There are several reasons to put up a fence: privacy, containment or architectural and aesthetic enhancement of your yard, to name a few. No matter the reason, there's a fence system to suit your landscape. From chain-link fencing to electronic pet containment, use our guide to decide which fence system is right for your needs.
Wood panel fencing is commonly used as a decorative means of providing privacy for homes in neighborhood settings. It's also a good choice for setting boundaries for small children and pets. The wood fence panels usually come in 8-foot sections, 4 feet to 6 feet tall. The panels are available with either dog-eared or pointed pickets. You can easily match the fence to your landscape with stain or paint.
Post-and-rail fencing adds a rustic or country look to a home's landscape. It can also define specific areas in your yard or provide an easily visible separation along property lines. The rails are available either split or round in lengths from 8 feet to 11 feet. The posts range from 3 feet to 5 feet aboveground and can hold either two or three rails.
You can make rail fencing suitable for pet containment by stapling welded wire fencing or poultry netting to the back of the fence.
Vinyl fencing is a relatively new, maintenance-free type of fencing. It's available in forms similar to both wood panel and rail fencing. Vinyl fencing isn't subject to rot, fading or other effects of weather and time as wood fencing can be. Vinyl is a good choice for an attractive, easily maintained fence system.
Chain-link fencing, or hurricane fencing, is an economical way to enclose an area. Chain-link fencing comes in rolls from 25 feet to 100 feet long and 4 feet to 6 feet high, with prefabricated gates up to 5 feet wide. If you don't like the silvery look of the bare fence, it's available with a weather-resistant vinyl coating, usually green or brown. Chain link is a good choice for keeping pets in or other creatures out.
Garden and utility fencing is usually used to contain pets or to keep animals out of gardens. The material is available from 3 feet to 6 feet high in 25-foot to 50-foot rolls. Like chain-link fencing, it's also available with a vinyl coating, usually green or brown. When used with rail fencing, welded wire can make an effective pet containment fence for large areas.
Poultry netting, or chicken wire, may be the most economical type of containment fence available. As the name implies, it's generally used to fence in chickens. It's also a good choice for small dogs, rabbits and other small pets.
Electric fencing is normally used to contain livestock. With low-output chargers, electric fencing can be used in residential settings to contain pets or keep animals out of gardens. Regular air-conditioning outlets or solar energizers that convert and store solar energy are used to power electric fences.
Electronic pet containment fencing is an excellent choice for anyone who needs a pet containment solution without any visible sign of a fence. The system consists of a thin gauge wire, a transmitter and a collar. You can form the fence into any shape you want, covering an area up to 25 acres. Put the collar on your pet, and if it gets close to the fence's perimeter, the pet receives an audible warning signal through the collar.