Difference Between Vinyl and Wood Fence Material

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Are you interested in adding a fence to your property? Not all fences are alike. Specifically, the type of material you choose can make a big difference.

When building a privacy fence, a picket fence, or a farm fence, you can use one of two types of materials: vinyl or wood.

Here is some important information on the differences between these materials.

Wood fencing

Wood is all natural, but also requires a higher level of maintenance. Any wood fence is going to move, shift, warp, twist, and crack over time. Certain factors may cause this shifting, warping, twisting, and cracking to be more severe or happen more quickly. Regardless, you can expect to perform regular maintenance every 3-5 years, such as replacing boards and posts, re-adjusting the gate, and re-staining the fence. While wood is the most economical choice of materials when building a fence, the time and expense of this maintenance also should be taken into account.

Wood has a classic appeal. It has been used for decades on both privacy and decorative fences. Its versatility will bring style and character to your home or business.

Remember… not all types of wood are alike. Pine, for example, will move and warp more than cedar. However, cedar—especially the western red variety—wood is softer and will rot more quickly unless it is sealed, and regular maintenance is kept up.

Read our blog about why wood warps, twists, shifts, and cracks to learn some ways you can limit these effects in your wooden fence.

Vinyl fencing

Vinyl, which also is referred to in the fencing industry as PVC, carries a lifetime manufacturer’s warranty. Although vinyl is not a natural product, it requires very little upkeep or maintenance. It will not warp, crack or twist like wood—and there is no need to stain it. The warranty on a vinyl fence even can be transferrable, in the event you sell your property.

Just as there are different kinds and grades of wood, there are different varieties of vinyl fencing. Some grades are higher quality than others, and there are some cheaper, lesser quality products on the market.

A vinyl fence still may need a certain level of maintenance after installation. Specifically, adjustments may need to be made around the gate or certain posts as the ground settles. A vinyl fence also needs to be cleaned, but this is a fairly simple task that can be performed with bleach and a hosepipe. A vinyl fence also may be more susceptible to damage from lawnmowers or other objects. Repairing a vinyl fence can be expensive—after all, you cannot just go to a lumber store and purchase a new board—and may require hiring a professional fence company to resolve the damage. When having a vinyl fence installed, be sure to request a product backed by a lifetime warranty, and make sure your new fence includes a bottom rail stiffener.

Need help deciding which type of fence is right for you? Let the professionals at MT Fence & Deck help. Our staff has decades of experience in all types of fencing and can help determine the right type of fencing for your property, and go through the pros and cons of each type. To schedule a consultation with one of our pros, contact our office by calling (931) 224-7186.

MT Fence & Deck is proud to serve consumers in the areas of Murfreesboro, Nashville, and Mt. Juliet in middle Tennessee.

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