4 Considerations When Choosing a Fence Style For Your Home

If you’ve decided that you need a fence for your home, the next step is choosing a fence style that works for you, which can be tricky. Is the fence for your property boundary, a pool, or a balcony balustrade? How many access gates will you need? What style best fits your home design, and how much will all of this cost?

Each home is unique, and your ideal fence will be unique too. There is a lot to think about when choosing a fence, and in this article, we’ll cover some key considerations when choosing a fence style for your home.

1. Purpose

Knowing what you want from a fence is the most important factor to consider—you might be installing a fence to keep your dog inside your property, or to block street noise. You might want a little extra security and privacy, or perhaps a new boundary for your pool. 

While white picket fences may be the picture-perfect fence, they are not always practical, offer little privacy, no noise blocking and can be easily thwarted by a smart pet. A wooden panelled fence, or aluminium fence, may be a better idea for privacy, as well as keeping your furry friend inside your property. 

High wire mesh or metal/wrought iron fences are the best fences for security1. Glass fences are popular for pools, as are wrought iron and aluminium, because they handle constant water from splashing better than wood2. Glass needs to be cleaned regularly though, and all of these factors are necessary to consider when choosing a fence style.

2. Climate

Where you live can make a difference when choosing a fence style. For warmer, damper climates, vinyl may be your best choice, as wood is susceptible to water damage. If you live in an area where temperatures drop in winter, bamboo, wood or metal fences are the better choice3. Keeping climate in mind is extremely important when deciding on a fence material. 

3. Longevity and maintenance

When choosing a fence style, the balance between longevity and design is also important. You may prefer the look and versatility of a wooden fence, but be aware that more maintenance is required for wooden fences than others – repainting, revarnishing, water-proofing and replacing slats damaged from warping, fungus or rot can create a lot of extra work4. Aluminium fencing is a smart compromise. A wide range of colours and styles are available to suit your home design, and aluminium is a low-maintenance, long-lasting material. 

4. Cost

Cost may be the deciding factor when choosing a fence style. Keep in mind the initial costs can increase due to long-term maintenance. Aluminium and wood fences are relatively cheaper than other materials – while aluminium is more expensive than wood, it also lasts longer, and may save you money in the long run5. Glass, wrought iron and steel fences are more expensive, and can be higher maintenance.

If your main concern is cost, but you also want style, a great compromise can be a mixed materials fence – wooden railing and posts with chain link or wire making up the bulk of the panel area looks expensive, but can be done on a budget. Getting creative, and doing your research before you decide, is an easy way to keep costs down, but keep your style preferences front and centre. 

While you may have other factors when considering a fence design (such as children, or regulations regarding fencing in your area), four main aspects to keep in mind are the purpose, your climate, the longevity and the cost. Working out your specific needs for these considerations is the best way to find a fence that works for you, your home and your lifestyle.


  1. 2017, The Best Fences For Security, Taylor Fencing.
  2. 2019, Four Exquisite Pool Fence Designs, Dean-Wilson Iron.
  3. Sheryl Geerts, 2020, 13 Things To Know Before You Build A Fence, Better Homes and Gardens.
  4. Maureen Gilmer, 2020, Wood Fencing, Landscaping Network.
  5. 2020, Pros and Cons of Aluminium Fencing, MMC Fencing and Railing.

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