When it comes time to fence your home, you have a lot of options. Chain link, aluminum, ornamental, wood, and vinyl are the primary types of fence that are available to you. Most people choose either wood or vinyl fencing because it works well for privacy as well as aesthetics. When choosing between wood and vinyl fencing, there are a few things to consider. Each has its advantages and disadvantages.
Durability and Maintenance
When it comes to durability and maintenance, vinyl fencing wins hands down. Vinyl fencing can withstand the weather, pests, and other hazards that can cause wood fencing to need repairs or treatments. Wood fencing needs to occasionally be painted or refinished, but vinyl fencing will look as good on day one as it does four years later without any maintenance at all.
If you are working with a limited budget, wood fencing is much cheaper than vinyl. However, you also must consider the cost of maintenance and upkeep. You will need to put out money to refinish or paint your wood fence from time to time. You will also have to treat the wood on occasion to keep pests like termites at bay. Other larger pests can create holes or breaks in the wood that need to be repaired. All of this costs money. You really have to weigh whether the savings on your budget now is worth it in the long run.
Many people love the look of a traditional wood fence. However, vinyl fencing can be made to have a wood grain texture so that you have the look of wood but the feel and durability of vinyl. Remember also that vinyl will look better for longer without maintenance that costs time and money.
If you are interested in learning more about the advantages and disadvantages of wood and vinyl fencing or need help making your own decision, contact us today for more information or to schedule an estimate.