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What Are the Best Materials for Privacy Fencing?

Research shows that over half of US homes have fences installed in the backyard. Only 5% of US homes have fences located in the front yard, leaving many homes more exposed.

A lot of homeowners use fences for security purposes. Another option you can consider is privacy fencing for security around your home.

When it comes to privacy fencing, there are other factors to consider. For instance, certain materials are best for these fences as well as specific designs.

Keep reading to find out what materials are best for privacy fencing.

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If you are looking at privacy fence ideas, you may feel overwhelmed. One material you should consider is a vinyl fence.

Vinyl and PVC fences fall into the same category and provide the same results. It is very durable and provides a sleek and professional appearance.

Vinyl is a very common privacy fence option since the styles provide a lot of privacy. This helps to shield your yard from view to keep your family and possessions safe.

There are also a lot of options when it comes to a vinyl fence. This is because you can stain or paint vinyl on your own to achieve a specific look.

Or you can buy vinyl fences in a particular color to match your home.

Pros and Cons

When it comes to vinyl privacy fencing, there are a lot of benefits. This is a very accessible fence option that is very versatile, depending on the look you want.

It is also very durable and does not damage as easily as other options. For instance, vinyl is water resistant and does not show as many signs of wear and tear as other materials.

The biggest downside to vinyl is that the initial cost is quite high. It is one of the most expensive materials, and it may not provide as much security for your property.


There are a lot of traditional options when it comes to fences for your home. If you want privacy fencing, a functional privacy fence can come from wood materials.

Wood is a very classic fence material that provides sturdiness and privacy. Depending on the style you get, your home can be completely shielded from view.

This is also a very versatile option since wood fences look good with most homes. There is also a lot of versatility when it comes to the price since there are different types of wood.

You can choose to stain or paint the wood fence or leave it as it is.

Pros and Cons

A wooden privacy fence is very aesthetically pleasing for most homes. It doesn’t require much upkeep and can last for many years.

The downside to a wood fence is that it is susceptible to the elements. It may start to rot or become soft if it’s exposed to a high amount of moisture.

There are types of wood that are more durable, but they will be more expensive as well. For instance, redwood is ideal for durability, but it is one of the most expensive options.

A painted wooden fence can also start to chip and peel after a few years. Because use of this, it will require a certain level of maintenance to keep it in tiptop condition.

Privacy Fencing


The next best option is something you may not have heard of. This privacy fence option is called FenceTrac, which uses different materials to create a more durable option.

This is much more durable than a normal fence material like wood or vinyl. It’s made with a U-channel Fram that strengthens the entire fence structure.

It’s still very eye-pleasing and looks good for most homes with a back or front yard. It provides complete privacy as well as security ordinary fences don’t have.

You can choose almost any kind of infill so the it’s customized to match your home perfectly. Radius Fence offers ASTM standards with the best craftsmanship around.

This is also a fence that provides a long lifespan so you get a return on your initial investment.

Pros and Cons

There are many benefits when talking about FenceTrac fencing options. One benefit is how versatile it is since you get to customize it yourself. 

You can get the look you want for a price that still matches your budget. It’s very sturdy from the framing and will help keep intruders and peepers far away from your home.

This fence is also resistant to all kinds of weather and daily wear and tear. The upfront cost is quite significant but for good reason.

One downside is that it may not look suitable for all kinds of homes. For instance, if you have an older Victorian-style home, the fence may look out of place.

This is because FenceTrac designs are very modern and sleek. 

Privacy Fence Styles to Choose From

Most homeowners want to have privacy around their property. This is especially common if you live in a close-knit neighborhood where everyone can see each other’s yards.

Privacy isn’t just about how you feel; it is also about security for your loved ones and possessions. This is why it is a worthwhile investment for your home.

Here are some examples of the best privacy fence styles for the most security.


When it comes to privacy fencing, certain styles are more common than others. For instance, a stockade style is the most common type of privacy fence you will see.

This is because it provides all the functionality you want in a privacy fence. It is highly effective and is still visually appealing for most homes.

It has a very simple design with side-by-side boards with no gap. Most stockade fences taper at the top, coming to a sharp point.

This gives them a more classic appearance as well as deterring intruders. But you can have a straight top or a flat rail added for a different effect.

Board On Board

Another very common privacy fence option is similar to a shadowbox fence. This is called a board on a board design, where the fence boards are overlapping.

A popular option when it comes to privacy fencing is a board on board style. This fence has the fence boards overlapping each other, not leaving any gaps or crevices.

Not only does this provide a great deal of privacy, it provides security. A board on board fence is very sturdy and much more likely to stand the test of time.

Keep in mind that this fence option is going to cost a little more money. It is more difficult to install, and you will need more boards to create this overlapping effect.

You will also need to maintain any foliage around the fence to prevent growth. If plants start to grow between the overlapping boards, they can be harder to remove.


A lot of privacy fences are very beautiful compared to ordinary fences. But if you want something particularly decorative, there is one particular style.

A lattice fence is one of the most beautiful types of fences you can choose. This is made of a classic crisscross pattern that usually comes in pre-built panels.

Traditionally, lattice fences were made from wood, but they are also available in vinyl. You can find particular lattice designs that are woven more tightly for better privacy.

Lattice fences are also perfect for climbing plants. This can help improve the privacy they provide and create a whimsical appearance.

Keep in mind that this effect will only be present during the warmer months. During winter and autumn, you will have some exposure from the gaps between the crisscross pattern.


If you want complete privacy, there is another type of fence available. Horizontal fencing provides complete privacy but with a very different look.

The boards are installed horizontally, giving the fence a very modern effect. To create this fence, you need high-quality timber that isn’t going to sag or become damaged.

This type of fence may also be achieved with high-quality vinyl. If you want something that stands out but is also functional, this is a great investment.

Privacy Fencing: Picking the Best Materials

If you want a privacy fence around your home, you may not know what material is best. When it comes to privacy fencing, wood, vinyl, and bamboo are ideal.

Keep in mind that you need to choose a particular style for the most privacy. Options like a stockade or a lock board fence are some of the best options for complete privacy.

Keep in mind that many privacy fence styles will be a bit more expensive than standard fences.

Are you interested in having a privacy fence installed for your home? Contact us today to get a fence installation quote.

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Stronger Fencing

Compared to wood, vinyl fencing is much stronger. Vinyl fencing is flexible and durable, which helps vinyl out-perform wood fencing in windy conditions and with environmental exposure to UV rays and weather.

More Options Available

Vinyl fencing is available in a wide variety of configurations to match any property, home, or purpose. Iconic, white vinyl picket fences give a feel of classic Americana with that white-picket-fence-style. Darker vinyl fences can be installed to make a space look more elegant or modern. From short picket to tall privacy, vinyl fencing can be designed to enhance your backyard or business.

Easy To Clean

Vinyl fencing can be cleaned easily with a regular garden hose. If you get a little mildew from moisture or shady conditions, you can use a mild dish soap and then spray off the fence with a garden hose. Vinyl fences are very easy to clean.

Beautiful Vinyl Fences

Vinyl fences are a bright, bold fence choice. Available in a variety of colors, vinyl fencing can be installed in a many configurations to help you enhance the beauty of your property. And, because vinyl isn’t as porous as wood, vinyl fences retain their color and finish much longer than wood fencing so you can enjoy your fence for years to come.

A Good Neighbor Fence

Unlike most fence types that have a “good side” and a “bad side,” with your Trex fence, you will get the same beautiful finish on either side. No unsightly picket defects or exposed support railings. A Trex fence is beautiful no matter what side of the fence you are on. 

25 Year Limited Lifetime Warranty

The power of the outdoors has met its match. Trex is engineered to endure decades of foul weather and foot traffic…with the warranty coverage to prove it. 

With our 25-Year Limited Residential Warranty, you can rest assured that your backyard investment is well protected.

Low Maintenance

Trex fencing can be cleaned easily with a regular garden hose . If you get a little mildew from moisture or shady conditions, you can use a mild dish soap and then spray off the fence with a garden hose. Trex fences are very easy to clean and typically only require it semi-annually,  making them a great option for low-maintenance fencing.

Eco-Friendly Fencing

 Trex eco-friendly composite fencing is made from an innovative blend of 96% recycled wood and plastic—that’s almost the whole thing. Trex fencing led the way green fencing more than 20 years, well before green was a buzzword. Because in the end, all of us want to look out on our fences and know that we’ve done our part. As one of the largest plastic recyclers in the U.S., Trex saves 400 million pounds of plastic and wood from landfills each year.

Never Shrink, Warp or Rot

PostMaster+ fences are designed for more than just presenting a seamless fence, it is an investment in peace of mind.

PostMaster+ is designed to not shrink, warp or rot like wood posts.

Up To 112mph Winds

Your PostMaster+ fence system can be configured to withstand up to 112 MpH winds.

Steel posts protect your investment from damaging wind while cedar offers protection from bugs, rot, and warping.

Limited Lifetime Warranty

You can feel confident in your investment as it comes with a Lifetime Limited warranty.

No other wood fence post even comes close to the performance and longevity of this innovative fencing system.

Hidden Posts

PostMaster+ is the only steel fence post on the market designed to be hidden from view.

Both sides of your fence will showcase beautiful cedar posts while the steel on the inside creates a durable, long-lasting fence.

Limited Lifetime Warranty

RADIUS metal fences have a Limited Lifetime Warranty that protects against cracking, peeling, chipping, blistering and corrosion resulting in structural failure, without cause and workmanship and material defects through the manufacturer.

High Security Fencing

Maintaining a secure perimeter is your first line of defense against potential threats. A metal fence from RADIUS serves as a visual deterrent backed with heavy metal components that give a higher level of protection compared to traditional alternatives.

Coated Galvanized Steel

All RADIUS metal fences are coated inside and out. Our galvanized steel framework is subjected to a multi-stage pre-treatment/wash, followed by a duplex cathodic electrocoat system consisting of an epoxy primer, which significantly increases corrosion protection, and an acrylic topcoat, which provides the protection necessary to withstand adverse weathering effects.

Seamless Design

Our metal fence panels are fabricated through a welding technique that combines laser and fusion technology to create a virtually invisible structural connection at every picket to rail intersection. RADIUS welded steel construction is unmatched in strength and durability.

Modern Design

FenceTrac’s revolutionary, innovative fence system features one of the most modern, sleek designs on the market. Not only are these fences long-lasting, but they are also highly customizable as well as fashionable.

Stronger Trac Channels

FenceTrac U-channels are manufactured from 18-ga. roll-formed galvanized steel for superior strength and durability. This system is built to be long-lasting and customizable to match any yard.

Versatile Infill

Want to create a super durable fence that’s as unique as you? With a FenceTrac system you can pair their patented, durable U-channels with the infill that best fits your style. FenceTrac is designed to be used with nearly any type of rigid infill, so you can create the exact look you want.

Metal Frame

FenceTrac comes in with a durable textured matte black powder coat finish consisting of a multi-stage process of industrial, weather-resistant finish. The sturdy metal frame creates a stronger, longer-lasting fence. FenceTrac’s metal frame is also compatible for fencing sloped grades with precision. 

Stronger Posts & Hardware

A benefit of choosing RADIUS to install your chain link fence is that we use only the most durable posts and hardware.

Chain-link fences are known for being the last fences standing during hurricanes, tornados, and other severe weather events.

Top Rails For Structure

At RADIUS, we believe it’s important to go the extra mile to ensure your investment is built to last.

Adding a top rail to your chain link fence project creates an extra level of durability and security.

Premium Chain Link Mesh

Our chain link mesh offers a high level of security for residential, commercial, and industrial properties.

Manufactured with you in mind to provide you with security and beauty at the same time.

Nice Finishing Caps

At RADIUS, we pride ourselves on putting in the little details that make your fence unique to you. Ask your representative about adding premium finishing caps to your Chain Link fence project.

Rails And Nails - With Purpose

Much like our fence pickets, RADIUS takes care of which rails and nails we build with. Our standard back rails for wood privacy fencing are constructed of prime Douglas fir species wood. This provides superior stiffness and no more warping/twisting (seen in treated pine materials).

Getting all of these great products together is important too! We use a specialty winged tip Coated wood-to-metal screw the size of your pinkie to hold the rails to our steel posts. Once set up, the pickets get finished on the installation with Galvanized coated ring-shank nails. No need for screws on our pickets – it’ll take a crowbar or more to get these nails out when applied correctly.

Better Fence Pickets

RADIUS builds with only the best fence pickets. These are not the typical fence pickets anyone can buy from the local big-box stores. RADIUS has partnered with suppliers to provide the highest quality wood fencing materials.

Our typical offering is the premium #2/BTR Wood Fence picket from Alta Forest Products. Their Western Red Cedar has the more time-tested quality results of all wood species in the Tulsa market. We also have other #1 Cryptomeria Japonica wood and some Prime Douglas fir options. We stay on top of the trends and teach each of our customers the intricacy of changes in the Wood Privacy Fencing market.

Stronger Posts

RADIUS understands that your fence is as strong as the posts that are used to build your wood residential privacy fence. Our team was instrumental in being at the forefront of bringing the Galvanized 2-1/2” Square steel posts to the Tulsa fence market. We not only offer these solid stalwarts but have access to other styles such as the Postmaster+ post options too.

Our standard is to set these in a concrete footer, utilizing a myriad of installation methodologies according to your exact soil conditions and site arrangements. Having experts design and install your fence is our standard – just like the steel posts we install daily.

Decorative Details & Designs

RADIUS goes the extra mile in every detail of your wood fence project. Add Cap & Trim for a simple, elegant feel – or look into our new Horizontal wood fencing solutions – the possibilities are nearly endless with our team’s unlimited design scope experience and talent.

We travel to major conventions and conferences to learn about all of the great innovations that continue to flood the North American market. RADIUS is known for its leadership in the fencing world, especially for unique wood privacy fence solutions.