6 Types of Perimeter Fencing

Whether you have acreage, or a small backyard, a perimeter fence will enclose your entire property and keep it secure and private. Perimeter fences are typically used to either keep things in (like pets) or keep things out (like intruders or wild animals). The great thing about perimeter fencing is there is a style that will suit every home.

What is a Perimeter Fence?

A perimeter fence is a barrier for a property that enhances privacy, prevents unauthorized access, and defines property lines. Whether it’s a simple residential wood fence or a high-security steel fence, perimeter fences help prevent theft and property damage.

Types of Perimeter Fence Materials

Perimeter fences can be constructed from a variety of materials, each with its own set of advantages and disadvantages:

  • Wood: Offers a natural look and is relatively affordable. However, regular maintenance is required to prevent rot and insect damage.
  • Chain Link: Cost-effective and easy to install, but less aesthetically pleasing and offers minimal privacy.
  • Vinyl: Low maintenance and weather resistant, but can be more expensive than wood.
  • Metal (Aluminum, Steel, Wrought Iron): Highly durable and secure, often used for decorative purposes, though typically more expensive than wood.

The Best Perimeter Fences

Below we will dive into six of our favorite perimeter fencing types and styles and explain both the pros and cons of each.

Ornamental Steel Fence

Majestic 2 Rail Black Metal Fence

Majestic 2 Rail Black Metal Fence

You may commonly see ornamental steel fences in upscale neighborhoods, but they’re also a great option for large expanses of space that need even and secure coverage. The largest perk of ornamental steel fences is they’re see-through so you can enjoy the views outside your property. Although you may have a great view, the downside of the gaps between the bars is that they’re not as secure. Smaller animals can easily slip in and out and depending on your needs, this could become a problem.

If you are in love with the look of ornamental steel fences however, you can add black wire mesh to the bottom half to help prevent unwanted visitors. The black wire mesh blends in nicely with the fence and does not detract from the over-all aesthetics. Just make sure you keep an eye on the wire as it won’t be permanently installed.

Cedar Privacy Fence

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The most secure and private of the fencing options featured in this post is the cedar privacy fence. With privacy fences, you have your desired height, and little to no gaps in between the planks for prying eyes to see through. Although you will have great privacy, you won’t be able to see anything beyond your perimeter. While in some instances this may be a positive, when you’re surrounded by greenery or wildlife this is usually seen as a negative.

One of the other cons of cedar privacy fences is they don’t allow any light to shine through, so your backyard may be a little dark. Additionally, installing cedar privacy fences around the perimeter of a large property may become a little pricey because of its labor intensive installation process.

Chain Link Perimeter Fence

A chain link fence, also known as a wire mesh fence or cyclone fence, is a type of perimeter fence made from galvanized or vinyl-coated steel wire. The wires are 2.5-3mm in diameter and are vertically bent into a zig-zag pattern along the fence. This forms diamond pattern openings measuring 50mm x 50mm. For added protection, consider adding barbed or razor wire to the top of the fence.

Perimeter Fence with Gate

Standard arched walk gate

A perimeter fence with a gate combines a boundary enclosure with a controlled access point. The gate allows for controlled entrance and exit to the enclosed area. A manual or automated gate can be designed to match the style of the perimeter fence. Perimeter fences with gates are commonly used for residential properties, commercial buildings, industrial facilities, and high-security areas.

Vinyl Perimeter Fence

A vinyl fence is a perimeter fence constructed from polyvinyl chloride (PVC). It is an ideal choice for homeowners because of its durability, low maintenance, and resistance to weathering, cracking, and fading. Choose from various vinyl fence styles, such as privacy, picket, and decorative fences. These fences offer different colors and wood grain finishes to match various preferences and home aesthetics.

Rail Fences

The most versatile of the fencing types mentioned, rail fences can be customized to fit any budget and any style. Common varieties of rail fences include: cedar split rail fences, vinyl rail fences and horse rail fences. Each of these fencing types can be further customized with the addition of wire to increase security and prevent even the smallest creatures from getting in (or out) of your property.

Factors to Consider When Choosing a Perimeter Fence

Most likely you will select the type of rail fencing based on your personal taste. For example, if you like a more rustic look, cedar split rail fences might do the trick, whereas vinyl rail fences provide a cleaner, more contemporary look. Unless you add wire, each type of rail fence will provide the same security, and the longevity and durability of each fencing option are comparable. Just select your favorite look and we’ll start building it!

When selecting a perimeter fence, consider the following factors:

  • Cost: Budget will influence material choice and fence design.
  • Security Needs: The level of security required will determine the height, material, and additional features, such as barbed wire or electric fencing.
  • Aesthetics: The fence should complement the overall look of the property.
  • Maintenance: Different materials require varying levels of upkeep.
  • Local Regulations: Zoning laws and homeowner association rules may dictate the type of fence, its height, and where it’s located on the property.

Perimeter Fence Design

When designing a perimeter fence, consider the following:

  • Height: Taller fences provide better security but may require additional permits.
  • Visibility: Solid wood fences offer more privacy, while chain link fences allow for better visibility.
  • Gates and Access Points: Add gates as entry points that allow for controlled access.
  • Plan for Maintenance: Make sure to choose a fence design that allows for easy upkeep and repairs.

Perimeter fences add security and privacy for residential and commercial properties. Investing in a well-designed perimeter fence can ensure the safety and security of people, property, and assets. Have you recently installed a perimeter fence, or are you considering one for your property? Share your experiences and thoughts in the comments below! Contact our fence contractors today for more information or to discuss your perimeter fencing needs. Let’s work together to secure your property effectively.

Richard Novigrod Sierra Fence

Richard Novigrod | Owner at Sierra Fence, Inc.

Richard is a successful sales professional with over 30 years of experience in the Fencing Industry. In 2012 he started Sierra Fence, a company specializing in fence contracting for industrial, commercial, and residential purposes. He is passionate about the fencing industry and enjoys helping readers understand the importance of quality fencing and how they can enhance a property’s security and value.