A fence that keeps out nosy next-door neighbors and possible burglars can easily also increase your home’s curb appeal—without breaking the bank. While some components, such as aluminum ($35 to $55 per linear foot) and vinyl ($20 to $40 per linear foot) are distinctly pricey, you can easily install a front or backyard fence far more frugally. 15 durable and affordable options—some purely utilitarian, others quite attractive. You’re sure to discover the fence that’s perfect for your property and your budget.
Pine wood panels that are chemically or pressure-treated to resist decompose and pests, installed in a non-breaking vertical or horizontal orientation, are available for far less than naturally decompose-resistant lumbers such as cedar or redwood. Because treated wood does tend to angle or warp post-install, handpick fence panels from your lumberyard to ensure that they aren’t green or damp, signs that the wood will easily move out of place once in the ground.
Chain link, made up of thick steel wires bent and connected together, is frequently the best option for a small budget and a large yard. While the two- to three-inch spaces between the wires mean less privacy than a solid fence, chain link effectively keep pets in and burglars out. While chain link isn’t particularly attractive, you can easily improve the look by planting a fast-growing vine such as ivy directly behind it and letting it cover the fence, or painting it with an oil-based exterior paint in a pleasing neutral or earth tone, like forest green.