This traditional style is classic, and there are endless design options.
Pros: Wrought-iron fencing is extremely durable and won’t dent or scratch easily. Very old wrought iron can be restored with hand scraping, wire brushing or sandblasting. Due to the nature of the material, there are almost endless style options, including custom designs.
Cons: Iron is heavy and will rust and flake after many years if not well maintained.
Maintenance: Moderate. Periodical applications of liquid wax or clear linseed oil are needed, and you should rinse it occasionally with soapy water. Rust can be combated using a commercial-grade rust remover and steel wool. Exterior paint should be applied every five years.
Availability: Legacy Fence in Conway, Conway Fence in Conway, Bill’s Fencing in Cabot, Bentonville Ornamental Iron Shop in Bentonville, Thomas Fence Company in Rogers, Arkansas Fence Company in Fayetteville, Emerson Fence Company in Magnolia and Fence Brokers in Bryant and Lowell.
A well-maintained wood fence is timeless and can last for years.
Pros: Wood is available in a variety of species, allowing for a wide variety of looks and endless stain options to complement the home. The most environmentally responsible option is wood certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.
Cons: If wood is not sealed properly, it can rot and turn gray. Wood can also be damaged from lawn mowers or other heavy impacts.
Maintenance: Moderate to high. For best results, apply a water-repellent sealer containing a wood preservative every year. Painted or stained wood must be scraped and repainted or restained every few years.
Availability: Conway Fence, Hardman’s in Helena, Thomas Fence Company in Rogers, Arkansas Fence Company, Modern Fence Company in Fort Smith, Emerson Fence Company, Arkansas Fence Company and Bill’s Fencing.
Growing in popularity inside the home, bamboo is also a great choice outside, thanks to its natural water-resistant coating. It’s also an eco-friendly due to its easily renewable status.
Pros: Bamboo stalks grow rapidly, providing an easily replenishable resource. Its naturally waxy, water-repellent coating will last a few years before a sealer needs to be applied.
Cons: Bamboo does split over time, and more inexpensive versions may break if hit by a lawn mower or other hard instrument. Like wood, bamboo does discolor, and it can’t be painted.
Maintenance: Low to medium. A sealer is needed once the natural surface weathers.
Availability: Fence Brokers.
Aluminum is virtually maintenance-free, and available in a range of post sizes and ornamental features.
Pros: Aluminum fencing is extremely durable and lightweight. It’s recyclable and often available in recycled form. It should last for decades with no need for paint or a sealant.
Cons: Aluminum is not as sturdy as other fencing options and can dent and scratch.
Maintenance: Very low. Rinse occasionally with water.
Availability: Legacy Fence, Arkansas Fence Company, Emerson Fence Company, Modern Fence and Supply Company in Springdale, Conway Fence and Fence Brokers.
Offering extremely low maintenance, vinyl fencing is available in a variety of styles.
Pros: Vinyl fencing is relatively maintenance-free and is available in forms similar to both wood panel and rail fencing. It isn’t subject to rot, fading or other weathering effects, and won’t split, crack or splinter. This makes it a great option for families.
Cons: Extreme weather temperatures can cause vinyl to expand, making it more vulnerable to damage.
Maintenance: Very low. It doesn’t require painting or staining and no regular maintenance.
Availability: Legacy Fence, Arkansas Fence Company, Modern Fence Company in Fort Smith, Thomas Fence Company, Emerson Fence Company, Conway Fence, Bill’s Fencing and Fence Brokers.