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What is the Difference Between Vinyl and Wood Fence?

Being at home for the past few months has had its ups and downs for most of us but one of our major ups here at Sungreen Landscaping Inc. is having had the opportunity to spend more time outdoors with our families. Nature walks, hiking, and best of all, spending way more time in the backyard.

Whether you have been enjoying a glass of wine after work on the porch or patio, grilling up some new recipes on the BBQ or just lounging in the sun, we think it’s safe to say that we will be using our outdoor spaces more than ever before this year. Enjoying your outdoor space with optimal satisfaction looks different in each household, but one thing that remains constant for most is the need for privacy.

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So if you are in the market for a new fence and in the process of researching what kind of fence may be best for your home, then this is the blog for you. We are going to debunk the constant battle between vinyl and wood fencing and hopefully leave you with some peace of mind of which fence option is best for you and your home.

Wood Fence

Wood fences are hard to lump into one category because there are a number of options suitable for our Calgary climate, and each option requires different maintenance. However, we are going to make this as concise as possible for you, for comparison purposes.

Pros

1. Traditional and timeless: pressure-treated pine and cedar fences are some of the most traditional fencings on the market. They are widely used across many residential communities because they offer ideal privacy and are relatively easy to maintain over the years.
2. Cost-effective: most wood fencing is cost-effective compared to its counterparts.
3. Rot-resistant: good quality wood fencing that is suitable for your local climate is almost always rot resistant.
4. Naturally deters insects: the oils in natural woods such as cedar will naturally deter insects from your back yard space.
5. Versatile: wood can be finished with a variety of designs or styles, and can be customized with your favourite stain or outdoor paint to perfectly suit your outdoor space.

Cons

1. Requires annual maintenance: in order to maintain the integrity and life span of your wood fence it will need some periodic love, care and maintenance – we suggest annual maintenance to ensure its integrity and aesthetic.
2. Weathering and discolouration can occur: wood is a natural material and therefore over time it will naturally begin to weather. Additionally, the wood will also change colour slightly over time with varying weather effects such as rain, snow and sunshine.

Vinyl Fence

For many years’ vinyl was the “new” material on the block; however, vinyl is very well known and accessible now. Like wood fencing, it is suitable for our Calgary climate, plus it has a long lifespan with very minimal maintenance.

Pros

1. The cost pays off: vinyl fencing does cost more than wood upfront but because it does not require the same kind of maintenance as wood, that cost will balance itself off over time.
2. Long lifespan: vinyl fencing will typically outlast a wood fence
3. Very easy to maintain: other than hosing down the fence when you see necessary, vinyl fences are pretty much maintenance-free. No need to stain or replace boards with a vinyl fence.
4. Insect, weather and rot-resistant: vinyl fencing is highly durable a will not warp, rot, or be affected by other uncontrollable debilitating factors over time.

Cons

1. Vinyl is vinyl: while vinyl fencing has a similar curb appeal as wood from afar, up close it is still vinyl. If you want the look, smell and feel of wood, vinyl isn’t the option for you
2. Intimidating cost: the upfront cost of vinyl may seem intimidating at first; however, as we mentioned above vinyl will actually save you money over time because there is little to no maintenance required.

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