Last updated April 23, 2024

Looking for horizontal fence ideas?

Our kit to build a modern horizontal fence is just what you need.

With our horizontal fencing panels, you can create a sleek and stylish look for your property.

8-Foot Horizontal Composite Metal Fence Teak

Whether you’re looking for a modern horizontal fence or a horizontal privacy fence, our kit offers unlimited design options.

Choose from materials like wood planks, composite planks, PVC fence boards, galvanized metal, or aluminum to customize your fence.

With its contemporary and clean lines, a horizontal fence is perfect for both residential and commercial properties.

It not only enhances the overall appearance of your property but also provides functionality and privacy.

Explore our horizontal fence panels and transform your outdoor space!

What is a Horizontal Fence?

A horizontal fence is a contemporary-styled and semi-private fencing option that uses horizontally placed boards or planks.

Unlike traditional vertical fencing, the boards on a horizontal fence can be positioned closely together or set further apart – like slat fence –  based on your design preference and privacy needs.

This type of fence design is known for its modern and clean lines, making it a popular choice in recent years.

A horizontal fence can serve various functions, including pool fencing, patio fencing, and more.

Opting for a horizontal fence provides a visually appealing look, enhancing a property’s overall aesthetic while maintaining functionality and privacy.

The minimalist appeal of this design has made it a preferred choice for both residential and commercial properties looking for a touch of modernity.

The materials of a horizontal fence can be diverse, including:

  • Wood planks
  • Composite planks
  • Galvanized metal sheets
  • Aluminum boards
  • Horizontal pipes
  • PVC fence boards
  • Rigid dimensional materials

The unlimited potential for design versatility and customization options for your fence is truly impressive.

Choosing a horizontal fence layout over the conventional vertical one, horizontal fences present an aesthetic appeal that can boost the overall visual attractiveness of a property whilst maintaining functionality and privacy.

This design type, celebrated for its streamlined, minimalist charm, has emerged as a popular selection for both residential and commercial properties seeking a touch of modernity.

Different Types of Materials Used for Horizontal Fences

Each material employed presents its unique aesthetic and function, making horizontal fences apt for a selection of design tastes and architectural styles.

Now, let’s dive in!

1. Wood Planks

Cherished for its timeless appeal, wood planks such as cedar or redwood offer a perennially fresh and elegant look.

Pool Equipment Utility Enclosure Horizontal Wood Black Metal

A metal fence sporting wood boards imparts a traditional charm and warmth inherent to horizontal fences.

2. Composite Fence Boards

Known for their sleek look and unmatched durability, composite fencing present a flawless appearance resistant to warping and moisture damage.

Black LuxeCore Composite Horizontal Fence

This material, which requires minimal maintenance, lends a modern vibe.

Our popular Onyx black horizontal fence made with LuxeCore is featured in this photo.

Explore the NEW LuxeCore 3-inch composite board ›

3. PVC Fence Boards

PVC stands as an excellent alternative closely resembling composite fence boards but at a somewhat lighter weight and lower cost.

Metal PVC Vinyl Fence

Paired with galvanized metal, it adds a dash of chic to horizontal fences while ensuring exemplary sturdiness for lasting durability and aesthetic appeal.

4. Metal Fence

Contemporary fence design may incorporate metal boards crafted from galvanized steel or aluminum, rendering a sleek and minimalistic look.

composite slat fence

Highly adaptive to varying environmental conditions, they demand minimal maintenance.

Over the years, these horizontal fences will keep their attractive aesthetic intact.

Choosing a Horizontal Fence

Horizontal fences offer a modern aesthetic and serve multiple functional needs for emerging outdoor spaces.

One key benefit of horizontal fences…

Pool Patio Privacy Fence

They infuse a delightful and modern charm into the area and add to an aesthetically impressive design.

Distinct from traditional vertical fencing options, these fences introduce a stylish architectural component that can elevate your property’s aesthetic appeal with horizontal fences.

The setup of horizontal fences not only heightens privacy but also ensures an open and airy feel, catering to those who seek a mix of seclusion and visibility.

The horizontal positioning of boards can potentially make smaller yards seem larger, which is an advantage of this design.

Key Insights about Horizontal Fences

The design of horizontal fences may make fencing materials prone to problems such as warping over time.

Hence, it’s crucial to start with a robust platform.

Black Stained Wood & Metal Horizontal Fence Equipment Enclosure

Using a superior fencing system like FenceTrac when constructing your horizontal fence can offer several advantages.

FenceTrac has been meticulously designed for enduring performance and durability.

Choosing top-grade materials can alleviate concerns, ensuring your horizontal fence retains its structural soundness and visual charm over the years.

Furthermore, while installing your horizontal fence panels, having fence posts placed closely is crucial.

Especially when using natural materials like wood that are susceptible to warping, close positioning of the fence posts is advisable.

Our 6-foot wide fence panel kit provides optimal fence post spacing for most projects.

Similarly, this post-alignment can lower the possibility of individual boards bending or warping due to external force, thereby augmenting the fence’s structural sturdiness over time.

By investing in a commercial-grade fence system like FenceTrac…

And utilizing proper installation methodologies such as strategic post positioning, property owners can ensure their horizontal fences are not only visually attractive but also durable.

That’s a surefire way to deliver both aesthetic merit and long-term cost savings through minimization of maintenance and replacement requirements.

It’s an investment that truly stands the test of time!

Watch Horizontal Fence Assembly Video

Watch this fence assembly video to see how easy it is to build a modern horizontal fence with FenceTrac’s patented U-channel metal frame system. More about composite fencing.

How to Install FenceTrac Horizontal Fence

  • Begin the process by outlining the fence line and indicating the positions for metal fence posts.
  • Set post holes at uniform gaps along the fence line and firmly set the posts using concrete.
  • Determine the required length for the horizontal boards and cut them accordingly. Accommodate even spacing between each board if building a slat fence.

Metal Fence Frame Fence Installation Under Construction

  • Utilize the spacers supplied by FenceTrac to establish the gaps between the boards.
  • Consider applying paint or stain to the boards for enhanced visual attraction and protection.
  • Regularly conduct maintenance checks to spot any signs of warping or damage to uphold the structural integrity and prolong the lifespan of the fence.

Where to Install Horizontal Fence

When pondering over the perfect location for a horizontal fence, it’s crucial to consider its semi-transparent nature, making it a prime choice for crafting semi-private spaces.

This style of fence is compatible with a myriad of environments…

Black Metal Fence Posts in Concrete

For instance, semi-private patios, where it strikes a perfect balance between openness and privacy, allowing individuals to relish the outdoors while maintaining a certain level of seclusion.

But there’s more to it…

Horizontal fences are splendid choices for establishing open-air dining spaces in restaurants.

They make for perfect patio privacy walls.

Creating a snug and private ambiance for customers to savor their meals in an outdoor setting.

In business venues such as pool areas, a horizontal fence can act as a charming separation element.

It boosts the aesthetic charm of the area while ensuring swimmers and sunbathers enjoy their privacy.

Furthermore, horizontal fences also serve as useful choices for encompassing dumpsters, efficiently hiding these functional structures while lending a modern design touch to commercial or residential properties.

With their adaptability, horizontal fences can be fitting for a spectrum of settings, offering both practical advantages and visual appeal across diverse outdoor situations.

Horizontal Slat Fence on Rooftop Patio

DIY vs. Professional Fence Installation

DIY Fence Installation

Budget-Friendly: Eliminates labor costs associated with professional services.

Customization: Allows for personal creativity and adjustments tailored to your preferences.

Educational: Provides an opportunity for learning and hands-on experience.

Time Commitment: The process of planning, researching, building, and executing can be time-consuming.

Potential Mistakes: Errors in installation could lead to placement issues, potentially affecting the fence’s stability and aesthetics.

Professional Fence Installation

Skill: Professionals come equipped with the necessary training and tools to efficiently complete the task.

Black LuxeCore Composite Horizontal Fence Under Construction

Time-Efficient: Saves time and effort, ensuring the project is completed promptly.

Quality Control: Promises a durable, high-quality fence that aligns with construction standards.

Insurance: Typically, professionals are covered by insurance for any unexpected damages that might occur.

Warranty: Most professionals offer warranties for their work, thereby safeguarding your investment.

A Better Way to Design Your Horizontal Fence

By design.

The FenceTrac fence system offers unlimited fence design possibilities for your fence.

Our patented fence panel system includes a U-shaped framework into which infill materials can be placed.

This system allows you choose the materials and colors you want to go into the fence panel frame.

FenceTrac Assembly Detail

Side channels bolt to each post with self-tapping screws.


The infill material easily slides into the U-shaped FenceTrac fence panel frame that sits between each post.

The top and bottom channels attach to the side channels to hold everything together.

Each four-piece panel assembles with just four bolts.


Design a Retaining Wall Fence

FenceTrac accommodates infill materials of up to 1-inch thick.

Design your fence with vertical or horizontal fence boards.

We offer cedar wood and PVC infill options shipped with your kit, but some property owners supply their own infill as well.

Wood Slat Fence
PVC Panel Fence
Luxecore Composite Fence Tropical Teak
Luxecore Composite Fence Harbor Gray
Louvered Wood Slat Fence
Galvanized Pipe Metal
Galvanized Pipe Metal Black
Galvanized Corrugated Metal
Galvanized Corrugated Metal Black
  • Western red cedar
  • Eastern red cedar
  • Cypress boards
  • Treated pine
  • Ipe boards
  • Wood pallets
  • Barn wood
  • Vinyl planks
  • Composite planks
  • PVC planks
  • Hardie board
  • Metal screen
  • Wood rails
  • Black slats
  • White slats
  • Metal sheets
  • Metal panels
  • Perforated metal
  • Etched metal
  • Lattice panels
  • Wood & iron
  • Welded wire
  • Cattle panels
  • Reclaimed wood
  • Corrugated metal
  • Ribbed metal
  • Stone veneer panels
  • Brick veneer panels
  • Bamboo
  • Wrought iron

Horizontal Fence Idea Gallery

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Constructing a modern horizontal fence can be a fulfilling endeavor that enhances any outdoor area.

Don’t hesitate.

Boost your property’s appeal with a brand-new horizontal privacy fence.

A meticulously made modern horizontal fence can act as a durable addition to any outdoor setting.

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