There is an application for all types of fencing.

Your choice depends on your needs and budget. First, you will need to determine your objective. Do you need a fence for safety, privacy, security, pets, or livestock? Do you need to establish your borders or do you want to add to the beauty of your home? Next, you will establish a budget. Below is a list of fence types based on value and application. The comparisons are aluminum versus other options.


Lightweight, long-lasting, relatively maintenance-free, and an upscale look. By far the
best value and most practical for swimming pool barrier code. The downside of aluminum is a lack of privacy. This can usually be accomplished with landscaping. Aluminum is ideal in both commercial and residential applications.


Vinyl offers a lot of variety, but not as much as wood. Vinyl does offer the maintenance-free aspect of aluminum. At the end of the day, it is plastic and tends to become brittle in cold temperatures. It also expands and contracts a good bit with the heat and cold. Surprisingly, the price of vinyl is generally much greater than that of aluminum.


The options are endless in wood, with options for privacy, semi-privacy, picket, post, and wire, or post and rail. The price ranges in wood vary with the style. Historically, there has always been a wood option at the lowest price, but with 2020 Corona, things changed. Wood prices escalated, no longer allowing for a low- price wood option. In addition, you will have to constantly deal with rotting, warping, twisting, sagging, and maintenance. This is not the ideal choice for commercial applications as commercial is usually more permanent.

Chain Link

This is a great option in commercial applications where clients are not as concerned
about aesthetics. Chain link is durable with both galvanized steel and vinyl-coated steel options. Chain link lacks privacy, but plastic slats can be added to create privacy. The lowest price chain link fence is in line with aluminum prices.

Steel/Wrought Iron

A classic fence look. These fences are strong but costly. Steel and Wrought Iron require constant scraping and painting.


This is a great option for the permanent barriers. The down side is cost.


Same as brick, but more cost.