Residential fences aren’t just functional – they are a major part of your home’s overall curb appeal. Whether you’re installing a new residential fence system or repairing an existing one, there are important considerations for achieving the functionality and style you want while staying within your budget. And if you’re installing a fence in a deed-restricted community, a historic neighborhood, or if you’re matching the fencing to a residential driveway gate, there are additional types of fences to take into account.

We’ve included some common uses and price ranges for each type of fence. Consult with a professional fence and gate contractor in your area for an accurate quote.

Types of fences for residences

1. Chain-link and welded-wire fences

Constructed with a solid steel core and vinyl coated in a variety of colors (typically black), this type of fence is perfect for the long runs of your fence, especially if it is obstructed by woods or plantings.

Welded wire is less intrusive and thus preferred over chain link fence, although a chain link is stronger for high-security applications. This is generally the cheapest style of fencing available.

Approximate cost: $14 to $25 per linear foot

wire fence

2. Post-and-rail fencing

Post-and-rail fences come in several different styles: split rail (rustic look); full-round cedar (a more finished look); and estate rail (a square rail, usually turned to a diamond shape). Paddock-style fencing also fits into this category and you can frequently see them at horse farms.

The height of the fence determines the number of rails. Chain link or welded-wire mesh can be added to the fence to provide protection from animals, or to meet local and state pool code.

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Approximate cost: $18 to $45 per linear foot

3. Pre-fabricated wood fencing (stockade, board-on-board, picket, tongue-and-groove)

Pre-fabricated fencing comes in a variety of materials, but cedar is the best option available. Stockade fencing has a rounded picket and is generally the least expensive. Board-on-board and picket fencing feature vertical wooden pickets or boards attached to two or three back rails.

Often, the finished side of the fence (the side without the back rail) must face your neighbor. Tongue-and-groove construction has interlocking boards that shouldn’t gap with age or changes in the weather. This style is called a ‘good neighbor’ fence, as both sides of the fence are finished (so there is no ‘bad’ side).

Approximate cost: $45 to $85 per linear foot

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4. Pre-fabricated PVC fencing

These types of fences have the appearance of pre-fabricated wood. The benefits of PVC is that it comes in a variety of colors, it will never rot, and will not need replacing unless it is damaged by a fallen tree limb (which is quite common!).

Many clients express concern over the ‘plastic’ look of this type of fence and it may not be allowed by some HOAs.

Approximate cost: $45 to $75 per linear foot

5. Pre-fabricated aluminum fencing

This is a great fence for anywhere on your property. Aluminum fencing allows a clear view through the fence to what lies beyond. We recommend pre-fabricated aluminum fences for pool enclosures or in front of planting beds.

It’s also a nice option for matching to an aluminum driveway gate. Style options include decorative finials and the addition of a horizontal bar with or without circles at the top of the fence.

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Approximate cost: $45 to $75 per linear foot

6. Custom-fabricated fencing

A custom fence takes the styles of pre-fabricated wood and aluminum to the next level. Materials are all improved upon, using a much higher grade cedar (select grade clear western red), solid composite (to resist rot), or solid wrought iron, stainless steel, or bronze materials in lieu of aluminum.

Each design is customized for the specific customer and application. This is why we strongly recommend it for our clients who are investing in a custom automated driveway gate to create a seamless, high-end look.

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Approximate cost: $135 to well over $1,000 per linear foot

Custom fence

Now that you know about the different types of fences and their individual costs, let’s guide you through some important factors that you must consider while getting a set for your home.

How to choose the right fence?

As already mentioned, there is a wide variety of fencing options to choose from and your ideal choie should fulfill the following requirements:

Define the purpose: What do you need the fence for? Do you want to install it primarily for privacy? Go for a fence with a minimum spacing between the boards. Combine it with thick foliage and climbing plants.

Do you want to ensure security? Get a tall fence. Make sure that it comes with fewer places with a good grip and has a strong, lockable gate. When safety is the primary ambition, the height should be at least 8 feet high. If you have a 6-foot fence, install additional feet of trellis toward.

There are other purposes as well — blocking a street view, protecting your pets and kids, or enclosing a swimming pool. The best choices for fences must contain the end function you plan to use the fence for.

Read more: How to Keep Your Kids and Pet Safe with Beautiful Fences

What type of fence is most durable?

In terms of fencing materials, the most durable types are vinyl and PVC. This is because they are highly resistant to weather-related elements. For example, fences made from vinyl or PVC do not undergo damages such as rotting, rusting, cracking, or splintering when exposed to extreme weather conditions such as hot temperatures, cold winds, or heavy rainfall. Hence, if durability is your primary concern, then you can choose the above two types of fences.

Again, if strength is what you require, then you can go for cast iron or wrought iron fencing. Not only are they strong, but these types of fences lend a classic appeal to your property.

Conclusion

Whenever you install fencing around your perimeter, always remember to check the local building codes and apply for a permit, if required. Hire a professional and locate your property line, so that you do not encroach the boundary of your neighbors. Also, while constructing the fence, be sure that there are no underground utility lines in the way. If you follow the above guidelines, understand the basic types of fences, and know about their costs, you can easily choose the best fit for your property.

Read more: 7 Eco-Friendly Fencing Options for Your Home

Popular Types of Fences for Residences and Their Costs was last modified: June 3rd, 2020 by Matt Prato
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Tyler Meredith

It’s interesting to read about post-and-rail fencing and some of the different designs it’s available in. It makes sense that it can provide a traditional or rustic-look for some homes while it can still provide an elegant padlock-style for more luxurious applications. This is something to keep in mind for when I want to have my fence replaced because I think it’d be nice to get one that looks nice but also fives a traditional feel.

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I’m glad that you mention how having vinyl coated chain-link fences lets you have the choice of a variety of colors. This would be a great way to add protection to your home without hurting the design. When choosing a vinyl coated chain-link fence, you’d probably want to look at your landscape and home in order to determine which color will work best and where to install it.

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Kairi Gainsborough

I love the rustic, natural look of cedar fencing. Thanks for explaining that cedar is the best option when choosing prefabricated fencing. My husband and I want to put up a fence around our yard, and this has been a really helpful blog post.

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Millie Hue

It’s great that you mentioned that aluminum fencing can be the best choice for homeowners who would want to still see the outside of the house. Personally, I don’t want to completely cover my house with solid fences because it makes me feel claustrophobic. My husband and I are going to hire fence contractors next week to have fences installed on our property since there are new neighbors, and I don’t like it when they cross their boundaries. Thanks for the tips!

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Arya Smith

It got me when you said that it is recommended to have aluminum fencing for pool enclosures and planting beds since it gives a clear view of the other side. With that in mind, I will be hiring fence contractors and tell them to use this material. I just needed to put fencing around my garden to protect them from being damaged, but I still want to see them from afar. So thanks for the information!

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Elisabeth Southgate

I like how you said that vinyl and PVC fences are the most durable. My husband and I are looking at putting up a fence. It is good to know there are some options out there when it comes to durability.

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Thanks for the tip to go with cast or wrought iron fencing if we want durability. My husband and I want to get a fence for our yard. Your article helped me see why wrought iron fencing would be a good choice!

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I truly value your tip on the most proficient method to pick the correct kinds of fences and their value reference. My wife and I have been considering getting a fence for our yard so we can let our pooch outside.

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