Fences come in a lot of styles and materials. One of the most popular is the shadow box fence. Shadow box fences, widely thought of as “good neighbor” fences, feature pickets on both sides of the fence rails so that the fence looks identical on both sides. A shadow box fence has spaces between the pickets to allow air to pass through, but the pickets on the opposite side of the fence line up with the gaps to block the view. As you walk along the fence, you might see grass or a bit of your neighbor’s house, but enough of the view is blocked to provide privacy. Use dog-eared or flattop pickets for the fence. Shadow box fences have a number of advantages. They allow a variable level of privacy that can be modified depending on the owner’s preferences. The materials used for building them are light and cost-effective, and besides, wood is biodegradable.
These fences can also be customized to suit the owner’s tastes. The only disadvantage of shadow box fences is that, they have short lifespans of 5 to 10 years, and require frequent maintenance. Shadow box fences can be built by a variety of methods; by using either individual components or preassembled shadow box fence panels.