Choosing the Right Fence for You

The Right Type of Fence For You

Whether you’re building a fence for your front yard, garden, or backyard, it is important to get a fence that not only looks good but also functions the way you need it to. Most people think a fence is a fence, but there are different functions that you may need a fence for. Driving around, you can see a variety of fences, from privacy fences to decorative and safety/security fences. This may help give you an idea of what you like and don’t like.

Fence Styles

Privacy Fence

A privacy fence can be easy to spot. It is distinguished by the lack of space between the slats and its tall height, reaching upwards of 9 feet. You can find these types of fences in high-traffic neighborhoods, backyards with pools, or between property lines. 

Decorative Fence

A decorative fence is exactly what it sounds like. Its primary function is to look nice. This style tends to be shorter to allow the home or whatever it surrounds to still be seen. Having a decorative fence can elevate your home and give it more character. 

Safety/Security Fences 

Security/safety fences have one primary function: keeping you safe. These types of fences are typically 54” or higher and might have pickets on top to deter someone from jumping over them. You may also see no holes in the fencing or large gaps under the fence. 

Fence Materials

Once you have decided what the primary function of your fence will be, it is time to determine how it will look. Your options are quite endless for the look of your fence, but here are a few things you may want to consider:


As the most standard fence type, there are a lot of benefits to choosing wood. A wood fence is durable, cost-effective, low maintenance, and offers endless customization. A wood fence can be used anywhere. It can fit the style and function needed in the front yard or back, property line, or decoratively. 

To ensure the longevity of your wooden fence, it is recommended to clean it every 4-6 months. You can clean it by using a soap and vinegar solution and scrubbing the fence, followed by a power washer or rinse with a hose. 


Vinyl is also commonly used when building fences. The main benefit of vinyl fencing is the longevity of it. On average, vinyl fencing can last 20-30 years if maintained. Compared to wood, vinyl is easy to maintain, with no need to repaint or sand down splinters. 

Maintenance on a vinyl fence is as simple as creating a simple cleaning solution, spraying it on, and then rinsing it off with a hose. Unless you want a perfectly cleaned fence, you will only need to deep clean the fence every 1-2 years. 


Brick or masonry fences date back to 7,000 BC, making them one of the oldest materials used for building. The reason for their continuous use throughout history is how long they can withstand wear and tear. A brick/masonry fence can last over 100 years if correctly installed. And with continuous maintenance, potentially longer.

To maintain a brick/masonry fence, cleaning it once a year is ideal to help remove dirt and grime.

A brick fence may seem ideal because it is long-lasting and easy to maintain, but the cost and labor for a brick/masonry fence well exceed those for a wood or vinyl fence. 


Chain and wire fencing is primarily used to disclose a boundary line between properties or to enclose a space. These types of fences are more functional than they are aesthetic. With open holes, they create a lack of privacy, so they’re not ideal for residential use. Most people use a chain or wire fence in commercial settings since it is cheaper and faster to complete. 

Maintaining a chain or wire fence is quite simple. Since most chain and wire fencing is galvanized (steel covered in zinc), it is great for outdoor use. Cleaning the landscape around the fence and checking for damage will help lengthen the lifespan of your fence.

Call the Professionals

There are plenty of things to consider when looking to build a fence. However, it is essential to know your options before committing to a fence style immediately. Not only do you need to keep the primary function in mind, but you also must think about cost and upkeep. Your fence becomes an extension of your home or business and will create a first impression for guests or customers as they arrive. 

Planning and building a fence can be overwhelming, so it’s never a bad idea to reach out to the professionals at Rugged Fence. Not only can we help you decide what might work best for your situation, but we might also have other suggestions you may not have thought of. 

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