The Various Types of Fences
Everyone has a need for boundaries and privacy, especially around their home. Having a nice wood fence surrounding your house offers both. Many "Do-It-Yourselfers" investigate their topic before jumping in, and so it is important that if you're going to build a fence or have someone else build it for you that you know a bit about the various types of fences.
Aluminum Fence - This type of fence, constructed of slender posts spaced evenly apart, is good for surrounding a pool as the posts are hard to climb and can be spaced so a child can not get through. Many put electric aluminum fences in front of their house to keep animals in. The gate for this fence needs to match the material.
Wood Fence - This type of fence, made of wooden pickets, is architecturally appealing and provides a good privacy barrier. Most are about 6 ft. tall, but some prefer 8 ft. fences for extra sound protection along busy roads. Keep in mind that the posts for a wood fence are installed with concrete and placed 18-24 inches into the ground. Also, wooden gates need attention every few years if they are rained on heavily as the wood will expand the hinges.
Chain-link Fence - This type of fence, usually constructed from steel, has several advantages in areas where animals are kept or where privacy is not an issue. They tend to be shorter fences with a criss-cross pattern and some manufacturers coat the steel with vinyl. It is very easy to electrify a chain-link fence.
Wrought Iron Fence - This is perhaps the most decorative of fences and is usually constructed out of links or decorative posts. Often individuals will use a wrought iron fence to surround gardens and will attach a lattice on which their plant may grow.