When it comes time to selecting a type of fence, believe it or not, there are many things to consider. Primarily, you want to state the purpose of the fence. Will the fence be used as a way to provide privacy? Is it required by town regulations? Or is it strictly a decorative addition to your yard? There are endless uses for fences, but it is important to define why you personally want a fence around your property. In some cases it may be because a fence is required because you have a pool or livestock. In other cases it may be solely for decoration.
Nothing says “American dream” quite like a white picket fence. Normally no more than three to four feet high, picket fences are mostly decorative; however it is useful for enclosing small children and pets. A chain link fence topped with barbed wire will unquestionably make a statement. It says, “Keep away from my property!” Add an electrical wire and the statement changes to, “Trespass at Your Own Risk!”
A post and rail fence is common in suburban areas as it serves as an ornamental feature and also provides privacy. Usually made of wood, a split rail fence is common in regions with a plentiful supply of lumber.
Besides wood and metal, fences can be made from other types of supplies. Stacked rocks are sometimes used as fences (or walls) in the countryside. Hedges regularly surround large manors, but can be fitting in any neighborhood. They are very effective at providing privacy while at the same time providing a welcoming aesthetic. A relatively new, but very popular type of fence is PVC or vinyl fencing. Vinyl fences can be custom made to suit the needs of the owners.