So as we know, the two most common materials used for making fences are wood and vinyl. Both of these have their pros and cons and depending on what your priorities and desires are, each one might end up being the ideal choice for your fence. Here are a couple of points you’ll want to take into consideration if you’re trying to decide which material to use for your fence:
· What are your aesthetic goals and what would you like your fence to look like?
· Why are you getting a fence?
· What issues with maintenance will you be facing?
· How long will you need the fence for?
· How time consuming is the building project going to be?
· And most importantly: what’s your budget and what are you looking to spend?
Before you get into anything else, you’ll want to establish why you’re getting a fence. Do you need something to simply look good? Are you trying to keep your pets or kids from running out onto the road? Are you looking for more privacy in your yard? Depending on what you’re looking for, you’ll be better able to narrow down your search.
Take into account the amount of maintenance that’s needed for wood and vinyl respectively. If you’re willing to put in the time and money, then wood fences might be for you. They do require maintenance from time to time so you’ll need to be prepared for that. Vinyl, on the other hand, requires absolutely no upkeep once installed; besides the occasional hosing down to keep it clean, of course. So when it comes to maintenance, vinyl definitely comes out on top.
As far as aesthetics go, it’s really up to personal preference, since you can make great-looking fences from both vinyl and wood. You can get fancy, cute, classy, simple, and much more from either one.
As far as longevity goes, vinyl is the definite choice. If you’re looking for something that’s going to last for years and years, choosing vinyl will land you with a solid 10 years of quality fence with minimal maintenance.
And finally, what’s the cost? We can safely say that vinyl and aluminum fences are more expensive than wood.
So armed with these tips you should be better equipped to make your decision on which material to use.
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