Which Fence Is Right For You?

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The right fence type can really enhance the look of your home and add a healthy dose of curb appeal. But which kind of fence is right for you? Here are three things to consider when deciding what fence style you should get:

1. Purpose

aluminum fence dog protectionThere are a few factors to consider when deciding what fence will work for you and your home. First, what is the main purpose of the fence? If it’s to keep your dog in the yard, you’ll need to consider the size of the dog. A fence with narrowly spaced pickets may be better for a smaller dog, and a taller fence would likely be a smarter pick for a larger dog or a dog that is known to jump. If you’re looking for a fence for pool safety, there are certain fences that meet “pool code,” which you’ll need to consider. Maybe you’re looking for some seclusion from the neighbors. In that case, check out privacy fencing options. Whatever your reason for wanting a fence, there are plenty of fence styles to suit your needs.

2. Surrounding Area

neighborhoodYou should also check to see what fence type others in your neighborhood have already installed. If picket fences are the style that everyone seems to have, maybe choosing a picket fence of your own is your best bet. Or maybe you’d rather stand out among the crowd and go for something totally different! Whichever direction you choose to go in, it’s good to at least consider the styles of existing fencing in the neighborhood and area directly surrounding your property. If you live in a neighborhood with a homeowners association, there may be restrictions on what kind of fence you can have. It would be best to check on that first to make sure you know what your options are.

3. Architectural Style


colonial home with picket fenceAnother major factor to consider is your house itself. A white picket fence would look great with a cottage or Cape Cod style home, but can you imagine a white picket fence with an ornate Victorian home? It might look a little silly – a Victorian would probably be better served by a more stately looking aluminum fence. A ranch style home might look great with traditional split rail, where a modern home might look nice with a horizontal fence or basketweave. If you’re having your fence installed, your salesperson can help you decide what style will fit best with your home and your needs.


If you’re in the Chicago Metropolitan Area and can’t decide what fence type makes the most sense for you, give us a call and one of our fence experts can help you determine what kind of fence you need!


Superior Fence Co.


4 Responses

  1. I agree that when looking for a fence it’s necessary to look into its purpose for you to see what’s the best materials for you to use. My mother is planning to use an aluminum fence for our backyard so that our dog’s will bort wander through the woods. I think it’s a great idea knowing how sturdy and the durable aluminum fence is.

  2. I like how you said that you need to consider the architectural style of your house to make sure that you get the right fence. My wife and I want to make sure that our yard is safe, and a fence seems like a great way to do that. We’ll be sure to look into our options for getting a fence that matches our house in the future.

  3. One of the few reasons why I’m considering to hire a residential contractor to build my fence is that I want to make sure it looks perfect. You’re right about saying that I should assess what its main purpose will be before I hire someone to build it. I suppose I can try to look for wooden options first since I want a cheaper choice when I need to have the fence replaced.

  4. It would be preferable for me to have a beautiful fence in my backyard. You’re right about saying that I should also consider the main purpose of the fence I should get to make sure that it will do its function. I think I’ll hire the services of a contractor to build a wooden fence for me so I can make sure that it will look great and look strong.

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