Selecting the Right material for your fence

fences -

Once you know the type of fence or fences you want, which was covered in last week’s article:Selecting the Right Type of Fence, you can then start to select the right material to use in your fences.
Just like there are many different types and styles of fences, there are also many material options available. Don’t worry…the type of fence or fences you want, along with your budget and desired amount of maintenance, will quickly “get you off the fence” regarding which material is right for you.

Chain Link Fences are very popular cost is a factor and privacy is not, although, adding shrubbery, vines and flowers can eventually provide some privacy.


Chain Link fences provide the basic functions of a fence quite well: offering adequate security for your family and swimming pool, as well as good confinement for children and pets. They tend to be very low maintenance and are one of the cheapest fencing options available. In most situations, chain link fences are also an easy DIY for homeowners.

Wood Fences are one of the most popular fence materials due to its versatility and functionality.

Wood can be used to design in wide variety of styles and types of fences, and used to accomplish a variety of functions. Wood fences can provide good security and confinement; they can provide privacy from neighbors or maintain your great view; they can be used to block wind and noise; and they can be used to mark a boundary or be an ornate feature in your backyard.

Wood fences can be built using a number of different types of woods and be painted or stained to compliment your house or other outdoor features like decks, railings, sheds, gazebos or pergolas. The cost of your wood fence will depend on the style you select and the type of wood being used.

If properly built, a wood fence could last the lifetime of your home, so make sure choose a design and material that you will be happy with for many years to come.

  • Pressure Treated Wood is the most durable and economical type of wood, thus it is also the most popular.
  • Cedar is known for its long-lasting good looks—tight grain, fewer knots, and a desirable red hue. Cedar is naturally resists decay and insects,however is not as resistant to rotting below ground a pressure treated wood. While cedar is beautiful, it is getting harder to find and experiencing significant price increases.
  • Red Wood or teak will require a significantly bigger investment, but nothing else compares to their natural softness and luster. Because they’re expensive, redwood and teak fences are usually limited to small areas: enclosures around spas or pools. Like cedar, redwood and teak both naturally resist insects, decay, shrinking, and warping from the elements.
  • Bamboo is being used more and more, mostly because it is one of the most environmentally friendly and attractive wood options on the market. There are three styles for bamboo fencing: live bamboo, bamboo cane and rolled bamboo. Rolled bamboo and bamboo cane use poles linked together that are a bit sturdier than live bamboo. Live bamboo can grow up to a foot a year. We would not recommend this style in colder climates.
  • Cedar rail fences are often used to mark boundaries or separate parts of your backyard, like gardens. They are easy to build and create that country feel.
Fence / wood / privacy / mark boundary / landscape feature /

Vinyl Fences has been around for many years however it is still seldom considered when selecting fence materials. Vinyl is usually used when privacy is a desired result.

Fence / white vinyl / privacy / security /

Early vinyl fencing products had a tendency to yellow, sag, or become brittle after a couple of years, but today’s fence manufacturers are putting out durable fencing products in a variety of styles and colors. The quality of the vinyl is important, so focus on a thicker gauge “virgin” vinyl to ensure the look is maintained for many years.

Vinyl fencing is maintenance free and resists paint, allowing you to easily clean graffiti or any other unwanted stains. All you will need is a hose and soap to make it look as good as new. Installing a vinyl fence may have a higher upfront cost, but given its low maintenance costs and long lifespan, vinyl fencing is cheaper than many other fencing types.

Composite Fences are manufactured from wood fibers combined with plastic polymers. Composite fencing provides a like-wood look without the propensity to degrade from insects and rot. Such combination of style and substance runs slightly more expensive than vinyl and cedar, though, in both material and installation—like vinyl fencing, composite requires precise installation by professionals. Since the material’s quality varies, you’ll want to explore your options and buy composite fencing components from a reputable dealer.

Metal Fences tend to be one of the more ornate fence options, often used to create a bold statement about the people and the home located behind the fence. especially when combined with brick or stone. Options for metal fencing range from classic to contemporary. They are often combined with brick or stone features to match or blend with the homes exterior.

Fence / ornamental / security / metal /

While metal fences can be both strong and beautiful, they tend offer little in the way of privacy. And depending on the type of metal used, can either be very low maintenance (aluminum and steel) or require regular painting (wrought iron). Metal fences tens to also require a larger investment than other fences.

If you are considering a metal fence, it is recommended that you hire a professional to install it.

Fences - masonry and wrought

Masonary fences using concrete, stucco, brick, block, and stone fences create a stately aesthetic around the home, but at a cost: These materials skew pricey and require professional installation. Due to their weight, masonry fences need a structural footing poured below the frost line. Many homeowners mix some type of masonry with another fencing material, such as wrought iron or wood, for reasons of both design and cost.


With the information provided here you are well on the way to having a long lasting beautiful fence that will not only fulfill its functional role but also add aesthetic and financial value to your property!

Make sure to check our last article of the fence series covering The 7 most important things to consider when planning your fence project


Related posts

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.