The Pros and Cons of 5 Common Types of Fences

If you’re planning to install a fence around your property, one of the most important decisions you’ll have to make is the fence type. The fence type can make a big difference on all kinds of different factors, including security, visual appeal, longevity, pet-friendliness and more.

Here are five of the most common fence types, along with their benefits and disadvantages.

Post and Rail Fencing
Post and rail fencing is one of the best looking types of fences. Not only does it look great from the outside, but it doesn’t block the view from the inside. It’s great for establishing a perimeter around your property, while still looking friendly. Unfortunately, this type of fencing doesn’t provide much real security. Pets can also easily run out.

Wood Panel Fencing
Wood panel fencing is a much more secure type of fence. Typically wood panels are between 4 to 6 inches high, placed closely together. It’ll keep pets in, though it does block much of the view. For those who prefer the “natural” feel of wood, wood panel fencing offers a great mixture of safety and security.

Aluminum Fencing
Aluminum fencing is the perfect fence for the security-minded, as well as for those with kids or pets. Aluminum fencing is difficult to climb and nearly impossible to break. Though the upfront investment is higher, can you really a price you can put on your family’s safety?

If you’re working with automated gates, generally you’ll also want to use an aluminum fence. Other materials, such as wood, will wear and tear quickly if used with moving parts.

PVC Fencing
PVC is a synthetic material that’s sturdy yet inexpensive. PVC fencing won’t splinter like wood fences. Furthermore, PVC is extremely easy to mold. You can get PVC in just about any shape you want, as well as any color. It’s easy to match a PVC fence to the rest of your property’s style and color.

Vinyl Fencing
Vinyl fencing looks more natural than PVC and aluminum fencing. Unlike wood, vinyl doesn’t rot, fade or splinter over time. It won’t rust like metal fences. In short, for those who want a durable and low-maintenance fence, vinyl fences can be a great way to go.

These are five of the most common types of fences, along with their pros and cons. At the end of the day, it comes down to weighing the price, security, visual appeal and longevity. It helps to choose your priorities first, then select your material.

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