Matching Fence Material to Your Home

It can be tempting to dive in once you’ve decided that you want a fence for your yard, but it’s best to wait and properly plan out the project to make sure that your new fence matches your home. One of the most important decisions you’ll make in this process will be deciding on what material to use, and you’ll quickly learn that some fence materials work best for different houses.


Wood is typically the first material that homeowners think of when considering how to build a new fence and for good reason. Wood is not only an aesthetic classic, but strong woods can provide a durable fence that will last you for years to come. While wood is most often seen with classic homes in the picket fence style, you can also use it to create:

  • Posts: These are often thicker and sturdier than pickets. They also have a rustic feel, so are most common in the country.
  • Gates: Wooden gates compliment colonial houses especially well when paired with a wood stain to match the home.
  • Panels: Panel fences work best for when you want to show off your yard. Typically viewed as conservative, these fences work best with classically-styled homes.

On the whole, while wood is most conventionally used for older homes, it can be updated with new design styles and stain colors to achieve a more contemporary look and match your home. It’s worth bearing in mind that, even with proper stains, wood will only last a few years before it needs to be repaired or replaced.


Vinyl can be aesthetically similar to wood from a distance, but it comes with a sleeker, smoother finish that is more well-suited to modern homes. Vinyl is also an excellent option for those in especially warm or humid areas since it won’t warp or crack from heat or moisture. For this reason, it’s especially popular in Tennessee suburbs where the homes are newer and homeowners don’t want to replace their fences in the foreseeable future.

The downside to vinyl fencing is that it looks out of place with older homes due to its glossy exterior, and this remains true even with a thick coat of paint. This means that vinyl is an excellent budget option for contemporary homes, but shouldn’t be mixed with colonial or Victorian style houses.


There are two primary advantages to a metal fence. One, metal is the most durable option and will last through several winters before you need to worry about repairs. Two, metal can be dressed up or down to suit nearly any style. While a metal fence probably isn’t appropriate for your log cabin, it can make a simple statement in a small ranch home as easily as it can be embellished to compliment a Victorian estate. Ultimately, it will all come down to the design of your metal and the paint that you coat it with.

To find a metal fence that will last the longest, look for metal with high amounts of cast iron and steel. Cast iron will have more impurities and is ideal for a more rustic look, while steel will give you a smoother finish and cooperate with paint more easily.


Choosing the right fencing material for your home can be difficult, but making the right choice will vastly improve the appearance of your property. Use the above information to help decide what fencing material will best fit your home without breaking your budget.