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Types of Fences: Residential, Commercial, & Agricultural

Published by MW Fence Company on 5-3-2024

Are you considering installing a fence but unsure of which type to choose? Well, look no further! In this blog post, we will explore three common types of fences: residential, commercial, and agricultural. By the end, you'll have a clearer understanding of each and be able to make an informed decision that fits your needs.

Residential Fences:

Residential fences are primarily designed to provide security, privacy, boundary definitions, and pet containment for homeowners. They are typically installed around a property's perimeter and come in a wide range of materials and styles, allowing homeowners to choose one that complements their house's design and enhances its curb appeal. Some of the most popular materials used for residential fences include wood, vinyl, chain link, steel, or aluminum.

Wood Fences:

Wooden fences are classic and timeless. They are excellent for all applications above and are typically the most affordable after chain link. They are typically used for privacy and picket fences and can be painted or stained to match or complement your home's style. However, they require regular maintenance to ensure your investment lasts as long as possible. Staining, painting, and/or applying a sealant every 2 to 5 years is standard.

Vinyl Fences:

Vinyl fences, on the other hand, are low-maintenance and also durable. They are resistant to rot, termites, and strong winds. They also come in various colors and styles, giving homeowners plenty of options. They do require washing once in a while, especially in damp areas if green algae starts to grow on them. 

Aluminum and Steel Fences:

Aluminum and steel ornamental fences are a popular choice because they combine elegance with durability. They require minimal maintenance and are available in various designs, making them a perfect fit for homeowners who want to add some sophistication to their property.

Chain Link Fences:

Lastly, chain link fences are the most common for pet containment and security for children. The typical galvanized chain link fence is the most economical, but in recent years vinyl coated chain link has gained in popularity due to its aesthetic appeal. Black chain link fences are very popular due to their ornamental fence similarity.

Commercial Fences:

Commercial fences serve multiple purposes, from security and privacy to defining property boundaries and enhancing aesthetics. While similar to residential fences, commercial fences tend to be sturdier and taller to provide increased security. Some businesses may require anti-climbing features or electronic gates to regulate access.

Chain Link Fences:

Chain-link fences are also commonly seen in commercial spaces like storage and manufacturing facilities due to their affordability and durability. They are easy to install and provide excellent security without obstructing visibility. Additionally, they can be topped with barbed wire or razor wire for added security, and slats or screens for privacy and wind-breaking.

Ornamental Metal Fences:

Ornamental steel or wrought-iron fences are also popular options for commercial settings. They lend an air of sophistication and professionalism while providing a high level of security. They require minimal maintenance and can last for decades.

Agricultural Fences:

Agricultural fences are designed to contain livestock animals and protect crops from intruders. They need to be strong, durable, and able to withstand the elements. Some common types of agricultural fences include woven wire, electric, barbed wire, pipe, and split rail. MW Fence Co only offers split rail fences in wood or vinyl, and also offers a blend of wood rail with a wire backing.

Woven Wire Fences:

Woven wire fences are a versatile choice that comes in different heights and mesh sizes. They are commonly used to contain larger livestock such as horses or cattle. However, small mesh size options are available for smaller animals like goats or sheep.

Electric Fences:

Electric fences are effective at keeping animals within boundaries. These fences emit a mild electric shock when touched, teaching animals to stay away. Electric fences are advantageous in terms of cost, ease of construction, and flexibility.

Barbed Wire Fences:

Barbed wire fences have been used for over a hundred years. They consist of strands of wire with barbs at regular intervals, deterring animals from attempting to cross. Barbed wire fences require proper installation for effectiveness and should be used with caution due to their potential to injure animals or people.

Split Rail Fences:

Split rail fences have also been used throughout history, mainly for property boundary definition and containing livestock. They are made of round or square pressure-treated pine, or cedar which is split for a unique, old-time look. And in recent years the vinyl 2, 3, or 4 rail ranch fence has really taken off, especially for horse ranches. These fences can add curb appeal to acreage homes by defining their perimeters with elegance.

In conclusion, choosing the right type of fence depends on the purpose and location of the installation. Residential fences prioritize privacy and aesthetics, while commercial fences focus on security. Agricultural fences are specifically constructed to contain livestock and protect crops. Each type of fence offers different materials and styles to suit individual needs, ensuring you can find the perfect fence for your property. Contact MW Fence today to learn more about our fencing services!