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Exploring Popular Types of Residential Fencing Materials

The materials available for residential fencing offer plenty of selection. This is perhaps one of the most important decisions in your fence installation and for good reason. The material that you choose will impact the:

  • Design
  • Privacy options
  • Security
  • Maintenance and upkeep
  • Cost

And of course, every fence project is different, so here’s what to consider when you are trying to choose the best material for your new fence. 


Wood is a popular choice, despite its higher maintenance and upkeep needs than other materials. For starters, wood fences offer premium privacy. Plus, wood looks beautiful and can add value to the home. 

You may have to treat the wood to keep it weatherproof, and it’s more likely that you will end up replacing boards or sections due to weather (when compared to other materials), but it’s still a great choice for many. 


Vinyl is an alternative to wood for people who want a privacy fence at a lower cost and with fewer maintenance needs. Vinyl fences come in many styles, colors, and sizes, and offer more durability than wood with more privacy than chain-link. 

Vinyl fencing can also increase property values because of its long lifespan and durability. It may be more expensive up-front, but it pays for itself over time.


Aluminum fencing is also very low maintenance. It can be created in several designs and comes in many colors. It offers an open look while still providing a barrier, and often provides more design aesthetic than other fences. 

Aluminum is cost-effective and much more weather-resistant than the previously preferred wrought iron fencing. 


Chain-link fencing is cost-effective and provides an open look while still protecting your yard or keeping your kids and pets safe. It’s available in several colors, although black and silver/gray are the most common. 

Chain-link can rust and may need repairs over time. However, it is relatively durable when properly maintained. It’s also available in coated finishes for increased durability, but that comes at a premium cost. 


Composite fencing is made from recycled plastic and reclaimed wood, among other materials. It is manufactured fencing and is available in several finishes, colors, and styles to suit just about every taste. 

Composite fences are more expensive, often costing as much as $700-$1,000 for a single six-foot by eight-foot panel, but they provide years of durable use with little to no maintenance required. 

The Bottom Line

Choosing fence material is a decision based on several factors. As you can see, no matter which you choose, there are plenty of options to handle all your fencing needs. Working with American Fence and Railing can help you get what you need. 

American Fence and Railing, LLC

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