Choosing the Right Fence Material

Adding a fence to your property is a decision that can stem from various motivations. Whether it’s for protection, aesthetics, safety, privacy, legal compliance, or boundary marking, understanding your primary purpose will guide you towards selecting the best material.

The most practical reasoning one gets a fence is for security or protection. They can keep unwanted visitors, whether human or animal, off your property. In addition, they can prevent prying eyes from peeking into the goings on in your backyard. But beyond that, they can also add an attractive element to your landscaping, gardens, and homes. 

For families, they provide safety by keeping pets and children contained within the yard. With a fench, your dog can chase the tennis ball freely without you worrying of a fast getaway. And your kids can roam with clear boundaries. But also, fences might be something that you’re required to be looking into. Legally, certain local regulations may require fencing around pools for safety reasons. Lastly, fences can mark property boundaries clearly.

Choosing the right fence material involves considering several factors, including the material’s strength, durability, aesthetic appeal, and cost. Some materials are sturdier and weather better, while others provide specific visual or functional benefits.

Chain Link Fences

One of the most popular choices, chain link fences, offers a robust barrier while maintaining visibility through its open space between the fencing chains. Options like vinyl coating can enhance its appearance and longevity, while slats can be added for increased privacy. Chain link fences are also among the most affordable options available.

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Wood fences are another favorite, offering flexibility in design and customization to suit various tastes and needs. Different types of wood are used, including treated varieties to resist rot. While wood fencing requires more maintenance and skill to install, it allows for creating custom styles that can cater to security, privacy, or decorative purposes. Though typically more expensive than chain link fencing, wood remains more affordable than most other materials. And you also have a little variation in your design, with both Wood Private, and Wood Picket, Fences as the selections you can choose from.

Vinyl or PVC Fences

Introduced in the 1980s, vinyl or PVC fencing is known for its low maintenance and durability. Resistant to wear, bugs, and rot, these fences do not twist or warp over time. Vinyl panels can be solid or designed with slats to allow airflow and visibility. Technological advancements have improved this material, including inhibitors to prevent yellowing or fading. Generally, vinyl fencing is more costly than wood or chain link options.

If you have any questions about these fence types or others, don’t hesitate to contact a professional at Midwest Fence for a free consultation by calling 651-451-2222.

In our next post, we will explore other materials, including composite, wrought iron, aluminum, and other natural options. Stay tuned!