You’ve just purchased your new home. Or maybe you’re revamping your current home for a fresher look. Either way, you want to add some curb appeal (and security) with a new fence. But what’s the best fence for you?
What are the different types of fences? And which one is just right for your home?
First, let’s get into some fencing basics:
Types of Fences
Wrought Iron Fences
Wrought iron fences are (as the name implies) made of iron, or sometimes steel. These finely-worked fences are strong, sturdy, and elegant, and often demand a higher level of craftsmanship than other fences.
Pros of wrought iron fences: Wrought iron is strong and sturdy. It also adds a touch of luxury and elegance to a property (manor homes, castles, and sprawling estates across Europe are laced with wrought iron details like fences, balconies, sconces, and more).
And because iron fences are on the artsier side, there’s no limit to the design possibilities–meaning you can work with fencing experts to craft one-of-a-kind iron accents for your home.
Cons of wrought iron fences: Because it takes longer to craft, wrought iron is often more expensive than other fencing options. It may also require more upkeep to prevent rusting or a dulled finish.
Is wrought iron right for your home? Iron fences blend beautifully with traditional design–think Victorian homes or cottages, Tuscan and Spanish-inspired villas, or large, multi-level homes.
But you don’t need to own a sprawling manor to opt for an iron fence. Iron is versatile, and different fence designs pair well with different properties and different accents, like stone and wood.
If you’re looking for a fence that’s sturdy yet stately, wrought iron is the way to go.
Nothing says “Americana” quite like a classic wooden fence. This simple yet versatile option is the most popular type of fence in the U.S.
Pros of wooden fences: Wood is usually cheaper than iron to install and can afford a greater sense of privacy. Plus, with a variety of wood types, finishes, and fencing types available, there’s no end to the customization options.
Cons of wooden fences: Besides wrought iron, wooden fences require the most upkeep, although it’s usually nothing more than a fresh coat of paint or varnish every few years (depending on the climate). While still sturdy, wood isn’t as sturdy as iron, and may also require plank replacement, oiling, or sanding as routine maintenance.
Is a wooden fence right for your home? Wooden fences are versatile but usually create a warm, welcoming feel (think rustic farm fencing or the classic white picket fence). If your home lands sturdily in the ‘Leave it to Beaver’ category–mid-century modern to traditional design to a cozy little cottage–wooden fences are perfect for your property.
But don’t rule wood out if your home is all sleek angles and subdued color palettes; with the right finish wood can also be the ideal choice for a contemporary look. Ask a fencing expert how to best modify a wooden fence for your modern home.
Chain Link Fences
Durable and easy to install, chain link is an affordable fencing option for your home or business, and one of the best types of fences for those needing a quick solution. Northwest Fence and Iron offers a variety of chain link styles, from galvanized steel to a polished black coating.
Pros of chain link fences: Chain link is less expensive, takes less time to manufacture and install, and can quickly secure your property. It’s also tough against the elements when properly coated–rain or shine, a chain link fence will hold up well with little upkeep required.
Cons of chain link fences: Because it’s a simpler option, chain link fencing doesn’t allow much customization or design variation. And while they’re sturdy, chain link fences may not give you as much privacy as other fencing types, like wood or stone walls.
Is a chain link fence right for your home? If you want a strong, affordable, long-lasting fence to secure your property, chain link is the way to go. It’s great for keeping little ones and pets safe, and quick and easy to install.
Stone and Masonry
Stone, stucco, or brick walls and accents can help reinforce your fence or add another layer of privacy to your home.
Pros of masonry: Unsurprisingly, masonry is very strong, affords the most privacy, and can add a decorative touch to your existing fence. It pairs well with both wood and iron and will last for years. It can also add a stately touch to your front yard or driveway.
Cons of masonry: Adding stone or brick walls or accents is often more expensive and requires more time to install. Masonry may also require extra reinforcement below ground.
Is masonry right for your home? If you’re looking for stately touches to compliment the existing brick or stone accents on your house, masonry may be the perfect addition to your custom fence. It’s also ideal if you want extra privacy.
Choosing the right fence depends on your home’s design, your family’s needs, and your budget. A fencing expert can help you determine which fence is right for you.
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