Comparing Fence Materials

Thinking of installing a new fence but not sure what material to use? There is a wide variety of materials to choose from such as vinyl, aluminum, chain, and wood fence.   When comparing fence materials, you must take into consideration your budget, functionality, durability, style preferences, and how much maintenance it will require. The following pros and cons of different fencing materials will help you make an informed decision on what fencing material to install.

Vinyl Fencing

Pros

Vinyl fencing has become a highly popular choice among homeowners.  Vinyl fencing offers long durability, a wide variety of decorative styles, colors and realistic wood grains and finishes.  It requires very little maintenance, does not require repainting and does not warp, rot or blister. Vinyl fencing does not require repainting and does not warp, rot, or blister. Vinyl fencing easily adapts to any architectural style.

Cons

Although vinyl fencing is extremely durable, some sub-grade products can break with high winds or from a high impact if hit by a golf or baseball. It is therefore important to understand the quality of the product.Vinyl fencing typically has a higher cost than wood upfront.

Aluminum Fencing

Aluminum Fencing

Pros

Aluminum is a strong, durable material that doesn’t rust and is highly affordable.  It is very low-maintenance and does not require repainting or re-staining. It is also very versatile, offering a wide range of colors and styles to complement your home. It provides as much elegance as wrought iron, without the high cost and maintenance.

Cons

Aluminum isn’t as strong as steel or iron.

Wood Fencing

Wood Fencing

Pros

Wood is highly attractive and adds curb appeal to your home. It can be painted or stained any color you like and is less expensive than vinyl or composite fencing. It gives your home a natural appearance and works great for privacy fences.

Cons

Wood requires a lot of maintenance and you will have to paint it and stain it frequently in order to keep it looking nice. Over time, this high maintenance will be costly and time-consuming.

Chain-Link Fencing

Chain Link Fencing

Pros

Chain link fencing is highly durable, economical, and maintenance-free.

Cons

Not very attractive and lacks privacy.

After considering these pros and cons, it will be easier for you to choose a fence material.  Remember to always hire a professional fence company to install your new fence. For over 30 years, Campanella Fence has been providing quality products and excellent solutions to residential and commercial clients in the Westchester, NY 5 county area.