Fences are an important part of your home or property, particularly, since they provide valuable privacy and protection. Along with their functionality, fences can also be a beautiful addition to your yard, with many different styles and materials available. Each type of fence has pros and cons, and differs on amount of maintenance required, as well as how much security and privacy it offers. Here are the most popular types of fences used by homeowners:

Brick

Brick fences are great for durability, privacy and security, but can run on the expensive side, due to the time it takes to install a brick fence, as well as the craftsmanship required. They are great for homes that back up to busy streets, or for homeowners that require more privacy. Their rich appearance can be designed in many ways, adding a stunning aesthetic to your property.

  • Pros – Beautiful, private
  • Cons – Expensive
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Chain Link

Chain link fences are inexpensive, durable and easy to maintain. They don’t provide much privacy, but will provide adequate security depending on its height. For more privacy you can plant shrubs or other greenery near the fence. These fences will need a power wash once or twice a year, but with proper care, chain link fences should last 15-20 years without staining or chipping.

  • Pros – Inexpensive, durable
  • Cons – Little to no privacy
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Vinyl

Vinyl fences are more durable than wood, however, they are also more expensive. They can withstand the harsh weather that mother nature throws its way, if posted properly. Easy to clean, and with little to no maintenance, they can have a long lifespan of up to 20 years. Due to its increase in popularity, this type of fence now comes in dozens of styles and colors, giving you a large array of options to choose from. The easiest to maintain on this list, vinyl fences never need painting, are stain resistant and only require occasional washing.

  • Pro – Easy to maintain, durable, virtually stain resistant
  • Con – More expensive than wood, needs yearly cleaning
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Wood

Wood fences can be constructed using different types of wood, but cedar is by far the best type to use. Cedar fencing does not shrink or swell, comes in various designs and sizes, and is resistant to rot and insect damage. The porous nature of cedar helps with sound absorption, which means it will not only give you privacy, but can help with those noisy neighbors as well! With proper upkeep, cedar fences can last up to a decade or more depending on your climate. Cedar costs slightly more than traditional ‘white wood’ and does look better with a stain applied.

  • Pros – Durable, rot resistant, beautiful
  • Cons – Slightly costlier, needs bi-annual staining
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Wrought Iron

Wrought iron fences are very sturdy, but are also the most expensive material on this list. You will need to clean your wrought iron fence regularly and may need to re-paint every few years or so, but with proper maintenance, this fence will last 50 years or more. While you don’t get much privacy with wrought iron fences, they are extremely beautiful and are fantastic for security purposes. They are also the top-of-the-line when it comes to withstanding ever changing weather. This type of fence is fantastic for property that has a desirable view such as a greenbelt, lake or golf course.

  • Pros – Stunning, long lifespan, easy to maintain
  • Cons – Expensive, needs occasional painting
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Before you get a new fence, there are some steps you may need to take.

  • Consider the height you want for your fence and how much security and privacy you would like to have.
  • Some neighborhoods have restrictions on what type fence material you may use, as well as the fence height.
  • Talk to your neighborhood association to see what limitations may be in your area.
  • It’s also good to consider the climate where you live, and how long you plan on living in your home.

All of these factors can affect the type of fence you wish to invest in for your property.

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