Stepping and Sloping Horizontal Fencing

Trex w/Horizons horizontal fence system is an elegant product that can be adapted to slope or step for ground that isn’t flat. Sloping (also called racking) a fence gives you the ability to follow the ground line thereby eliminating gaps under the fence. With horizontal fences, most customers prefer to step the fence, but with some additional preparation, Horizons can be adjusted to follow the ground.

Horizontal fencing has become popular as a design alternative to traditional fencing that employs vertically-oriented boards. Among horizontal fence options, the Trex with Horizons is a horizontal fencing system with a distinct privacy design. Like Seclusions, the Trex fence with vertical pickets, Horizons utilizes an interlocking picket system which provides full privacy, a board-on-board appearance and the same look on each side. The Trex composite fence boards are complemented and supported by the FDS-exclusive Horizons frames. The Horizons system provides a modern appeal with its black, powder-coated steel frames. If you are looking for a horizontal fence that offers a privacy benefit and does not use unattractive back framing, Trex with Horizons is your fence.

Stepping a horizontal fence keeps the lines of the fence level while following a slope on a hill. This is the most common method of installing a horizontal fence.

A sloped Trex horizontal fence on a hill

Sloping a horizontal fence allows the fence line to follow the ground line.  This approach requires cutting materials prior to building the fence.

Both Seclusions and Horizons are stick-built systems which provide adjustability for height and width. For Horizons, the frame rails and horizontally-oriented pickets can be cut to accommodate angles if sloping is the preferred method.

If you choose to stair-step, you may want to use longer posts to give you the necessary transitions in height. Our 12 ft. long posts provide plenty of length for those scenarios (they also allow you to build a Horizons fence up to 8 ft. tall and still have plenty of post length to put into a stable footer in the ground).

Cutting pickets with a jig to create a sloping Trex Horizons fence
Stepping and Sloping Horizontal Fencing