If you’re in the process of choosing which fence to put up, then you know how many options there are out there. And how hard it can be to choose between them! That’s why we put together this article – to help you make a decision that you’ll be happy with for years to come. We’ve picked our Top 4 Favorite Fences to share with you. While we’re mostly focused on residential properties here, many of these can be adapted to commercial settings as well.
1. Wooden Fencing
This is a great type of fence to go with if you like a natural look and feel in your landscaping. Another plus of this option is the tons of styles you can choose from. Not only that, but wood is easy to cut and trim into different shapes, so you can even customize it to reflect the character you’re going for. Wood fences also provide a lot of privacy, and are a great option if you want to keep pets in, intruders out, or both. Though wood has a lot of good things going for it, it also has its drawbacks. For one, it’s very restrictive of the view. That will matter much more in some places than in others. However, wood also begins to rot and break down over time and requires occasional maintenance to stay in good shape.
2. Metal Fencing (Aluminum, Wrought Iron, and Steel)
If you’re thinking security, there’s no better material to go with than Aluminum, Wrought Iron, or another type of metal. It’s just about impossible to break through or climb them, so you can rest easily knowing you’re a lot safer. Not only that, but pretty much all types of metal fences are great at keeping pets and young kids safe in your yard. They also last a long time and don’t require the same level of maintenance that wood fences do. Additionally, there’s tons of decorative options available, and metal don’t obstruct the lovely view from your yard. Even though there are a lot of perks to using metal fencing, there is a drawback: the price. The upfront costs of investing in this type of fence can be quite large depending on the material you go with, so be sure it’s what you want before you commit. Some types of metal, such as iron, are also prone to rust if the paint gets chipped. Because of the gaps between the bars, these also don’t work as privacy fences, so if you’re looking for that you might want to go with wood or vinyl.
3. Vinyl Fencing
Vinyl is a great option to go with if you’re seeking a privacy fence that’s versatile, good looking, and low maintenance. This type comes in all sorts of styles and colors, so it’s virtually guaranteed that you can find one that you like. They’re also very easy to install – so easy, in fact, that if you’re feeling adventurous you could even do it yourself! Finally, they’re very durable and can last for decades. Though vinyl is arguably one of the best options available, it does have its drawbacks. First, even though it’s durable, it’s not as physically strong as metal fences are. Second, its upfront cost is more than materials such as wood (though it requires less maintenance, which will reduce costs in the long run). And finally, though it’s pretty uncommon, it’s not impossible for vinyl to crack and warp in extreme temperatures.
4. Chain Link Fencing
The great thing about chain-link fencing is that it’s very inexpensive. And like the other fences we’ve mentioned, it also does a great job of keeping pets in – even very large pets. It also doesn’t obstruct your view, and is relatively strong. However, it’s no secret that chain-link fences aren’t very visually appealing. A determined person can also easily scale them, so they don’t offer a lot of security against break-ins. Additionally, they aren’t privacy fences and will not keep your neighbors from being able to see into your backyard.