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Finding the Right Fence for Your Yard


Article by Kate Baxendale

Photography by Stock Images + Provided

Adding a fence to your yard is a big investment. Before you hire a company to build it (or build it yourself), there are a few factors to consider, such as restrictions from your homeowners association or city ordinances, the purpose of the enclosure and the type of material. In this article, we'll focus on several different types of fencing materials and how to choose the right kind for you.


Aluminum is a basic and attractive option for fencing. While it doesn't provide as much privacy and security as other options, it is a low-maintenance material that will act as a barrier and enclosure for your property.


Installing a vinyl fence might cost more upfront, but this maintenance-free option will last you a lifetime. They are strong and stain-resistant, allowing you to clean them easily. Thickness is key with vinyl fencing, which will guarantee a more durable and long-lasting fence.

Chain Link

Chain link fences don't offer much privacy, but they are inexpensive, maintenance-free and durable. The relatively simple installation process makes for a good DIY project, which will also save you money. You can get creative with adding more privacy by planting shrubs or vines along the fence. Chain link fences can corrode, so consider upgrading to vinyl-coated chain link.


Wooden fences are an attractive option for your yard. There are a few different types to consider. Pressure- and chemical-treated wood is a perfect choice for fenceposts inserted in the ground, the fence pickets tend to warp and twist soon after installation. Opt to go to the lumbar yard and select the individual wood planks yourself instead of having them delivered to your home for installation. Cedar, on the other hand, doesn't warp or shrink. It's a great DIY project, and you can customize the planks to create a variety of styles. Redwood and teak wood fences are expensive, but their beautiful hue and soft luster are worth the price. They naturally resist insects, decay, warping and shrinking, but they'll need to be treated with oil once or twice a year to maintain their color.

Wrought Iron

Wrought iron fences are sought-after for their vintage charm and intricate designs. While they are strong and beautiful, wrought iron fences need to be sanded and repainted every two to three years.


Masonry, with materials like brick, stone, stucco and concrete, creates a stately aesthetic, but it is very expensive. The materials cost a lot, and the fence requires professional installation.