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- P Knight

2017 Wood vs Vinyl Fence
January 22, 2017

Wood vs Vinyl Fencing. Vinyl fencing requires – no maintenance, is quick to install, and unlike wood fences is fire/pest resistant (including fungus, dry rot, termites). However, vinyl fence upfront costs are higher in comparison to wood fencing. Vinyl or plastic fencing originated in the 1980s, and ever since then this technologically advanced material has offered superior benefits at incomparable value.

 

Advantages

Disadvantages
 Wood 

Cost: Lower Upfront Cost

Appearance: Traditional, All-Natural, Organic Look

Easy Repairs

Maintenance: Yearly Basis,  possibility of wood warping or posts sinking

Vulnerabilities: pests, dry rot, fungus

 Vinyl

Low Maintenance: very durable, won’t split or crack;

Ready to Install

Material: plastic, environment safe, available in different colours

Pest and Fire Resistant

Easy Installation

Cost: Higher Upfront Cost

Repair Complications

Vulnerabilities: to extreme temperatures: can expand and twist

Stain Prevention: spray, clean regularly to avoid staining

Fence Styles

Vinyl or plastic fencing are a more contemporary look.

They are made up of an environmentally safe Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) plastic. Panels are available in an assortment of colours and styles to match most exteriors. They come in a glossy, non-porous finish which is helpful for cleaning and possibly graffiti removal. Northwesting also offers a Woodland Select line of wood-looking vinyl. 

Vinyl Fence Image - Kroy Vinyl - a wood looking vinyl product

Alexandria Style Vinyl Fence

Experience – Vinyl Fencing

Wooden fences are the classic, all-natural, fencing material.  Many prefer it simply because it is not a synthetic material, created in a factory.

 

  • Easily blend in with any existing landscapes and environments
  • Options to stain and paint material into any shade or color
  • Can also be personalized with other outdoor decorations, and may appeal to the environmentally conscious
Wood Fence Image - Estate Style Wood Fence

Estate Wooden Fence with Gate

Explore – Popular Wood Fence Styles 

Advantages and Disadvantages

1. Vinyl Fence Cost vs Wood

As previously mentioned upfront cost for wood is lower, it is more affordable to install and easier to replace or repair. However, an initial vinyl investment makes sense if in need of a lower maintenance option. Wood is vulnerable to pests, fungus, rot, as well any staining or paint will require at least yearly maintenance, not to mention boards may warp due moisture or temperature changes. 

Vinyl fencing, is very low maintenace given its plastic nature of course. Cleaning is easily achievable with a little spray, it will not suffer from dry rot, pest, or fungus damage, nor does it crack or split and is fire resistant.

 

  • Favourite: Wood costs, less upfront, but vinyl is a vetter value in the long run

2. Installation & Repair Process

Vinyl fence panels come ready to install, and this process is simple too – Rails are slid into posts,  and the posts are then secured into the ground. Wood fences are trickier to install, and if not done properly will sink deeper into the ground, which can lead to fence deformations later on.

In the event of repair, replacing wood fence panels is far simpler and considerably inexpensive. Proper vinyl fence repairs may require the replacement of entire sections.

 

  • Favourite: Vinyl is a ready to install much simpler process. However in wood single boards can be replaced, whereas in damaged vinyl entire sections may have to be replaced. 

3. Durability

Plastic fencing, is resistant to harsh weather conditions like high winds, temperature drops/spikes as well as mildew. 

If selecting wood consider a type is resistant to rot and decay as well as structurall strong. Redwood and Cedar are recommeded. Also, prepared to invest in a pressure and chemical treatments as well as preservative sealants. 

 

  • Favourite: Vinyl Fencing will last long and require less maintenance

4. Fence Residual Value

Keep in mind also that, vinyl in terms of residual value is a better investment than a well-maintained wooden fence. This is taking into consideration time, money and expended energy on labour. On the other hand, choosing not to maintain either fence types will hurt property value and curb appeal in the long run by the thousands.

 

  • Favourite: Vinyl Fences have longer lifespans and are sold with longer warranties. 

Further Considerations

Before selecting a fencing style a few considerations: 

 

  1. What is your budget?
  2. What length of time you plan on staying in that location?
  3. The fences purpose?
  4. The necessary time and energy you’re willing to invest fence up keep

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Vinyl fencing requires – no maintenance, is quick to install, and unlike wood fences is fire/pest resistant (including fungus, dry rot, termites). Vinyl fence upfront costs are higher however, compared to wood fencing. Vinyl or plastic fencing originated in the 1980s, and ever since then this technologically advanced material has offered superior benefits at incomparable value. That said however, if one is situated on a very large property, without plans to stay long period of time, a classic wood fence maybe an excellent option.

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