types of fences

A quick tour of St. Louis neighborhoods quickly confirms it: our community is full of character. From the historic charm of Lafayette Square, Carandolet, and Soulet, to the small-town vibe of Kimmswick, Maplewood, and Kirkwood, each of the city’s neighborhoods brings its own unique vibe, and with it, its own take on residential living.

That’s just one of the reasons why St. Louis fencing is so wide-ranging: the types of fences you see in St. Louis neighborhoods depend on the area’s architecture, culture, and history.

At Maintenance-Free Outdoor Solutions, we’ve been installing the best in St. Louis fencing since 1994. Every day, we talk with folks interested in learning more about our various vinyl, aluminum, ornamental steel, and simulated fencing products — including which types of fencing are best for their yard and neighborhood.

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Types of Fences for Your Yard

Of course, choosing the right fence for your home is a personal decision.

You have to consider functionality, cost, maintenance, durability, style, and so much more. It’s not a decision to be taken lightly.

But we’d love to help you make an informed decision with a look at four of our most popular St. Louis fencing products for your yard:

  • Vinyl Fencing
  • Aluminum Fencing
  • Ornamental Steel Fencing
  • Stimulated Stone & Wood Fencing

In this guide, we’re also going to cover a few additional considerations that should factor into your decision process.

It’s worth remembering that all the types of fences we cover here are virtually maintenance-free. No need to clean and repaint every year. No worrying about fading or staining. And ultimately, no wasting your valuable time on keeping your fence in fantastic condition.

Vinyl Fencing

Vinyl Fence Installation

For many St. Louis homeowners looking for the best in style and durability, vinyl fencing is a great option.

Many of our St. Louis customers are surprised to learn how customizable vinyl fences are — in fact, we offer vinyl fencing in six distinctive styles, available in a wide array of colors and finishes, along with stylish accessories.

In St. Louis’ suburban neighborhoods, vinyl is a cost-effective choice that withstands the heat and sun of summer and the winter elements with ColorLast® fade protection, steel-reinforced rails, and heavyweight pickets.

Vinyl fencing is a fantastic choice for those who want to avoid the time-consuming upkeep required with typical wood fencing.

Types of Vinyl Fencing

When it comes to vinyl fencing types, there are plenty of styles to choose from. Below are some of our favorites:

Many homes in St. Louis have swimming pools, and vinyl privacy fences are a popular choice that doesn’t require the constant upkeep of wooden privacy fences.

But a wide variety of other vinyl fence styles — including contemporary, traditional, classic, and post-and-rail — ensure there’s a vinyl fence type that truly complements your home.

For those living in suburban St. Louis or the surrounding rural communities, traditional, classic, and post-and-rail vinyl fencing are popular choices, offering a timeless look and unmatched durability.

Aluminum Fencing

Types of fences aluminum

 

For St. Louis homeowners seeking unparalleled strength and durability, aluminum fencing is a popular choice.

Our residential-grade aluminum fencing is manufactured to exceed industry standards. Reinforced horizontal rails add maximum strength for improved security and peace of mind. It’s no wonder they’re rated “Super Durable” by the fencing industry. It’s the perfect St. Louis fencing for those who want the best for strength and security.

Best of all, this fencing type is particularly resistant to corrosion, fading, or typical wear and tear you might see in other fencing types. And for you, that means fewer maintenance woes.

Types of Aluminum Fences

More secure doesn’t necessarily mean sacrificing style. Far superior to unsightly chain links, aluminum fences are available in six distinctive styles and seven attractive colors.
Browse through the residential aluminum fencing styles and colors we offer here at Maintenance-Free Outdoor Solutions.

Residential Grade Aluminum Fencing

Available in six distinctive styles and seven colors — Black, White, Quaker Bronze, Walnut Brown, Beige, Sandstone, and Hartford Green — residential aluminum fences are highly customizable, with an array of accessories to choose from.

Commercial Grade Aluminum Fencing

Designed for property-enhancing aesthetics and security, commercial fences also feature reinforced horizontal rails.

Industrial Grade Aluminum Fencing

Available in six standard colors and heights up to 10’, industrial-grade fencing is reinforced for maximum security and can be ordered with an enclosed bottom featuring no exposed screws. Matching gates are available in a single entry, double drive, and ZipTrack® cantilever.

Aluminum fencing is also surprisingly customizable. This fencing type is available with a number of stylish accessories like ball caps, tri and quad finials, circles, and butterfly scrolls.

If you think aluminum fencing is boring, you’ll be delightfully surprised at just how eye-catching this fencing type can be.

Ornamental Steel Fencing

 

Types of fences ornamental

 

For those looking for security and classic style, ornamental steel delivers the best in St. Louis fencing.

Often preferred by those with older, more stately homes, ornamental steel fences offer the timeless look and strength of traditional wrought iron, without any of the time-consuming, expensive maintenance. Our ornamental steel fences are manufactured with a maintenance-free E-Coat that provides maximum corrosion protection in our hot and humid environment.

In the gently rolling terrain found outside the city, ornamental steel is an attractive St. Louis fencing option because it is designed specifically to negotiate even the most challenging terrain.

Types of Ornamental Steel Fencing

MontageThis fencing type isn’t short on style choices either. Available in black and bronze, you can add a touch of class to your home with any of the five following styles.

We offer ornamental steel fencing in several models from Ameristar Fence Products.

Residential Grade (Montage)

Montage ornamental steel fences are popular with developers for their maintenance-free coating and durable steel construction. Many prefer a Montage ornamental steel fences over aluminum fencing for the additional strength that a welded steel fence has compared to aluminum fences.  These come in Classic, Majestic, Genesis, Warrior, and Crescent Styles.  Colors come in black and bronze.

Commercial Grade (Montage Plus)

Montage Plus steel fences are the preferred choice for residential and light commercial ornamental steel fence types. It’s replaced chain link fencing at a consistently growing rate and its popularity also exceeds wood fences and PVC privacy panels.

Industrial Grade (Montage II)

Montage II steel fences are merely used for industrial fences and high-security projects. Montage II is the preferred choice among fence specifiers.

Simulated Stone & Wood Fencing

Simulated Stone Fencing

 

Among all the St. Louis fencing options, none is more unique than simulated stone and wood fencing types. Simulated stone or wood fences mirror the look and feel of real granite and wood grain at a fraction of the cost. We often recommend simulated stone or wood fences for St. Louis homeowners looking for backyard privacy and unparalleled style.

Additionally, our simulated fences are perfect for those living in busy St. Louis suburbs, offering excellent sound-proofing capabilities. Made of polyethylene and reinforced with galvanized steel, our Certainteed (formerly Simtek) simulated fences are the perfect St. Louis fencing option for our sunny and unpredictable climate: these simulated stone fences are designed to withstand wind gusts up to 130 mph, and UV12 inhibitors minimize fading.

And like the other types of fences we offer here at Maintenance-Free Outdoor Solutions, the materials these fences are made of are virtually maintenance-free, taking all the hassle out of fence ownership.

Types of Simulated Stone & Wood Fences

Types of fences AlleghenyWe offer Certainteed’s Allegheny Stone Fencing and Certainteed’s Sherwood Woodgrain Fencing.

Allegheny Stone Fencing

This style is available in a variety of colors:

  • Black Oak
  • Gold Cedar
  • Nantucket Gray
  • Red Cedar
  • Walnut Brown
Sherwood Woodgrain Fencing

Types of fences sherwoodThere are plenty of colors to choose from with this option too:

  • Black Oak
  • Gold Cedar
  • Nantucket Gray
  • Red Cedar
  • Walnut Brown

A Few Popular Fence Needs to Consider

When deciding on the right fence type for you, style and durability should both play heavily into your decision-making.

But they shouldn’t be the only considerations playing a role here.

Below are just a few equally important factors to consider when making your final decision on your perfect fence type.

Privacy

One of the core benefits of owning a fence is the fact that it can provide some much-needed privacy. For some people, the backyard should feel like a sanctuary, not a public stage.

If this sounds like you, a privacy fence is exactly what you need.

A privacy fence provides seclusion from the eyes of passersby without having to sacrifice looks or style.

Plus, there are plenty of different types of privacy fences to choose from, including:

Pool

Nothing beats a warm summer day next to your own backyard pool.

But as any parent knows, pools can be dangerous for unattended children. The best way to prevent accidents, keep your family safe, and protect your neighbors is by adding a pool fence.

Some communities require pools to be surrounded by fences of a certain height and style. And if your fence isn’t up to code, it could mean hefty fines and putting others in danger.

There are a few types of pool fences our clients love the most, including:

Pet

Pet owners in particular need to be sure their backyard is set up to keep their furry friends safe and secure. After all, even the most well-trained pup can’t resist chasing down a sprinting squirrel.

That being said, confining your pet’s eyes and nose to your yard is depriving them of the sights and smells of the outside world. And that can lead to problems like digging, barking, and a generally unhappy pup.

Thankfully, there are plenty of types of fences out there to keep your pets happy and safe from harm. Some of our favorites are:

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are a few frequently asked questions about the different types of fences for yards.

What Are the Different Styles of Fences?

There are lots of different fence styles available. The most popular types are:

  • Wood
  • Chain link
  • Wrought iron
  • Vinyl
  • Aluminum
  • Ornamental steel
  • Simulated stone or wood

The last four options are by far the easiest to maintain. And as a result, many homeowners find themselves choosing these options over the first three.

What Type of Fence is Cheapest?

According to HomeAdvisor, pricing depends on the fence material.

Fence Material / Average Price Range Per Linear Foot

  • Wood / $17 – $45
  • Vinyl / $10 – $40
  • Chain-Link / $15 – $30
  • Aluminum / $17 – $90
  • Wrought Iron / $30 – $55+
  • Composite / $11 – $45

However, it’s important to remember that vinyl and aluminum/steel will generally have much lower maintenance costs, saving owners money over time.

 

[ Check out this Vinyl vs. Wood Privacy Fence Guide ]

What Style of Fence is Best?

This depends on the owner. Some homeowners prefer the look and feel of wood and don’t mind all the extra cleaning, repainting, and general maintenance. Others are willing to go the extra mile for the timeless look of wrought iron.

In general, though, many homeowners are turning to maintenance-free types of fences like vinyl, aluminum, and steel. These fencing types now come in a variety of colors and styles that often match the customizability of wood. Plus, they tend to last much longer than traditional fence types (though not as long as a properly maintained wrought iron fence in most cases).

What is the Most Durable Fence?

Generally, metal fences can withstand the most pressure out of all fencing types. Aluminum and steel can definitely hold their own against dents and breaks. But wrought iron is usually considered the strongest of the three. It does need to be maintained over the years to keep it in tip-top shape, however.

In terms of elemental durability (sun, water, etc.), vinyl is also without a doubt a top contender. Thanks to titanium dioxide coatings, quality vinyl fences can stand up to the continuous bombardment of UV rays and inclement weather.

 

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