Fence Form and Fence Function

The type of fence you choose should depend on two factors—aesthetics and utility. While sometimes the two will happily overlap, often the homeowner must sacrifice one at the expense of the other. If your main reason for installing a fence is privacy, for example, then your best bet is likely a stockade fence, which has vertical boards that are very close together. If you want to add a sense of style to your lawn, on the other hand, you might want to consider an ornamental fence such as a wrought-iron fence or a tubular aluminum fence. Another consideration, regardless of the fence’s purpose, is the amount of upkeep that it will require. The most maintenance-free types of fences are vinyl and aluminum fences. These fences do not require any regular painting. On the other end of the spectrum, wrought-iron and wood fences will require periodic painting or staining.