Adding a Lattice to an Existing Fence


Lattice is a wooden or composite material that forms a grid of inch-wide strips. Most people use lattice fencing to add a decorative touch to the existing fence. It can also have a functional role because it makes fences more dense, allowing you to attach plants or anything else on the fence. Lattice fences can help you create a personal look for the exterior part of the house. Installing the lattice fence is not as difficult as you might think. There are a few different ways to install the fence, depending on your needs, abilities, and budget.

A DIY Project

Even if you have a little experience with wood you will be able to finish the project with little or no problems. The more you know about cutting, attaching wood parts, measuring, and using electric power tools, the better job you will do.

The easiest way to install a lattice fence is to install it on the softer part of the ground around the fence; this is effective and efficient if you don’t have animals and kids, because the lattice fence will not be steady and firm enough. A second way to install it is adding it directly on the existing fence, but this project requires more time and effort. You will need to use screws and ties to attach the lattice wood pieces properly. If your existing fence is steady and firm enough, you can attach the lattice and add the personal touch you want.

If you are not familiar with working with wood, you can consider vinyl lattice or lattice made of any other compound material. Local hardware stores have a rather wide variety of lattice pieces, so you can choose what you prefer, based on your needs and budget.

Pre Built Fence

If you feel that you cannot complete the project on your own, you can buy a pre-assembled and pre-built fence. Again you will need to place it and attach it properly, but at least you won’t have to do all the preparation. However, you will still need to do the cutting and nailing, so some personal work is still required. If you buy a pre-built lattice fence you can read the instructions and try to put them in order.

If you are not up to the task, you can ask your local hardware store for classes on cutting and installing or hire a professional carpenter or a landscaper who is able to manage the project and handle all the details for you. Consult with the expert and exchange your ideas so that you see if your ideas are realistic, and if they meet your needs and requirements. A professional can have the lattice fence installed within a few hours and give your house the look you have been dreaming about.

Additing Style

Keep in mind that custom lattice fences will also increase the value of your property; if you want to add style and uniqueness to your home you will draw attention to your house, while increasing its monetary value and maintaining your investment.