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Comparing Different Fencing Materials

If you are planning on installing a new fence around your home, the good news is that there are a wide variety of materials to choose from. To make the choice less daunting, you should first familiarize yourself with the different types of fencing materials that are available to you. You can also ask your fence contractor for photographs and samples to help decide which fencing material is right for your home. In the meantime, here is an overview of some of the most popular types of residential fencing materials.

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Wood is one of the most popular fencing materials in the U.S., and for good reason. The visual appeal, low cost, and versatility of wood make it an excellent choice for homeowners who want to add timeless beauty to their property. The downside to wood is that it can rot and may encounter problems with pests.


If you are looking for a crisp, clean fence that is very easy to maintain, consider vinyl fencing. Vinyl will not break down or rot like wood, and it is virtually maintenance free. Vinyl fencing also comes in a wide variety of textures and finishes. Vinyl can cost upwards of double the amount of wood fencing.


Ornamental iron fencing provides classic style and security while maintaining an open, airy feel around your property. Custom iron fencing can be built to any style and height specifications you require. The downside is that wrought iron fencing can rusts quickly if scratched or bent.


A maintenance-free alternative to wrought iron, aluminum fences adds beauty, security, and value to any property. Similar to vinyl, aluminum fencing will not rust or rot. Aluminum fencing can cost up to $32 per linear foot.

Contact a fence installation company to learn more about the pros and cons of these and other fencing materials. A fence contractor can also recommend the best fence option based on your budget and the layout of your property.

Last Updated on June 25, 2014 by M D

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