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Pros and Cons of Your Privacy Fence Options

If you live in a city, pretty much anywhere in Canada, chances are, you've got neighbors, and they're pretty close. If you're like most people, you probably want privacy in your back yard, and that means privacy fence.

In this article, we look at your privacy fence options, and the pros and cons of each of them.


Okay, so hedges aren't exactly privacy fence, but they do demarcate your property, and they do offer some privacy, so we thought we'd add them to the list. Since these are one of the oldest privacy fence options out there, we put them first on the list.


Hedges, when well cared for, can look great, and can really enhance the look of your home - particularly if your home has a traditional style.

There are also a variety of plants that can be used to create hedges, so there are many options for the finished look of the hedge.


Hedges are a lot of work. You're going to be trimming them, shaping them, watering them, and treating them for diseases or insects when necessary. Or you'll be paying someone to do it for you.

They also attract bugs, so if they're close to your home, expect a higher than normal proportion of wildlife. Finally, remember that most hedges aren't the best barrier, and if you have dogs or kids that you need to contain, they might escape through a hedge!

Wood Fences

Wood fences are one of the most popular types of privacy fence in Canada, which isn't really surprising, since we produce so much wood!

A wood fence is a good choice for a privacy fence, but you do want to consider the pros and cons.


Well kept wood fences look great, and are great for blocking out not only sight, but also, to some degree, noise. They're readily available, and you can get the raw materials for a wood fence at any hardware store, anywhere in Canada.

Wood fences are also effective barriers for pets and kids, which makes them a good choice as a background privacy fence.


Installing a wood fence is a lot harder than it seems, and there's a good chance you're going to have to hire someone to help you out, especially if you build your fence from scratch!

Wood fences are also high maintenance, depending on what type of wood and finish you choose, and you might find yourself painting, staining and repairing your wood fence more often than you would like to.

Vinyl Fence

Vinyl fences have gained enormous popularity in north America in recent years. They're low maintenance, offer great privacy and look good when installed correctly.


High quality vinyl fences aren't cheap, but they do offer a very low maintenance privacy fence solution. While you might be painting or staining a wood fence every year, a good quality vinyl fence only needs to be hosed off when it gets dirty. Most high quality vinyl fences are also graffiti resistant, and manufactured from UV stabilized material, so they won't fade excessively.


Vinyl fences are not cheap. If they are cheap, they're probably not high quality.

Vinyl fences are also difficult to self install, so you will almost certainly need to hire a professional, and as with siding and other manufactured products, colors and styles tend to go out of fashion, so if you ever need to repair or replace a section, you might find getting the same product difficult.

Chain Link with Slats

We may be biased, but we've been installing chain link for four decades, and since we still see some of our fences from twenty five years ago around yards throughout Canada, we're a sucker for a good metal fence! The good news is that chain link fence can be a privacy fence, with the addition of privacy slats. There are even hedge link slats available, that give your chain link fence the appearance of a faux hedge that never needs trimming and stays green all year round!


Chain link fence with slats is probably the most affordable privacy fence option out there, whether you install yourself (totally doable for the DIY inclined) or you hire a professional. You can add slats immediately or do it later, and chain link fence with slats will look good year in and year out for decades, with no maintenance at all!

Chain link is great for keeping pets and kids in your yard too, so it's a double duty solution.


Chain link fence can look a little bit industrial on it's own, but fortunately, a lot of that changes when you add privacy slats. Chain link fences are also conductive, so you need to be careful when doing things like stringing Christmas lights.

If you cut, weld or grind a chain link fence, you might damage the galvanizing, which can lead to rust. So if you ever do that with your chain link privacy fence, be sure to treat the area with an appropriate zinc rich spray paint.


We hope we've made choosing a privacy fence a little easier, but if you still have questions, feel free to get in touch. We're always happy to help you make the right choice, whether it's chain link for self installation from our online fence store, or a fully installed fence from our contracting division.