How To Decide If A Vinyl Or Wood Fence Is Right For You

The right material for a house fence will be secure, practical, and durable, all while aligning with your home's design style. Two of the top materials for fences are wood and vinyl, which are known for their strong ability to hold up well and for a long time. When deciding between these, the maintenance required and aesthetic you prefer will help you determine what style of fence your home needs.

PVC (polyvinyl chloride) plastic is a highly durable fence material with a very simple, reliable look. If you value a low-maintenance option with a modern aesthetic, vinyl fences might be right for you. On the other hand, wood could be the way to go if you prefer a classic, natural look and don't mind the upkeep to maintain it. From Douglas fir to pine, there are different types of wood with unique colors that can create a warm atmosphere in your backyard.

Consider the appearance and maintenance

Wood fences offer a traditional charm because of their warm colors and grainy textures. Installing a wood fence is also a reasonable DIY project. You get design freedom with things like the pattern and there are various ways to keep a wood fence affordable. Wood can hold up for a long time, but will require regular, proper care so it doesn't rot or break down due to the elements. It can also lose its color, which isn't ideal if you choose it to match something else in your yard or garden. Luckily, this can be prevented by applying a wood sealant or fence preservative when the fence is installed and regularly after.

Vinyl, on the other hand, is produced in certain colors that will always be reliable because the shade won't fade over time. If needed, vinyl can be painted over if you want to change the color of your fence, but note that this can be a complex process. Vinyl also doesn't need a lot of upkeep — it is good to go as soon as it's installed. For maintenance, you just need to wash it from time to time. A vinyl fence, though, isn't easy to DIY, so it's better to call in an expert. The installation typically costs anywhere from $2,200 to $5,800.