Part 1: What Kind Of Fence Should I Get?

After considering the factors related to what you seek out of a fence installation it is time to look at the various type of fences to see how they fit your need. In this post we’ll take a look at chain link and wood picket fences.

Chain link fencing. This is perhaps the best known and most popular fence type, mainly because of its affordability and ease of installation. The galvanized steel used in today’s chain link fencing makes it extremely durable.

When installed correctly, chain link requires no ongoing maintenance to keep looking new. There are options available to meet differing tastes and to offer privacy.

Chain link can come with a green vinyl or black vinyl coating to meet design tastes. There is also California style chain link fencing which replaces steel fence posts and rails with wood, providing a unique, natural look.

While chain link is transparent, privacy slats can be added to offer some privacy to casual observers.

Chain link fencing, as a general rule, is more affordable than alternative types of fences, but the price ranges depending on what type of chain link you buy and where you add other elements to the fence.

Wood Picket Fences. This type of wood fence has been an American icon that harks to Tom Sawyer’s shenanigans related to whitewashing a picket fence for his Aunt Polly.

Wood picket fences are popular because they can contain a yard or space, keeping children or pets from wandering off, while offering a variety of design choices to fit most tastes.

What they don’t offer is privacy and, with most cases, security. The space between boards causes the lack of privacy and that most picket fences are four feet tall or shorter limits their security.

While lacking those features, wooden picket fences make up for it by offering a wide variety of styles and looks, from traditional Colonial Wood picket fences and French Gothic wood picket fences to Wedgewood and Capped Rail picket fences.

Compared to chain link, wood fences generally cost a bit more, especially depending on the height and style of wood picket fence chosen.

Also, wood fences require more maintenance than chain link, typically requiring restaining or repainting (remember Tom?) after being aged by the elements. That wear also means that a wood fence may not end up as durable or long-lasting as a chain link fence.

If you have questions about these, or any fence type, don’t hesitate to contact a professional at Midwest Fence for a free consultation. Call 651-451-2222.

In our next post we will look at wood privacy and PVC, or vinyl, fencing.