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Comparing Different Types of Residential Privacy Fences

If you’re looking to add some privacy to your home and yard, a new fence installation is the way to go. There are many options for residential privacy fences, but the different types can vary dramatically when it comes to price, quality, and overall value. Before you invest your hard-earned money, consider the pros and cons of the various residential fences and gates. 

Chain Link 

Chain link has risen in recent years to become a preferred choice for privacy fencing, and for good reason. A privacy chain link fence offers all of the benefits of a quality residential privacy fence with few of the drawbacks. 

Pros: When we’re talking about chain link vs vinyl, chain link wins for durability, longevity, and ease of maintenance. It’s also more cost-effective than wood and not subject to rot. Chain link fencing can last a lifetime, it’s easy to repair, and the screen provides 95% privacy. It’s the superior choice for most homeowners. 

Cons: The main drawback for some buyers is the lack of symmetry. The privacy screen results in one side of the fence looking smooth while the other side has exposed rails and posts. This isn’t an issue for most buyers, but it’s something to be cognizant of. 

PVC Vinyl

PVC is one of the most popular materials for residential privacy fences. The terms “PVC” and “vinyl” are used interchangeably in the fencing industry, both referring to the same type of plastic composite material.  

Pros: Vinyl is easy to clean, usually requiring just a wet rag. It’s also available in a few different colors and designs, so you have a bit more control over the look of your fencing. 

Cons: Vinyl is one of the most expensive fencing materials available not to mention the lack of durability from objects or things hitting it.  Common issues we see are young kids or animals damaging the fence and due to its all plastic natural it just can’t handle much abuse, unlike that of chain link or privacy chain link.


Wood is the classic fencing material, ideal for anyone looking to achieve that traditional American home look. As newer materials become popular, though, wood doesn’t enjoy the same market dominance that it once did. 

Pros: Wood privacy fencing cast last a long time, and it’s easy to replace individual boards as sections of the fence experience wear. Unlike PVC and many other residential privacy fence types, wood can be painted over, so it’s great for home remodels.

Cons: Wood is a porous material, so it’s particularly vulnerable to moisture and the elements. A good stain and finish can slow the effects of time, but no fence is impenetrable. Perhaps the biggest drawback, though, is the amount of maintenance involved. Fencing needs to be sanded, primed, and repainted regularly. 

Choose Your New Residential Privacy Fence

In business since 1985, All American Fence Erectors is the High Desert’s trusted leader for residential fences and gates. We can help you to achieve the fence of your dreams, all in compliance with your local fence code, and we’ll do it using the most state-of-the-art tools and techniques. Contact us today, and receive your free estimate.