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10 Types of Residential Fencing

Home Security, Curb Appeal, and Property Value

© 2016 by Kelly Smith; all rights reserved; content may not be copied, rewritten, or republished without written permission.

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Homeowners and real estate property managers have a wide range of choices in residential fencing today. The selection usually depends on factors such as the level of security needed and aesthetic value.

For example, a well-to-do urban home’s prime consideration may be security to prevent theft with attractiveness being a secondary consideration. The function of a fence for a neighborhood swimming pool is primarily for safety.

When security is the main consideration, residential fencing may be topped with an additional deterrent such as razor ribbon or barbed wire, although this is uncommon. Following are the 10 most common types of fencing.

  1. Chain link

    is arguably the most common kind of commercial fencing. It is made of steel with a galvanized coating to make it weather resistant and to prevent rust.


  2. Vinyl coated chain link

    simply adds an outer vinyl coating. It is primarily used for a more attractive appearance. The PVC Fence Color System is available in several colors such as brown, green, and black.


  3. Fence slat fences

    start with the installation of a chain link fence and then the plastic slats are inserted through the openings in the fence. The slats are available in various colors.

    The main advantages of this type are the strength of chain link, privacy, wind protection, and security.


  4. Aluminum fences

    are available in a number of styles. The primary advantage is low maintenance since aluminum is highly weather-resistant.


  5. Wooden picket fences

    are usually associated with residential applications but they also do well in commercial situations. The most common types of wood used are pressure-treated and cedar, both of which stand up well to the elements and offer privacy and years of maintenance-free service.


  6. Pool fences

    are becoming a legal requirement in many states including Georgia. The principal reason for installing this type of fence is to prevent unsupervised children from wandering in and drowning.

    They can also prevent unauthorized people from using the pool when they are outfitted with a locking gate.


  7. Vinyl fencing

    is available in many styles, ranging from solid for privacy to pickets for aesthetics. The primary advantages are impact-resistance and the ability to not chip, rot, fade, crack, or need painting.


  8. Farm fencing

    is designed primarily for homesteaders to keep livestock inside the confines of the property. Simple rail systems are appropriate for cattle whereas woven wire mesh is a good choice for owners of chickens and turkeys.


  9. Dog fence kennels

    are a special kind of fence, usually made of galvanized chain link. Although they are popular among regular homeowners, they are especially appropriate for dog breeders.

    They offer many benefits; they stand up well in the weather, they offer a range of configurations, and best of all they do not have to be permanently located in any one spot.

    Since they are composed of sections of fencing that are connected together they are self-supporting. This means there are never any post holes to dig.


  10. Solid tongue and groove fences
  11. are primarily for privacy although they do offer a degree of noise control for folks in noisy areas. Today they are very popular with building contractors, installing them around subdivisions. They are built by installing the posts and then sliding the horizontal panels into the adjacent posts. Their benefits include weather-resistance, being rot-proof, strength, and never needing painting. They can be power-washed for cleaning when needed.

Homeowners and property managers have many choices to consider when selecting the appropriate type of residential fencing to install. Before making the final decision it is imperative to consider the degree of security desired, local regulations and homeowner association restrictions, how much maintenance you are comfortable with, and your working budget. Finally, select a reliable fence contractor.

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