Wood fence is a very popular fence option for homeowners because of its height and privacy options or because it looks natural and rustic. It is also a more affordable option and creates a welcoming good neighbor appearance. Customization options include: type of wood, staining/paint, styles and height. However, wood is very susceptible to harsh weather and requires ongoing annual maintenance costs. It can also warp, rot or become infested with termites.
Chain Link Fence
Many homeowners decide against chain link for its unsightly appearance. Chain link is a popular option among some because it is very cheap and needs little maintenance. It is widely used in the commercial business environment for that reason. However, it provides little privacy and minimal security compared to its competitors. Customization includes various heights, colored coating and privacy slats.
PVC / Vinyl Fence
PVC fence is considered the alternative to a wood fence because of the similar form and function. Although PVC fence is more costly upfront, it does not require the costly upkeep of a wood fence. There is a wide variety of customization available with style and color. PVC may not be suitable for colder environments because the material will expand and contract with the temperature. Lastly, because PVC is essentially plastic, it is not as strong and durable as other options.
Steel Ornamental Fence
Steel ornamental fence is an ideal choice for those who want a product that is very strong and durable. Steel fence is considered to be the premium fence option and provides homeowners with the most long term value. The open pickets create less visual privacy, but in return homeowners achieve the timeless wrought iron look. Because of the nature of steel, this type of fence need to be properly coated to ensure it lasts a lifetime. Many manufacturers, especially import brands, will cut corners in the coating process. This results in a fence that flakes and rusts. If you purchase from the right manufacturer, a steel ornamental fence will remain rust free, non-fading and maintenance free for a lifetime.
Aluminum Ornamental Fence
Aluminum ornamental fence is currently a more economical option over steel while providing a similar appearance. Aluminum is not as strong as steel but still provides the same rust free, non-fading and maintenance free quality for a lifetime. While it is still more expensive than a wood fence, homeowners would save money in the long run. Aluminum fence is primarily used in coastal areas with a high exposure to salt-spray and extreme humidity. It can withstand these harsh environments without rusting. Because of this, aluminum fence is also a popular option for enclosing pools.