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Aesthetics or Durability? — You Can Have Both!

When it comes to selecting the best fence for your home, there’s no need to choose between aesthetics and durability. It’s a common misconception that a fence is either durable or nice to look at — but, fences can be both.

The fence professionals at Fence Consultants of West Michigan know all about this. They have been providing their expertise to the Grand Rapids and Holland areas for 30 years. A member of the American Fence Association, Fence Consultants provides and installs a variety of fence and railing products, including everything from chain link fences and wire partitions to temporary rental fences and other enclosures.

There are three types of fences that Fence Consultants suggests using when both aesthetics and durability are top of mind:


If you’re looking for durability, strength and a low-profile appearance, ornamental aluminum fencing is the answer. It’s maintenance-free and comes with a durable finish that won’t crack, peel or chip. Aluminum fencing comes in a variety of styles and heights, with gloss, satin or matte finish options. You can also accessorize ornamental aluminum fencing to match your individual style. With everything from fleur-de-lis and butterfly scrolls to solar lights and finials, there are multiple options with aluminum fencing.


Another attractive and durable option is polyvinyl fencing. A variety of designs and styles are available in privacy, picket, semi-privacy and split rail. There’s also a wide assortment of colors, textures and wood-grain vinyl options. Though white is standard, solid neutral colors are also available to complement any backyard oasis. Also, faux wood grains give the look of a wood fence with the maintenance-free convenience of vinyl.


If you’re interested in taking a more natural route, wood fencing is the way to go. Just keep in mind that it’s optimal to have wood fencing built directly on your property as opposed to using prefabricated panels. The top two choices for wood types are treated lumber and western red cedar — both of which can be stained or painted for unlimited design options.

Need help deciding which type of fence is right for you? Visit fenceconsultants.com for more information or call the Grand Rapids location at 866-261-7685 or the Holland branch at 800-525-8772 to speak with a fencing expert today.