There are a few things you need to consider when deciding to fence your home. Below are some of the factors you will consider.

The fence material

Once you know what the fence should do and what style of fence you'd like you can select the material that the fence is made of: wood, vinyl, aluminum, or steel. Wood fences have a traditional appeal. However, they require more maintenance and need to be cleaned, stained, or painted, periodically to keep them looking nice. Vinyl fences only require an occasional rinsing. Vinyl doesn't fade or rot and comes in options similar to wood. Aluminum also requires very little maintenance. Steel requires paint every few years to keep it looking nice.

Component vs. panel

Another option to consider is if you'd like a component or panel fence. A component fence is usually wood and is built onsite one piece, or component, at a time which can take a little longer to build but is sometimes preferred since it can more easily follow the natural lay of the land. Panel fences are made of pre-constructed panels. Most metal and vinyl fences are only available as panels and cannot be built onsite. Wood fences sometimes come this way too. Panels can make it easier to build your fence, but they do not follow the contours of the land, so they have to follow the grade, or curves, in a stair-step manner.


The size, style, and material will all influence the cost. A larger fenced in yard will require more materials than a small fenced in area. Wrought iron fence will incur a different cost than a wooden fence. A short wooden fence will cost less than a tall wooden privacy.

To select the right one that fits your plans consider all of the options. Begin by understanding why you build the fence, and then you will make the milestone step to a fence that's perfect for your home and yard.