Horizontal vs. Vertical Fencing Compared

Fences fulfill a wide range of functions at any property, from securing your property to keeping kids and pets contained. They’re also an exterior design element that defines the overall look of your property, much like siding, windows, paint, and landscaping. When you’re installing a new fence, you’re not only able to choose the best fencing material that matches the look of your property, but you can also choose the direction of the fence boards—horizontal or vertical. Here’s how these two fencing styles compare.

Horizontal Fences

Horizontal fences are made of fence posts and horizontal fence boards, with no stringers used. Fence posts are usually placed 6 feet apart to prevent the horizontal boards from sagging. If you’ve chosen to use wood as your fencing material, you often have to use higher grade lumber for the fence boards to prevent sagging, which usually makes a horizontal fence more expensive than a vertical one.

One of the main benefits of a horizontal fence is its superior aesthetics. Horizontal fences are considered clean, modern, and up to date. They hit a strong stylistic note that vertical fences just can’t match. And since horizontal fences are made with board ends facing to the side, they’re slower to deteriorate or crack.

Keep in mind, though, that while horizontal fences offer unmatched style and are slow to degrade, they aren’t the best choice for every property. Since the horizontal fence boards need to stay level, it’s hard to install a horizontal fence on properties with sloped ground.

Vertical Fences

Vertical fences are the most common type of fence you’ll find at homes and commercial properties across the country. They feature fence boards that are vertically attached to horizontal stringers, with fence posts typically placed 8 feet apart and stringers running between them.

These fences are sturdy and resilient since the fence boards won’t sag due to gravity. They work well on areas of uneven ground—even landscapes with sharp slopes—because the fence boards can be stair-stepped along the contours of the ground.

While vertical fences offer exceptional stability and durability, they may not be the right fit for your property in terms of aesthetics. Vertical fences provide a less-distinctive look than horizontal ones, so they may not be the best choice if you’re going for a modern or contemporary look. Also, since the board ends face up, they receive the brunt of the elements and can degrade from the top down.

Choose the Best Fencing Style for Your Property

Unsure of whether a horizontal or vertical fence is right for your property? Talk with the fencing experts at Mossy Oak Fences of Tampa today. We’ll look at the unique contours of your property, your budget, and your stylistic preferences to help you choose the best fencing style for you. Give us a call at (813) 590-4482 to schedule your free consultation!