The type of fence you choose will also be influenced by what you intend to primarily use it for. If you are putting one up to keep deer or other animals out, you may want to choose fencing designed specifically for that purpose; vinyl will be a better option if you are installing one to provide privacy. And a properly installed wooden fence not only looks great, but invokes a rustic and country feel and will almost certainly add value to any property.
You should also take into account any local rules and regulations when putting up a residential yard fence. Some homeowner's associations may have rules concerning the size, type and location; some homeowner's associations are stricter than others and don't allow them in a front yard or dog runs. You may also have to adhere to local building guidelines; for example one enclosing a pool may have to follow applicable distance and height regulations.
The majority of homeowners install residential yard fencing to provide privacy, for not only a yard, but a patio area, deck or pool. However, they can also be useful in blocking out any unsightly elements such as outdoor cables or an air conditioning unit. Privacy fencing can be constructed of just about any material, but aluminum is one of the most popular as it is easy to install and care for and offers a beautiful appearance. Vinyl tends to be the material of choice for privacy for those who live in a townhouse or a patio home and want to block out any sights or sounds.
One thing to consider when installing is the overall cost of the project; not just the materials themselves, but any additional work that may be required. You may need more landscaping, or you may need to add a gate or access point somewhere. There also may need to be additional installation costs from the contractor if they have to secure the fence posts in concrete.
Brick and wrought iron options are both expensive; even for a small yard could cost several thousand dollars. A less expensive alternative to wrought iron is aluminum that has been powder coated to resemble iron. Be sure to also keep in mind that different materials also require a different level of maintenance - the most common example is wood, which costs less to begin with but if not painted will need to be treated properly to keep it looking at its best.
Remember, if you are installing residential yard fencing, your goal should be one that is both functional and attractive as well as fits in with your surroundings.
At it's most basic function, a fence provides a line. It could be a line to mark the edge of your property, it could be a line of security or it could be for privacy reasons. But a fence can be beautiful as well as functional.
There are many ways to satisfy all these goals and more. An electric pet fence can be buried underground, to provide safety for your pet without even affecting your landscape. Or you could put it above ground, where it can add to the look of your yard while keeping your pet out of the neighbor's backyard.
These fences can also help to keep unwanted animals out of your yard. If you're growing a garden, or have smaller pets, this can be important.
A garden fence is easy to build and doesn't need to cost a lot of money, and it will help to keep those animals from undoing all your hard work. Setting the fence posts is probably the hardest part of this job, but it doesn't have to be difficult.