Shadow box fences can also be referred to as good neighbor fences. A shadow box fence is a prevalent residential semi-privacy type of fence. It has staggered rows of pickets on both sides of the fence rails. Each picket is a cover-up for the gap on the opposite side of the fence. Unless you are too close to the wall, a shadow box fence ensures that by-passers do not have a clear view. The gaps between the pickets also act as ventilators.
Advantages and Disadvantages of ShadowBox Fence
Similar on Both Sides
A shadow box fence has been built with the same finish on both ends. This aspect ensures that the rails supporting the fence remain concealed so that neither you nor the neighbors can see them.
A shadow box fence has alternating pickets. These pickets create a three-dimension effect that is really beautiful for the eyes.
Due to the gaps left between the pickets, the shadow box fence allows air circulation within the fenced area. The air circulation makes homeowners comfortable to busk in their front or backyards to catch some breeze. This fence is also resistant to strong winds that would otherwise damage it.
As compared to other types of fences such as stockade-style privacy fences, a shadow box fence will need more materials. This is because it requires more pickets. The pickets overlap by one inch on every side. Buying material enough for the fence will therefore be a bit costly.
How To Construct A Horizontal Shadow Box Fence
There are necessary steps that you should put into consideration when building a shadow box fence. In this section, we will give you a step-by-step guide on how to prepare to build a fence as this is the most important step of them all.
- Read the homeowners association guidelines and local code to find out the requirements for a fence such as size and style authorized. Sometimes, the guidelines may entail details on the post-hole requirements.
- Find out whether you need a permit to install the fence.
- Find out where the boundaries of your properties are and if need be, discuss it with your neighbors so that you will know where the lines should be.
- Conduct a study on which layout will enable you to use the full pickets on all corners of the fence.
- Determine where you want to place your gate. This prior determination will help you when installing the fence as all the gate pickets should be flush with the inside faces of the posts.
- Determine what size you want your gate to be and employ full pickets
- Pick a graph paper and draw your fence plan, note the gate and where the posts will be ejected. Depending on your location, you might need this drawn plan for building permit approvals.
- Consider the gate hardware. Every set annexes differently which means you will need to consider the gate post spacing.
- Lastly, you will need to look for someone to help you install the shadow box fence.
Adding Onto Shadow Box Privacy Fence
To increase the privacy of a shadow box fence, you can overlap your pickets. Increasing the overlap from 1 inch to 1 and a half inches will reduce the gap size and minimizes the ability to see through the fence. Adding taller posts too is another way of enhancing more privacy for the shadowbox fence. The pickets are usually attached to the rails of the fence and hence rising up the post. Shadowbox fences look more appealing when it is taller.
The 6 ft. x 8 ft. Pressure-Treated Pine Shadow Box Fence Panels
The 6 ft. x 8 ft. Pressure-Treated Pine Shadowbox Fence Panel allows you more privacy in your compound while still maintaining its chicness. The shadow box fence panel is made of pine. You can stain or paint it so as to coordinate with your personal style and the landscaping of your compound. The panel is usually pre-built with dog-eared pickets to ensure convenience and a great appearance.
The pine wood used to make the shadow fence panel is pre-treated to ensure durability. Destruction from fungal, termites, and rotting is healthy by using a pressure treatment. In its making, the shadow box panel is left incomplete to give you room for painting and staining to match your needs.
The shadow box design makes the fence look great and the panel adds to the circulation of air while still promoting privacy. Your home exteriors are guaranteed a cheque look when a shadow box fence is installed.
- About the Author
Alex Grigoryan is a Professional Home Improvement and Lifestyle Writer. He has been in the industry for over 6 years and has been writing for Chique Home Living since 2019. His work has been featured in prestigious blogs such as Spruce Home, Better Homes & Garden, and more.