Vinyl vs Wood Fence
If you’re considering installing a new fence you may have to choose between vinyl and wood. A wood fence over time will take more maintenance than a vinyl fence, but is easier to repair and has a cheaper upfront cost. Vinyl fences stand up to weathering and will keep a freshly painted look longer than a wood fence.
Wood and vinyl fences are similar in price, but depending on what style of fence you choose the vinyl option will usually range at a higher cost per foot. Chain link fence is usually the cheapest fencing option because of the minimal minerals used in the construction. The prices of materials will fluctuate based on the market price of goods, but because we are able to purchase in bulk we can pass the savings onto you. During our free on-site consultation, we will be able to give you the price comparison of materials for any project you have in mind.
Wood Fence Cost
Wood fences tend to have a cheaper upfront cost than vinyl because there is much less of a manufacturing process that goes into its production. Wood is sourced throughout the country where fence installation companies can purchase it wholesale. Discount Fence USA specializes in Western Red Cedar #2 grade which offers strength and durability to the elements at a fair price.
Vinyl Fence Cost
Vinyl fencing requires more upfront cost because of the manufacturing process and materials that are put into its production. Vinyl fencing is formed in molds using melted plastics and other synthetic materials. There are various companies on the market that make different styles of vinyl fences.
Durability is an important factor when picking a fence because you want your investment to last. The material should be able to hold up to the elements including sunlight, high winds, heat, and water damage. If you are looking for a fence that will last for years to come, both vinyl and wood options are good options.
Vinyl fence panels are popular for making a strong and cost effective solution for ranches that need to keep cattle and livestock in a large area. Because vinyl is a plastic it will be damaged by sun exposure. Some types of vinyl fences come with protective coatings and paints that allow them to last longer in high heat and exposure to U.V. rays.
Wood is strong and will hold up through the wear and tear of the elements if it is cared for appropriately. Wood is denser than vinyl which makes for a sturdy construction but is less flexible in high winds.
Fence paint and stain can not be applied to vinyl fencing. If you are looking to maintain a basic color vinyl fencing will hold up to the elements longer leaving your fence looking new.
Wood Fence Color
Wood fences can be painted or stained to achieve a wide array of different colors. We at Discount Fence offer fence stain options that hold up through time. Exterior paint can also be applied to your fence if you would like a white fence.
Vinyl fencing comes in various stock color, but one of the most common is white. The vinyl color that you pick will be easy to maintain and will hold up through time. Vinyl can not be painted with many exterior paints, so if you are not satisfied with the color you chose for your fence, it can be hard to change.
General fence maintenance is important to ensure that your property is safe and that your investment will last. For vinyl and wood fences very different kinds of maintenance are needed.
Because vinyl fences are weather resistant they will hold up to rain and weathering. However, plastics, especially white, will get dirty over time. In order to keep your fence looking new, you will need to wipe down the vinyl with soap and water. A pressure washer can also be used to clean the fence, but it should not be at a high-pressure level. Some plastics are brittle and will crack under the stress of pressurized water.
Wood Fence Maintenance
Wood fences may require some more work to maintain than vinyl fences do. Wood will soak in water and sun which can cause the fence to bow or rot. It is important to keep your wood fence protected from the elements by applying a fresh coat of paint or stain when it is looking dull. Dull wood will appear gray in tone and may have abnormal stains and streaks.
Exterior fence stain will protect the grain of your wood while giving it a nice look. Discount Fence USA offers fence staining and has many fence stain options available for you to choose from.
The repair process is important to keep in mind when you are choosing between wood and vinyl fencing. The main difference between the two fence types is the raw materials and accessibility.
Wood Fence Repair
Wood fences are easier to repair because the materials are easy to find at local hardware stores. For small repairs like a broken post or salt, it is easy to purchase a few materials to mend the area that you need.
Vinyl Fence Repair
Vinyl fencing is more difficult to repair when something breaks. Vinyl is more susceptible to heat and sun damage that may cause for some bends or cracks to form. Fixing just a few problem pieces of a vinyl fence is difficult because many of the parts have to be custom ordered. It can be difficult to purchase the single piece that you need and may require for you to buy a whole panel.
Discount Fence Can Help
At Discount Fence, we can help you choose the best fence for your yard. During our free on-site consultation, we will show you the various fence types we have to choose from and show you how it will look in your yard. Contact us for your free on-site consultation today!