Top 10 Stunning Wood Fence Designs

When people say that wood fences are customizable, they mean it! You might be surprised how many different and unique fence designs are out there!  From a vintage birdhouse fence to an ultra-modern wooden fence, the following list features 10 creative fences that have been turned into true statement pieces. If you’re interested and ready to build your own stunning fence, contact Jay Fencing today!

Top 10 Stunning Wood Fence Designs

Below are the spectacular fences that made our top 10 list. These beautiful fences were selected due to a variety of reasons including their aesthetic appeal, creativity, unique designs, and their ability to inspire others searching for their dream fence!

Number 1 – The Marble Fence

Are you looking for a truly unique, eye-catching fence? This whimsical design is a fun way to add colour to your wood fence without painting it. Adding marbles – yes, glass marbles – to each fence board creates an almost magical look. As the sun reflects off the marbles at different times of day, the marbles change colour and the fence looks unique all over again!


Number 2 – The Modern Fence

Source: Minimalisti

Though wood fences are often described as traditional and even old-fashioned, that doesn’t have to be the case. If your home or taste happens to be a bit more modern, you don’t have to give up on having your very own wood fence. This beautiful wooden privacy fence surrounds a backyard oasis and looks perfectly at home alongside other modern touches.


Number 3 – Thick Pickets

A new take on an old design, this adorable picket fence has thicker pickets and a light colour, adding a modern twist. Though this design doesn’t work as a privacy fence, it would definitely add character to a little backyard garden or around the front of your house. The quaint little gate completes this design. This fence would look perfect on either a traditional country farmhouse or a new suburban home.


Number 4 – Horizontal Fence

This stunning dark-stained horizontal wood fence provides both privacy and aesthetics. It combines the traditional and the modern. This board-on-board cedar fence is a truly beautiful statement piece. The homeowner wanted both a privacy fence and an exciting new additional to her home – she definitely ended up with both!

“I Honestly had no idea I could be this excited about a fence…but that’s because I didn’t realize how completely transforming the right fence design could be to a backyard!” – Cassie from


Number 5 – Birdhouse Fence

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Source: Dump A Day via Pinterest

Also featured on our Top 12 Amazing Picket Fence Designs list, this vintage-style birdhouse fence can turn a simple picket fence into a unique fence with tons of character. For those nature lovers out there, imagine a fence that not only looks attractive but can actually double as a safe haven for local birds.  If you’re looking for a rustic and truly unique fence, this design is the way to go.

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Number 6 – Lattice Top

No one said that this classic and simple look couldn’t also be stunning, did they? If you drive through any suburban neighbourhood, you’re likely to see many backyards surrounded by this type of fence. Not everyone is looking to have the most unique fence on the block – and that’s okay! This featured lattice top fence proves that you can have a beautiful, simple, traditional fence without going “all out.” This dark stained, board-on-board design provides privacy and completes this backyard retreat.


Number 7 – Square Lattice

Source: Reno Guide

This sturdier version of a traditional lattice fence provides a clear boundary without completely blocking your view. The different sized boards create a fun and unique look, adding personality to a backyard of any size. This style of fence can be used throughout the backyard, or as a statement piece around your deck or garden!


Number 8 – The Shrub Picket Combo

Picket fences do not typically provide much, if any, privacy. However, this stylish design combines shrubbery with traditional wood fence panels to create a completely different look! The shrubs close up all the gaps in this picket-style fence, allowing significantly more privacy than a normal picket fence would. The shrubs also add their own elements of design and colour. Though this fence may require a bit more maintenance, if you’re looking for a striking fence for your suburban home, this is a great option.


Number 9 – Rustic Flowerpot Fence

For those who aren’t into the modern look at all, this rustic wooden fence complete with colourful flowerpots may be the perfect fence for you. If gardening is your thing, why not make your small flowerpots as easily accessible as possible by securing them to your fence? This quaint little fence has a true cottage look and feel.


Number 10 – Wood and Black Iron Combo

Source: Reno Guide

Our final fence on this list is another wood combination – this time, wood and black iron. The dark red wood and iron beams create an almost gothic look. This is definitely the perfect fence for someone who wants something completely different – as it transcends the rustic, traditional, or modern categories.



Jay Fencing – Helping You Create Your Own Stunning Fence

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From iron to chain link to wood fences, Jay Fencing can help you build your ultimate dream fence! As the list above shows, fences are more than just a boundary marker. Fences are a way to express your individual taste and style, and a great way to add some extra flair to your home or property. You can count on Jay Fencing’s experienced team to help you create a strong, well-built, and aesthetically pleasing fence!

“Hello Jay,

I just wanted to write you a quick thank you for everything.  I appreciate all of your help in this process and will definitely contact you again when I am ready to replace the other part of my fence.

The fence looks great and we have had so many good comments about it from the neighbours.  I want to also let you know that all of your guys that were on site were professional and the work they did was top-notch.

Thank you again.”

If you’d like to view some of our very own wood fences, click here! If you’ve been inspired by this post and are ready to move forward with your own fence, contact Jay Fencing today or book a consultation now!


Getting the Best Deal on Wood Fence Panels: An Essential Guide

Getting the Best Deal on Wood Fence Panels: An Essential Guide

Are you ready to buy wood fence panels? With so many different styles of panels made from so many different types of wood, where do you even start? This wood fence panels guide will help you sort through the wide array of styles and select the fence that best fits your budget and your unique needs. Call on Jay Fencing today if you have any questions about selecting the perfect wood fence panels for your home or property.

What Type of Wood?

Wood fences are timeless and classic. A beautiful fence adds character to your homes and backyard. Because of this, many choose wood over other materials such as chain link or vinyl. Check out our Ultimate Guide to Fence Panel Materials for a detailed comparison between vinyl, metal, and wood fences.

Wood fence panels come in a variety of wood types, all ranging in cost and maintenance requirements. Before you select your fence panel style, you must select your preferred type of wood.

Common Wood Types

Whitewood (Pine, Spruce, Fir) – Cost: $

“Whitewood” is a term used to include three types of wood: pine, spruce, and fir. Whitewood is one of the most common choices for fence panels. It is easy to work with, durable, and affordable. However, white woods are not as naturally strong or insect and rot-repellant as other wood types. Pine and fir are pressure-treated to remain durable. Insecticides are often applied to deter insect infestations.

 Western Red Cedar – Cost: $$

Western red cedar contains natural oils that deter insects – all without human intervention! This wood type is also naturally resistant to rot, though over time untreated red cedar will turn gray in colour. You can prevent this and increase your fence post’s lifespan by purchasing treated wood. Cedar is more expensive than whitewood but is still relatively affordable. Red cedar is also one of the most aesthetically pleasing wood types, making it the top pick for many homeowners.

Cypress – Cost: $$$ – $$$$

Cypress is very similar to red cedar. It is a strong and sturdy wood, ideal for wet environments. It contains a chemical that naturally repels insects and is naturally resistant to rot. However, cypress may warp or bend if dried incorrectly. Cypress is native to the Southern United States and can be become quite pricey due to long shipping times.


Redwood – Cost: $$$$$

Naturally durable and resistant to rot and insects, redwood is also the most expensive wood fencing type. Redwood has it all, including looks. However, redwood does not usually make economical sense, especially for large fences. Though it is extremely tough, it still needs to be treated with a coating to prevent graying over time.


Common Styles of Fence

Now that you’ve chosen your type of wood, it’s time to pick your perfect fence board style! Wood is versatile and there are many styles to choose from, each with their own benefits and drawbacks.

Picket Fence – Cost: $$

Pros: Considered a traditional, classic look, the picket fence is a great option for a decorative fence around your property. Picket fences look great painted any colour and are relatively easy to install. The style allows visibility beyond the fence. These fences can keep children and pets safe when installed correctly.

Cons: Overall, not the safest option for containing pets or keeping children safe as picket fences are not very tall. This fence also offers no privacy.


Solid Board – Cost: $$$$

Pros: A great option for a privacy fence, solid board fences provide a very safe barrier for children and pets. When built by an experienced installer with high-quality wood, solid board fences can last many years and remain strong and durable.

Cons: These fences tend to be more expensive, and are not easy to install by yourself. Some areas have height restrictions for solid board fences, so it is important to check out your city’s bylaws before purchasing. This type of fence does not allow air flow through the panels.

Lap Panel – Cost: $$$

Pros: If you enjoy a more rustic look, lap panel fencing may be the perfect choice for you. This type of fence is relatively easy to work with and quite affordable.

Cons: Lap Panel fences are not as strong or as durable as solid board fence panels. Lap panel fences are prone to rot and must be installed correctly to avoid warping and rotting. They also do not allow a breeze through the panels.


Lattice – Cost: $$-$$$$

Pros: Lattice can be used in a variety of ways – lattice top is a common style, paired with shadow box panels or board on board to retain privacy. It is also possible to have a fence entirely made of lattice, allowing much more visibility through the fence. Lattice top allows some air flow through the panels.

Cons: A fence entirely made of lattice allows for little privacy. It is not known for its durability, and will not effectively keep children or pets safe. Because it comes in so many different styles, some options can be very expensive.

Shadow Box – Cost: $$$$

Pros: A shadow box fence allows some space between the fence boards, but is still an excellent privacy fence. A shadow box fence keeps children and pets safe and allows a breeze to pass through the boards. It looks the same from both sides, making it attractive to your neighbours too!

Cons: Like solid board, this can be a bit more expensive. It is not easy to build yourself, and if you’re looking for a unique or rustic style fence, this is not the choice for you.



Getting the Best Price

Here are some handy tips for getting the best deal on your fence panels:

  • Create a budget, and stick to it. Do some research on different types of wood and fence styles in your area, and create a budget you’re comfortable with. Research beforehand will help you avoid impulse buys.
  • Decide what wood type is best for you. Knowing the pros, cons, and price range of each wood type will help you determine which wood types are within your budget. Knowing these prices beforehand will also help you recognize a good deal when you see it.
  • Determine your fence style. As mentioned above, each fence style has its own pros, cons, and typical costs. Though a shadow box or solid board fence may be a bit more expensive, settling on a picket fence when you really want a privacy fence won’t do you any favours. It’s important to decide what is worth sacrificing when selecting your perfect fence.
  • Purchase from a reputable company. Buying from an honest and reputable business will save you lots of money down the road when your fence lasts longer than a poorly manufactured one!
  • Team up with an experienced installer. Incorrectly installed fences can end up costing you much more than you budgeted for. They also will not last as long and can warp and rot much more easily. Hiring an experienced installer will help you get the most for your money.

The best way to get the best price is to partner with a reputable company. At Jay Fencing Ltd, you can feel confident that we will only recommend products or services that are best for you and your needs. This means you won’t be buying any unnecessary products or services that will make the price go up. If you’re interested in purchasing your own wood fence panels or would like to know more about wood fencing, contact Jay Fencing today!

“We saw the fence yesterday night. Wow! It is gorgeous! We really love it! Thanks to you and your guys who worked on it. They did a great job. They cleaned the ground, etc. everything looks perfect! We are very satisfied 🙂”




Fence Panels Ultimate Guide: Wood, Metal, Privacy

The Ultimate Guide to Fence Panel Materials

There are so many options to choose from when looking for a new fence. Buying the right fence for you can be a challenge. Anyone can easily be overwhelmed by all the different materials, styles, sizes, and even colours! That’s why Jay Fencing Ltd. put together this ultimate guide to fence panels. Below you can read all about the pros and cons of each fence panel type. If you’re ready to move forward with your dream fence, contact us today!

Wood Fencing

Wood Fence Panels by Jay Fencing

Wood Fence Panels by Jay Fencing

Pros of Wood Fencing

Wood fencing is considered a classic. It’s easy to make a wood fence look perfect in any backyard or garden. Wood fences also come in a variety of wood types, all ranging in price, allowing you to pick the type that best suits your needs and budget. Wood fences come in many different styles and colours.  With variations in panel placement, wood fences can be great for privacy.

Cons of Wood Fencing

Wood fences require the most maintenance. They can be susceptible to insect infestations and rot. To keep your wood fence from getting damaged or rotting away, yearly maintenance is highly recommended. Improperly installed wooden fences may also warp and bend. An experienced installer is the best way to avoid this problem.

Metal Fencing (Iron)

Commercial Iron Fence by Jay Fencing

Commercial Iron Fence by Jay Fencing

Pros of Iron Fencing

An iron fence is a great choice if you’re looking for little maintenance and high durability. Iron fences can sustain massive blows – you won’t have to worry about this fence falling over. Unlike wooden fences, you won’t have to worry about insect infestations or warping. Metal fences are also quite secure as they are difficult to climb and nearly impossible to topple over. They can be made in a variety of styles and can be a great addition to either a residential backyard or a commercial setting.

Cons of Iron Fencing 

Iron fences require little maintenance but they are not maintenance-free. Iron fences are susceptible to rust, which can cause major damage if not treated quickly. Though secure, iron fences are also not designed to be privacy fences. Most are open, allowing any passerby to peer right into your property.  Iron fences are difficult to install for the inexperienced and tend to be the priciest fence panel option.

Metal Fencing (Chain Link)

Residential Chain Link Fence by Jay Fencing

Residential Chain Link Fence by Jay Fencing

Pros of Chain Link Fencing

Chain link fences are versatile and affordable. When properly installed, chain link fences are durable and can last a very long time. Like iron fences, chain link fencing requires little maintenance. Chain link fencing is a cost-effective solution to keeping children and pets safe in your yard. It can also be used on commercial lots and does come in a few different styles and sizes.

Cons of Chain Link Fencing

Though there is some variety with chain link styles, visually, they are all pretty much the same. If you’re looking for a unique fence, chain link is not the way to go. It also provides limited security (though some commercial styles will provide more) and is virtually see-through, providing no privacy. Chain link fences are also not exactly visually appealing, which may be a deal breaker for some.

Vinyl Fencing

Vinyl Fence Panels by Jay Fencing

Vinyl Fence Panels by Jay Fencing

Pros of Vinyl Fencing

Vinyl fence panels come in a variety of shapes and styles, allowing you to choose one that best suits your own personal style and needs. Vinyl fences are known for their durability and strength. With a vinyl fence, you won’t have to worry about rot, rust, or insects – they are virtually maintenance-free. Vinyl is relatively affordable, though it typically costs more than wood. Vinyl fences are also easy to install as the panels are very light compared to other materials. Vinyl fences allow lots of privacy.

Cons of Vinyl Fencing 

Though vinyl fence panels are extremely easy to maintain, they do tend to look dirty over time and will need occasional cleaning. Though it is a strong material, it is not as strong as an iron fence or a wooden fence, and won’t be able to hold up against extremely strong impacts. Vinyl is also susceptible to extreme weather conditions and may become brittle during harsh winters.

Material Comparison

Jay Fencing Ltd. – Experience and Knowledge

Here at Jay Fencing, you can rely on our knowledge and experience to help you choose the perfect fence and get the job done right. We will only ever recommend the products and services that meet your specific needs – and budget! If you still aren’t sure which fence panel is right for you, or if you’re ready to move forward with your brand new fence, contact Jay Fencing now.

“We would highly recommend Jay Fencing to anyone that wants a fabulous fence. The guys worked long hours in the rain and mud to finish our fence…We can’t say enough about Jay Fencing.”

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Farm Fence Ontario

Farm fences in Ontario are a great way to protect your livestock from pests, predators, and escape. Choose quality and craftsmanship. Get the most hassle free and extensive service for agriculture and farm fencing by Jay Fencing.

Farm Fencing By-Laws

Ensure your property is correctly zoned and verify that it is legal for you to set up a farm fence before doing so. Every jurisdiction prevents barbed wire and electrical currents from being run through installed fences on properties unless for farming and agricultural uses.

See here for an extensive listing of fencing bylaws to ensure you stay compliant and penalty-free, or reach out to our experienced team. The following cities have noted restrictions on the use of barbed wires or electric fences in certain zones in Ontario:

It is appropriate to use barbed wire or electrical fencing in these jurisdictions for protection in commercial and industrial areas:

Please note that the list is not exhaustive and it is recommened that you refer to your own jurisdiction’s bylaws.

Types of Farm Fences

Here are the top choices in farm fencing materials to help you protect your animals and crops from unwanted visitors and pests.

Wire Fences

Wire fences include the following options and have proven effective over many decades in the modern farming and agricultural industry.

Barbed Wire

This type of fencing is great for keeping birds from resting on your fence and affecting your crops or livestock. It further discourages predators from going over your fence to hurt or injure your animals. Barbed wire is typically prohibited in Ontario from being used in commercial and residential zones.

Pros: great for containing cattle, sheep, and horses

Cons: often not used as farm animals can be harmed

Be sure to check your city’s bylaws to ensure that you are allowed to use barbed wire in your agricultural zone or commercial area.

Smooth wire

smooth wire farm fence

Similar to the barbed wire in its material and construction, but without the barbs, making it more friendly to animals that are being enclosed.

Pros: low cost material, great for containing horses

Cons: because it’s less sharp than barbed wires, animals may lean against this material and cause the smooth wire to stretch or sag.

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High tensible(HT) wire

A rigid, springy steel material that outperforms mild steel for durability.

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Chain Link Fencing, Fence Metal Galvanized Wire

Pros: isn’t stretched by pressure animals or trees

Cons: because of its rigid material, it may be fatal for animals to get stuck in or collide with this type of fencing

Woven wire

farm fence woven wire

Characterized by the knots that interconnect each woven wire, this type of fencing is great for keeping non-predatory animals on your ranch or farm.

Pros: Great at safely keeping horses, ponies, sheep, pigs, and goats safe. Great inexpensive material to use to create an expansive perimeter that allows the animals to roam

Cons: Watch out for spot welded fences that may be of lower durability and can break, causing sharp edges to be exposed and pose a risk to the health of the animals

Deer fence (anti-jumping)

deer farm fence

This fence is great at keeping animals that are known to leap out of their pens or enclosures. Typically, it comes in woven wire that spans 2 metres overall in height.

Pros: great at keeping in goats, deers, or any other animals that can leap

Cons: not as durable against collisions from more aggressive animals

Electric Fence

An effective way to create a perimeter that provides feedback to the animals that are enclosed. Over time it is expected that animals will stay away from fences because of the uncomfortable electric shock provided.

farm electric fence

Pros: Keeps predators and pests from bothering your animals.  It also reinforces animal behaviour, encouraging them to stay away from the perimeters

Cons: It requires the use of electricty, meaning operation costs will be more than when using a traditional fence, some animal owners may be sensitive to this approach to enclosure

*Refer to city fencing bylaws in Ontario to ensure your jurisdiction permits use of electrical currents in fences

Synthetic Fences

A new entrant to the agricultural industry are the synthetic fences that are incorporate varieties like  vinyl coated wire, graphite to enable electric currents, and vinyl rail (enclosed wiring).

synthetic farm fences

Pros: relatively inexpensive, there are large assortments of colours, and it is considered effective at keeping out other animals

Cons: industry experts are still debating whether synthetic fences are more durable or perform better than the other options

Cultivate Your Work With Farm  Fence Installation

Avoiding common challenges and pitfalls is easy when you choose an experienced fence installer to complete the project for you! Jay Fencing has the experience and the know-how to get the job done right. With over 20 years of experience delivering quality service to our clients, we will make sure you don’t have to experience the difficulties of DIY fence installation.

At Jay Fencing, our professional team has all the proper tools, an understanding of weather and soil conditions, and the ability to work through any issue that may arise during the installation process. You can rely on the knowledge and experience of Jay Fencing. Feel confident that we will recommend only the products or services that meet your specific needs and budget.

At Jay Fencing, we value:

  • Top notch customer service
  • Providing the highest quality products and services available
  • Being a name that you can trust
  • Having experienced and hardworking staff

Choosing to install a new fence, whether on your residential, agricultural, or commercial property, is a big decision. Jay Fencing will help guide you through the entire process and help you to plan the ideal fencing solution to suit you and your needs, all at the very best value.

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Deer fence image by Lisa Burke

Fence Boards Ultimate Guide

Choosing your Fence Boards – The Ultimate Guide

Ready to get a new fence installed? Uncertain what type of fence boards are best for you? Jay Fencing’s ultimate guide will show you how to choose the best fence boards. First, you’ll need to decide what you want your fence to be used for. Then, we’ll help you decide if wood or vinyl boards are best for you, and what style of fence suits your needs! This ultimate guide will give you all the information necessary to pick your perfect fence.

Your Fence’s Purpose

First, it’s important to briefly determine what the purpose of your new fence is. Will it be a decorative fence? Will it be a privacy fence? Picking the perfect fence boards will depend on the fence’s purpose.

For example, if you want a privacy fence, you may choose to go with the board-on-board style. This style places the fence boards very close together, limiting the ability to peer through the slats.


Fence Board Material

Wood Fences

$ – $$$

Wood fences are the most common fence type. Wood fences can be crafted in many different ways and styles to create custom, unique fences. When made by a reputable company, they are sturdy and resistant to the elements. There are also many different types of wood to choose from, all with their own pros and cons. Some popular choices include:

  • Pressure Treated Pine $ – A practical, well-priced option. Chemically treated to resist rot, insects, and moisture.
  • Cedar $$$$$ –  Beautiful and naturally resistant to rot, insects, and moisture. Always a great choice for fence boards.
  • Redwood $$$ – Naturally resistant to rot, insects, and moisture. Comes in a beautiful red colour, prized for both its aesthetics and strength.

Vinyl VS Wood

Wood fences are not without their drawbacks, however. Even naturally rot and insect resistant wood will need some level of maintenance, especially after years of harsh weather. The more resistant the wood, the more expensive it tends to be. Wood fences also attract termites. This can actually put your entire property, including your home, at risk. Wood fences must be properly installed or they will warp and bend, eventually needing to be replaced all together.

Vinyl Fences

Vinyl fence boards look almost identical to wooden fence boards. They also come in a variety of styles; many of these styles are identical to their wooden counterparts. Some benefits to choosing vinyl fencing include:

  • Durability – A durable product requiring very little maintenance.
  • Customizable – Like wood fences, vinyl fences come in many styles and colours.
  • Easy to Clean – Maintenance free indeed!

Though vinyl fences are easy to maintain and come in many attractive styles, they also have some downsides. The biggest difference between wood and vinyl is the price tag. Vinyl fences are often more expensive, and repair can be much more complicated. Vinyl is durable, but not as durable as most types of wood. Bending, warping, and even expanding can occur due to harsh weather or violent winds.

Fence Board Style

Once you’ve decided on the material, whether you choose from a variety of different wood types or vinyl, it’s time to pick your board style.

Each board style also comes with a host of both advantages and disadvantages, depending on what you’re looking for. There are many different board styles, but four of the most common include solid board, lattice top, board-on-board, and post and rail.

  • Solid Board – A decorative and beautiful option. The top can be crafted in a variety of different ways to suit whatever your preference may be. The solid board style also allows privacy.
  • Lattice Top – Lattice top is a very popular choice. It allows some air flow by breaking down strong winds into a gentler breeze. It also provides privacy while still allowing some vision beyond the boards.
  • Board-on-Board – One of the top choices for privacy fences. It looks attractive from both sides of the fence and allows a breeze to come through between the boards.
  • Post and Rail – With a classic, welcoming look, the post and rail style is definitely not a privacy fence. Often used as a decorative fence, though it can actually be customized with mesh to protect children or pets from getting out.

How To Get The Best Price

Looking to purchase new fence boards, no matter what the purpose may be, can be quite intimidating. Right now, there are tons of do-it-yourself (DIY) guides, books, and videos online showing you how to build and install your own fence from scratch. Some even say this is the most inexpensive option.

Though there are many experienced handymen out there, installing a fence and choosing the perfect fence boards can be a challenge for even the most capable Do-it-Yourselfer. Not knowing exactly what you’re doing when it comes to fence installation can end up costing you more and more with every little mistake you may make.

The best way to get the best price is by going with a reputable company. At Jay Fencing Ltd, you can feel confident that we will only recommend products or services that are best for you and your needs. This means you won’t be buying any unnecessary products or services that will make the price go up.

Getting the best price isn’t only about affordable costs. It’s also about quality work, so that you won’t have to spend more on upkeep or repairs down the road. We highly value having an experienced team and providing the highest quality service possible.

Contact Jay Fencing today!