Choosing a New Fence: 8 Types of Fencing Compared

You’ve heard the old adage: “Good fences make good neighbors.” But what if your Colorado home doesn’t already have a fence? If you’re a Colorado homeowner in need of a new fence, where do you begin to gather information? We’d like to help you think through the process a bit. And we don’t want you to have to settle for a “good” fence when you can have a great fence that will look fantastic and last for years.


What Types of Fencing Are There?

The first thing you’ll want to consider is what fence type is best suited for your needs. What do you want your new fence to do?

Your objective for installing or replacing your fence sets the direction for which material to choose. It is typical that a homeowner is looking for affordability, maintenance free, or durable fencing primarily. Let's dig into the best types of materials to accomplish those different objectives.

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Inexpensive Fence Options

If you need a fence but are tight on cash, you can investigate total project cost using our fencing cost guide and evaluating the following materials:

  • Chain Link Fencing
  • Split Rail Fencing
  • Cedar Fencing


Low Maintenance Fence Options

If your top priority is a long lasting, low-to-no maintenance fence then the following materials are going to be your options because you can easily clean them with soap and warm water as needed.

  • Vinyl Fencing
  • Composite Trex Fencing


Sturdy Fence Options

More so than cost or maintenance, you may be looking for a fence material that will last for decades to come. In that case, we recommend you use:

  • Ornamental Iron Fencing
  • Masonry/Concrete Fencing


Types of Residential Fencing

Different types of fencing offer different benefits. Let’s dig into each of the fencing options above and evaluate why one over another may be the best option for your project specifically.

  • Cedar Fencing:

    Cedar Fencing - Durable Wood FencingA cedar fence is an excellent choice for your backyard, home or garden. The natural oils in cedar make the wood naturally resistant to decay and insect attacks—making it very durable without the use of chemical treatments. Cedar is very stable and will stay straight and warp very little through its lifetime. Horizontal cedar fencing is in style right now as it is sturdier and looks more appealing than vertical cedar fencing.
  • Trex Fencing:

    Trex Fencing - Uniquely designed with interlocking picketsTrex composite fencing offers all the natural beauty of wood without rotting or splintering. This hassle free wood fence alternative never needs staining. It’s actually the most environmentally friendly of all our fencing options and is a very family friendly fencing type too.
    Trex fencing is made from a combination of recycled/reclaimed plastic and reclaimed wood, materials that would otherwise go unused in landfills. Now that's something to stand behind.
  • Vinyl Fencing:

    Vinyl Fencing - Four times more flexible than woodIf you are looking for a low maintenance fence, vinyl fences require NO maintenance and will not rot, warp or splinter. Many of our customers prefer vinyl fencing to traditional wood fencing as vinyl fences last longer and are available in a vast selection of styles and colors.

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  • Split Rail Fencing:

    Split Rail Fencing - Were made of easy to splitA split rail fence, aka a post and rail fence, is produced from rough sawn cedar and is split lengthwise into rails and typically used for agricultural fencing or decorative fencing. These horizontal rail fences are simple in construction and are ideal for hard or rocky ground. They also can be built without using any nails or other hardware. Because of Colorado Springs' hard and rocky ground, split rail fencing is an ideal fencing style.
  • Ornamental Iron Fencing:

    Ornamental Fencing - Elegance to residential, commercial and industrialOrnamental, wrought iron fences, and modern steel fences are elegant ways to fence in property lines, driveways, decks, patios, and swimming pools without restricting your view of the outside. They also allow you to show off your beautiful landscape and your well-manicured lawn. Ornamental fencing is more than just nice to look at - it is extremely sturdy against Colorado's high winds and randomly destructive weather patterns.

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  • Chain Link Fencing

    Chain Link Fencing - Rigid and durableIf you need pet fencing to keep your dog or other animals in, a chain link fence may be your best option. Whether you enclose your whole yard or simply set up a dog run, a chain link fence is a great—and cost-effective—solution for a dog proof fence.




Check With Your HOA First

Before you get too far into the process of choosing a fence, you’ll want to check with your Home Owners Association (HOA) to make sure what you’re choosing fits the HOA requirements. Whatever your HOA requires, we have a great solution that will satisfy those requirements—and provide you with a fence you’ll love.

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Each kind of fence we install has its own characteristics and benefits. Frankly, all the choices can leave your head spinning! Don’t worry! We’ve got help for you. You can download our free Which Fence is Right for Me? eBook. It will walk you through the benefits and characteristics of each of the fence types mentioned above. With the information you glean from this helpful guide you’ll be able to choose the type of fence that best meets your needs—both functionally and aesthetically.

Of course, you'll want to have an idea of what your new fence will cost as well. At Split Rail Fence we have residential and commercial estimators ON SITE to help you figure out your costs. We gladly provide complimentary estimates and our retail desk can help you calculate your fencing requirements and costs. Please talk to us about your specific fencing needs!

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