Choosing the best fence style to meet your personalized needs can be a real challenge, as there are lots of styles to select. You must first consider your exterior home design and architectural details, size of the area where you want the fence to be placed, material preference and other important details.

To give you a head start, review these 13 different types of fence styles for your yard.

1. Classic Split-Rail Fence

The classic split-rail fence is a rustic design that is fashioned from longer portions of carefully rough-hewn wooden beams fitted together and then guided through holes that have been bored through some sort of thicker post.

Split-rail fences were first used on farms and other properties where a safe enclosure is needed to keep livestock and other animals contained. This fence type is also used to keep out nearby wildlife and other unwanted trespassers.

This fencing style is well-suited for homes that have a casual or country style but can be used in other locations as well.

2. Aluminum Ornamental Fence

An ornamental fence crafted from lightweight aluminum is a fantastic choice that is typically less costly than other fences made of different materials. This metal is easily worked into attractive ornamental designs, and this material usually fares well outdoors keeping its durable strength through the years.

3. Charming Wooden Picket Fence

Most people know what a wooden picket fence looks like. This enchanting fence style is desired by many seeking to own their own home somewhere in the suburbs. Usually, this fence type is made from wood that can be painted different colors. However, there are some versions crafted from other materials like vinyl or other durable plastic.

This cute fence type is too short to be much of a privacy fence, but it can do a good job of keeping smaller pets safe or just as a border around your property that provides an attractive aesthetic that can instantly raise your home’s curbside appeal. Vinyl versions are easier to maintain than wooden painted ones.

4. Beautiful Natural Stone or Rock Fence

Centuries ago, small settlements and wealthy families used natural stone or rock to construct a property fence. This was done mostly to provide some security for the people living inside the fence. Today, natural limestone and other materials are stacked and locked together to create a lovely but natural fence that will require little maintenance over time.

Rock gardens and backyard patios can be made of these natural materials to lend some creative charm and section off your garden or other outdoor areas.

5. Vinyl Fence

Vinyl fences have surged in demand due to its long-lasting and practically maintenance free characteristics. This material is durable and can be fashioned to resemble other fence materials. Vinyl is considered sturdier than PVC, and the lightweight fence portions will be easier to carry when needed. This material can also be painted different colors for an added benefit.

6. Lattice Wooden Fence

Lattice wood fences are made from natural whitewood, fragrant cedar or pressure-treated pine. The open design work makes a splendid barrier, and cedar and some other authentic woods are naturally insect repellant in many cases. This fence material can be used as is, or the fencing material can be painted, stained or finished with a protective outer coating.

7. PVC Fence

Like vinyl, PVC fences are synthetic materials that may be crafted into various designs to resemble other types of fence materials. However, this type of fence material typically comes only in set design choices unless the fence portions are custom made which can increase price substantially. PVC works well in geographical locales that have tropical weather which can rot wooden fences and cause other materials to break down sooner than other material choices.

8. Vertical Wooden Board Fence

Many homeowners decide to install vertical wooden board fences that can be phenomenal privacy barriers since the boards or slats are placed very close together. However, this close fit often decreases natural light and cool breezes during hot and humid weather. Some individuals dislike the oppressive feeling that these typically taller fences cause, and this fence style is more prone to falling over during a strong windstorm.

9. Composite Wood Fences

Composite fences are made of sawdust, plastic and perhaps some wood chips. They are not technically a true wooden fence, but many people like the look and feel of this alternate fence material. Be prepared to pay more however, but composite fences do not tend to rot or breakdown the way that true wooden fences often do.

10. Intricate Wrought Iron Fence

Wrought iron fences are revered for their intricate scrolls and other decorative patterns typically worked into these attractive fences that have a vintage look and feel. The heavier wrought iron has been used for centuries to provide a safe enclosure to keep nefarious individuals outside.

These impressive fences are great for outdoor use, and the fence usually does not require much in the way of maintenance and cleaning. There are special finishes that may be applied for optimal wear and use. These fences are heavy and are best installed by a seasoned fencing contractor.

11. Chain-Link Fence

Chain-link fences are ideal for enclosing a pet or a young child within its boundaries. These popular and in-expensive fences are made from metal and/or vinyl and metal mesh-like materials. The open-weave design allows plenty of airflow and does not detract much from a viewing standpoint. Tall chain-link fences are good for larger dogs and kids or teens that play outdoor sports using balls that have tendency to land somewhere over the fence.

12. Estate or Post-Modern Fencing

The post-modern fence, also called estate fencing, is an upgrade on the earlier post and rail fences giving it a nice modern contemporary appearance. These fences may be crafted from metal, wood or vinyl.

13. Custom Fences Using Glass, Bamboo or Combined Materials

Custom fences can be crafted from a variety of combination materials including natural bamboo panels, glass, metal, wood and more. This is the way to go when attempting to match or blend your outdoor areas into a cohesive design. For example, glass or transparent plastic panels may be used in the center of metal railings which is often seen on outdoor multi-level deck platforms linked together with sets of steps.


The best way to discover which of these 13 varieties of fence styles would work for your property is to carefully review your choices. Then get in touch with a seasoned fencing contractor in your region.


Installing a fence can elevate the beauty of your property, enclose a garden, pool, balcony or patio and provide a safety barrier for your landscape. Fences are also great for keeping pets secured and keeping wild animals out.

Give Denco Fence Company a call by dialing (303) 223-6902 for further information. Request an estimate online.