I’m sure you’re well aware that there are more kinds of fences out in the world than just a white picket one. Constructing fences of multiple materials has been an activity of human beings for thousands of years. Fences mark property, corral livestock, and protect gardens. I have made my living by building fences for the general populace, and I have built many types of fences.
Believe it or not the white picket fence is not the most common type my company will build throughout the year. Chain link fences, wooden fences, and vinyl fences are also very popular choices. Read more to learn about what types of fences you can choose from if you’re interested in building one of your own.
Panels, gates, pickets, and posts. Wooden fences are known for their expensive material cost, labor-intensive maintenance, and beautiful quality. Although wooden fences are installed in very much the same way as a chain link fence, there are staining and sealing procedures involved unique only to wood.
Wooden fences can come in all shapes and sizes depending on your needs. The kinds of boards you get will determine the ultimate design of your fence. Here is a list of some common wooden fence designs:
- Regular point
- Single convex
- Dog ear cut
- Gothic point
The great thing about wood is it’s so versatile. You can easily incorporate metallic elements in a wooden fence like gates and accents.
This is probably the closest you will come to a white picket fence. Vinyl fencing is made from a combination of recycled and non-recycled plastics. Because of its composition, vinyl fences are great for withstanding extreme weather conditions, ultraviolet damage, and temperature. Vinyl can be very strong and very reliable without too much maintenance on part of the homeowner.
Vinyl is versatile because the plastic can be shaped into pretty much anything you would want. All of the designs that come with a wooden fence can also be done with vinyl and so much more. At the top of the fence you can include a lattice design (very popular right now). The fence can be crissed and crossed to your heart’s content and include textured designs for effect.
Chain Link Fences
Chain link is the most cost-effective for your time and money. Although you can build a chain link fence yourself, you can also have it installed for a reasonable price. This fence is the perfect option if you just need a fence to keep pets in or intruders out. The world of chain link fencing has improved in recent years with a quality that is much more style-friendly. You don’t have to worry about your chain link fence looking dull, add in a pretty gate and some climbing foliage to spruce it up.
Rustic and practical, farm fencing is particular to life in the great outdoors. If you need a fence to help corral your livestock, then farm fencing is the best of the best. Using recycled mesh and scruffy wooden posts, farm fencing can provide you with boundaries.
Many times the wooden posts in this genre can come from your own property. The wire is also easy to purchase new or recycled. Just be sure that you don’t have any harmful elements in your farm fence that will hurt animals. Chemicals and sealants should all be farm friendly. Eliminate rough or sharp corners so as to protect the livestock from unnecessary harm.
Some of the most common types of farm fencing are:
- Barbed wire
- Woven wire
- High-tensile wire
- Electric net
- Poly wire
Metal fencing is usually used as a barrier through which anyone can see your yard. Don’t expect a metal fence to provide you with any degree of privacy, it’s rather a boundary that shows but doesn’t tell. Metal can be a beautiful addition to any front yard and come in multiple materials and designs.
Some of the most common metal fence types are as follows:
- Wrought iron
- Chain link
Wrought iron fencing is great because of its strength, longevity, and ability to mold to almost any complicated design. The only downside is it requires regular maintenance to avoid rusting and corrosion. Aluminum, on the other hand, requires hardly any extra work. It’s also lighter and more affordable than wrought iron. On the plus side you can also make aluminum capture a unique design if so desired.
Natural Boarder Fences
This option is often overlooked and underappreciated. Simple plants and trees can create a unique, ornate, and natural barrier between your home and the next. One of the most popular natural boarder fences on the market right now is bamboo.
If you want to go this route be sure to plant the clumping variety of bamboo and care for it properly so that it won’t take over your entire yard. Bamboo is fast-growing and very hardy. Shoots can pop up all over the place including another person’s yard, brick, a pond, and even your vegetable garden. Leyland Cypress is a popular alternative to bamboo because it contains similar properties without the entire headache.
Taking into account all of the types previously discussed, you still have the choice of simply building a partial fence for aesthetics and design. Perhaps you just want a sound barrier or an open lattice to build up your garden. Fences don’t always have to keep something in or out.
Partial fences can take shape with just about any material. A strong, free-standing partial fence should still be installed properly. I suggest making this partial fence a surface dwelling lattice design or a cheap vinyl section. If you choose wrought iron or wood you will have a heck of a time removing the fence if you ever choose to do so.
So Many Types of Fences to Choose From
And so little time! I hope at least one of these fence types will appeal to you. If you have another kind to share please leave it in the comments so other readers can enjoy your unique ideas. As always, thanks for stopping by.