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How To Choose The Best Fence Material For Your Home?

Updated: Jun 7, 2023

One of the most challenging parts of installing a fence for homeowners is choosing the suitable material and design to meet your needs and match your landscaping. Hopefully, the last chapter allowed you to put some thought into what benefits you hope to accomplish with your fence. In this chapter, we will look at the material options our fence company in Katy provides.


  • Wood

  • Aluminum

  • Vinyl

  • Composite (Trex)

Take some time to look at your neighbor’s yard to get an idea; often, you will be sharing a fence with them. Another source is looking online, and a simple Google or Pinterest search can provide great fencing options. You may see a fence that you feel you cannot do without. Do not forget to take a few other considerations when selecting the material besides just the aesthetic value. Also, please do not leave out the HOA guidelines, I will tell you that over and over to drive this point into the ground like I do a fence post.

Factors to Consider

Purpose of a fence- privacy, security, or pool enclosure?

What is your style – natural or elegant?

What are the onset and long-term costs?

Consider Maintenance- wood fences are the costliest to upkeep.

What material has the most resell value?

What is the height of your fence?

When it comes to the purpose of your fence, consider your kids and animals; if your seeking security, a wooden split rail will not suffice, and if you want privacy, steer clear of chain link if your purpose is to define and draw clear boundaries lines then you could choose between wood, composite (Trex) or vinyl. Knowing your goal will guide you in the material and height you want to select.

Consider Your Style

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Consider Cost/ Maintenance

If you want a fence that can be installed and forgotten about, you might want to avoid wooden fences, which will need to be stained and sealed every three to five years. A great alternative to a wood fence is Trex, and this material mimics lumber but without the upkeep and has a 25-year warranty against fading or warping. If you are looking to secure your perimeter and pets and Fido happens to be a large active dog or boisterous kid, then you may want to choose an aluminum or iron fence.

Your Homes Resale Value

Wooden fences have the potential to net a homeowner 50% of the cost of materials and installation should you decide to sell your home. This is mainly due to the look of the fence, as solid fences are considered more aesthetically pleasing than other options. There are many different styles of wood fences available from board on-board to picket, so you are sure to find one that will accommodate your needs and budget. They are a popular choice for both privacy and decoration.

Wood fences are popular in Katy because they provide residents with a natural look that complements their hardscaping. They are also easy and relatively inexpensive to repair, making them a good investment for your home. For them to hold their value, they must be maintained, but with routine upkeep, a wooden fence can last 15 to 20 years.

Another thing you will want to consider is the height of the fence. If you are going to have a shorter fence, then an iron fence that has spheres and is harder to scale may be the best option, or a chain link if you are looking to secure commercial property. If you are within a community, then you want to be sure to check their height requirements. Most homeowner associations wish for your fence to be six feet tall. If you are able to have a taller fence, this will provide more privacy, but it may also block the view of the home from the street. Fences that are too tall or too short can decrease property value, so choosing the right height for your fence is essential.

Choose The Right Katy Fence Company

When it comes to fencing, everyone’s priority is different. Some homeowners are searching for a permanent pool fence while others are looking for the privacy of a high wall. Although the fence's primary purpose is to provide a protective barrier around your home to keep pets and kids on while keeping out unwanted guests, a quality fence can add value to your home when it’s built by a quality fence company. If you’re not sure what type of fence will work best for your home, talk to a real estate agent or give Emerson Home Exterior Enhancements a call. Emerson fence company serves Katy, Houston, Missouri City, Sugar Land, and surrounding areas.

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