6 Types Of Fences Every Homeowner Should Know About

For some homeowners, fences have one key role: security. It serves as a boundary between their property and the outside world. But there are more to fences than just keeping people out.

Aside from preventing people from stumbling into your property and pests out of your garden, fences can also be used to keep children and pets inside and safe. If you have a pool, you can even avoid accidents by enclosing the area. A fence also plays a role in the exterior design of your home. If you prefer one that doesn’t look just like a wall, there are different decorative fences to increase the visual appeal of your yard.

Fences are also used to increase privacy and block outside noise. It prevents people from looking into your yard or even inside your home. If you live on a busy street, a fence can help keep the sound to a minimum. It can also deflect or block the wind keeping your plants, patio furniture, outdoor lighting, and other items from getting damaged or blowing away. 

Now that you know that there can be more to a fence, you might be suddenly overwhelmed with the different types of fencing that you can choose from. Whether you’re just installing or planning on replacing your existing fence, here are the 6 most popular types of fencing for your home. 

Picket Fence

Picket fences are commonly used for decorative purposes and boosting the curb appeal. It is not ideal for security because it usually stands low and is spaced quite far apart between slates. But picket fences can still provide enough privacy and are durable, usually built to last for a long time and withstand extreme weather conditions. This is also suitable for those who still want to have a nice view outside, for themselves or their pets, while keeping these animals safe inside the yard.

The most popular style is the white picket fence, which gives off a dainty and suburban look. While picket fences are usually made out of wood, it can now be made with vinyl or PVC. Vinyl picket fences are sturdy and easy to clean - with some water and soap, it can quickly look brand new again. But vinyl can be expensive, so if you prefer the white picket fence look but want a more affordable option, then PVC is a better choice. It can also be made to look like wood, perfect for those who want a rustic vibe. But it won’t be as durable as wood or vinyl, so it is recommended to add some wood inside the posts to make it sturdier.

If you decide to go for the classic wood, the popular materials used are cedar, pine, and cypress. Pine is more affordable, but if you want a more durable fence, you can use cedar for the pickets and pine for the posts. It is easier to maintain pine because it is resistant to decay while cedar is better at withstanding outdoor elements.

Privacy Fence

This fence was designed for, you guessed it, privacy. If you want to prevent people from seeing into your home, then a privacy fence is the best option for you. This is also suitable for those who have a traffic-noise problem or loud neighbors as well as unwanted views. 

Privacy fences act as sound and wind barriers because these are installed in panels with no gaps. It can be made out of wood, vinyl, aluminum, or stone. Wood is the material commonly used for this type of fence, but if you want a low-maintenance fence with a longer lifespan, then vinyl is a better fit. Whichever material you choose, any of these can be designed and adjusted to a height based on your vision and property. Privacy fences can be stained or painted to complement your home’s exterior and outdoor area.

Split Rail Fence

If you just want affordable fencing to mark your property, then split rail fences will do just the trick. It is very durable and usually made for decorative purposes with its classic and rustic charm. 

Compared to the first two types, this fence is more open, using less wood. This makes it convenient to mark a large area of land, which makes it popular in the countryside. But some suburban homes now use split rail fencing because it boosts the curb appeal and is easy to maintain. Although, it is not recommended for those who have children or small pets since the rails are spaced wide apart.

This type of fence is easy to build and typically made out of wood such as pine or cedar. But nowadays, split rail fences can also be made out of vinyl, which still looks like wood yet lasts longer and doesn’t need maintenance.

Wrought Iron Fence

If you’re looking for security and ornamentation, then you might be interested in a wrought iron fence. These metal fences have long black stakes with unique designs on top, making them perfect for those who prefer durable fences that can boost the visual appeal of their yard. But due to the wide gaps between the stakes, it will not provide enough privacy.

Wrought iron fences are custom made, which makes them an expensive option. Aside from the cost, it also requires a lot of maintenance such as regular repainting or sanding to preserve its beauty and prevent rusting and corroding.

Metal Fence

If you want a metal fence that is not as expensive as custom-made wrought iron fences, then you can install aluminum or steel fences. It is easier to maintain but it won’t provide the same security that wrought iron fences offer. These are also durable yet they can easily be dented or scratched when hit with lawn equipment. 

Metal fences are customizable and can be painted and decorated in various ways. As mentioned before, it can be made out of aluminum or steel. Both can withstand extreme weather conditions, but steel is more durable and won’t dent as easily while aluminum weathers better and is easier to maintain. Steel fences are more similar to wrought iron fences when it comes to maintenance - it needs to be repainted and sanded to preserve its look and prevent rust.

Chain Link Fence

Chain link fences are commonly used to prevent children and animals from straying out of the yard. It is tall and sturdy, as well as easy and inexpensive to install. While some go for this type of fence because it also requires little maintenance, others won’t even consider a chain link fence because it looks simple and does not provide enough privacy. 

But there is an easy solution to prevent people from seeing into your yard even with a chain link fence. You can add vines, flowers, and shrubbery, which will also turn it into a green wall that can boost your home’s curb appeal. You can also install vinyl slats to increase privacy and add more color to the fencing.

Are You Ready To Get Your Fence Installed?

After finding the right fence for your home, then it’s time to get it installed. If you want to be able to find trusted and reliable contractors in your local area, I recommend Networx. With this platform, you can easily compare estimates, spending less time and effort researching and collecting quotes. All contractors need to have proper licensing and insurance to be able to join here.

After submitting your quote request, you'll be contacted by a few of their local contractors. 

Kenneth Wilson
November 14, 2020
Yard & Garden

Kenneth Wilson

Retired contractor. Currently residing in Southwest Florida. Now in semi-retirement, I write and manage this blog focused on helping home owners make savvy decisions when it comes to finding contractors and getting their projects done.