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7 Common Types of Fences You’ll Find in American Homes

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So, your considering getting a fence installed at your home and are curious to know which options are the most popular. Of course, you want to make your yard safer and keep your pets inside, as well as keep any unwanted pests outside. But you also want something that potential buyers find attractive, too.

Maybe you’re looking to get a bit more privacy as well, and you’re curious to know the cheapest way to get the job done. Or perhaps you just want to clearly be able to identify your yard, so you aren’t on your neighbor’s property (and they aren’t on yours).

Regardless of what your goals are, there are a wide variety of fencing options that can more than help you achieve them. In this article, we’ll tell you about 7 of the most common types of fences found in American homes, as well as what each type of fence does best.

Now then, let’s get started!

1. Traditional Wooden Fence

When most people think of fencing, especially for an American home, they usually think of a traditional wooden fence. Perhaps the most popular option, traditional wooding fencing does a tremendous job of keeping intruders out, as well as your pets in.

On top of that, they’re one of better-looking fencing options available, as they match almost any style of home. The ability to paint or stain a wooden fence a variety of different colors makes it that much easier to create a look that goes well with your home, too.

Like most fencing options, traditional wooden fences do need to be repaired or replaced over time. So be on the lookout for these signs, so you can know when it’s time to replace your fence. 

2. White Vinyl Fence

White vinyl fences have really picked up some steam over the past few years, and for good reason. They do a wonderful job of keeping your yard safe and secure, as well as give you some much-needed privacy in the process.

They look fantastic, especially when paired with a vinyl home. And the best part? They last for a long time without chipping or splintering, which is worth noting.

3. Black Aluminum Fence

If you’re looking for something that’s a bit more elegant, you can’t go wrong with a black aluminium fence. A black aluminium fence goes well with most types of homes, but this is especially true for brick homes.

They are a simple way to add a bit of flair to your yard while keeping unwanted creatures out and your favorite furry friends in. With that being said, they may look great, but they aren’t as functional as the first two fencing types on this list.

The space in between the bars means animals can get in and out of the fence easily, which of course, isn’t ideal. And you won’t have the same level of privacy that you would have with a solid fencing option either, which is also a negative. But if you want looks over functionality, you can’t go wrong with a black aluminium fence.


4. Chainlink Fence

When it comes to functional fencing, you can’t beal the reliable chainlink fence. One of the cheapest fences to produce, a chainlink fence isn’t going to win anyone over with its looks.

But, if installed properly, it will last a very long time and do more than a good job of keeping animals both inside and outside of the fencing area. So if you’re looking for something that can get the job done, without breaking the bank, a chainlink fence is the best option on this list.

5. Rock or Stone Fence

One of the most complicated fences on this list to build, but also one of the most beautiful, is a rock or stone fence. It goes without saying, but any kind of stonework isn’t going to be cheap. With that being said, if you want something that is going to last a lifetime, as well as be a huge focal point of the home, a rock or stone fence is the way to go.

You can even pair a rock or stone fence with other options on this list, like an aluminium fence, to create a unique (and cheaper) look. It’s up to you to find the combination, or style, that works best for you and your home.

6. Brick Fence

Much like a rock or a stone fence, a brick fence is a more expensive, luxurious fencing option that will last you for a lifetime. Brick fences, to no surprise, go well with brick homes, but they can work with other home types, too.

Again, pairing brick with other options on this list, like black aluminium, can help you create a unique look and cut down on the cost of the fence itself.

7. Invisible Electric Fence

As we touched on earlier, one of the biggest benefits to any fence, especially for homeowners, is the ability to safely keep pets outside. And if you don’t have the ideal layout for a fence or the funds, perhaps the best way to do just that is with an invisible electric fence.

Planning on selling your home? Well, there are over 90 million dogs in the United States alone. So if you put your home on the market, and the new owners have dogs, they’ll be more than happy to pay a little extra due to the already installed invisible electric fence. 

The 7 Most Common Types of Fences

Well, there you have it! Those are the 7 most common types of fences found in American homes! If you’re interested in getting a fence installed for your home, you can’t go wrong with any of the options on this list.

If you want something that is cheap but does the job, consider getting a white vinyl fence installed around your home. If you want something that looks good and will last forever, go with a brick or stone fence. Regardless of what time you choose, you’re going to be more than happy with the results.

Looking for more tips and tricks on how to make your home stand out to potential buyers? Check out our blog!

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