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Board-on-Board Fence Design: The Ultimate Privacy Fence

There’s more than one way to build a privacy fence. In fact, you’d probably be surprised by how subtle installation changes make a dramatic difference in the end design. Today we’re going to explore board-on-board fence design, also known as batten wood or board-on-batten fencing. This fence option is beautiful, timeless, and perfect for homeowners who want true privacy.

How Board-on-Board Differs from Standard Privacy Fencing

In a traditional privacy fence layout, the pickets are laid next to each other with a small gap between each one. This gap grows over time because the wood shrinks with age.

With board-on-board fence design, the pickets are stacked on top of each other to cover that gap and create extra dimension along the fencing. Instead of having a flat wall of fence pickets, you’ll see a stagged wall of alternating depths – front, back, front, back. The gaps from before are covered completely to prevent unwanted parties from looking into the yard.

Benefits of Board-on-Board Fencing

Board-on-board fence is somewhat unique, which could help your house stand out in the neighborhood. This design is ideal for homeowners looking for privacy because there aren’t visible gaps between the pickets. The stacked design cuts down on noise pollution and wind as well, which could be a priority in a busy neighborhood. With the right cap on the fence, this design looks pristine and professional.

Drawbacks to Board-on-Board Fencing

Board-on-batten fencing requires more materials than a basic privacy fence. This will add to your installation costs and to the overall weight of the fencing.

Staining a batten wood fence is a bit trickier than staining a standard wood fence because of the grooves between the pickets. The fence can still be stained and maintained, but this may increase your maintenance costs over time.

Finally, board-on-board fence designs aren’t for everyone. They are relatively neutral, but some homeowners prefer a more traditional look. This may be something to keep in mind if you plan to sell your home in the future.

Get Help with Your Privacy Fence Design

All Around Fence can help you find the perfect privacy fence design for your aesthetic, budget and future plans. Whether you want a vinyl fence, a pine fence, a cedar fence, a board-on-board fence or anything in between, our team can make it happen. Contact us at (443) 838-9374 to schedule your fence installation consultation.


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