Investing in a new fence is a big decision, but one that you will definitely not regret. If you are simply going to replace your existing commercial chain link fences or other fence material, keeping the same posts, and perimeter design, you mainly need to think about the style and material of your replacement product. That is, some products are very cheap and easy to take care of, but they may not be the most stylish choices on the market. On the other hand, some of the more stylish choices are a little more difficult to take care of. This article compares wood and vinyl fencing products.
Wood is probably the first material that comes to mind when you are shopping for fencing materials, especially if you are considering a dog-ear or picket style fence. However, wood isn't as popular as it used to be because many homeowners choose to invest in low maintenance synthetic materials that have fake wood finishes. Not all wood products are the same when it comes to water resistance and durability. Pretty much every wooden product is going to need a little bit of care and TLC over years. So, if you are going to invest in wood, you need to be able to deal with a little bit of maintenance.
However, many people love the fact that wood can be customized. Of all of the possible fencing materials, wood is the easiest to repaint or stain. Not only does this enable homeowners to apply a finish that matches with their existing home color schemes, it also enables them to update and change their colors they want. This is a particular perk for homeowners who are constantly updating their home style.
On the other hand, many other homeowners are more interested in owning a product that they never worry about after it is installed. Vinyl is one material that is perfect for people who aren't interested in DIY maintenance or upkeep. A vinyl fence does not need to be painted or stained. The actual vinyl pieces are dyed, so they are the same color on the inside or outside. The surface is also waterproof. In fact, even if the exterior of your vinyl does get scratched, it won't affect the waterproof characteristics of the vinyl. That is, the core of your vinyl fence will still be waterproof, it won't be affected, even if it is soaked in water.
It is easy to see why vinyl and wood are both such popular fencing materials.