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Different Kinds of Fences

When it comes to fencing there are hundreds of different kinds of fences made of different types of materials that serve specific purposes.  When you factor in all the different styles of fences and functions as well there are truly limitless amounts of fencing options available.  Below is a list of 20 different types of fences and a little bit of information about them.aluminum fence

This is an aluminum fence.  Aluminum fencing is strong, durable and mostly maintenance free.  It works great for enclosing a swimming pool area.

aluminum yard fence

Aluminum fencing comes in different styles and different heights.  It also works great as a property border to fence in a backyard.  It’s strong enough that pets won’t chew threw it.

bamboo fence

This is a picture of a bamboo privacy fence.  Most often, bamboo fencing comes in rolled panels and each bamboo pole is tied tight to the next one, creating a solid wall for privacy.

bamboo fencingBamboo fencing comes in artificial panels or natural bamboo panels in various different colors ranging from light to dark.  Bamboo fences add beauty to any backyard or landscape.

chainlink fenceThis is a photo of a chainlink fence.  These are often used at parks, baseball and softball fields and around powerplants and city properties.

chainlink fencing

Chainlink fencing is strong and durable yet less expensive than other metal fences. It comes in different grades and can be coated.  Vinyl coated chain link fencing typically comes in green or black.

electric fence

This is a photo of an electric fence.  Electric fences come in different options using different types of hot wire.  The one shown also has a strand of barbed wire fence at the bottom.  Electric fences are typically used by farmers to keep livestock such as cattle inside a field.

electric fence photo

Electric fence and hot wire fencing is typically easy to install and easy to repair.  It’s considered an inexpensive fence compared to other types of fencing that serve similar purposes.

garden fence picture

Here’s a  picture of a beautiful flower garden fence.  Garden fences come in many forms but are typically made from wood or vinyl.

horse fence

Historically, most horse fences were wooden fences.  But in recent years a lot of white vinyl horse fencing has surfaced as well.  Wooden fences are cheaper than vinyl but they require upkeep, repair and painting whereas vinyl fences do not.

wooden horse fence

Here’s a photo of a beautiful horse behind a four board black wooden horse fence.

iron fencing

Iron fencing has timeless beauty.  It comes in many different styles and shapes.  Wrought iron fences and ornamental iron fences are strong, durable and add safety and security to a property.

iron fence with brick columns

Here’s a picture of an iron fence between tall brick columns with concrete column caps.

metal fence

Here’s a photo of a metal fence with a gate.  Metal fencing is durable but often requires painting over time.  It can also rust over time.

metal yard fence

Here’s a picture of a black metal yard fence separating two lawns.

picket fence picture

Here’s a picture of a beautiful white picket fence.  The white picket fence is the symbol of the American dream.  A picket fence with pretty landscaping can make any house look lovely.

tall white picket fencePicket fencing can also be used as a border around yards.  Picket fences are usually made of wood or of white vinyl pvc.

plastic privacy fence

Privacy fencing used to be predominantly wooden, but vinyl and plastic has become a big trend in recent years.  This pic is of a beautiful plastic backyard privacy fence.

plastic pool fence

Plastic fences don’t require painting and are virtually maintenance free.  They make excellent privacy fences enclosing swimming pool areas.

swimming pool fence

There are many different kinds of swimming pool fences.  Some are for privacy purposes and some are for safety purposes.  This is a metal safety fence.

swimming pool fence

Here’s another swimming pool safety fence to keep children and uninvited guests out of the pool area.

privacy fence picture

Here’s a picture of a beautiful wooden privacy fence, stained and water sealed.

privacy fence photo

Here’s another picture of a common wooden privacy fence.  These are typically tall with the boards touching each other so people can’t see inside.

PVC fence

Here’s a picture of a gorgeous PVC yard fence.

PVC privacy fence

Here’s another picture of a PVC fence.  This one is a backyard privacy fence.

We will post more photos of different types of fences soon so check back for an update.

Types of Fences

Fences come in all shapes, sizes, and types.  There are more kinds of fences than you probably think.  If you are considering installing a new fence you should probably take a step back and consider all types of fences and try to figure out exactly what kind you actually need.  The first step is to identify the purpose of the fence.  What will it be used for?  Once that is established you should consider the following:

  • What is the lifespan of the fence?
  • Will you be installing the fence yourself or will you need a professional installation?
  • Will the fence have a warranty?
  • What will maintenance of the fence cost?
  • How often will the fence need to be repaired?
  • How much will it cost to build the fence?
  • What level of privacy will the fence have?
  • Will the fence be residential or commercial?
  • What will the fence look like?
  • What pattern will the fence be in?

types of fences

Once you’ve answered those questions you should be ready to move on and decide what the fence will be made of.  The main types of fences are the following:

  • Wood Fences
  • Chain-Link Fences
  • Vinyl Fences
  • Aluminum Fences
  • Wrought Iron Fences

Those listed above are the primary types.  However, there are endless types of fences and uses for fencing.  Below is a list of 20 kinds of fences and what they actually are, as well as what they are used for.

20 Types of Fences

  1. Agricultural fences – Farmers use agricultural fences to keep predators away from their livestock and to keep their livestock from getting out, getting lost, or causing damage.  Agricultural fences include wooden fences, wire fences, and electric fences.
  2. Privacy Fences – Privacy fencing is used anywhere people want to keep others from seeing in.  Privacy fences types often include perimeter fences.
  3. Boundary Fences – These are typically used to show exact property lines.
  4. Pet Fences – These are used to keep animals inside the yard or within the property.  Pet fences can be woven wire, wood, or electric.  They even have invisible electric fences now that are activated by the collars the pets wear.
  5. Pool Fences – These fences usually go around the outskirts of the pool area.  Ornamental wrough iron or metal fences are commonly used.  Brick columns can be a form of fence for pool areas as well.  Pool fences can also be used to keep debris out of the pool area, and more importantly, to keep kids out of the pool area when not supervised.  There are fences made of plastic and vinyl which are designed to bend without breaking, thus, preventing people from climbing over or under the fence.
  6. Chain-Link Fences – chain link fencing is wire woven together.
  7. Concrete Fences – These are fences where concrete is poured in such a manner that it hardens into the shape of a fence.
  8. Close Board Fences – These are very strong fences made from feather edge boards, morticed posts and arris rails.
  9. Sunken Fences  – This type of fence is also known as a “Ha Ha Fence” since it is sunken into the ground.
  10. Hurdle Fences – Sections of hurdle fences can be removed.
  11. Post and Rail Fences – These are very common.  Basically, as the name indicates, they are made from digging a hole, erecting posts, and then inserting rails between the posts.
  12. Roundpole Fences – As the name suggests, these are just made from round poles as opposed to square poles.
  13. Slate Fences – Vertical slates are wired together to make fence panels.
  14. Spear Top Fences – The tops of the posts are pointed like a spear tip.
  15. Picket Fences – Most people think of white picket fences infront of houses as part of the American Dream.  Picket fences are typically two to three feet tall and are most commonly used for landscaping around flower gardens or propertly lines.
  16. Stockade Fences  – These are very similar to the picket fences, but they are much taller and the individual sections are close together.  These are used for privacy.
  17. Vinyl Fences – These are beautiful.  The big advantage to using vinyl fencing is that you don’t have to paint it and you don’t have to replace it very often.  The posts and rail last for long periods of time and usually come with good warranties.
  18. Split-Rail Fences – You can see a lot of these in country areas.  These are decorative fences made of wood or timber and stacked in a zig-zag pattern.
  19. Live Fences  – Hedges and hedgerows are often used to create live fences.  It takes a lot of pruning, trimming and maintenance to maintain a live fence, but they are inexpensive and can be a beautiful addition to any landcaping project.  Hedges aren’t the only type of live fence.  You can also make fences out of cactus and shrubs.
  20. Wire Fences –  Wire fencing comes in all kinds of varieties.  Electric fences are wire fences.  So are barbed wire fences, woven wire fences, chicken wire fences, and welded wire mesh fences.  Wire fences are often used for agricultural purposes to protect livestock, to keep pets in, and to keep predators out.

Now that we’ve told you all about the many different types of fences and what they are used for, we will show you what they look like by providing pictures of as many types as possible.  Once you know what they are and what they look like the only thing left is for you to make a decision of which kind you want to install.  Then you’ll need to know where to buy the fences themselves or where to buy the fence parts so you can install them yourself.