Choosing the Right Fencing

Choosing the right fencing is a choice that requires some research and thought. Depending on your location, you will need to eliminate the possibility of certain fence types and strongly consider others. For example, if you are in the northern United States where winter temperatures can drop well below freezing and heavy snow is a constant, you will want to stay away from tightly connected wooden fence panels and possibly wood all together. In the southern and Midwestern United States, you may choose to use alternatives to chain link fences, such as vinyl fencing, to cut down on rust. The first step to choosing the right fence is to know what types of fence are available and how they react in various weather conditions.

Wooden Fence Panels


Wooden fence options are ideal for dry areas such as the Midwest and similar areas. In areas where the cold weather conditions can bring on snow storms and below freezing temperatures, the choice of wood is not necessarily the best. If rain falls between the wood slats and freezes, it will cause the wood to expand. This expansion causes the wood to warp and crack. That means your fence will need replacement in a matter of a year or so instead of in five or more years. You can choose to stagger the panels, but the chance of damage is still high. In areas that receive large amounts of rain, wooden fences will last slightly longer, but will require special rain treatments for heavy rain conditions.

Vinyl Fencing


Vinyl fencing has several advantages regardless of where you live in the world. This fencing lasts much longer than other fence options. In fact, most warranties on vinyl are for ten or more years instead of three to five. Vinyl is much stronger, as much as five times as strong, as other fence options. This allows it to stand up to heavy winds, rain, heat, and cold weather conditions. If you live in a coastal region where saltwater and seawater is prevalent, you will want to choose vinyl.

Chain Link


Chain link fencing is possibly the most well-known of all fencing materials. Chain link is durable and used for various fencing projects. It can be used for home fencing, farm fencing, and garden fencing options. It is generally durable and holds up to most weather conditions. Rust and other issues with chain link usually show up after several years rather than within a year or less. Chain link offers the ability to be a privacy fence, with additional vinyl strips, or a standard fence option. It is one of the cheapest options available. The cons of the fence are usually found in salt water conditions where rust is a common result of the area and weather.

There are other fencing options such as cast iron, picket, and chicken wire style fencing. However, for durability and long term fence projects you will want to choose one of the three mentioned here. These are the most common, most affordable, and are easily found across the country. Fencing installers also have more experience with these options.

Amy Wright
Amy Wright is the Lead Editor of Remodeling Central. When she isn't playing with her dogs she is trying to remodel a classic Chicago style brownstone with her husband.
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