Few images in the American consciousness are as iconic as that of the white picket fence, which for many remains an idyllic symbol of peaceful family life and perhaps more than anything says, “welcome home.
Beyond this, however, are images of peeling paint, rotting wood and weekends spent crouching with a can of paint. But they are gorgeous, aren’t they?
Fortunately, there are some visually striking alternatives to traditional wood fencing on the market, one of the most popular being of vinyl construction. Below are some of the pros and cons of both traditional wood and vinyl fencing.
Pros of Wood Fencing
One word: “classic.” Wooden fences are traditional in appearance and will always ensure a classic look in your landscape design. Moreover, they’re reasonably affordable to install and cost significantly lower up-front than vinyl alternatives. If you’re looking beyond traditional white, wood fencing—commonly made of cedar—offers the widest selection of color alternatives in that you can paint or stain the material to suit your tastes.
Cons of Wood Fencing
One of the biggest drawbacks to wood fencing is the constant, heavy maintenance requirements. In choosing wood, you will finding yourself regularly reapplying paint or stain on order to ward off fungus and wood-rot. Wood fences are attractive to termites and can potentially put the rest of your home at risk to termite exposure. As with all wood left outdoors, the fence boards can warp, especially if they haven’t been properly treated to resist moisture or changes in temperature.
Pros of Vinyl Fencing
The greatest distinction with vinyl fencing is how low maintenance this material can be. Dirt is easily sprayed off of vinyl fences due to the glossy, non-porous surfaces. In addition to being fire resistant, vinyl fences don’t split or crack, nor do they attract termites, fungus, or dry rot.
Looking for a different look than the standard wood? You will definitely appreciate the options available with vinyl fences. While there are options available that look just like wood, they’re also available in a variety of colors such as white, gray, and tan. They don’t require painting or staining and can be purchased as ready-to-install strips.
Cons of Vinyl Fencing
The most obvious disadvantage of vinyl fencing is the cost, which tends to be significantly more upfront than with wood fences. This means that if you’re looking to fence in a large area, your initial investment could be quite high. Another notable downside to choosing a vinyl fence is the repair, should it be required. The process is typically more complicated than simply replacing a board or two as with wood, and you could easily find yourself replacing an entire section to pull off a proper fix.
Whichever you choose, there are a number of fencing options available in both wood and vinyl that will complete your landscaping and bring a lasting feeling of comfort to your home for decades to come.
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