When you're looking for a new fence for your home, there are 3 main categories that you will have to choose from. You have either wood, vinyl or metal as the material that is used to create your new fence. Each one has its pros and cons, and depending on your needs, only one will really work for your home. But, how do you know what will work best for you if you don’t understand the differences between them? To answer any question you may have and hopefully help you make a decision on what is best for you, we are going to go through the pros and cons of each material and how that translates to your home.
First, we have Wood Fences. They are absolutely beautiful, make the perimeter of your house look amazing, and because of the different types of wood and design options, you can create a myriad of different designs. These fences are sturdy, look clean and uniform, and overall serve the purpose of a fence very well. The downside, however, is that it is one of the weaker materials, usually needs maintenance for wood rot or chipped paint and ultimately just doesn't last as a log. Installation is easy though and maintenance when you do need it is very fast. The price for a new wood gate is in the middle of the line for these three products. Vinyl is a bit less expensive, and metal is the more expensive option. It's an excellent choice for someone that needs a sturdy new fence that protects their home and allows for some great design elements.
Next, there is Vinyl. This fencing material is the most economical option for your home. However, it is also the most uniform. It is very cheap to install, and in some cases, you can even install it yourself. However, there are limited ways that you can add creativity to it. It comes in pretty standard designs and although it can mimic wood fences in some of its design features, you ultimately just can't get the same natural look and customizability of wood and metal. Additionally, vinyl in most cases is lined with aluminum which makes it more sturdy than it may appear and actually sturdier than most wood fences. A new vinyl fence is a great option for someone who just wants to get a new fence for their home that requires minimum man-hours to install and minimal maintenance, as well as beauty and protection for your home!
Lastly, we have metal fences. Fences made using metals such as aluminum, steel and wrought iron give you the greatest customizability, and longevity, but come with a larger upfront expense. These fences are more expensive than wood or vinyl because of the material they are made out of as well as the installation process. But, there are a lot of upsides. This is by far the most customizable of the materials so you can create incredible visibility of your home, floral designs, scrolls, balusters, accents and more to give your unique touch to one of the pieces of your home with the most curb appeal. It is also the sturdiest material you can use for your fence. It is both malleable and strong which makes it resistant to intruders and large impacts protecting your home from that rare stray car. It is also the most long-lasting. You won't have to have any maintenance done to this fence for decades, and the only real aspect of maintenance would be rust spots that can be created as a result of paint chips that lead to rusting of the metal. Of the materials that are used for these gates, we prefer to use wrought iron. However, aluminum and steel can be a good option as well.
Overall, it is your needs that dictate what type of fence you should get. If you want a simple, clean, sturdy fence for your home and you’re on a budget, I would recommend the Vinyl. If you want the white picket fence, or maybe a dog ear look with a more complete fence design, then wood is for you. And if you want superior visibility of your beautiful home, a sturdy fence and the ability to customize your new fence to your unique needs, a metal fence is your best bet.
I hope his post has helped you feel better equipped or at least a bit more knowledgeable about the most common materials used to build fences. If you have any questions about our wrought iron fences, gates, railings, and stairs feel free to give us a call at (916) 295-6877 or you can email the owner at Bill@irishiron.com.
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