TIPS - Picking The Right Fence For Your Project

Last week we published a post about picking the right fence contractor - but what about all of you DIY-ers out there?

We do also sell direct to the public and today we have a post for you do-it-yourselfers to help you navigate the options.

Picking the Right Fence For Your Project

With varying sizes, costs, and materials, such as aluminum fencing, chainlink fencing and vinyl fencing (which we stock) it may be hard to wrap your head around that big project outside your window or even know where to start with planning.

The purpose or function of your fence will certainly dictate the type of fencing required and impact your install time, installation methods and your total fencing project costs (post coming soon) so that's a great place to start your focus.

First, let's start with why you are installing a fence at your home or business.

The Purpose of Your Fence

Is it for safety/security?

  • Keeping belongings safe?
  • Keeping wandering children out of the pool?
  • Keeping your dog in and the pesky neighbor's dog out?

Is it for privacy?

  • Is it to keep nosy neighbors at a distance?
  • To give your backyard a secluded feel?

Is it for curb appeal?

  • To give your property that classic estate look with long sections and big elaborate gates?
  • To enhance your property aesthetics?
  • Increase your property value?


There are a lot of factors when trying to price a fencing project. But price should not be your main consideration, function should be.

The good news is by doing it yourself you are already on the right track to saving money. But generally speaking, the order of expense tends to involve chainlink being the cheapest, vinyl being intermediate and aluminum fencing being the most costsly but of course there are other considerations like gates and hardware that you need to factor in as well.

Your best bet is to call us and we can help you determine what fits your application and will work with your budget by providing you a full quote.

Fence Materials

Do you need strength, cost-effectiveness or privacy? Here are the benefits of each type of fencing material we offer and what they are best at.

Again, you can give us a call right now and we will be happy to help you decide what fits best for your application.

Vinyl Fencing

Vinyl fence is a type of plastic fence made with PVC (polyvinyl chloride). The PVC resin is combined with special ingredients that give vinyl fence exceptional impact strength, durability and weatherability. Vinyl is much easier to care for and maintain than wood, for example.

Top of it's class in privacy and durability, vinyl fencing tends to check almost every feature for aestetics, safety and (relative) cost-effectiveness.

It's hard to go wrong with vinyl and it's a very popular seller.

Aluminum/Metal Fencing

An aluminum fence is a fence constructed primarily out of the element aluminium. Due to the metal’s low density and ability to resist corrosion, it has become a popular choice as lightweight, durable fence and railing structure.

Although it is by no means the cheapest of these 3, it is still more cost-efficient than comparable materials, such as wrought iron and steel.

Aluminum fences are made in a wide range of sizes and shapes. They come in many different colors, which are applied using a powder coating. The coating is applied through an electrostatic process and cured under heat to form a strong smooth surface. The powder coating adheres to aluminum better than paint or other coatings. It has the ability to withstand harsh conditions including extreme heat and cold. Its weather resistant quality leads many manufacturers to offer very long warranties, from decades up to "lifetime" for some brands.

If you are looking for class, durability and quality, aluminum is strong and reliable for almost every application.

Chainlink Fencing

A chain-link fence is a type of woven fence usually made from galvanized or LLDPE-coated steel wire. The wires run vertically and are bent into a zig-zag pattern so that each "zig" hooks with the wire immediately on one side and each "zag" with the wire immediately on the other.

While the biggest pro here is cost and simplicity, chainlink fencing has come a long way and offers additional features like add-on privacy panels and even colored powdered coatings for customizability.

While you wouldn't necessarily use chainlink fencing for privacy, it is an excellent choice for small yards, fast installation, and small projects like dog fences including standalone fences, which we sell, in a 6x6 or 10x10 size with gates.

Call our shop today to find out more about all of the colors, hardware, dog gates and more we stock in chainlink.

That's it!

We hope this post was helpful in helping you decide which route to go and things to consider when planning.

Father & Son Fence has been in the fencing industry for over 25 years. To make sure you end up with the right fence for your next project give us a call with questions or to get your quote started!

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