The style of fence you choose needs to coordinate with the style of your home and landscaping to create a cohesive and inviting look. Some of the most common styles of fence panels & border fencing include:
Decorative fences are primarily used to enhance the style of your home rather than demarcate boundaries or provide security. They come in a wide variety of styles to suit modern, contemporary, and traditional homes, including laser-cut composite panels that can be attached to existing fence structures, sculptural fences for use around patio areas, or topiary walls to screen off your yard.
Picket fences evoke a feeling of nostalgia, making them an excellent choice for classic American, country, cottage, or farmhouse style homes. They are characterized by evenly spaced vertical posts, or pickets, which are attached to horizontal rails. Fence pickets and post caps can come in ornate patterns for traditional homes or clean minimal lines that are perfect for modern and contemporary homes.
Post-and-rail fences were historically used for agricultural purposes but can now add stylish rustic charm to your front yard. They use fewer materials that other styles of fence as they consist only of 2-3 horizontal rails attached to widely spaced posts, which makes them an affordable option for a front yard or border. However, due to the open structure, they are unsuitable as a privacy or security fence.
Hurdle fences have a similar structure to a post-and-rail fence, but they have a more natural organic look. Often, the horizontal posts are made from narrow, flexible materials such as hazel or willow and woven to form a panel. This makes them a stunning privacy screen or perfect for use as a natural garden border.
Lattice fences are designed with a diagonally woven diamond pattern and come in open and closed varieties. Lattice is typically used for decorative fencing or as a fence topper. However, they do make excellent garden borders and fences for patio areas.
Lattice is available in wood, composite, and vinyl, allowing you to choose from a wide range of finishes to suit your yard.
Trellis style fences are perfect for creating a living fence, garden divider, or border in your yard. The open lattice structure allows plants to quickly and easily climb and form around the panels to create a thick hedge or screen perfect for use as a privacy screen.
Trellises are made from metal, wood, or vinyl and can be attached to already existing fence structures or secured with a cement base. However, many styles of trellis have low-impact resistance, which means they can be easily damaged in inclement weather.
Typically made from galvanized steel, chain link fences are woven into a tight net structure that is suitable for security fences and pet enclosures. The fence is secured using steel posts that are deeply sunk into the ground and panels made up of a steel frame covered in the chain-link material.
Chain link fences offer better visibility than other fence styles due to the open weave structure, but this makes them unsuitable as a privacy fence. You can cover the chain link with a fabric screen for more privacy. They also have a more casual appearance than other styles of fence panels and may not add to the value or curb appeal of your home.