When consulting a potential customer, one of the most commonly asked questions is, “What is the difference between a wood and vinyl fence?” Of course, we are biased and believe a wood fence is the almost always the best choice, in most situations. Nevertheless, there are some important facts that homeowners need to know in order to make an informed decision.
1. Durability – Frankly, this is where vinyl does have the advantage over wood. Vinyl is not impacted as much by the weather, pests, mold, mildew, or rot. Even though a wood fence can last 20 or more years, as a natural product, it can and will break down over time.
2. Maintenance – While a wood fence does need periodic cleaning and treatment to maintain its look, it is typically cheaper and easier to repair than a vinyl fence. For instance, if winds cause a vinyl fence to become twisted, it may require replacements of large sections. The wood fence may only need a few planks or a small section repaired.
3. Cost – Vinyl is far more expensive to install and customize. However, unless actually damaged, there are no maintenance costs. So, at the end of everything, the cost may even out over time. Regardless, a wood fence is best for your budget, both up front and if there are unexpected repairs.
4. Aesthetics – Most people agree that nothing compares to the traditional, all-American appeal and character of a wood fence. Despite the fact that there is some effort to keep it in pristine condition, a high-quality wood fence, that is installed correctly, will add more beauty to your home.
Which is the better choice, a vinyl or wood fence? We believe that a wood fence has the edge over vinyl. Wood fencing is affordable and beautiful. Regardless, once all the facts are known, it will come down to your own personal preference and budget.