The Advantages of a Wire Fence

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A wire fence is the way to go if you’re looking for a durable and cost-effective fence. Wire fences may be restricted in some urban or suburban communities, but in areas that permit them, they offer distinct benefits to the homeowner. Read on to learn the advantages of a wire fence.


Wire fences are one of the most versatile types of fencing. They can be customized it to fit almost any need. They come in different gauges and many can be molded into shapes. They also vary from simple, functional styles to more aesthetically pleasing types.

Here are some examples of wire fences:

  • Barbed wire fences for high security
  • Welded wire fences for animal enclosures, pool areas and and gardens
  • Woven wire or mesh fences for small animal enclosures and gardens
  • Electric fences, also for security
  • Steel fences
  • Vinyl-coated wire fences for residential use
  • Aluminum wire fences
  • Chicken wire fences, for, of course, chickens and gardens
  • Straining line wire fences for livestock
  • Chain link fences for residential and all-purpose use

Wire fences can work for various structures depending on your specific needs. They work as farm fences to keep livestock from escaping and as effective security measures for commercial and industrial properties.


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Wire fences are less expensive than aluminum, vinyl, or wood fences, making them popular choices for businesses and land owners on tight budgets. For example, a wire fence costs between $1 and $7 per linear foot, a wood fence costs between $15 and $33, a vinyl fence costs between $13 and $37, and an aluminum fence costs between $19 and $55.


Wire fences are known for their durability and longevity. For example, chain link fences are made from galvanized steel, making them corrosion and rust-resistant. Additionally, the wires are built to withstand harsh weather conditions.

Wire fences are also tough enough to withstand impact from large animals and vehicles and come out unscathed.

Low Maintenance

Some fences, like wood fences, might be high quality, but upkeep is expensive. Wire fences, however, don’t need to be stained, cleaned, or painted. All they need is the occasional inspection and repair. Replacement cost is much lower than traditional wood, vinyl, or steel fences as well.

Ease of Installation

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Fence installation is complex and requires a lot of work. Wire fences are the exception. Unlike most fences, which use fence posts set in concrete, wire fences use steel posts with anchors called T-posts. The anchors eliminate the need for concrete, and the posts themselves are lighter.

Installing the wires is also easy. Just stretch the wires over the fence posts and secure them.

Check out our guide on how to install a wire fence for more information.


The gaps between the wires let you see what’s behind the fence while providing a clear boundary between you and what’s on the other side. This can be particularly useful if, for example, your livestock is running amok, and you want to know why.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long do wire fences last?

Assuming proper installation and regular upkeep, a wire fence can last at least 20 to 30 years.

How tall should a wire fence be?

It depends on the type of fence installed. For example, a woven wire fence should be at least 32 inches high, while a chain link fence should be at least four feet.

What are the disadvantages of a wire fence?

• You don’t get a lot of privacy from it.
• It doesn’t block out sound.
• It can accumulate rust on the wire or posts if not correctly installed.

The Final Word

If you have any questions about installing a wire fence, contact one of FenceGnome’s pros. We’ll send you a quote in minutes.

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Stuart Kushner

Stuart Kushner is a writer and aspiring product designer based in New York City. When he isn’t doing either, Stuart enjoys heavy metal music, exercise, and trying new food and drinks.