Matching Fencing Types To Your Needs

Photo by Susan Law Cain via ShutterstockBefore you buy a new fence for your home or business, ask yourself this: “How do I know which fence is the best fit for my property?” Whether your goals are keeping pets inside, keeping intruders out, adding privacy or increasing value, certain fences will make more sense than others. That’s why you need to know what’s available and how to compare your options.

To determine the best fencing structure for your needs, take the time to do your research. What are all your options? What does each kind of fencing have to offer, and what are its potential drawbacks? To help you evaluate the different fencing types so you can make a good choice, here’s an overview of the specifics:

 

Wood

As one of the oldest and most popular fencing options, it’s no surprise that wood fences communicate timeless appeal. From white picket wood fences to tall privacy wood fences, there are a variety of possibilities within this fencing material. Some pros and cons include:

 

  • PRO: Greater property privacy
  • PRO: Durable, long-lasting material
  • PRO: Lots of possibilities for design
  • CON: Lengthy installation period
  • CON: Can be expensive

 

PVC

If it’s a budget-friendly fence you’re after, PVC is an option to consider. PVC fences come in a lot of colors and heights, and they’re made to last. Here’s a quick look at their basic pros and cons:

 

  • PRO: Resistant to weather damage
  • PRO: Lots of design options
  • PRO: Inexpensive fencing option
  • CON: Not as durable as wood

 

Vinyl

Vinyl fences stand out for being highly durable without any need for regular upkeep. While they may have a higher upfront cost, their low-maintenance expenses can offset some of those costs over time. Their pros and cons include:

 

  • PRO: Maintenance-free and easy to clean
  • PRO: Stronger and more flexible than wood
  • PRO: Long lifespan
  • CON: Higher upfront cost

 

Aluminum

Aluminum fencing is not only attractive, but it’s also easy to maintain because, once installed, it requires no upkeep. While it can look almost identical to wrought iron, it’s actually lighter in weight and less expensive. Here’s a look at the pros and cons of this kind of fence:

 

  • PRO: Versatile designs available
  • PRO: Maintenance-free
  • CON: Susceptible to weather damage
  • CON: Lighter and less expensive than wrought iron

 

Wrought Iron

Whether you’re enclosing the garden at an English estate or the driveway at a stately home, a wrought-iron fence creates a touch of elegance wherever it’s placed. Because of the distinguished, classical appeal these fences offer, they are popular choices in locations where decoration is important. Here are some of the major pros and cons of wrought-iron fences:

 

  • PRO: Customizable
  • PRO: Attractive and durable
  • PRO: Prestigious feel
  • CON: Relatively expensive
  • CON: Require regular sanding/painting to look its best

 

Chain Link

There’s a good reason chain-link fences are the style of choice found at many schools, parks and industrial locations. Chain-link fences are affordable, easy to maintain and made to last: Here are some important considerations:

 

  • PRO: Inexpensive
  • PRO: Require little maintenance
  • CON: Unless combined with plants, don’t add much privacy

 

Post and Rail

Also known as stockade fencing or ranch fencing, post-and-rail fencing is a popular choice for enclosing pastureland or horse areas. Frequently used on farms, it’s easy to maintain, doesn’t obstruct views of land or animals, and comes in a variety of styles. Here are some key pros and cons:

 

  • PRO: Allows for visibility through the fence
  • PRO: Easy to maintain
  • PRO: Versatile design options
  • CON: Doesn’t add privacy or high security

 

Based on the characteristics listed above about the various types of fencing, do you have a clearer sense of which option is right for you? Whether you’re interested in enclosing your backyard or acres of horses, use the pros and cons above to help you decide.


 

Author bio:

Dean White is President of Tru-Link Fence and Products. Tru-Link Fence has been Chicagoland’s “go to” fencing supplier since 1952. Please visit our website to learn more about our various products and services.

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