Lattice fencing adds an attractive, finished appearance wherever it is installed and offers practical benefits and a touch of privacy too. The term is used to cover a diverse range of styles that share a few common characteristics: A pattern created by intersecting slats and open spaces within the fence field.
An angled crisscross pattern that creates diamond-shaped spaces is most common in lattice fence, but you’ll find quite a few other designs when shopping. You have options for the style of posts, top rails and accessories you select to create a custom look to enclose your back yard, pool area or garden or enclose or skirt your deck or porch.
Most lattice fences offer what some manufacturers call semi-privacy rather than full privacy. You can also find styles with a combination of solid fence for privacy on the lower portion of the panel and decorative lattice on top.
This fence guide is your comprehensive source of information about lattice fencing style, cost, maintenance and more. We’ve created similar guides about chain link, split rail, bamboo and other fence materials to assist you in making an informed decision about what type to use for your outdoor project. Compare each style head to head in all the essential areas.
Lattice fencing can be quite affordable or it can be moderately expensive. In terms of quality, you definitely get what you pay for. Cheap lattice fence is nothing more than thin strips of solid or composite wood or plastic stapled together without a border. It is attached to existing structures such as a deck or a frame made from pressure treated wood.
The best lattice fencing employs solid wood (often cedar) or vinyl slats, frames, rails and posts of very good quality. If vinyl, it might be wood-colored and contain a woodgrain texture. Better lattice fence material is produced in panels with a frame or in other self-contained sections.
The lattice fence price is determined by quality, style and the height of the fencing. Here are lattice fence costs per linear foot for the most common types of fencing:
- Cheap plastic lattice fence: $1.50-$3.50
- Cheap wood lattice fence: $2.00-$4.25
- Quality wood lattice fence: $8-$20
- Quality vinyl lattice fence: $12-$24
Now, let’s look at the total package for lattice fence including the basic fencing, the accessories and the cost of installing the fence. The installation cost includes labor and the accessories such as fasteners required for the work.
We’re using an installation of 164 linear feet in our examples, so comparing fencing prices head to head using our guides is simple and informative.
Table 1: Comparison of Lattice Fencing Costs Fencing.
|Fence Type||Cost of Materials||Installation Cost||Total Project Cost||Cost Per Linear Feet|
|Cheap Lattice Fence||$246-$697||$328-$648||$574-$1345||$3.50-$8.20|
|Mid-Range Lattice Fence||$1312-$1968||$615-$820||$1927-$2788||$11.75-$17.00|
|Top-Quality Lattice Fence||$3280-$3936||$768-$984||$4048-$4920||$24.75-$30.00|
|Note: Our pricing data are carefully calculated from industry averages as well as submissions from our own readers. This allows us to provide you with the best idea of the likely cost for your fence project. The above data is costed on an average of 164 linear foot|
Considerations for Installation
Both unframed and framed lattice fencing needs to be affixed to secure posts. The posts might be installed in the ground when enclosing open yard or mounted to a deck for enclosing that space. Pressure-treated 4”x4” posts are the most affordable choice for ground installation. Cedar posts or vinyl posts will better match the fencing, depending on what material you’re using. The best lattice fence styles, wood and vinyl, come with panels, posts and accessories designed for use together.
If you’ve got basic skills and experience, installing the lattice fence yourself is certainly an option. You’ll reduce the $3-$6 per linear foot charged by most fence contractors for installation. A good selection of videos online to walk you through the process of fence installation can be found online.
Browse fencing websites or your options at a local fence supplier to determine which style best fits the look you want to create. Your options include:
- Several styles of lattice
- Lattice and solid fence combinations
- A range of accessories such as rails and caps
- Several wood options and vinyl too
Rolls of fencing and fence panels range in height from about 3’ to 8’. Your choice of widths ranges from 4’ to 8’.
Common Uses of this Fence Type
Lattice fencing is primarily decorative. The fact that the material doesn’t create a solid field limits its use as privacy fencing. If you like the look of lattice but want privacy too, consider styles with solid fencing below and a foot or so of lattice work on the upper part of the panel.
Better grades of wood and vinyl lattice fencing can serve to keep pets and children in an enclosed space or prevent animals, toys and balls from getting under a deck.
Plastic and vinyl lattice fence is the easiest to maintain. Spray on a mild cleaner like Simple Green and let it sit for about 10 minutes. Go over the fencing with a soft cloth before hosing it off or using a power sprayer on a gentle setting.
Wood lattice fence should be stained and/or sealed or painted as needed. Wash the fence first as recommended for plastic and vinyl fencing, and let it dry completely before adding the stain/sealer or paint. Wait until there is no rain in the forecast for at least two days before staining, sealing or painting.
If you apply stain, sealer or paint, the work will go much faster if you use a sprayer rather than a brush, and you’ll have far fewer drips and runs. Apply two or three light coats rather than one heavy coat.