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The Best Fencing for Different Residential Areas

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  • There are many good reasons to add a new fence to your home: curb appeal, property value, and privacy. The trick is choosing the right kind of fence.

    There is a wide range of options available, from wood to chain-link and vinyl. The best option for you will depend largely on where you live.

    The following recommendations should help you to narrow down your options, but bear in mind that your home may fall into two or more of the categories below.

    Consider the reasoning behind each recommendation, and decide which fence type is best for your home.

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For historic neighborhoods – wrought iron


  • If you live in a century-old Tudor in the heart of a historic community, wrought iron may be the way to go. It’s ornamental and elegant.
  • Yes, it costs more than other fence types, but it complements stately homes better than any other fence on the market. Wrought iron can be customized according to your needs, and the evenly-spaced rails provide a thin profile that’s attractive without being overwhelming.
  • Best of all, wrought iron is as durable as it gets. Unlike other fences, it’s not prone to rot or water damage, and it holds its own against the elements for generations.
  • FURTHER COMMENT: If your historic neighborhood is cozier and more on the colonial side, you might benefit more from wood or vinyl. These types of fencing are available in countless styles, so you can easily find one that matches the vibe of your neighborhood.

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For the suburbs – wood


  • Unfortunately, wood requires more maintenance than any other fence type. It needs to be periodically painted and stained, and individual slats may even need to be replaced every few years.
  • However, wood is a universal option that most HOAs approve of. It’s also easy to customize and update as needed.
  • And since suburban homes tend to be situated very close together, you want a material that offers maximum privacy. A wood fence doesn’t disappoint.
  • FURTHER COMMENT: as an alternative, privacy chain link may offer the benefits you’re looking for with a slightly different aesthetic. Privacy chain-link fences are more affordable than wood, but they still offer the discretion you need in a densely populated suburb. They also require less maintenance than wood.


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For the desert – chain link fence


  • Fences tend to take a beating in the desert. You need one that’s durable, weather-resistant, and not prone to attracting dirt.
  • With that in mind, you can’t go wrong with chain link. It’s the cheapest fencing option available, and it’s long-lasting.
  • Choose from vinyl or galvanized-steel varieties, and customize it to your needs. It stands up to heat, wind, and snow.
  • FURTHER COMMENT: If chain link doesn’t fit your home’s aesthetic, ranch-style vinyl fences also work well in the desert. This type of fencing does require periodic cleaning, but there’s little fuss involved. Just dip a clean rag in some diluted vinegar, wipe down your fence, and you’re good to go.


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For snow-heavy areas – metal


  • You have many options when it comes to metal fencing. You can opt for wrought iron, aluminum, or chain link made from galvanized steel. There are even steel fences that are made to look like vinyl.
  • Metal works well in snow-heavy climates because it’s able to withstand the pressure of heavy snowdrifts. Also, while extremely low temperatures cause some fences to crack, metal always remains intact.
  • It doesn’t expand or contract by absorbing water, and it isn’t vulnerable to sharply rising and falling temperatures. It maintains its integrity throughout the worst winter chills.
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Choosing your best fence


  • The above recommendations are simply intended as basic guidelines. You’ll also want to consider other factors, like:
    • – the types of fencing that surround neighboring homes
    • – the amount of money you can afford to invest
    • – the type of aesthetic that’s most important to you
  • Perhaps most importantly of all, you need to consider what you’re trying to achieve with your fence installation. If it’s privacy, you might opt for wood or privacy chain link. If it’s security, you might want aluminum or wrought iron.
  • Consider all of the variables that matter most, and choose the fence that you know you’ll feel good about for years to come.
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