Your home's fence is an investment that you should be happy with for years to come, but the material and style you choose will have a great impact on just how happy you are with a new fence. Rather than assuming that a standard hurricane fence or wood fence is the best option for your home, note a few reasons why you might instead opt for metal panels around your property.
1. Versus wood fences
You may assume that metal would rust over time, but metal panels are often treated with a plating or covering that keeps them from rusting or showing any corrosion. Unlike a wood fence, you then wouldn't need to repaint or recover a metal fence in any way over the lifetime of its ownership, no matter the harsh weather conditions to which your fence is exposed. The colour on wood fences may also fade in the sunlight and from rain and even strong winds, but a metal fence holds its colour.
Wood fences can rot or start to warp when exposed to the ground, as they absorb moisture from the soil or when exposed pool water and chemicals. A metal fence won't absorb moisture so that it will never mould or hold mildew, and it won't get damaged from chlorine and chemicals. A wood fence might be host to termites and other insects, and wood is also much easier for pets to scratch and damage with their claws. Metal is a much more durable choice as it doesn't allow for insect infestation and is nearly impossible for animals to damage.
2. Versus chain link fences
Chain link or hurricane fences are attached to a post with metal ties which can easily come loose after many years, especially when exposed to strong winds and storms. With a metal fence, these panels are usually riveted right to a post, so they won't come loose and need consistent repairs.
A metal fence is also actually quieter than a chain link fence that rattles in the wind. Hurricane fences can also tend to sag over time, especially if anyone climbs them, putting their weight on the middle of the fence and pulling the mesh away from the top post. A metal panel fence will hold its shape no matter the abuse it faces. Note, too, that a metal panel fence is much harder to climb since it offers no toeholds, making it a more secure option for your home than a standard chain link fence.