What Type of Fence Is Right for You? Factors to Consider

Are you trying to find the right fence for your home but aren’t sure which type of fencing to choose? Knowing your priorities and which types of fences will match those priorities can help you make a decision. This article will discuss some of the top priorities of typical homeowners and also discuss the type of fencing that corresponds to each priority.


If beauty is your priority, the most beautiful fences are often made from traditional building materials like wood and wrought iron. Wooden fences can take many forms from privacy fences to picket fences. Because wood can be painted or stained, it can be matched to nearly any feature on the property. You can use wooden fences to line garden beds, backyards, and front yards.

Wrought iron fences are also beautiful but have a more formal appearance. Homeowners with a large property that they would like to keep secure are often attracted to wrought iron as a perimeter fence. Wrought iron is very strong and cannot be cut away, so it’s good for keeping out unwanted intruders.

Of course, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Homeowners who don’t find what they need in wood or wrought iron can also consider other materials like vinyl fencing, which can come in many colors and a variety of different styles.


If longevity is important to you, then a chain-link fence may be the best option. Chain-link fences are made from galvanized steel, a product that is designed to withstand wet conditions without any kind of maintenance or treatment. Chain-link fences will eventually rust, but this can take two decades or more. Chain-link fences that are coated in vinyl last even longer than galvanized steel fences.

Homeowners who want a durable fence but who like the look of wood can install a cedar fence. Cedar is a surprisingly rot-resistant material and will take many years to deteriorate. Homeowners who are willing to put in the maintenance like staining and sealing the fence regularly may find that their wooden fence lasts for two decades or more.


Homeowners seeking a budget-friendly fencing material can usually find what they’re looking for with a chain-link fence or a wooden fence. Chain-link fences run between $5 and $15 per foot. Wooden fences can be similarly inexpensive, starting from around $5 per linear foot.

Remember that the least expensive wooden fences are often the ones that are made from low-grade wood. Often, this wood is vulnerable to rot. Homeowners who want a wooden fence that will last may need to purchase a fence made from a more expensive wood.


Maintenance can be a big problem for busy homeowners. For homeowners who have a full-time job, children, or a large property to take care of, easy maintenance is critical. Chain-link fences are among the easiest types of fences to maintain. They require no painting, staining, sanding, or cleaning.

Homeowners who want a more attractive fence than a chain-link fence but who still want a fence that is easy to maintain can turn to vinyl fencing material. Vinyl fencing requires no sanding, painting, or staining in order to be maintained. Vinyl fencing need only be cleaned periodically to remove dirt on its surface.


Most important is that privacy fences must block the view of the other side of the fence. Fences that provide privacy are often made of wood or vinyl panels. Homeowners seeking a privacy fence will have a limited number of options regarding fencing material.


For some homeowners, the most important thing to consider when trying to purchase a fence is security. Which material is the most secure? For many homeowners, the answer is wrought iron. Wrought iron cannot be cut with bolt cutters and cannot be disassembled with any tools. If properly maintained, wrought iron can last years or decades.

Homeowners who want to keep their wrought iron fences as secure as possible must perform regular maintenance. Wrought iron can deteriorate if it is allowed to rust. To prevent this from happening, paint the fence on a regular basis, and remove rust if it is allowed to grow.

Aside from wrought iron, the most secure types of fences are privacy fences, which prevent intruders from seeing into the yard. Homeowners who value security and who want to keep their home safe must decide for themselves which type of fence is right for them.

Contact Your Fencing Contractor

Do you have more questions about which type of fencing will meet your needs? Then talk to a fencing contractor in your area. Your fencing contractor can give you suggestions that can help you find the right type of fencing material for your home.

At Carter Fence Company, we’re happy to answer your questions and give you fencing suggestions. To find out more, contact us today.

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