Common Types of Fence Gates

By Sakai Blue , last updated April 8, 2011

Different types of fence gates are used to secure our property, keep kids and pets safe, and to mark off our property lines. They can provide all of these functions and also be decorative, or they can be purely functional. Below are common types of fence gates.

Picket Fence

This fence is a piece of pure Americana. The "white picket fence" represents the attainable American dream. It's usually made of wood, and its planks are connected by z-style cross braces. It can be bought pre-painted or unpainted. If you paint it yourself, make sure you use exterior paints and sealants.

Privacy Fence

The standard privacy fence height is 6 feet, although many are higher. It's used to protect a property from being easily visible from the street, and is usually made out of vinyl or wood. It's popular because although it's used to hide a property from view, it's often quite attractive.


There are many types of iron fences, including decorative, wrought iron, ornamental and security. They're strong, come in a variety of colors, and won't rust once treated.

Chain Link

This fence is composed of a skeleton made out of posts and rails and held together by caps. A chain link mesh covers the skeleton and a tension bar is attached to the end of the mesh, connecting to the end posts via tension bands. It's used for security, but tends to lack visual appeal.

Brick and Cedar

These tend to be very beautiful fences that use 72-inch brick pillars instead of posts, and stacked bricks. These are meant to complement and show off a property, not conceal it.

Stone and Rail

Also called a split rail fence, and similar to the brick and cedar fence, this fence uses stone instead of brick. It has 2x4 rails, and the pillars have extended footing at their bases. It's an attractive fence that clearly marks off your property while showing it off. The stacked stones create a very visually appealing look.

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