For years, wood was the material of choice for fencing. Lately, however, many homeowners have begun choosing vinyl over wood for their yards. While vinyl fencing does offer benefits such as less required maintenance and a longer life expectancy, this does not mean wood is not still the better choice for some homeowners. Consider the following advantages of wood – it just might be the best fencing option for you.
Wood is affordable.
If you're on a budget – even if it's not a terribly tight one – wood is a material that will allow you to enclose your yard without breaking the bank. Wood fencing costs an average of $16 per foot, whereas vinyl costs $30 per foot. Aluminum is even more expensive at an estimated $40 per foot. The only common fencing type that is cheaper than wood is chain-link fencing, and this is more typically used in industrial and commercial settings than in backyards.
Wood has a natural, rustic look.
If you live in the country or have a rustic-style home, there is nothing that compares to the natural look of wood. Vinyl fences can be made to resemble wood, but once you get close, you can tell the difference. Choose from woods like cedar, cypress, oak and cherry to get the exact look you want. As your fence ages, you can change its look by re-staining it or painting it if you like – and it will still have the same underlying, rustic character.
Wood is an eco-friendly choice.
Wood does not need to be manufactured in a plant that gives off pollution. When your fence reaches the end of its life, it will break down and return to the earth rather than sitting in a landfill for hundreds of years. It is all natural, and it's a renewable resource. More trees can always be grown. If you're particularly concerned about the environment, make sure you buy from a lumber company that uses sustainable growing practices. The good ones make sure they replant a tree for each one they take down.
Wood is easy to repair.
If you have a vinyl or metal fence and part of it becomes damaged, you'll likely need to hire a fencing contractor to come excise the damaged portion and replace it. On the other hand, with a few basic tools and DIY skills, you can replace wooden boards and posts yourself. This will save you money on repairs over the life of your wooden fence.
If you're looking for an attractive, affordable, eco-friendly fence for your yard, go with the classic: wood.
For a fencing contractor, contact a company such Professional Fencing 2000 Fence Builders.