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When it comes to fencing materials, there are so many options to choose from that vary in style, price, maintenance and more. Overwhelmed with all the options available? Below, we’ll break down popular fence materials and discuss the pros and cons of each.

Popular Fencing Types
Wood: A wood fence gives homes a natural, classic look that many homeowners are drawn to. Wood fence panels come in a variety of colors and finishes and can either be natural or pressure treated. It’s a less expensive option than vinyl or composite but does require regular maintenance such as painting or staining to make it last.

Chain Link: Chain link fencing is the most affordable option. It offers a long life span with little maintenance. It’s considered the least stylish option of fencing materials, but it’s a good choice for those looking to install a fence without breaking the bank.

Metal: Metal fencing is an extremely popular choice as it offers a sophisticated, modern aesthetic and is highly durable.

Composite: Composite fencing is the most expensive option and offers the look of real wood without the maintenance. If budget isn’t a concern, composite is the best choice as it doesn’t require any maintenance and will last a lifetime.

Vinyl: A vinyl fence is another heavy-duty, low-maintenance option. Although it’ll cost more upfront, you won’t have to spend money down the line for upkeep or replacement.

Bamboo: Bamboo fencing, while less common than other types, is a good option if you’re looking for something that’s eco-friendly and cost-effective. It offers a unique, natural look and is a popular material in tropical settings. Bamboo rolls can be easily installed into wood fence posts with wood screws.

Other Fence Options
Need a barrier to keep your dog from getting out, but not a physical fence? An electric fence works with a transmitter that plugs into a standard outlet and emits a signal that travels along underground wires. This creates a hidden boundary so that when your dog wanders near, a receiver on your dog’s collar will sound a warning tone. Electric fences aren’t for every dog, and you’ll need to do special training to keep your pet safe and happy. Check out our article Install an Electric Dog Fence to see if it’s the right fit for you.

Wire fencing, while not ideal for large areas, is especially useful for keeping vegetable gardens from pests and critters. It can also be used for chicken coops. Just need to close off a small area to keep a dog contained in the yard? Wire is an affordable option for this type of application, too.

Considerations for Choosing a Fence
Before choosing a fence based on aesthetics and maintenance, you should also consider why you’re installing a fence in the first place. Looking specifically for a privacy fence? Opt for materials like PVC, vinyl and wood, which provide low visibility to outsiders. If you simply want to increase curb appeal and aren’t concerned with privacy, you can go with a decorative wrought-iron or picket fence.

Parts of a Fence
Depending on what kind of fence you’re installing, you’ll need several parts, including panels, pickets, posts, rails and post caps. Below are short descriptions of common fence parts.

Fence Post: The foundation of the fence that holds everything in place. Posts should be installed securely into the ground.

Fence Picket: The main part of the fence that creates privacy. Pickets can either be spaced out to create visibility or placed directly beside each other to keep a yard private from outsiders.

Fence Post Cap: The covering that's placed on top of a post. Commonly thought of as a decorative piece, post caps protect the tops of posts from the elements so that posts will last longer.

Fence Gate: A fence gate, which requires hinges and hardware, simply provides an access point to enter and exit your yard. Some homeowners choose to install automatic driveway fence gates in addition to one or two smaller manual gates for foot traffic.

Fence installation is a big job. Want to choose your fence style and leave the rest to us? We’re happy to help. Simply start with a free consultation, in which we’ll take yard measurements. Then, we’ll offer recommendations based on your needs and budget and provide you with a quote. Once you’ve accepted, we’ll handle everything else from start to finish.