How to Choose Fence Slats for Your Fence


Fence slats are ultimately what will decide the look of your fence. Besides determining the aesthetic value of your fence, fence slats will also provide you with privacy. Depending on how you space out fence slats, you can get partial privacy or full privacy. Below, you will find a few important pointers on how to choose fence slats for your fence.

How tall do your fence slats need to be?

Obviously, this will be decided by the height of your fence. Most privacy fences are either six or eight feet tall. If you have fence posts that are already installed and want fence slats to replace the old fence slats, you will need to buy fence slats that are the same height as your fence post.

Generally, it will be a good idea to buy fence slats and fence posts at the same time as you don’t want to be cutting your fence slats to size. Hardware stores and fence retailers will usually sell uniform sizes when it comes to fence slats and fence posts, thereby giving you a wide range of options to pick and choose from.

How many slats will you need?

Next, you will have to figure out just how many fence slats you need for your fence line. Most fence slats that are sold for privacy reasons are about 5.5 inches wide. You can easily calculate the length of your fence and then divide it by 5.5 inches, to get the number of slats that you will need. Always buy a few extra as some fence slats will inevitably get damaged or roughed up when you install them onto the fence. Moreover, if you have slats left over, you can always use them to replace old slats that might become damaged or rotten over time.

The example given above is just that, an example. If the fence slat that you have chosen is just 3 inches wide instead of the 5.5 inches that we have mentioned, you must re-work your calculations to get the right number of slats that you will need.

What kind of slats should you choose?

This will depend on your budget and your needs. There are privacy slats that are available for a wide variety of fences. Even a chain link fence can be made a privacy fence with plastic slats that can be inserted through the chain links, in a zigzag manner.

However, the most popular type of privacy slats out there is wood and vinyl slats. If you want cheap wooden fence slats, you can go with pine wood that costs very less. Pine wood however looks rather rough on the eye. More expensive slats made out of cedar and spruce will give you a much more aesthetic looking fence.

Installing fence slats

Installing fence slats is actually the easiest part of a fence installation. The most difficult part is to get the fence posts up and lined up correctly. If you have already done that, just spend a few more hours to lay out the slats, to save on installation costs. If not, you can always ask the store where you bought the fence slats to also install it for you, for an additional fee.

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