Choosing a Fence: Which One is Best?

Posted by EdmontonRealEstate .ca on Monday, November 11th, 2019 at 9:28am.

Choosing a Fence for Your Home? Here's What To KnowFencing is more than just functional - it can also be aesthetically attractive. Northeast Edmonton homeowners who would like to install a fence around their property should consider how the fence looks, how it is maintained, how long it will last, and what purpose it needs to serve. If you're thinking about installing a fence around your home, here's what you need to know.


Wood fencing is made up of pickets, which can be placed close together or spaced farther apart. Wood pickets with no space between them will create total privacy for the homeowner. Spaced farther apart, wood pickets keep out wandering pets but do not offer much privacy. Wood must be re-stained or painted periodically. Well-maintained wood is attractive.

Wood fencing is desirable to homeowners who care about functionality as well as beauty. Wood is not practical for everyone because it needs regular maintenance or it will rot.


Vinyl fencing can be made to look like wood, but it needs far less maintenance. Vinyl fencing can serve nearly all the functions of any wood fencing, including privacy and some perimeter home security. Vinyl is easy to clean and never needs to be stained or painted. Vinyl is not as strong as some other materials, and therefore is often more ornamental than functional.

Who Needs Vinyl Fencing?

Vinyl fencing is a good option for homeowners who want the look of wood without the constant maintenance.

Chain Link

Chain link fencing is not often the most attractive type of fencing, but it is functional. Chain link can provide some security and border protection. Pets cannot get through chain link, especially if the chain link is tall enough. Chain link is also practical for homeowners on a budget. Compared to many other fencing types, it is affordable.

Who Needs Chain Link Fencing?

Chain link fencing is best for homes with pets and children. Chain link fencing keeps little ones and pets in, and can keep unwanted people out.

Choose Fencing Wisely

The fencing you choose for your home will have an impact on its value and appearance. Always take curb appeal into account when installing fencing.

If you're selling your home soon, remember home buyers will evaluate your fencing (and other characteristics about your home) when they're trying to decide whether to make a purchase. Work with a real estate agent to ensure your fencing and the rest of your home will look its best when the house is listed for sale.

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