Fences exist in a range of styles to fit into the tastes and needs of the homeowner, as well as comply with local standards set by homeowners’ associations or by the government. Some forms of fencing are shorter, while others are taller and more impenetrable. Based upon the architectural look of your home’s structure, you may adjust the fence in order to make it blend cohesively with the rest of your exterior. Thus, when choosing from different types of residential fencing, appearance as well as the fence’s security are the two major factors that you must always consider. Find out which kind of fence is right for you.


As it is a classic building material, wood remains an ever-prominent building block for residential fences. It has a natural appearance that looks attractive alone and when it is juxtaposed with many kinds of houses. Moreover, since there are numerous tree species suitable for making lumber, you can choose wood according to the color and grain pattern that you like. Some woods may also be better adapted to your climate. For instance, western red cedar can handle significant temperature fluctuations and changes in humidity. You may also paint a wooden fence to give it a streamlined effect. It is common for people to coat their fencing with welcoming white for this very reason. When you are on a budget, wood fencing may be more affordable than many other options, especially if your planned fence’s dimensions are on the smaller side.

The main downside of wooden fencing is that it needs more maintenance than other materials. In order to keep it protected from the elements and decomposition, you may want to have it stained and/or sealed. Staining can prevent discoloration from UV exposure, impart some level of water resistance, and make the wood less desirable for mold, mildew, and insects to grow on or eat. However, it also darkens the color of the wood. Sealing covers the small pores in the surface of the wood pieces and makes them impervious to moisture, which in turn stops cracks from forming and keeps the wood from rotting.


Vinyl is a broad category of plastics that includes PVC, which is often referenced as a fence material. Vinyl fences can act as a substitute for wood fences since they can be created in panels that mimic wood fences’ construction. They may also come in colors such as white or brown to further this effect, although their surface texture is by default much smoother than real wood. Even with the application of artificial wood- or stonelike textures, upon closer inspection, it may be argued that wood is more handsome. What a vinyl fence loses in minute details, however, it makes up for with its superior sturdiness. It is safe from insects and rot since it is completely inorganic, and it does not chip, splinter, or crack as wood does. Furthermore, a hose-down is sufficient to keep it clean over long periods of time.

If you decide to get a vinyl fence, keep in mind that installation must be carried out carefully, especially on uneven ground. Since vinyl fencing is constructed of panels rather than individual boards, its applicable viability is sometimes hindered in certain settings. That is to say, it can be a bit less flexible than some other types of fencing.


Composite fences are made of a combination of plastics and wood fibers. The wood content helps them look more natural while still having some of the durability benefits of inorganic plastic. Chief among these is its resistance to rotting and insects. Composite fencing is therefore low maintenance and simply needs to be washed with water every so often, just like vinyl fencing. If dirty areas appear, scrubbing the fence or pressure washing it should be enough to return it to an immaculate state. On top of this, composites do not need any chemical treatments like regular wood, effectively getting rid of the possibility of harming the environment because of the subtle bleeding of chemicals from the fence.

It should be noted, though, that composites may still change color from sunlight and can become warped by shifts in temperature. Some companies do include UV protection in the composite mixture during its creation, ridding it of this weakness. The expanding and shrinking that composites may undergo can also be accounted for by an experienced fence installer so that the structure remains intact even with small changes in shape and size.


Another more traditional choice is a metal fence. The specific variant that most people are familiar with is the wrought iron fence, which can include some charming design details. There are also more modern metals available on the market, including aluminum and steel. Wrought iron is usually formed into a custom fence by specialized companies who can also carry out individual requests regarding the designs they include. But they also must be painted periodically to avoid rusting. Aluminum and steel fences are constructed from panels instead, but you don’t need to worry about their maintenance much. Despite these differences, all metal fences share the characteristic of possessing the utmost strength and resilience.

Chain Link

Likely the most utilitarian of the fencing types, chain link fences provide dependable robustness and likely the greatest affordability. Their metal (usually steel) composition means that they can stand up to physical forces and contact with the forces of nature. Though it might seem that they may be vulnerable to rusting, chain link fences are galvanized to stop this from happening. Galvanization is a process by which the steel is covered with zinc to shield it from corrosion. As for their cost-effectiveness, this is due to a combination of the affordability of the chain mesh, posts, and rails, as well as the fact that chain link fences are easy to install.

There are nevertheless a few drawbacks of chain link fences. For one, they are see-through, diminishing their ability to provide your yard with privacy on their own. It is also generally agreed upon that chain link fences are less aesthetically pleasing and call to mind images of cold industrial sites.

No matter which way you decide to go with your home’s fence, you can look to Durham Fence & Guardrail to construct it with precision and care. Call us now to get your residential security fence up in just the style you want.

Types of Residential Fencing