Fences are an essential part of maintaining your front or backyard space. Fences help minimize risks to your children or pets while also maintaining privacy from neighbors. Several different options may be right for your home. Below, we will discuss some of the more common options for Staten Island. Be sure to visit our member directory to see what local contractors we recommend for fence installation.

Wood Fences

Wood fences are popular and quite versatile. Some styles highlight the natural look of the wood, while treated and painted wood is an instant classic. Wooden fences often have a lower upfront cost than other materials. Additionally, some wooden fences will also include metal posts or rails for additional reinforcement.

Cedar Fencing

Cedar is a popular wood for fencing material. It naturally resists moisture, rot, and bugs. It responds well to stains and seals. However, if not properly cared for, it can gray over time.</p>

Redwood Fences

Redwood also resists bugs and rot, but is more prone to moisture. This wood retains more stains and finishes than cedar does.

Pine Fencing

Pinewood is more popular than the above woods in the New York area. Overall, it stands up best to the moisture and climate of our area. However, it must be well treated to keep rot and termites at bay.

Metal Fences

Metal fencing generally last the longest. While metal costs more upfront, they rarely need replacing with proper care. They are most often wrought iron or aluminum, but chain-link fences are usually made of steel.

Wrought Iron Fences

Tough and sturdy, wrought iron is a heavy and strong material for a fence. Wrought iron requires little maintenance, and is often shaped in intricate designs and patterns. Wrought iron could be painted, but most people opt for its signature black color.

Aluminum Fences

Aluminum fencing is made with heavy-gauge aluminum and is usually coated with acrylic. This allows them to be available in a variety of colors. This material is lightweight but lacks much of the strength found in wrought iron fencing.

Chain-Link Fence

The classic chain-link fence is one of the most budget-friendly options for yards. It is especially good at keeping pets in the yard. Chain-link is also very quick to install. Customization includes different coating colors, and fence slats for added privacy and wind reduction.

Other Materials

Other materials used for fences generally include vinyl or a composite of resin and plastic. Vinyl is cheap and low maintenance. Composite fences are generally heavier and sturdier. Both materials require less care than metal or wood and come in a wide array of colors and styles.

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