The right material and style of fence will ensure your property is safe while also providing a nice backdrop for your yard and landscaping features. Since you have so many choices on the market today, and as long as you don't need to limit your choices of a fence style and material according to a homeowner's association, you might note a few tips for making that choice. This will ensure you work with a fencing contractor to find a good fence that you'll love for years to come.


A glass fence gives you an unobstructed view of the area around your home, but remember that you need to clean both sides of glass. Note, too, that a solid glass panel can mean that snow and other debris pile up at the bottom when it's windy outside, also adding to your cleanup work. However, glass is good for when you want some privacy from neighbours without making your residence seem too cut off from others; a tall glass fence keeps you separated from neighbours so they can't stop and chat and it helps to keep out the noise from surrounding homes, but there is still a clear view between properties as well.

Hurricane fencing

Hurricane or chain link fencing is very affordable and easy to install and repair. If you do opt for hurricane fencing, choose a good mesh size; the smaller the mesh, the harder it is to climb and the more privacy the fence offers. The gauge also tells you how thick the fencing wire is; the smaller the gauge, the thicker the wire and the harder it is to cut. This will also mean a more durable fence that won't sag over the years, even though a smaller gauge may be more expensive overall.


Wood fences may need the most work to keep them properly maintained, including regular sealing and examination for chips and cracks and other such damage. They can give your yard the most traditional look, and they are the easiest to repaint when you want a new look to your home. You may also be able to do many repairs to a wood fence yourself, including replacing individual slats that are damaged. For yards with lots of hills and dips, the wood slats are also probably the easiest to cut and fabricate so their length can be adjusted according to the various slopes of the yard itself.