The Ultimate Guide to Residential Fencing

The Ultimate Guide to Residential Fencing

Wednesday, 02 March 2022 20:42

Fences can add value to our properties, both financially and to our home's comfort and utility of living. They significantly impact our space and are an equally large home improvement project. Choosing a fence for your project can be daunting, with various materials and styles available. 


The Ultimate Guide to Residential Fencing

To get the most out of your investment, you need to pick the fence material that fits your style and maintenance capabilities. While aesthetic is important, keep in mind why you want a fence to begin with. Getting a beautiful fence that can’t hold up to Asheville weather well or keep a pet in the yard might look good for a few days, but it can very quickly become more hassle than it was worth. 

With that in mind, let’s go through the types of fencing available to help see what might fit your style, needs, and budget.

Selecting the Right Style

Whether you're looking for more privacy, giving your pets a safe space to run, or an aesthetic border around a garden, fencing is a great and versatile way to make your home unique and functional. But with all that versatility comes options. 

Chain Link

One of the lowest price points, chain link fencing, is also one of the quickest to install and easiest to maintain or repair. Chain link is the practical option if you are looking for a sturdy choice for security. Excellent for dog runs, it keeps visibility, but you can add additional fabric and privacy screening options if desired.


Traditionally made of wrought iron, nowadays ornamental fences are constructed of aluminum or steel. These materials keep the beautiful design, with none of the maintenance issues. Modern ornamental fences are as durable and functional as their chain-link counterparts while being more customizable and aesthetically pleasing.

Split Rail

The ultimate in rustic charm, split rail fencing keeps the most visibility of any fence type and blends well into its surroundings for a low-impact look. Since this style has a low material cost, it is a go-to for fencing needed over longer distances on farms. Durable woods keep maintenance on the lower side, though they will only fence in larger pets and livestock.

Board on Board

If privacy in a residential setting is your main concern, board-on-board fencing is the top pick. Typically 6ft tall, these sturdy wooden fences are constructed of vertical slats that block all visibility. While durable, these wooden fences require more ongoing work than their metal counterparts to maintain stains and finishes.


This fence type sits in an excellent middle ground of aesthetics and versatility. Shorter than most privacy fences, picket fences are still a great choice for homeowners with pets or kids as a safety barrier. With lots of finish and construction material options, it can pair nicely in areas that don’t require much privacy, like the front of the house or walkways.

Material Options

While you can’t make a chain link fence out of wood, when it comes to most of the fence styles, you do have some options when it comes to construction material. Material and style will be the biggest determiner when it comes to installation cost and ongoing maintenance. 

When discussing your project, be sure to ask what option is best for you. A simple vinyl fence might give you the same functionality as a more ornate wooden option for a better price.

  • Wood: The traditional go-to option, wood fences can be built out of various species. Durability and price will vary based on the type of wood used, but this is generally the most budget-friendly choice, though that comes at an increased maintenance requirement. Boards can be prone to warping or pest damage, especially in wet environments.
  • Metal: Aluminum and steel fences run more expensive than their wooden counterparts but have much lower maintenance requirements. And they aren’t just shiny metal; a wide variety of finishes and colors are available to match your home. Keep in mind special finishes may require more upkeep, but the metal fence base itself will be less prone to need repair or replacement.
  • Vinyl PVC: Impervious to insects and moisture, unlike wood, PVC will never rot, splinter, or decay. While it has the highest upfront cost, it is the most maintenance-friendly fencing material available, with no need for sealing or painting. It can withstand even the most trying weather. It is aesthetically similar to wood but can be used in most fencing styles instead of traditional materials. 

It is vital to note maintenance-friendly isn’t maintenance-free. All fences require some degree of upkeep throughout the year. Maintenance will mean regular washing with a hose and some soapy water to keep dirt and debris at bay. 

Washing will help keep any finishes in good condition and prolong the time between needing a repaint or replacement of damaged sections.

No matter the material, a well-installed and maintained fence can last decades.

Custom Fences

One size fits all rarely works, even in fencing. To maximize the fit and function of a new fence and get just the aesthetic you are looking for, consider going with a custom option. You will get just the style and material you want, with the perfect fit in any space.

Asheville Fence has been serving western North Carolina since 1966. We have the know-how to help you select the right fence and build it to last with decades of expertise. Contact us to start selecting your new fence with our team of professionals. We provide free local estimates and the highest levels of customer service and quality construction through every project stage, no matter how big or small.