Choosing the best fencing material for your home is a big decision. You want it to last long and look good too. If you don’t have a Homeowners Association that is making your fence decisions for you, then what type of fence will you choose? We’ll go over a few types of fences and let you make the call!
Standard Cedar Privacy Fence
A standard privacy fence is a popular go-to option for a lot of homeowners. The materials are relatively cheap, easy to install and can last decades. Typically, we see homeowners choosing 1x4x6 or 1x6x6 cedar fence pickets, along with 2x4x8 rails and 4x4x8 posts. If you are looking for something sturdier or taller, we’ve also seen people using 8ft fence pickets such as 1x4x8 or 1x6x8 or using a thicker diameter fence post such as a 6x6x8. The decision is really yours depending on the look and coverage you are trying to achieve. We always recommend using cedar fence materials and not using treated pine fencing materials. Although the price tag may look attractive for treated pine fencing, you will regret that decision in a short 1-3 years. Due to Colorado’s dry climate, treated fencing will crap and warp within a few years, leaving the homeowners with the cost of replacing their fence once again.
Split Rail Fence
Another option for your home is a split rail fence. Split rail fencing is great for homeowners who are looking for a cost effective, low maintenance investment for their home. Split rail fencing is great for outlining the property line of a home, while allowing for a clear line of sight across the property. Some people don’t don’t like standard privacy fence because it creates too much of a visual barrier in neighborhoods, so a split rail fence solves that problem. We recommend using cedar split rail fence because it tends to last longer and look better. We also offer 2 or 3 rail systems that are thicker and sturdier than the “pony rail” that other big box stores carry. If you have kids or pets and want an added sense of security, consider adding weld wire panels to make the fence impenetrable. This will still give you the open visual space, while still providing privacy and security for your property and family members.
Post and Dowel Fence
If you are looking for something a little sturdier than split rail fence, but still want the open visual aspect of your fence- consider using post and dowel fencing. Another name for post and dowel fence is Western Rail Fence and it’s identified by its round posts and round rails. This type of fence is made from pine logs and has been chemically pressure treated to help prevent rot and decay. Post and Dowel fencing will last a long time without much maintenance or repairs needed. You will often see post and dowel fencing on ranch properties, in public places or residential spaces that are looking for an alternative look to their fence. Weld wire can also be added to post and dowel fencing to create an added layer or privacy and security. Split rail fencing and post and dowel fencing has similarities in the way the look and the purpose they are trying to achieve, but consider if you want a more rounded, uniform look like post and dowel fencing or the more rustic non-uniform look of split rail fencing. Also, consider if you would like to use treated pine or cedar on your property.
The last type of fencing that we will cover is vinyl fencing. Vinyl fencing is a great alternative for those not wanting to deal with any splinters, rotting or maintenance of their fence. Vinyl fencing typically comes in panels of standard sizes and standard colors. There isn’t much customization that can be done with vinyl fencing, but if you are looking for something uniform with no maintenance, then vinyl fencing may be right for you. Vinyl fencing also comes in the ranch rail style, so if you are still wanting the open visual concept and don’t want to install vinyl privacy fence, then ask your supplier about their other options.
We hope this quick guide has been helpful in understanding some of the most popular types of fence on the market today. If you have any questions about which type of fence would be best for you, please do not hesitate to reach out!