When deciding which fence materials to use for your fence installation it’s important to consider how each material stacks up in regards to longevity, maintenance, and location. If fence durability is important to you you’ll want to select a strong, long-lasting fence material like stone. On the other hand, if you detest high-maintenance and want to avoid strenuous upkeep you may find yourself in search of Vinyl.
Let’s break down the pros and cons of popular fence materials to determine which will work best for your fencing project:
Unfinished/Pressure Treated Wood:
Unfinished/pressure treated wood will last several decades, though it requires refinishing every 3-4 years. While such wood can work well in areas where your fence will touch moist earth that could cause sagging, if you’re an resident in search of low-maintenance, pressure treated wood may not be the right choice for you. That’s because wood is affected by all weather conditions, as well as mold. Your wood fencing may also discolor in the sun if not properly cared for. While wood is a great choice for a number of projects and aesthetic settings, it’s important to know that such fencing will require attentive care.
Stained wood requires re-staining every 3-5 years via a simple spray application. As with unfinished/pressure treated wood, stained wood should be kept away from moisture and water systems.
Vinyl fencing will last indefinitely, thought projectiles (such as a baseball) could damage your fence and require replacement pieces. Ensure that your manufacturer offers a lifetime warranty. With Vinyl, most maintenance concerns are aesthetic and not structural so think low-maintenance aside from the occasion deep stain scrub. Vinyl also holds strong against most weather conditions despite misguided consumer fears.
A metal fence should last more than 100 years if you protect it against rust. Apply a rust-resistant finish and look into Aluminum or zinc/alloy fasteners that offer greater protection to ensure lower upkeep.
A stone fence will last thousands of years if built well, though you will need to watch out for cracks, chipping, destructive plants, loose stones, moisture and freezing. While a stone fence is highly durable, it requires an attentive eye.