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Fencing  /  September 21, 2015

A Primer on Fencing Materials

Homeowners put up fencing around their property for a variety of reasons. If you own a pool, your local zoning laws may require a fence be placed on your property. Some people put up privacy fences to help make their backyards into gathering places that do not disrupt the neighborhood. When you know what types of fences are available, then you can make the right choice for your situation.

Handyman Connection of Boise will review fence types with you and put together a project budget. Before you make a decision on which type of fence is best for you, it is important to go to do your research on the different types of fence materials available.


One of the more versatile types of fencing that is relatively new to the marketplace is aluminum fencing. Manufacturers are able to create aluminum fences that look like wrought iron, wood or any other type of fence design. The advantages to an aluminum fence are that it lasts for a very long time, and requires little to no maintenance.

The biggest drawback to aluminum fencing is that it is not very durable. If you live in an area with extreme weather or you need a sturdy security fence, then aluminum may not be right for you.


A wooden fence can be something as decorative as a low picket fence, or something as elaborate as an eight foot tall privacy fence. It is best to make sure that your wood fence is pressure treated to resist the weather, and that your wooden fence posts are anchored into the ground with concrete.


Anyone who wants a fence that is low maintenance but high performance will want a vinyl fence. Vinyl can be made to look like any type of wooden fence, but vinyl will last for years and is extremely durable. Vinyl fencing is not only low maintenance, but any attempts at vandalism with spray paint on your fence can easily be cleaned away.


In the last few years, composite wood building products have become extremely popular. Composite wood is easy to install, relatively inexpensive, lasts a very long time and comes in a variety of colors and designs. The composite wood can be painted, and it is able to withstand the weather in just about any part of the country. You should give composite wood a look before making your final decision.

Wrought Iron

The granddaddy of security fences is still the wrought iron fence. When installed properly, this fence can keep out intruders and give the more daring intruders a sharp reminder as to why they should keep off your property. The traditional spikes on the top of a wrought iron fence are just as much for security as they are for looks.

Chain Link

One of the most popular types of fence in use today is chain link fence. This type of fencing is extremely inexpensive, and can help separate your property from the others that surround you. Many homeowners like this lattice-style fencing because it allows for growing plants and vines on the fence to accent the property. Chain link fences do not offer as much security as wrought iron fences, but they can still get the job done.

The right fence can enhance your property’s look, and your family’s sense of security. Consult the professionals at Handyman Connection of Boise for the various types of fencing available and make sure that you get the one that is perfect for your property.

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