PVC Fences vs Wood Fences – What’s The Difference?

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While some of the most iconic fences in our country’s history have been all be made out of wood, PVC fences have been giving wood a run for its money. PVC, which stands for polyvinyl chloride, burst out onto the scene in the 1980s. While its original design left much to be desired, these fences have transformed to improve their look and durability. 

If you’re in the market for a new fence but can’t seem to decide between wood or vinyl fencing, you’ll need to consider how the two stack up. Let’s take a closer look to see a few differences between PVC and wood fences. 

Cost

At the initial cost, PVC fences are more expensive. However, after this payment, you won’t have to pay for much more. PVC fences require little to no maintenance and maintain their look for many years. As long as it’s regularly cleaned, there won’t be much work to do.

While wood may be cheaper at the outset, wood fences always require maintenance. If living in areas with extreme weather, wood fences are susceptible to rot or warped boards that will need replacing.

Maintenance

PVC fences require little to no maintenance. Except for a quick hose down now and then to clean off dirt, you won’t need to do much. 

However, when a vinyl fence is damaged by extreme weather, it can be difficult to repair. Many vinyl fences are sold as large panels. If you need to replace one plank, you may have to replace the entire section. 

To have a long-lasting wood fence, regular maintenance is essential. Wood needs to be cleaned and stained regularly to maintain the look it had at installation. Although wood can rot or weaken over time, it’s relatively painless to replace a few planks of wood.

Appearance & Durability

When deciding on a fence, it’s important to consider what it will have to withstand. Vinyl fences can handle extreme weather, decay, or fungus, while wood fences may be more affected by their environment. When it comes to appearance, vinyl fences are available in a variety of colors and can be chosen to accent your home.

Wood fences have been used for years and are strong and sturdy.  If treated well, a wood fence can last for decades, although it will require maintenance over time. 

Make sure to choose a wood like cedar or redwood that is resistant to decay. This will ensure the use of your fence for years to come. 

Wood fences also add the all American look to a home. It can bring character to your home, helping you to sell at a higher price if the time comes.

Which Fence is Right For You?

Whether you’ve decided on a PVC or wood fence, Liberty Fence Co is ready to help you install the right fence for you. With years of experience under our belt, we deliver long-lasting fences at a reasonable price. If you’d like to reach out for an estimate, go ahead and fill out our free fence estimate form. A member of our staff will reach out and contact you as soon as possible.

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