Your Fort Collins home is in need of a makeover, and you’ve decided that it’s time to install a fence. Wonderful! However, what type of fence do you need? If you aren’t sure what would be the best fit for your yard space or needs, keep reading. We at JJ Fencing & Decks are here to help you make your decision, as well as provide top-of-the-line installation services. Here are some of the things to keep in mind as you consider various fence types.


How close is your home to your neighbor’s? Whether you practically share a backyard or there’s some space in between, you might be interested in some privacy from wandering eyes. Take a look at styles of fences that can screen or break up the line of sight from your property to your neighbor’s. We recommend a privacy fence, as the height will easily meet your needs. If that isn’t quite what you have in mind, you can also consider a vinyl fence.


If your home is close to a busy road, sidewalk, or other public space, you may have some concerns about safety, or even just passersby wandering into your yard. A high fence with limited horizontal rails is probably the best choice so that people cannot climb over them. Check to see if your area has had previous security problems, as well. You will want to ensure that you have a clear line of sight to all areas of your property, especially around swimming pools.


If you have a pet, let yourself have the peace of mind that comes with a high fence that will keep them in your yard. Nothing is scarier than knowing your pet can jump the fence, meaning that you have to keep them chained up if you won’t be monitoring them. Select a height that you know they won’t be able to jump over, then choose an appearance or material that you might prefer. If your pets have nails or claws, consider this too before choosing a soft wooden fence. We recommend vinyl, chain link, or privacy fences for those with big dogs. For smaller dogs, you can choose any of these styles, as long as there is no vertical spacing they can squeeze through. Picket fences are also usually a good choice for little dogs.

Choosing Your Material

Each type of fencing has its benefits and its drawbacks. We have listed the top ones here today.

Aluminum: Aluminum can be a great choice because it is maintenance-free, it has a long life, and it’s quite strong when you compare it to other fencing materials. However, it can sometimes get scratches or dents in areas of heavy traffic.

PVC-vinyl: This option is one of the most durable, as it can last almost forever. There is no painting or staining that needs to be done, and it weathers well. However, sometimes, the vinyl will lack the same strength and durability that wood or aluminum have.

Wood picket and privacy: These fences are all natural, and they are pretty easily customizable. Also, you can have them repaired easily if there is any damage. However, they do have a limited lifespan.

Chain link: These fences are quick to install and require almost no maintenance. They also age well, and you can have them just about as tall as you would like. However, some might find the appearance undesirable.

Call for Your Fort Collins Fence

We hope this guide has given you some insight on how you might want to choose the fence for your home. If you are ready to get started, contact our team! JJ Fencing & Decks would be proud to serve you and give your home the fence you deserve.