Know Your MaterialWhen choosing a fence, the first and easiest decision to make is the type of material that should be used. Not sure what time of fencing will keep the neighbor's kids out of your pool? Don't worry. We've got you covered.WoodWood Fencing is probably what comes to mind when someone mentions "The American Dream" with a white picket fence. But it comes in virtually unlimited styles and colors, and the price range varies just as much. When it comes to the type of wood, you'll usually be choosing from treated wood, red wood, and cedar.VinylVinyl Fencing is basically Wood Fencing's long-lasting cousin. It's a little tougher on the wallet, but that extra dough is going toward your fence looking new up to 5 times longer than wood. You're also getting more bang for your buck in the maintenance department. Unlike wood, Vinyl doesn't ever have to be painted or stained. Score.Chain LinkIf you live in a windy city, Chain Link Fencing is your best bet. It is often called cyclone or hurricane fencing because of its ability to stand some of the strongest winds. Chain Link Fencing is the most commonly used fence material in the US because it is inexpensive and so low maintenance to maintain.So, Chain Link sounds like the fencing for your home. you have just one more choice to make: light or heavy. Light Chain Link Fencing is great for temporary use because it's so economical. Be careful, light fencing is not the best for pets because it bends pretty easily. But, if you're looking for longevity or a way to keep your puppy from pulling a "Snoopy Come Home," heavy fencing is for you.Wrought IronWrought Iron is pretty much as classy as fencing gets. Naturally, this makes it more expensive. But, the added curb appeal never hurts. Wrought Iron Fencing isn't made of wrought iron anymore. It's actually Mild Steel, but that doesn't make it any less tough. Let's put it this way: If there were a heavyweight champ of fencing, Wrought Iron would be it.AluminumIf Wrought Iron is your style, but you don't want to shell out the cash, Aluminum Fencing is about to be your favorite thing. You get a cheaper alternative without sacrificing on strength. How strong are we talking? Aluminum Fencing is nearly as strong as steel because it doesn't rust. No rust means almost no maintenance. With Aluminum Fencing, you've got the look of Wrought Iron with the same strength, basically zero maintenance, and it can be attached to posts made of different materials. Yeah. It's that good.Get the Right LookNow that you're familiar with the types of fencing materials. It's time to get you acquainted with a few styles. Let's do this.PrivacyWe all know what they say; good fences make great neighbors. Privacy Fences were probably the style of fence they were talking about. They stand 4 feet to 6 feet tall and are designed to keep out (or in) almost anything. So, what makes Privacy Fences so private? they leave little to no gap between bars. This lack of space provides both noise reduction and wind protection.PicketHave small kiddies or pets that are always on the run? No problem. Standing at less than 4 feet tall, Picket Fencing is the solution you've been looking or. The gaps between pickets make for less privacy than a Privacy Fence. They're the subtle way of saying "Keep Off Grass."Post and RailPost and Rail Fences are the perfect way to give your home that traditional countryside look. This style of fencing adds rustic beauty without blocking views. Post and Rail Fences' large gaps between posts are ideal for containing large animals. Giddy up.Need More Help?If you need professional help with your project, LendingTree Home Pros can help.The good news is that LendingTree Home Pros maintains a directory of home service professionals and can match you with a home pro in your area. All the home pros listed in the LendingTree Home Pros directory are properly licensed and insured and are backed by a $10,000 money-back guarantee!Let LendingTree Home Pros help you find a pro today!