A hurricane or chain-link fence is a very standard option for many residential properties today, and it's relatively easy for a homeowner to install on their own, as the mesh simply unrolls and gets tied to posts. However, it can also look a bit drab and dull, and if you don't add slats through the mesh, it also offers little privacy between neighbours. If you want something more unique and personal for your residential fence, note a few choices you have and then discuss these with a fencing contractor as needed.
For something very natural but more unique than plain wood panels, consider rows of bamboo stalks. These are usually made in rolls that you simply attach to posts, just as you would a chain link fence, making them an easy installation job. However, the stalks are usually quite tall and are placed right next to each other, offering more privacy than a chain link fence, while giving you a nice, natural backdrop for your landscaping features. A bamboo stalk fence is also good if you want to add some Asian features to your yard, such as paper lanterns or a koi pond.
When you think of a metal fence, you may think of wrought-iron bars. These can look very stately, but they also don't offer much by way of privacy. Metal panels can be a better choice; the metal can be stamped with a design such as flowers or just vertical trenches to make a fence look taller. They can also be powder coated, which is like a paint covering that is applied in powder form. With powder coating, you can have a slate-grey or even a crisp, white fence, or even something very bold in a blue or red shade!
Split rails are what are used on farm fences to keep in livestock. These rails are thick beams of wood, usually applied horizontally, and they give a property a rustic look. You can also typically use old railway ties for this type of fence, which are reclaimed from railway tracks when they're being removed. This is a good eco-friendly choice, as it keeps this wood out of landfills and reduces the need for virgin wood for a fence. You can paint or stain the split rails any colour, and also add wire fencing between the rails for added security if you have pets you need to keep behind the fence.