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After determining a location for a fencing installation, the next step in a fencing project is to choose the best fencing material and style for this project. At Orange Fence, we understand the importance of selecting the best fence for your residential or commercial location, and we are happy to help you do so! To help learn about various fence materials and use cases, the following overview will provide a starting point. For those in our service area, our expert team is here to answer any questions or request a free estimate!

What are some of the most common fencing materials for residential or commercial use?

Whether you have your fencing vision planned or just thinking about your project, there are many types of fences, fencing styles, gates and other features that you may want to include and understand how they impact the longevity of the fence or aesthetics of your property. In particular, for custom fence or gate designs, then learning about various fencing materials will help create the best fence for your needs. The following highlights the most common fencing materials that work for multiple residential and commercial uses:

  • Chain link: Chain link fences have two great features; durability and low maintenance. Whether you opt for a galvanized chain link fence or one with vinyl or aluminum coatings, this fencing material blends easily into a variety of landscapes while serving its intended function.
  • Aluminum: Available in different designs, colors and heights, this type of metal fencing material is an affordable and rust-resistant option with a long lifespan. It is also valued for its relatively minimal maintenance requirements.
  • Vinyl: Vinyl fencing is easy to clean and comes in a variety of different finishes and colors. If you are looking for a fencing material that can withstand extreme and variable weather conditions, a PVC fence might be the best choice for you.
  • Wood: Cedar is one highly recommended type of wood fence. Wood is a versatile choice that works for many different applications, including customized fence and gate builds. An engineered wood material option is composite fencing, which blends the best of wood and vinyl fencing characteristics and is often manufactured using materials from recycled sources.

What are the best privacy fence materials?

Although slats can be added to chain link fences to increase privacy, wood and vinyl tend to be most frequently used for privacy fences. Many individuals looking for an inexpensive option that maximizes their privacy and curb appeal often opt for wood. For people looking for a budget-friendly selection for the long term, vinyl fencing material can offer equal protection from prying eyes without the periodic repainting or repairs that wood fences may require. Additionally, the following post outlines how to choose the right type of privacy fence for your needs.

What fences work best for security purposes?

Chain link, aluminum and other metal fencing materials are often used in security fencing and gates for businesses, but they are also popular for homeowners who want some visibility in a designated area as well as a clearly defined and secured boundary. Metal fences can look more imposing than a wood or vinyl fence and their height, pointed top pieces or security additions like cameras or lights enhance their protective measures. 

To enclose a yard, pool or garden, what fence materials are preferred?

Some people need backyard fencing for their dogs, while others are looking to find the best garden fence. Homes or apartment communities may want to ensure pool safety with a fence and gate installation. These common yet specialized fencing needs often serve multiple purposes and may require additional consideration for personal preferences, environmental considerations, and other factors. For example, the best fencing material and style for a pool fence may not only depend on how close the neighbors are in relation to the pool area but also on important recommendations provided by the National Drowning Prevention Alliance. The design or material of a garden fence may be impacted by the kind of critters trying to enjoy the fruits of your labor. In short, the four major fencing materials have been used for all of the above purposes, but here’s where your personal preferences, local regulations, etc. could have an additional impact on the fence material that works best for your needs.

What fencing materials and styles are often chosen for their curb appeal?

From wooden post and rail fences to vinyl picket fences to ornamental metal designs, curb appeal impacts fencing material and style selection in addition to budget considerations and the intended functionality of the fencing installations. For a project like a garbage can enclosure at your business, a simple yet durable fence that deters pests and hides the receptacles may be all you need. At home, you may want to amp up the rustic nature of your country landscape or customize an aluminum fence and gate that complements the contemporary design of your building. For those with many design ideas and purposes to achieve in a single fence installation, working with a custom fence company can help simplify the process and maximize your investment!

When it comes to choosing the best fence materials for different needs and uses, there are clearly many factors to consider. Collaborating with a local fencing contractor near you enables you to leverage their expertise in the decision-making and design process, as well as in the final installation. As a recent CommunityVotes award winner in our field and a company with almost a century of industry experience, Orange Fence is the right company to help you with your fencing needs. Contact us today for a free service estimate and to learn more about the best fence material for your needs.