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Aluminum vs Stainless Steel: Which Makes a Better Fence Material?

Monday, May 3, 2021

Recent years have seen an unprecedented spike in home improvements. In line with this, the fencing industry experienced a 144% increase in business during 2020.

Are you one of these homeowners looking to benefit from the security and privacy that a residential fence provides? If so, you'll find a host of attractive options available to you.

Let's look at a comparison between aluminum vs stainless steel fencing to help narrow down your choices.

Aluminum vs Stainless Steel Durability

Stainless steel is a strong, durable metal that can last for decades when it's well-maintained. If you wipe your stainless steel fence down with a damp cloth every so often, it will stay at its best for many years.  

Unlike regular steel, stainless steel doesn't rust. It also stands up to impact and winds better than aluminum does. 

Paint adds an extra layer of protection to stainless steel fencing, but you'll need to apply a fresh coat at least once a year for best results. 

Aluminum never rusts and is extremely easy to maintain. All you need to do to keep your aluminum fencing in excellent condition is wash it down once a month with your garden hose.

You never need to paint or refinish an aluminum fence and it will still last for up to 50 years. 

Aluminum vs Stainless Steel Fencing Costs

Stainless steel's the most expensive type of fencing on the market today. Aluminum offers a cost-effective alternative, with many of the same aesthetic qualities.

It's also lightweight and easier to work with than steel. So, if you're hiring a fencing contractor, you'll pay less for labor and transport costs during your installation. 

Environmental Aspects

Aluminum's a sustainable and environmentally friendly material in several ways.

It's infinitely recyclable and the manufacturing process uses far less energy than steel. Unfortunately, mining the bauxite needed to produce aluminum may affect water sources in the countries where it's mined. 

The aluminum industry's committed to cutting down the environmental impact of aluminum manufacturing even more. 

Although it's also a recyclable material, steel has several negative environmental impacts. 

Steel manufacturing produces water contaminants, solid and hazardous waste, and noxious air emissions. 

Stainless Steel vs Aluminum Fencing Aesthetics

Aluminum fencing's easy to bend and shape into attractive designs and it can also mimic the look of expensive types of metal fences like wrought iron and steel.

This malleability also makes aluminum a good choice for oddly-shaped or sloping properties, since it's flexible enough to fit in anywhere. 

Deciding on the Best Fit For Your Home

Most homeowners look to their fencing budget as the deciding factor when choosing a fence for their home. However, you should never view budget constraints in isolation.

Ideally, you should also consider what each fencing type can add to your property regarding security and aesthetics.

Rather base your decision on the combination of these factors and the maintenance aspects of the fencing, than budget alone. 

Are you still undecided about aluminum vs stainless steel for your property? Get in touch and we'll happily offer advice on the best type of fence for your property.

We build your fence board-by-board ourselves, we never subcontract. Some of your friends and neighbors have probably already hired us, ask around and learn why Montco Fence is the number one family owned and operated fencing contractor for Phoenixville, King of Prussia, Downington, Norristown, Douglassville, Pennsburg, and nearby East Pennsylvania communities. Our services include, but are not limited to: Wood fencing (custom red cedar), PVC/Vinyl fencing, Chain link fencing, Aluminum fencing.
 

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