Fence Materials: A Quick Guide

One of the bigger decisions you will have to make when deciding to install a fence in your yard is what material you want your fence to be. There are several options, but what benefits do you get from each? Here’s a quick guide to help you decide:

Wood Fencing

  • Gives a warm, natural look
  • Long-lasting with proper maintenance (must clean, sand, stain and reseal at least once every few years)
  • Renewable resource
  • Easy to customize and and add your own unique style with paint, stain and decoration
  • LOTS of design options

Vinyl Fencing

  • Minimal maintenance required (clean with soap and water when surface becomes dirty)
  • No discoloration or cracking due to sun exposure
  • Always in great condition (no need to paint or stain)
  • Stronger and more flexible for most situations
  • Select design options

Aluminum Fencing

  • Can be great for security (potential intruders generally avoid aluminum fencing with spikes)
  • Long-lasting finish won’t chip, crack or peel
  • Sturdy, but still allows a view of your garden, pool or landscaping
  • Has a classy, older world feel
  • Natural support for climbing plants
  • Few design options

Chain Link Fencing

  • Functional and affordable
  • No maintenance required
  • Good for security
  • Able to add vinyl coating or slats to make the fence appear less stark
  • Can be great to provide a view through the fence while maintaining security
  • Little to no design options

Combine Materials

Looking for a crisp, white, vinyl fence for curb appeal in the front – and really only need chain link fence for security in the backyard? Need a wood fence for the property line – and an ornamental aluminum fence around the pool? Let’s have fun discussing your needs and what will work best for your yard goals.


What kind of fencing will work best for your project? It all depends on what you want to get out of the fence – we can help you decide!