When you build a new fence for your home, it’s important to consider all the options since it will be around for many years. The perfect fencing material will depend on your personal preferences. Cost, appearance, and upkeep should all be on your mind as you choose between these options. Here are five of the most popular residential fences installed by Maryland homeowners.

1) Budget-Friendly: Chain Link

Chain link fencing is one of the most popular fencing materials due to its affordable price point. A chain-link fence is an excellent option if you need to fence in a large area. Chain link fences are durable and can last upwards of 20 years. As a bonus, chain link fencing can be installed relatively quickly (once any permitting or community approval requirements are satisfied for your community).

2) Aesthetically Pleasing: Aluminum

Aluminum fences look classic and beautiful, no matter where they are installed. Due to their attractive appearance, aluminum fencing may help raise property values and curb appeal. Aluminum fences require little to no maintenance over several years and fair well in extreme weather. By contrast, aluminum fences do not typically provide a great deal of privacy and may not be able to contain pets, depending on their size.

3) Privacy: Wood

If you want a fence to provide affordable privacy, a wooden fence should be on your list. Wood fences are excellent for keeping wandering eyes at bay. Wood fences require some regular maintenance to maintain their color and appearance and, if properly maintained, may last up to 15-20 years.

4) Low Maintenance: Vinyl

As a relatively new fencing material, vinyl fences are gaining popularity. Vinyl fences are durable and provide maximum privacy, similar to wood fences. If you want a low-maintenance option, vinyl is an excellent choice because you can hose it down easily to clean off dirt. Vinyl fencing may require a larger upfront investment, but it tends to last longer and require far less maintenance than many other types of fences.

5) Decorative: Wrought Iron

As a timeless fencing material, wrought iron is ideal for an attractive fencing option. Wrought iron fencing is available in many designs if you have a particular taste. In addition to the high material cost, wrought iron is difficult to install, which raises labor costs. Wrought iron fences typically lack privacy but do offer security and work to help keep away unwanted visitors.

If cost and containment are your main priorities, you can’t go wrong with a chain-link fence. Wood and vinyl offer the most privacy and security to your home. Aluminum is an excellent choice for an attractive fence that doesn’t require maintenance. Wrought iron fences are the most expensive of the bunch but look elegant and stately. To learn more about fence types and what works best for you, call the fence installation experts at A-1 Fencing in Maryland.

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