Fences offer benefits to many homes and businesses. Although some are largely decorative, others provide security, keep pets from straying, or improve privacy as homeowners lounge in their patios. If you're in the market for a new fence, you may be overwhelmed with the sheer number of options. To help you narrow down your selection, below are some of the most common types of materials and what they're used for.

4 Popular Types of Fencing Materials

1. Wood 

Wood is one of the oldest and most popular fence materials. It is exceptionally versatile, and can be used for decorative purposes—for picket or split rail fences, for example—as well as for privacy, pet containment, or security. A properly installed perimeter should last around 20 years with routine maintenance, including regular sealing and painting to protect against pests, rot, and moisture.

2. Vinyl 

Vinyl has the same applications as wood. However, because it is synthetic rather than organic, it has a longer expected lifespan. It also requires less maintenance, since you don’t need to seal or paint it to protect against moisture. To maintain it, simply use a mixture of soap and water to clean it as necessary.

3. Metal Fences

Fences come in numerous types of metal. Steel and aluminum are very popular. Although they are not appropriate for privacy fencing since chain-link options are see-through, they are cost-effective, recyclable, and versatile. You can use this at different heights to keep people out and pets inside. They last for decades and require almost no maintenance. If one section of the chain-link is broken, you can have it repaired rather than replacing the entire structure.

4. Composite 

Composite fences are made from engineered wood. They mimic the look and feel of wood but typically cost less. Since this option is composed of many layers, it provides more moisture resistance than traditional wood. This is ideal if you like the classic look of wooden structures but want something more sturdy and rot-resistant.


For help choosing the right fencing material for your needs, contact American Fence Company in Orange County, NY. They are family-owned and -operated and have served customers in the area since 1975. They specialize in chain-link fences for pet containment and pool security, wood and vinyl fencing for privacy, and nearly any other type of structure. Visit their website to learn more about what they offer or call (845) 427-5894 to arrange a consultation.