There are all sorts of reasons why a new fence might be on your to-do list for the new year, whether it’s to reinforce your garden’s boundary ready for spring, to enhance privacy, or to give your property’s presentation a new lease of life – boosting its value and aesthetic appeal all at the same time.

How to Find the Right Fence Material?

Of course, deciding to invest in a new fence is one thing – knowing what material to use and how best to approach your new fence installation is another entirely. To help, we’re putting a few of the most popular fencing materials under the spotlight, so that you can unpick their effectiveness, durability, aesthetic finish, and the safety properties of each.

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Types of Fencing Materials to Choose

Before we dive into the different materials available and their effectiveness both across domestic use and in commercial spaces, it is important to recognise that the material you opt for is best determined by both aesthetic and priority function.

For example, wooden fencing lends itself to panels fencing and decorative trellis fencing for a private or domestic garden space, while concrete and steel fencing are ideal for optimising safety and security around a commercial site. Wrought iron fencing meanwhile boasts an air of grandeur and opulence that is well suited to stately homes and country retreats, and vinyl fencing offers an innovative solution with a controllable aesthetic finish and top level strength and durability.

Keep reading for our expert breakdown on all the best fencing materials available.

Wooden Fencing 

A classic fencing material which presents an attractive and rustic look to domestic gardens and outdoor spaces. Provided you apply suitable treatment to your wooden fencing regularly, this is a durable and effective option which lends itself to different designs and structures – and offers an enticing natural finish. Plus, it is one of the more cost effective solutions.


A low maintenance option which is garnering increasing attention in the fencing marketplace, vinyl has improved drastically and is now a long life alternative to wood which can be finished in your chosen colour and design. Though more expensive, it will last a lifetime.


PVC is easy to clean and, again, can be finished in your choice of colour and texture for maximum versatility.


Moving on to the heavier duty options, concrete is one of the most popular fencing materials in commercial spaces because it offers a high level of security and durability. Despite not being as naturally attractive, concrete panel fencing is effective and unlikely to be compromised over time.


If you’re less concerned with privacy and simply want to mark the boundary of your property, domestic or commercial, aluminium fencing is for you. Used a lot around the outside of parks and fields, aluminium fencing is traditional in style and versatile in both design and colour – and boasts a low level of maintenance which is perfect for modern buyers.


Low cost and ideal for security, chain-link fencing tends to be seen more around commercial sites and sports pitches as it is less focussed on attractiveness and aesthetics, and more concerned with maximum effectiveness.

Wrought iron 

As mentioned earlier, wrought iron is perhaps the most elegant and exclusive style of fencing, lending itself to large homes and estates.

How Hassett Fencing can Help

If all that has set your mind racing, don’t worry – because Hassett Fencing are here to help. With a plethora of information and advice available, direct from our team who have worked with all of the above fencing materials across a range of outdoor spaces, we can help you to choose the right material for you and bring your fence to life with our bespoke design and installation service.

Reach out to us directly to chat to a member of the team and get started.