With so many fencing options available on the market, it can be easy to get overwhelmed by the sheer volume of styles and manufacturers. When it comes to choosing the right fence, you must consider the layout and needs of your property. Most fences fit into three categories: functional, privacy, and decorative. Take a look at the five most popular fence styles and see if they’re right for your property.

1. Post and Rail

Post and rail-styled fences are often associated with ranches and horse pastures, but they can be used in a variety of applications. Homeowners often use this style of fence to establish property boundaries. This style is usually chosen because of its rustic appearance. You have the option of building a post and rail fence with either wood or vinyl.

2. Chain-Link

A chain-link fence is primarily used as a boundary fence in backyards. They’re great for keeping children and small pets inside the yard, and they’re also used to protect vegetable gardens from rabbits and small woodland animals. Chain link fences are made from galvanized metal but come in a variety of finishes — they can even be painted to match your property’s aesthetic.

3. Board-on-Board/Shadowbox

Although there are several variations of this classic fence design, shadowbox fences usually have vertical boards that are placed close together. The boards are placed on both sides of center support rails that run horizontally along the length of the fence. The end product creates a textured fence and a finished appearance on both sides of the fence. If you’re looking for a fence that isn’t an eyesore, a shadowbox-style fence is a good choice.

4. Picket

Picket fences have a series of evenly spaced vertical panels called “pickets”. They are attached by horizontal rails and connect to end posts. The pickets are usually tapered at the top and end at a point. Traditional picket fenders are made from wood and painted white. Nowadays, there are several variations to the classic picket fence design. It’s an ideal fence to define boundaries and keep small animals out of gardens.

5. Stockade

This fence style uses wood planks arranged tightly, without gaps. The tips of stockade fences are usually pointed. Stockade fences offer much more privacy than other fence designs, and they’re easy to repair. Because it’s made from wood, the fence can be stained or painted for a one-of-a-kind appearance.

Get the Right Fence with North American Deck and Patio

The fencing experts at North American Deck and Patio can help you decide what fence is right for you. We are an Ellicott City, MD fence company with over 25 years of experience, and we know what makes a good fence, building yours quickly and efficiently. Contact us today to get started.

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