Fences 101 - Chapter 2: Fence Materials
Last Updated: 02/10/2012
This is a general information guide on fence materials. If you need specific material data for a fencing product that we sell online, see the manufacturers documentation in our product knowledge section.
Modern Fence Materials
Long gone are the days when your choice of fencing materials was limited to wood, iron, and steel. With
modern technology, manufacturers can produce quality fencing from a wide variety of natural and
synthetic materials that exhibit the superior physical characteristics and eye catching appeal
demanded by consumers. Your fence design is no longer constrained by the properties of the supplies
available, but only by your budget, and imagination!
Regis Ornamental Aluminum Fencing
Aluminum is a popular do-it-yourself fencing material known for being
affordable, lightweight, and extremely low maintenance. A practical alternative to
ornamental steel and iron fencing, high quality ornamental aluminum can add the same elegant
look to your home at a lower cost per foot.
Aluminum fencing is a great option for homeowners that have swimming pools.
View our ornamental aluminum fence guide to learn the important features that you should consider when buying an aluminum fence.
FenceScape Composite Fencing
Fences in the modern era may be the product of rigorous engineering efforts, but that doesn't mean they have
to look cold and industrial. Composite Fencing has the look and feel of real wood combined with
and the strength, durability, and low maintenance characteristics of a synthetic material.
Composites fences will not rot or become susceptible to termite damage, so no treating is required.
Vinyl Fencing is another durable, low maintenance fencing material. Vinyl Fencing, also
known as PVC Fencing, is rapidly gaining in popularity among DIY fence builders for several reasons:
vinyl fence components are pre-shaped into many popular styles, vinyl does not require
painting or finishing, and vinyl fence components are lightweight and easy to assemble.
Classic Fence Materials
Just because you don't have to build a wood, steel, or iron fence, doesn't mean that you shouldn't if that's what you like. Wood and Steel are extremely popular fencing materials among homeowners. Iron is a little less popular due to cost and difficulty of installation, but it is still a viable alternative.
For a warm, "homey" feeling fence that blends in with the natural elements of your landscape at
an affordable price, wood fence is still hard to beat. If, as a diy fence installer and homeowner,
you are willing to put the time in to build and maintain your wood fence, it can offer a distinctive
beauty around your home.
For a heavy duty fencing material that not only looks great, but provides a high level of security,
steel is the material of choice.
In this chapter of the DIY Fence guide, we briefly summarized several of the most popular fencing materials available. In the next chapter, we will go over several of the most popular fence styles.