Front Yard Fence Styles


The type of fence you choose for your front yard is largely dependent on the reason behind putting a fence up in the first place. For example, you could choose to install a fence for decoration, for privacy, to keep your animals confined or for some other reason. A broad range of fencing options is available, from those that are inexpensive and easily installed to those that are more expensive and likely require professional installation.

Wood-Panel Fencing

  • Wood-panel fencing is often selected by people who want privacy. It is popular in residential neighborhoods where houses sit close together and people want to create a sense of separation from their neighbors, as well as prevent people from seeing onto their property. This type of fencing is typically 4 to 6 feet tall, but can be taller. It is also good to use as a boundary for pets and children because there are no spaces between wood panels.

Vinyl Fencing

  • If you like the looks of wood-panel fencing, or any other wood fencing style, but don't want the upkeep that wood requires, vinyl fencing might be for you. It comes in many different styles, but is popular because it won't sustain damage from insects, weather or rot.

Picket Fencing

  • The picket fence is probably the most traditional for homes. It can be found in stained wood, but is probably most well-known for being painted white. Picket fences are often used for decoration, but if the slats are placed close enough together, it can also be used to keep pets in your yard.

Chain Link Fencing

  • Chain link fencing is one of the least expensive options. It normally isn't used for decorative purposes, but is a good option for confining pets. Chain link is normally sold in rolls of 4 to 6 feet tall and 25 or 100 feet long. Gates can be placed between sections of fencing. Many people install chain link fences themselves.

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