There are many reasons why homeowners choose to install a fence around their home. They provide safety for your kids and pets when outdoors, it gives you privacy from your neighbors, it can block noise from a busy street and it can add curb appeal and value to your home.

Picking the right kind of fence for your home can be complicated and confusing with so many options to choose from. First, assess why you want a fence and what options are available to you.

The Most Popular Fence Types:

-Aluminum Fencing
Aluminum fencing is a basic fencing option but looks very attractive surrounding a yard. One of the benefits of having an aluminum fence is that it requires very little maintenance. One of the drawbacks is that it does not provide much security.

-Wood Fencing
Wood fences are the most popular type of fencing in the United States. They offer security and charm to your property. A wood fence, depending on the quality of wood used, can last the lifetime of your home, making it well worth the investment.

-PVC Fencing
PVC is popular because it is the cheapest way to fence in your yard. PVC fencing is sturdy and can undoubtedly serve its purpose. You can customize your fence with a variety of heights and colors to choose from. Because PVC is resilient to the elements, it can last for years.

-Wrought Iron Fencing
Wrought iron fences are beautiful and can be very ornate. They are durable and will last years. Wrought iron fences do not offer much security, and they are custom made, which can be very expensive.

-Vinyl Fencing
Installing a vinyl fence may have a higher upfront cost, but given its low maintenance costs and long lifespan, vinyl fencing is cheaper than many other fencing types.

-Chain Link Fencing
Chain link fences do not add much privacy to the home, but they are cheap, durable, and need very little maintenance. Chain link fences can lack curb appeal, which makes it an unfavorable option for many people. To add security and to make it more pleasing to the eye, try using climbing and blooming vines, such as clematis, climbing roses, wisteria, morning glories, and moonflowers to transform a plain fence into something beautiful.

Now that you know what fencing options are available to you, you are ready to get started on adding the security and curb appeal that you are needing. A few final things to keep in mind: check local building codes to make sure that a permit is not required for your fence, find out where your property lines are, contact a surveyor if necessary and finally be sure there are no underground utility lines that will be in the path of your new fence.