What is a Fence Panel?

A Fence Panel, or section, is the part of the fence that sits between two posts (or walls).  Panels are composed of one or more horizontal rails that secure a number of vertical pickets, spindles, or balusters. 

Fence Panels can be pre-fabricated, as in the case of vinyl and ornamental aluminum, or can be made from boards and rails like the picket fence below.  Most panels are either 6 ft. or 8 ft. long depending on the material. Longer than 8 ft. and the panel will sag under its own weight. Any shorter and it would require additional posts and hardware, which would add to the expense.

Most Fences have 2 or more panels anchored and connected by posts.