Want some privacy around your house? If your answer is ‘yes’ to these questions, we believe you are in dire need of a vinyl privacy fence. Unfortunately, choosing a fence isn’t an easy task either. With so many alternatives available, it can be overwhelming for you to decide. Vinyl and wood fences come with their advantages and disadvantages. Vinyl fencing offers priceless properties, whereas wood fences excel in other categories.
So, let’s consider some essential properties to compare our two fencing options based on these categories.
Vinyl fencing, in general, lasts almost twice as long or even longer as the wooden fence does. In addition, many vinyl fences often come with a lifetime warranty. Therefore, you can expect vinyl fences to last for 100 years if well maintained if you want numbers. In comparison, wooden fences have a shorter lifespan and last for 15-20 years with regular maintenance and repairs.
The major culprit behind the low durability of wooden fences is moisture. Unfortunately, wood is susceptible to moisture damage. Fences made of wood sag and decay in the worst-case situation. Similarly, not all types of wood fencing are resistant to insects and termites. On the other hand, paints and preservative sealants can help avoid certain types of wood damage. But it might need repairing every few years. On the other hand, a vinyl fence has no issue with moisture and pests. As a result, they do not rot or decay, and this fact alone boosts their lifespan by decades.
Well, both the vinyl and wood fences do a brilliant job in aesthetics. But, as we all know, wood has a rustic classic appearance that many homeowners seem to prefer. The unique grain on each picket and wood’s natural texture and warmth surely look fantastic on fences. You can choose your wooden fence to be of any color. Wood fences also come in many designs, from scalloped picket-style fences to full-privacy vertical board fences. Vinyl fences also give stiff wood competition in this criteria. If you think that installing a vinyl fence on your property meant installing a plain white boring fence, well, you’re wrong! These days, the vinyl category offers a variety of patterns such as DuraGrain and stone to imitate the natural look.
- Property Value
As long as your fences are clean, durable, and well-maintained, both wood and vinyl fences help improve your property value. Of course, you have to make sure that the wood fence should be rotten or decayed if you have one. In the case of vinyl, ensure the fence is clean and doesn’t need any major repairs. However, remember that many buyers prefer the traditional wooden appearance on the fences.
- Cleaning And Maintenance
Since the home’s upkeep is already draining, we often don’t have time and energy to clean the outdoors, including the fence. So, it’s natural to be inclined to the fencing system that requires less maintenance and is easy to clean. Well, the good news is that vinyl fencing is incredibly low maintenance. A period rinse with a garden hose is enough.
On the other hand, wood is susceptible to moisture, mold, and mildew. To clean them, you will need to scrub them using cleaners. Wooden fences also need repainting and resealing with preservatives every once and then. This refinishing cost makes the overall maintenance cost for wood fences costly compared to vinyl fences.
- Repairs And Replacement
Both vinyl and wood fences need occasional repairs. Repairing vinyl fences is fairly easy, and most homeowners can do it independently. Moreover, as these fences are moisture and weather resistant, you don’t have to worry about once sagging or decaying. However, as vinyl fence often come as prefabricated privacy fence panels, damage to one or two pickets might require you to replace the entire panel. But in case of repairs and replacements in wood fences, you can easily replace only the damaged part, which will cost you much less. However, if not experienced in woodworking, you will have to seek costly professional help for the purpose.
Vinyl and wood fences come at various styles and prices, depending on the style and quality. On the other hand, Vinyl fences are often more expensive than wood fences. However, because you can install it yourself and because vinyl fences are low-maintenance and long-lasting, they are unquestionably the most cost-effective fencing option in the long run. On the other hand, untreated pine wood fences are the least expensive, and the price range rises as the quality of the wood improves, i.e., tropical hardwood fences are more expensive.
Ease of Installation
Both wood and vinyl fencing typically come out better when a professional fence company is installed. But if you are a DIYer, vinyl fencing is easier to work with than wood because the vinyl panels are considerably lighter than wooden panels. In addition, many PVC fence products are designed for easy assembly, with posts that are notched to accept rails and matching panel brackets available.
Why go for Duramax Fences?
Vinyl fences are extremely cost-effective because the panels are recyclable and come with a lifetime warranty. Duramax Fences has proven its worth by providing high-quality items to its consumers throughout the years. This 20-year-old business is known for producing low-maintenance, long-lasting fences. Duramax fences have thicker walls to prevent them from breaking, deforming, or falling off over time, as well as a powerful routing system to link the fence panels together. Duramax fences are also heat, cold, and rain resistant, making them perfect for all seasons throughout the year. Furthermore, Duramax vinyl fences turn yellow over time, although they are quite easy to clean. All you need is a good cleaning with a garden hose, and you’re done.
Duramax vinyl fences have the strongest UV stability and weatherability of any vinyl fences today. The added benefit is over 12 parts of Titanium Dioxide and UV inhibitors, which protect the fences from UV rays. Although the vinyl fencing industry only meets the basic requirements, our Duramax fences exceed ASTM standards. You get a limited-time warranty when you buy a Duramax vinyl fence!
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