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When it comes to putting up fence on and around a residential area, there are three main types of fence materials from which homeowners can choose: Wood, Vinyl, and Aluminum. Of course, what will be best for you is contingent on various security and privacy needs, and landscape-enriching factors. Fences readily mark the boundaries of your property and perform many other important functions including child and pet protection and landscape beautification, so making the proper fence selection is key to any homeowner’s design plan. The three main fence types are the following:

  1. Residential Wood Fence: Wood Residential Wood Privacyfencing typically ranges from 4’ to 6’ high and is available in many different styles and finishes. The most popular selections of are 4’ high picket and 6’ high dog-ear privacy fences. The “Green Minded” customer will be pleased to learn of the full line of new environmentally friendly pressure treated lumber products.  Many companies provide prefabricated panels for residential installation, but this type of material has serious installation limitations that can negatively affect the final presentation of the fence. Companies that focus on quality first prefer not to install wood fence panels since the best wood fence is built piece-by-piece at the customer’s residence. Using this method ensures the durability of the fence’s structure. It is important to consider how the fence will be constructed in order to get the most picturesque fence you desire.


  1. Residential Vinyl FenceResidential Vinyl Fence: Vinyl fence products are virtually maintenance free and bear warranties not available with other types of residential fence. The most popular vinyl fences selected by homeowners are 4’ high picket and 6’ high white privacy fences. There is are many styles and colors of vinyl fence to choose from, which allows you to increase property values while showcasing your own personal style. At Hurricane Fence Company, our residential vinyl fence is contracted piece-by-piece on site, ensuring durability despite the wear from time and weather exposure.


  1. Aluminum FenceResidential Aluminum Fence: Available in countless styles and colors, aluminum fence material offers the striking appearance of wrought iron fencing without the huge expense and extensive maintenance.  An increasing number of people are choosing aluminum fence for their property delineation. This type of fence offers an expansive view, allowing enclosure without the visual limitations of privacy fencing. Aluminum fences are powder coated for a long-lasting finish, providing resistance from corrosion and weathering in any climate. These versatile fences add value and protection to your property and pool areas.


Before finalizing your selection, be sure to see if your community enforces certain design requirements such as height restrictions and stain color. Also, research any Homeowner Association (HOA) or community restrictions before shopping around.

Selecting the right fence can also be influenced by environmental factors. For instance, homeowners in beach communities must consider salt air exposure that can cause corrosion if not addressed properly. It is always best to ask a knowledgeable local installer to go over concerns regarding your location.

Hurricane Fence Company provides free estimates, experienced design services, and custom installation in Richmond, Williamsburg, Norfolk, and the surrounding Virginia areas to all your residential fence needs.

Article contributed by Michael Fugere.

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