Things To Consider When Getting A Metal Privacy Fence

Green Privacy Slats for Chain Link

When you want a metal privacy fence, there are many things that you will want to consider. This will ensure that you make the best choice for your home. You want to consider budget, aesthetics, and general maintenance in addition to several other things. Only after you have explored all aspects of a metal privacy fence should you make the move to purchase one.

A metal privacy fence can be made of any material, including:

  • Chain link (with the use slats for privacy)
  • Wood
  • PVC vinyl

By knowing more about your options, it can make it easier to come to a decision. It is also a good idea to look at what rules your community may have. If you live where there is a HOA, there may be limitations to the kind of privacy fencing you can get.


You likely have a budget in mind in terms of fencing. Chain links are generally the cheapest while PVC vinyl is the most expensive. Regardless of what fencing you decide on, you want to get quotes on the fencing.

The quotes should include materials plus labor. It is also a good idea to get quotes from at least two fencing companies so you can have a point of reference. Otherwise, you could spend more than what’s necessary.


The aesthetics may be a big part of the decision for you. This is going to be a very personal decision based upon what your preferences are as well as what’s going to look best against the elements of your home.

Some questions to ask yourself:

How high do I want my metal privacy fence?
What material do I like best?
What color works best for my home?
The height of the metal privacy fence is generally 6 feet, though in some instances, you may be able to get 8 feet.

Once you can answer these, it will make it easier for you to explore a metal privacy fence that’s going to work best for you.

You should also look at photos of different metal privacy fences so you know more about what each looks like. It may also be beneficial to take a drive around your neighborhood to see what other homes similar to yours have so you can try to match the general look.

General Maintenance

Every metal privacy fence material is slightly different when it comes to maintenance. This means you will want to weigh some of the pros and cons of each material so you can make an educated decision.

With wood fencing, the cleaning is all about removing mildew and algae. With vinyl fencing, it may be general debris and rust stains from untreated water. Chain link fences don’t require much maintenance at all.


You will probably want at least one gate along the property line so that you have the ability to walk in and out. This can be a single door or a double door. Generally, this would measure 4 feet or 8 feet. You may want to have a gate located on either side of your home, towards the front, or in the back. Much of it is going to depend on how your home is situated on the lot and what it is near.

With so many things to consider, this is not a decision you want to make quickly. Take the time to explore your options. Talk with a company about what a metal privacy fence will cost based on the individual aspects you have chosen. Then, you can soon look forward to a metal privacy fence going up around your property, providing you with all of the privacy you could ask for.

Contact Long Fence today to learn more about a metal privacy fence.