Choosing your ideal fence material can be a bit challenging, especially if you don’t have anyone to guide you on the journey. We see a lot of missteps for fence owners down the road. Over time, these decisions or slips can cost you time and money. Some of these common fence owner problems include:
- Falling behind on maintenance
- Failing to read up on city codes or neighborhood regulations
- Not accounting for children or pets
- Poor installation or placement
One of the biggest mistakes we see fence owners make is choosing the wrong material. Many homeowners love the aesthetic and overall appeal of wooden fences. However, what they don’t know is that there’s a world of trouble ahead of them. Wooden fences are difficult to maintain. We’re here to tell you about how vinyl is a much better option for your property.
Why Wood Isn’t Good
There are a lot of disadvantages to the timeless fence classic, wood. It’s vulnerable to a ton of damage and weathering. Up in Minnesota, this can be troubling for fence owners due to our inclement weather. Long winters can leave fences susceptible to a lot of moisture damage, something that is sure to take years off the lifespan of your fence. Mold isn’t anything to scoff at and can destroy a fence in no time.
Some other tricky hurdles for wooden fence owners are peeling or sagging wood. These are typically due to changing temperatures and are an inevitability over time. Painting and sealing wooden fences can curb these issues for a while, but you’ll need to stay on your toes with fence maintenance to prevent the constant problems.
The final and perhaps most damaging moisture-related problem for wooden fences is rot. This fence eating nightmare comes from microscopic fungi that are tricky to get rid of in the end. You may think you’ve gotten rid of it on your fence, but unless it’s completely killed, it can grow again when the conditions are right. It’s an endless cycle unless it’s properly dealt with.
As we mentioned, painting and staining your wood can protect it over time. However, this means that you’ll be doing a lot of painting and staining during your fence’s tenure. This is especially true if you want your fence to look nice. Paint can easily chip or fade, leaving it with a run-down finish.
The final straw for wood is that it’s susceptible to pest and termite damage. Termites love wood, and this isn’t news to anyone. Dealing with these pesky bugs can be troubling and expensive. Other pests you may deal with are:
- Carpenter ants
- Horntail wasps
- Carpenter bees
- Destructive beetles
All in all, wooden fences pose a lot of obstacles for home or property owners. When you take a step back and look, the negatives outweigh the positives. So, what’s the ideal alternative? Well, luckily there’s a fence type available that takes care of almost every problem we mentioned.
Vinyl the Best Option
Out of all the fence material alternatives, vinyl is our go-to pick for home and property owners. Why? Well, it’s the easiest to maintain, longest-lasting, and best-looking solution.
What exactly is vinyl? It’s a durable hard plastic, otherwise known as polyvinyl chloride. The smooth texture of vinyl fencing makes it easy to clean and difficult for dirt and debris to cling onto over time. As we mentioned, vinyl is sturdy and won’t typically require repairs. Here’s a list of some incredible benefits of this great fence material.
- Vinyl fencing is fireproof
- You don’t need to paint or stain it
- Won’t warp, chip, or fade like wooden fences
- Termites or other pests aren’t attracted to it
- Wide variety of colors and styles to choose from
Vinyl fencing is also the easiest to clean. We put together an All-Encompassing Guide To Fence Maintenance that goes over just how simple it is. Most of the cleaning comes down to spraying your fence down with your hose or using a sponge and soapy water. However, there’s some helpful information in there about tougher spots and algae staining.
Privacy vinyl fences are great for dog owners as well. The height and limited vision these fences provide will keep your dogs from getting distracted by other animals, cars, or neighbors. Fences like this can help curb potentially problematic barking behavior like barking as well. Here’s a great article we put together about building the right fence for your dog: Building the Perfect Fence for Your Dog.
Do It Right the First Time
Installing a wooden fence and then realizing how difficult it is to keep up with can be expensive, not to mention time-consuming. If you want to avoid the hassle of trying to keep up with wooden fence maintenance, and then replacing it — go with a vinyl fence.
We’ve helped home, and property owners install countless enclosures. During this time we’ve realized just how reliable vinyl fencing is, not to mention how much our customers love it. If you have any questions about what fence type is right for you or want a hand with your installation, contact us today. We’d love to help.