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An Overview of the Top Residential Fencing Types

Fencing your property is a great way to increase your privacy and protect plants and landscaping. When you decide to fence an area, there are plenty of residential fencing styles you can choose from, each with different costs and benefits.

  • Aluminum Fencing is one of the most popular basic fence types. Aluminum fences are secure, require little maintenance, and look great. It’s not suited to areas with severe weather though, because it’s weaker than it appears.
  • Wood Fencing is the most popular fence style in the U.S. It provides privacy and a pleasant, homey feel. A wooden fence will cost more depending on how much wood you need and what quality the wood is. For instance, pressure-treated fence posts cost about $10 each in the U.S. Installation is lengthy but wood fences can last a lifetime.
  • PVC Fencing is great if you’re fencing your property for the lowest cost. PVC fences aren’t quite as sturdy, but they resist weather-related wear and tear and come in many heights and colors.
  • Wrought Iron Fencing is great for the homeowner who wants a classic, ornate look for their fence. Fencing your property with wrought iron takes a lot of fence maintenance, though. You’ll likely need to sand and repaint the fence every two to three years. Wrought iron fences are expensive and not very secure.
  • Vinyl Fencing is one of the strongest options on the market, and it also requires little to no maintenance. The upfront cost is often higher than other options, but you’ll barely have to maintain it at all.
  • Chain Link Fences are used more often for security than aesthetics. They’re cheap, durable and easy to maintain, and their low privacy can be enhanced with plants or other landscaping options.

Choose the fence that best suits your needs and property. A fencing contractor will usually be able to accommodate you.

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