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Guide to the Different Types of Fencing

Whether you have an existing fence that needs to be replaced, or you're installing a fence on your property for the first time, it's a good idea to learn all that you can about the different types of fencing options that are available to you. Each option has its own set of pros and cons. In addition, certain fences lend themselves to certain situations, so the best one for you will depend on your individual needs.


Wood

Wood fences offer your home a classic look. Your wood fence contractor can install wooden fence posts is a variety of styles and sizes to meet your needs and coordinate with your home. Wood fencing is reasonably priced, and versatile. It works well with many different home styles. One downside to wood fencing is the maintenance. Staining or painting the fence from time to time to keep it look great. You may also have to deal with wood rot, if the fence is not maintained.


Vinyl

Just as wood fencing comes in many different sizes, so too does vinyl. Your vinyl fence contractor can show you options in different sizes and colors. Unlike wood, vinyl fences are virtually maintenance free. You can hose them down to clean them if they need it, other than that there is nothing to be done. They don't need painting and you never have to worry about the fence posts rotting. Other than that, both vinyl and wood can be used for the same type of options.

  • Privacy fencing. Six ft. tall posts are used to keep prying eyes out of your yard.

  • Three ft. tall posts are perfect for keeping pets and animals in the yard, while still giving you an unobstructed view beyond your yard.

  • Posts can be placed vertically for a more contemporary look.


Chain Link

Chain link fencing is sturdy, durable and cost effective. Whether you want to keep someone in the yard, or keep others out, it does the job. If you're not worried about installing something decorative, but instead want something that is purely functional, this is the choice for you. Chain link is easy to care for, it just needs painting every few years.


These are the three most popular options for fencing. They are all sturdy and functional. Choose wood for a classic look, or vinyl for a low maintenance option, and finally, if price is the most important consideration, chain link is the material for you.