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Wood vs Aluminum vs PVC: Your Options for Fence Materials

The type of material that you use for your fence plays a huge role in how well it functions. Different fence materials also have different aesthetic profiles that they lend to your yard. Three of the most common materials used for fencing are wood, aluminum, and PVC.  

If you know the most significant differences between these three, you can make an informed decision about which one to install in your yard. 

Wood Fence Materials

Wood fencing is an affordable fencing option that gives homeowners a great deal of choice. You can stain the wood to maintain a natural look, or paint it solid colors for a uniform appearance. 

Further, wood is a strong and heavy material, which means that it can work as a privacy or security barrier. Pressure treated lumber is the most affordable wood option you can choose, but more exotic hardwoods with their own appearance also exist. 

However, wood does need a lot of maintenance to prevent moisture damage from rotting the fence away. It is also susceptible to pest damage, as termites and carpenter ants can damage the structure of your fence. 

Aluminum Fence Materials

Aluminum is a low maintenance fencing material that can be easily installed on sloped surfaces. Aluminum is immune to rusting, which gives it a step up above other metals. As such, it requires next to no maintenance besides general cleaning. 

However, despite being low maintenance aluminum is unable to handle physical pressure very well. It is a soft metal and thus can dent or bend out of shape. 

Aluminum fencing also does not come in large flat panels. This limits your design options and means aluminum fences are not a great privacy screen. Aluminum is also more expensive when compared to wood or PVC fencing, though your actual price will vary depending on your fencing project. 

PVC Fence Materials

PVC, which is often referred to as vinyl, is a synthetic plastic that is made from salt and oil. As a plastic material, vinyl is able to withstand moisture and weather exposure without becoming damaged.  

As a synthetic material, vinyl is significantly more affordable than other types of fencing materials. More expensive and thicker vinyl fences exist, but in general, you can squeeze a vinyl fence into most budgets. 

Further, vinyl comes in a range of different colors and has the same coloring all the way through the material. This means that minor damage and cuts won't be visible. 

However, vinyl fences, while resistant to moisture damage and the elements, can be physically broken if hit with debris.  Further, vinyl fences are susceptible to damage in cold weather, as the material can get brittle. This makes them a poor choice as a security fence as well. 

Install a New Fence in Your Yard

Generally speaking, vinyl is the better choice when looking for affordability, while aluminum offers the longest lifespan and wood bridges the gap between the two while offering a natural appearance. 

If you've been able to make a decision about which of these three fence materials is best suited for your property, you should check out our custom fencing products. We will be able to match the right fencing property for your needs and can answer any questions that you may have. 

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