Comparing Aluminum Fencing to Other Types of Fencing

by | Mar 31, 2023 | Aluminum Fence

Choosing the perfect fence for your home is the first step in planning your fence project.  Whether you are looking for privacy, style, or added security, our experienced team can help you find the perfect fence. From wood to chain link to aluminum, we have a wide selection of materials that will fit your budget and needs. Today we are going to compare aluminum fencing to other standard fencing types.


Simply put aluminum fencing is the most long-lasting fence product on the market. Any reputable aluminum fencing manufacturer offers a Lifetime Material Warranty. Aluminum fencing should last a very long time if properly constructed and installed. A good aluminum fence comes with a thick black powder coating. Powder coating prevents the material from being easily scratched or dull in the sunlight. 

Most privacy fences are built using Cedar. While a good Cedar fence should last 20 years, it is an organic material that will rot over time. Wood products are also notorious for twisting, bending, warping, and splitting. Additionally, without proper staining, all wood fences will begin to gray in sunlight. Over time they will lose all their natural color and become completely grey. Wood can also develop mold and mildew over time. While the issues mentioned above should not happen for decades, the fact remains that wood fences do not have the same longevity as Aluminum fencing.

Another common fence option is Chain Link fencing. While the material components themselves will last a very long time, Chain Link fencing is a more economical option and therefore the materials are usually lighter weight than aluminum fencing. Chain Link is also installed entirely differently. It is pieced together by attaching components such as the mesh to posts that have been pounded into the ground. The lightweight material and pieced-together construction mean Chain Link fencing will damage much easier. Any accident can bend Chain Link materials. 

Some fence companies offer similar style fencing made out of steel. Steel is a stronger material however it is more prone to rust. The increase in strength of materials is not necessary for most uses as aluminum has plenty of strength on its own.


aluminum fencingWhile beauty is always in the eye of the beholder, aluminum fencing offers a wide range of styles. The simple Flat Top Three Rail Aluminum fencing gives a suburban clean look to any yard while providing security for your dog to run and children to play. Almost all Aluminum fence manufacturers offer many retro styles as well. Adding Finials to the picket tops, scrolls or Arched Gates can give a very antique look reminiscent of the beginnings of our modern cities. For those living in historic districts, these styles can be perfect for continuing that Victorian decor. Draper Fencing can help customize aluminum fencing to fit your desired style. 

Cedar privacy fencing also offers a wide range of styles. Cedar fencing can be basic and provide desired privacy or be upgraded in a variety of ways. A good carpenter can come up with many ways to beautify a Cedar fence and change the look of your yard. Styles such as Horizontal or Industrial can give a very modern look while styles such as Board on Board with Trellis can give a more English garden feel. 

Chain Link fencing only comes in one style. At Draper Fencing Company we joke that no one buys chain links for the look. However, it is a very economical option to keep pets and children safely in your yard.

Security & Privacy

When it comes to security and privacy aluminum fencing checks some boxes while having drawbacks as well. One of the main drawbacks of Aluminum fencing is a lack of privacy. If you want to escape your nosey neighbor aluminum is not for you. However, if you have the good fortune of liking our neighbors you’re on the right track. While aluminum fencing can come in many heights and picket spacings it is always see-through in one way or another. Aluminum fencing is a good product for security due to the sturdiness and quality of the materials we discussed above. It is often used to keep children away from pool areas and running around where they should. Even large dogs will not be able to damage a properly sourced and installed aluminum fence. If you have smaller dogs don’t worry you can get custom aluminum fencing with narrower picket spacing to keep them secure in your yard. Flat Top aluminum fencing can be easy to hop over. If this concerns you think about going with a taller fence or upgrading to Spear Top fencing. These options will make anyone think twice about jumping your fence. 

If you’re interested in privacy, Cedar is the best type of fencing for you. Cedar fences can be built in a variety of ways and many of them will be a complete barrier that no one can see through. A Cedar privacy fence will also offer good security for pets or children. 

Chain link fences do not typically prevent anyone from entering your yard but they can contain pets and children. If security is a concern you can get twisted top mesh which creates points at the top of your fence. Of course, you will get no privacy from Chain Link


No matter what type of fence you choose, the team at Draper Fencing is here to help. We can work with you to ensure whatever fencing option you choose is the best for your home and will provide the security and privacy that you need. With our professional installation services, we guarantee that your fence will be installed correctly with long-term

Pete Cowden

Pete Cowden

Director of Sales and Operations

Pete Cowden grew up on the west side of Indianapolis. He attended St Michael’s School from kindergarten through eighth grade before going to North Central High School. Pete won a state championship in Rugby and graduated with an Indiana Honors diploma from North Central in 2007.

After graduating high school, Pete joined the Army. He served three tours of duty as a US Army Ranger. Eventually his injuries built up leading to a medical retirement. After retiring from the Army, Pete attended Indiana University Purdue University – Indianapolis. In 2015 Pete graduated with a Bachelor’s of the Arts in International Studies. 

Pete spent some time working with his fellow veterans in Washington D.C as well as right here in Indianapolis before moving into the fencing industry. Pete began working for Draper Fencing Company in 2021. 

Initially Pete worked primarily as an estimator. He learned quickly the challenges fence installers face and how to overcome them. He constantly gathered feedback from his crews to ensure he was setting them and the customer up for success. 

Pete now manages the entire company. He has managed the building of millions of dollars of fencing projects from small downtown yards to large commercial projects. Draper Fencing Company installs a wide range of products from commercial chain link to ornate custom cedar fences. Pete leads a production department that has over forty five years of fence building experience.

A big part of managing the company is making sure he understands not just how to build a fence but knowing what customers want. He stays up to date on permitting and code enforcement. Part of his job now is to put his years of experience into writing blogs on our website. We strive to communicate clearly and effectively with our customers and our blog posts are an extension of that.