Once you’ve decided you need a new fence, the next step is to decide what type of fence it should be. Wood and vinyl are both great choices, so how do you decide which is right for you? Take some time to review the pros and cons of both.
Wood fencing is the classic choice. Many people love the traditional look of a wood fence. In fact, this look is so popular that a wooden fence can increase a home’s value.
Why do people like wood so much? Well, there are many advantages. First of all, wood has a natural look. The exact appearance of the wood depends on the type of tree that was used. Wood fences can be made of cedar, cypress, oak, and other options, too. Of course, wood fences can be painted, but many prefer the natural brown color.
Since wood fences have a naturally earthy appearance, they won’t look too dirty even if they get some mud on them. This is in contrast to other types of fences which show dirt and other stains very clearly. That said, wood fences do need to be cleaned from time to time. Otherwise, they can warp and become covered in mold or fungus.
A properly cared for wood fence can last about twenty years. Unfortunately, old fences are prone to splintering. That means they can be harmful to curious young children.
Another downside of wood is it is prone to developing small holes and cracks as it ages. So, it may not be the best choice for privacy.
If you have concerns about wood, perhaps vinyl fencing is the better choice for you. Vinyl fencing is hardier than wood. It’s less likely to warp or develop holes. It can also last about a century with proper care. If you want a fence that will last a lifetime, vinyl is your best bet.
Another advantage of vinyl is that it is usually a bit cheaper than wood. It’s easier to install as well. So, it’s a good option if you are looking for frugality and convenience.
Vinyl is also easy to clean. You can wash it with soap and water and dirt will wash away. It won’t get absorbed into the material, which can happen with wood and lead to problems.
That being said, there are some downsides to vinyl fences, too. For one thing, they can’t be easily painted like wood can. Want to change the color? You might have to replace the entire fence.
Another issue with vinyl comes down to aesthetics and personal taste. People are less likely to feel nostalgic over a vinyl fence than a wood one. Some think vinyl fences are too artificial.
Making a Decision
At the end of the day, wood and vinyl both have their advantages and disadvantages. Neither is inherently better than the other, but one is likely better for you. Armor Fence can help you make that decision.