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Fence ideas: The pros and cons of every popular style

Building a fence? Check out these fencing solutions to figure out what is best for you

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Before you begin adding a fence to your property, it’s essential to weigh the pros and cons of every popular fence option. From a wood fence to a gabion wall, there are several solutions to consider before you embark on adding a fence to your yard. Do you want added privacy? Are you looking to create more security? Or are you working to enhance the aesthetics of your exterior? When coming up with fence ideas, these are some questions to answer.

No matter what your goals are, adding a fence to your property can be a wonderful idea. But it’s important to know which is right for you. So today, we’re discussing some of the most popular fencing solutions to help you make the right decision for your home.

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Classic vertical wood slats

Vertical wood slat fencing is one of the most common fencing solutions. When you think of the traditional privacy fence, a vertical wooden fence likely comes to mind. This fence idea is great for adding privacy to your yard. And with the right wood, you can build a rot-resistant fence. It’s also an affordable solution and you can stain it any color of your choice. Though, wood fences are prone to pest damage from termites and will likely discolor over time, which means you will have to perform some maintenance to keep it in the best shape.


  • It’s a classic fence style
  • Offers more privacy
  • Rot-resistant solution, depending on the wood type
  • Easier to install
  • Affordable


  • May eventually discolor over time
  • Prone to termite damage
  • May not withstand tougher weather conditions, depending on where you live
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Metal fencing

Metal fencing is popular for homeowners who want added security in their yards or properties. Metal is a low-maintenance material that can withstand harsh weather conditions, making it a great long-lasting solution for the yard. Additionally, many metal fences can’t be cut or broken down easily, making it more difficult for intruders to set foot on your property. However, while metal fencing comes in several unique styles, most don’t offer any additional privacy. Rather, metal fencing allows homeowners to create separation between their property and the world beyond without blocking the view.


  • Heavy-duty material and adds more security
  • Very durable and can withstand harsh weather conditions
  • Low maintenance and doesn’t require much upkeep
  • Will not fade or discolor overtime


  • Doesn’t add much privacy
  • Costs more to install, making it less affordable than other fence alternatives
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Chain-link fence

The chain-link fence is the most popular fencing choice for many people. It’s one of the most affordable solutions, making it a super budget-friendly option, and it’s a great way to contain pets and small children within the bounds of the yard for better safety. However, chain-link fences don’t look as appealing as other alternatives. Additionally, they aren’t as hardy or durable as traditional metal fencing. Though, if you need a fence quickly and want to save money on your exterior projects, this can be a fantastic solution.


  • One of the most affordable fencing options
  • Super easy to install
  • Great for keeping pets and children within property bounds for safety


  • Doesn’t add privacy to the yard
  • Not as durable as other metal fencing solutions
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Farmhouse wooden rail fencing

If you want an adorable farmhouse aesthetic on your exterior, you can’t go wrong with wooden rail fencing. While this fencing solution doesn’t offer additional security or privacy, it’s a fantastic choice for achieving the perfect farmhouse or cottage aesthetic. This fence idea is super affordable and is an easy DIY project, meaning you can achieve the style you want with little cost.


  • Looks super traditional, great for a farmhouse aesthetic
  • Easy to DIY in a few different styles
  • Super affordable


  • Not very sturdy and will require maintenance over time
  • Doesn’t add privacy to the yard
  • Not great if you’re looking for more security
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White vinyl fence

Vinyl fencing is another affordable solution. This type of fence can come in various styles, making it a great choice for many homeowners. It can add privacy, it’s easy to install, and it’s more resilient than wood fencing. Though, vinyl fencing can sometimes look cheap and may stain easily from grass, dirt, or other weather-related events.


  • Affordable
  • Comes in several different styles
  • Can offer more privacy depending on the style you choose
  • Often comes in easy-to-install kits
  • Typically more resilient than wood


  • May appear cheap
  • Can stain easily and will require routine washing
  • Not made of organic materials, so it may have a more artificial look
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Geometric concrete wall

The geometric concrete wall is an ultra modern fencing solution. While it may require a professional hand for installation, the concrete wall is a durable solution for adding security and privacy to your exterior. Unfortunately, the concrete wall is a more expensive solution. However, it is a hardy choice that can hold up in severe weather conditions and can last for years to come with routine maintenance.


  • Looks stunning for modern homes
  • Can be created with many custom styles
  • Ultra durable and sturdy
  • Great for added privacy
  • Can add more security to your property, depending on the size of the wall


  • Will likely require professional installment
  • Much more costly than other solutions
  • Require maintenance over time to keep the concrete in its best shape
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Gabion wall

Gabion walls are a great exterior addition if you want a more eco-friendly solution. They don’t require many resources to make like other fencing solutions. Moreover, this fence adds privacy to the home, has great drainage, and is affordable for many homeowners. However, gabion walls aren’t known for their beauty. Additionally, they may require professional installation.


  • Inexpensive fencing solution
  • Adds privacy
  • Great for drainage in areas with a lot of precipitation or flooding
  • More eco-friendly solution


  • Can sometimes be considered unsightly
  • Doesn’t come in a variety of styles
  • May require professional installment

Finding the right fencing for your needs can be tricky. It’s important to consider what your specific needs and wants are and how each fencing solution can help you achieve your exterior goals. Whether you want to enhance curb appeal or create more safety and security on your property, there are several wonderful fence ideas to choose from.

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