When it comes to picking from the many options for fencing, materials play a large role. Depending on the material of a fence, its properties can vary greatly. This encompasses durability, function, and appearance. To help you to be able to discern what is best for a specific project or use, we explain here how to choose your fencing materials. 


The location of the area where you will build the fence has a significant effect on the material you choose. For instance, if you’re enclosing an area that slopes, wood may be preferable to stone since you can easily adjust wooden boards to the ground by stair-stepping or racking the fence. On the other hand, aspects other than the physical landscape can help determine materials. If a region has high humidity levels, you may want to avoid wood due to its tendency to rot and house mold when in constant contact with moisture. Here, HDPE plastic lumber or PVC fencing would be the better choice since pesky microorganisms and insects don’t affect them.

Intended Use

The intended use of a fence is another major determiner for materials. If the main purpose of a fence is to contribute attractiveness to a building or home, for example, a relatively short white wood fence might be suitable. Conversely, you may need a fence to add more security to the premises of a facility. In this case, a metal wire fence, a barbed fence, or a high stone fence would serve better. They will give the fence more sturdiness against natural wear and potential intruders.

If you provide fencing to clients and want to expand your offerings to better match the specific needs of different customers and varying situations, consider getting plastic composite materials, which can both match the looks of wood and provide higher durability. For more information on plastic composite wood, contact Bedford Technology today.