used to create boundaries for animals. The fences keep people out and children in, and the fences also have a stylish look.

How to Install a Fence

Installing a board fence requires concrete, fence posts, lumber, screws and a host of other materials. The process begins when the installer determines the total number of fence posts needed to support the weight of the horizontal boards and to surround the yard. The installer must use a post digger to remove dirt from the ground, and they'll tamp down the ground before pouring concrete in the hole. Before the concrete can set, the installer will push the post into the hole and secure it in place, which ensures that it remains level when the concrete dries.

After the posts are secure, the installer can determine where to place the horizontal boards and the total number of boards needed. Using decking screws, they will secure the horizontal boards to the fence posts. Hiring a professional installation company is often a better choice than doing the job alone. Installers can ensure that every board is level and that the fence won't wobble or move in any way.

Board Fencing Costs

Wood fencing is more affordable than vinyl fencing and fencing made from other materials. The cost of a typical wooden board fence is around $7 to $10 per foot while a privacy fence can cost up to $50 per foot. Fence posts can cost as little as $3 each while the horizontal boards cost around $8 to $10. Homeowners will also need to factor in the labor costs associated with the job, which can bring the price up to around $10 to $15 per foot. Those who think this sounds too high should consider that it includes the cost of concrete, specialized tools and the other materials and equipment needed for the job.

Advantages and Disadvantages

Board fencing combines the benefits associated with a variety of other types of fences. The distance between the boards ensures that children and animals cannot climb through the wood, and it adds a classic touch to any home. Whether homeowners decide to do the job themselves or hire a professional, they need to look for pressure-treated wood. This type of wood is resistant to mildew, insects and other types of damage.

Many people choose wood fences because they don't like the look of vinyl and because they want to make changes in the future. With wood, they can paint or stain the wood and change its look every year or whenever they want. Wood fencing of this type is also extremely durable and can last for years.

On the downside, wood fencing takes some regular maintenance on the part of homeowners. The wood can bend and warp when it absorbs water from rain or snow, which can leave the wood looking uneven and unstable. Homeowners should also keep in mind that board fencing doesn't offer as much security as they might need. Depending on the space between the wood, there might still be enough room for animals to climb through and reach their lawns and gardens.

Last updated on May 9, 2016

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