Lets discuss fence and gate materials. Wood vs. Vinyl. Which is more stable? Affordable? Durable during crazy winds and rains or hot summers?
Well, our finding is… VINYL.
Vinyl can stand up to harsh weather, rats, deterioration, and mold. It can last you many years to come with very little care on your part. Don’t get us wrong, wood can last on average 15-20 years, but it’ll slowly break down over time and you will have to repair and replace the fence’s lumber, here and there, depending the type of wood particles your fence or gate is made of. You can invest in a pressure-treated and chemically-treated product and apply a preservative sealant if you want it to last as long as possible. Yes, more work! Stay with vinyl if you want a strong, longer lasting fence.
Long Lasting Maintenance
Vinyl fencing requires very little maintenance. You can hose it off from time to time to remove built up dirt or just wait for the rain to do so! Wood, on the other hand, requires a lot more work if you want it to look clean and last many years to come. It will need to be cleaned periodically, treated, stained every year for the first three years, and stained every other year after that (and unfortunately, staining can be expensive and time-consuming). Plus, wood rots as the years go by. As it distorts and begins to fall apart or crack, you will need to replace the damaged wood panels.
Vinyl may be more expensive than wood upfront (depending on the type of wood chosen). After your initial cost, the cost to maintain vinyl is very low. Except in cases of difficult weather, your vinyl fencing should stay secure and beautiful for years to come without costly maintenance or repairs. Wood, while possibly cheaper upfront (depending on type of wood), does require recurrent treatments and stains. Because it doesn’t last as long as vinyl, you may need to replace your wood fence after so many years, far sooner then vinyl.
When considering wood vs vinyl fencing, also consider the size of your project. If your budget is small but your site is large, you may want to go with wood (unless you plan to live in this home 15 years down the line). But if the area you will be fencing is small and you can afford the upfront cost, choose vinyl.
Many favor the look of a real wood fence. It is traditional, offers an all-American appeal, and has a lot of charm. However, wood also breaks down more quickly. Over time it may become discolored, decomposed, rotten, and perhaps even consumed by termites or other pests. All this to say: if you want your fence to remain pristine and beautiful, choose vinyl. You won’t have to worry about chipping paint, fading stain treatments, termites, or weathering. Whichever material you choose, be sure to select a high-quality fence and have it installed correctly by a professional, as these factors will influence the fence’s life cycle.
Whatever your linking, call your gate professionals for an estimate.