No. The initial investment for vinyl is much less than for custom ornamental iron fencing. Compared with decent-quality wood and metal fencing, the initial cost of vinyl may seem to be a bit more, but when you consider that vinyl requires no sanding, priming or painting, the installed costs are about the same. However, the most meaningful comparison for most homeowners is the total cost over the lifetime of the product or over the years that the property is owned. In the long run, vinyl is by far the most economical type of fencing you can buy. Vinyl will never fade, rot, rust, peel or look old. It resists cracking and never needs painting, so there’s no paint to chip off. That means it never needs to be repainted or replaced due to aging or weathering.