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Vinyl vs Wood Fence: Which Is Right for Your Property?

Your home is somewhere you live and somewhere you take pride in. If you are reading this, you likely want your home to look as good as possible. 

Considering that there are nearly 144 million homes in the United States, one feature that could help with this along with setting some boundaries is installing a fence. 

However, there are multiple types of fences that you can install. Two of your options are wood fencing and vinyl fencing. 

What are the main differences between a vinyl vs wood fence? Which one is the right type of fence for you? 

This guide breaks it down. 

Vinyl vs Wood Fence 

To understand which type of fence that you should go with, you are going to need to know the pros and cons of each. From there, you can decide which type of fence is right for you. 

Let’s take a look at the pros and cons that each of these fences has to offer. 

Pros of Wood Fencing 

One of the main pros of wood fencing is that it is likely going to be cheaper to install this. That is because these types of fences tend to be easier to create and also have lighter material. As a result, you will save upfront costs by going in this direction. 

Another thing you need to think about with this type of fence is what type of setting you have. If you are someone near a forest or a generally more rural area, this fence can help your house blend in with the rest of the property. 

For example, let’s say there’s a lot of big trees and dirt right behind your house. In that environment, you may prefer to have a wooden fence because it fits more with the theme of the entire environment around you. 

Another way that this can benefit you is if you want to create an environment that feels more like a home. Many people believe that the right touch of wood fencing can add a rustic feel to your home. As a result, this may create an environment that makes people feel more at home. 

Think about what environment you have around your home and how you want yourself and others to feel when they see your home. If that is important to you, it may be worth considering going this route. 

Cons of Wood Fencing 

Now that we have the pros out of the way, let’s get to the cons of this type of fence. 

The main con is the maintenance that may be required for this fence. This is especially the case if you plan to live in the home for several decades. 

With wooden fences, you are likely going to be lucky to get more than 15 years out of it. After that, you are going to have to replace it and that can add up to more money than you may be willing to invest in your home. 

Something else that you may want to think about is the privacy you want for your home. If you are someone that wants to have as much privacy as possible on your property, a wood fence may not be your best option for this. 

That is because this type of fence has weaker material. As a result, you are more likely to hear the sounds of your neighbors and they will be able to hear you. On top of this, you may be more likely to see your neighbors as well. 

This may not be a bad thing for everybody but if you are not someone that likes these things, it could be worth reconsidering. 

Pros of Vinyl Fencing 

One of the biggest pros to vinyl fencing is the privacy that you will automatically get with this. That is because this material tends to be more solid and it is built high and thick enough that you can block out anything going on next door. 

Another thing you may like about this is how long this material lasts. If there are no major incidents or natural disasters that impact your fence, it could last a decade longer than a wooden fence. 

If you live in your house for several decades, this could mean potentially never needing another fence for as long as you live there. Considering people put in up to 4% of their home’s value in annual maintenance costs, this could be a nice way to save on that. 

Cons of Vinyl Fencing 

The main con with this type of fence is that it is going to cost more money to install this fence. You may be in a situation where you are in a starter home and are not sure if this is going to be a permanent home for you. 

With that in mind, if you move out of your home less than a decade after you install the fence, some people may argue that it was a waste of money to go that route. 

Think about how long you want to stay in this home before making a final decision. 

Pick the Right Fence for You 

So, what is better between a vinyl vs. wood fence? Truthfully, it is going to depend on your circumstances. 

For people that want their home to blend more with the environment and feel less certain about how long they will stay in the home, a wood fence may be your best bet. For those that want less maintenance and a fence with a better lifespan, a vinyl fence may be for you. 

Either way, you can get a fence quote here to start the process. 

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Stronger Fencing

Compared to wood, vinyl fencing is much stronger. Vinyl fencing is flexible and durable, which helps vinyl out-perform wood fencing in windy conditions and with environmental exposure to UV rays and weather.

More Options Available

Vinyl fencing is available in a wide variety of configurations to match any property, home, or purpose. Iconic, white vinyl picket fences give a feel of classic Americana with that white-picket-fence-style. Darker vinyl fences can be installed to make a space look more elegant or modern. From short picket to tall privacy, vinyl fencing can be designed to enhance your backyard or business.

Easy To Clean

Vinyl fencing can be cleaned easily with a regular garden hose. If you get a little mildew from moisture or shady conditions, you can use a mild dish soap and then spray off the fence with a garden hose. Vinyl fences are very easy to clean.

Beautiful Vinyl Fences

Vinyl fences are a bright, bold fence choice. Available in a variety of colors, vinyl fencing can be installed in a many configurations to help you enhance the beauty of your property. And, because vinyl isn’t as porous as wood, vinyl fences retain their color and finish much longer than wood fencing so you can enjoy your fence for years to come.

A Good Neighbor Fence

Unlike most fence types that have a “good side” and a “bad side,” with your Trex fence, you will get the same beautiful finish on either side. No unsightly picket defects or exposed support railings. A Trex fence is beautiful no matter what side of the fence you are on. 

25 Year Limited Lifetime Warranty

The power of the outdoors has met its match. Trex is engineered to endure decades of foul weather and foot traffic…with the warranty coverage to prove it. 

With our 25-Year Limited Residential Warranty, you can rest assured that your backyard investment is well protected.

Low Maintenance

Trex fencing can be cleaned easily with a regular garden hose . If you get a little mildew from moisture or shady conditions, you can use a mild dish soap and then spray off the fence with a garden hose. Trex fences are very easy to clean and typically only require it semi-annually,  making them a great option for low-maintenance fencing.

Eco-Friendly Fencing

 Trex eco-friendly composite fencing is made from an innovative blend of 96% recycled wood and plastic—that’s almost the whole thing. Trex fencing led the way green fencing more than 20 years, well before green was a buzzword. Because in the end, all of us want to look out on our fences and know that we’ve done our part. As one of the largest plastic recyclers in the U.S., Trex saves 400 million pounds of plastic and wood from landfills each year.

Never Shrink, Warp or Rot

PostMaster+ fences are designed for more than just presenting a seamless fence, it is an investment in peace of mind.

PostMaster+ is designed to not shrink, warp or rot like wood posts.

Up To 112mph Winds

Your PostMaster+ fence system can be configured to withstand up to 112 MpH winds.

Steel posts protect your investment from damaging wind while cedar offers protection from bugs, rot, and warping.

Limited Lifetime Warranty

You can feel confident in your investment as it comes with a Lifetime Limited warranty.

No other wood fence post even comes close to the performance and longevity of this innovative fencing system.

Hidden Posts

PostMaster+ is the only steel fence post on the market designed to be hidden from view.

Both sides of your fence will showcase beautiful cedar posts while the steel on the inside creates a durable, long-lasting fence.

Limited Lifetime Warranty

RADIUS metal fences have a Limited Lifetime Warranty that protects against cracking, peeling, chipping, blistering and corrosion resulting in structural failure, without cause and workmanship and material defects through the manufacturer.

High Security Fencing

Maintaining a secure perimeter is your first line of defense against potential threats. A metal fence from RADIUS serves as a visual deterrent backed with heavy metal components that give a higher level of protection compared to traditional alternatives.

Coated Galvanized Steel

All RADIUS metal fences are coated inside and out. Our galvanized steel framework is subjected to a multi-stage pre-treatment/wash, followed by a duplex cathodic electrocoat system consisting of an epoxy primer, which significantly increases corrosion protection, and an acrylic topcoat, which provides the protection necessary to withstand adverse weathering effects.

Seamless Design

Our metal fence panels are fabricated through a welding technique that combines laser and fusion technology to create a virtually invisible structural connection at every picket to rail intersection. RADIUS welded steel construction is unmatched in strength and durability.

Modern Design

FenceTrac’s revolutionary, innovative fence system features one of the most modern, sleek designs on the market. Not only are these fences long-lasting, but they are also highly customizable as well as fashionable.

Stronger Trac Channels

FenceTrac U-channels are manufactured from 18-ga. roll-formed galvanized steel for superior strength and durability. This system is built to be long-lasting and customizable to match any yard.

Versatile Infill

Want to create a super durable fence that’s as unique as you? With a FenceTrac system you can pair their patented, durable U-channels with the infill that best fits your style. FenceTrac is designed to be used with nearly any type of rigid infill, so you can create the exact look you want.

Metal Frame

FenceTrac comes in with a durable textured matte black powder coat finish consisting of a multi-stage process of industrial, weather-resistant finish. The sturdy metal frame creates a stronger, longer-lasting fence. FenceTrac’s metal frame is also compatible for fencing sloped grades with precision. 

Stronger Posts & Hardware

A benefit of choosing RADIUS to install your chain link fence is that we use only the most durable posts and hardware.

Chain-link fences are known for being the last fences standing during hurricanes, tornados, and other severe weather events.

Top Rails For Structure

At RADIUS, we believe it’s important to go the extra mile to ensure your investment is built to last.

Adding a top rail to your chain link fence project creates an extra level of durability and security.

Premium Chain Link Mesh

Our chain link mesh offers a high level of security for residential, commercial, and industrial properties.

Manufactured with you in mind to provide you with security and beauty at the same time.

Nice Finishing Caps

At RADIUS, we pride ourselves on putting in the little details that make your fence unique to you. Ask your representative about adding premium finishing caps to your Chain Link fence project.

Rails And Nails - With Purpose

Much like our fence pickets, RADIUS takes care of which rails and nails we build with. Our standard back rails for wood privacy fencing are constructed of prime Douglas fir species wood. This provides superior stiffness and no more warping/twisting (seen in treated pine materials).

Getting all of these great products together is important too! We use a specialty winged tip Coated wood-to-metal screw the size of your pinkie to hold the rails to our steel posts. Once set up, the pickets get finished on the installation with Galvanized coated ring-shank nails. No need for screws on our pickets – it’ll take a crowbar or more to get these nails out when applied correctly.

Better Fence Pickets

RADIUS builds with only the best fence pickets. These are not the typical fence pickets anyone can buy from the local big-box stores. RADIUS has partnered with suppliers to provide the highest quality wood fencing materials.

Our typical offering is the premium #2/BTR Wood Fence picket from Alta Forest Products. Their Western Red Cedar has the more time-tested quality results of all wood species in the Tulsa market. We also have other #1 Cryptomeria Japonica wood and some Prime Douglas fir options. We stay on top of the trends and teach each of our customers the intricacy of changes in the Wood Privacy Fencing market.

Stronger Posts

RADIUS understands that your fence is as strong as the posts that are used to build your wood residential privacy fence. Our team was instrumental in being at the forefront of bringing the Galvanized 2-1/2” Square steel posts to the Tulsa fence market. We not only offer these solid stalwarts but have access to other styles such as the Postmaster+ post options too.

Our standard is to set these in a concrete footer, utilizing a myriad of installation methodologies according to your exact soil conditions and site arrangements. Having experts design and install your fence is our standard – just like the steel posts we install daily.

Decorative Details & Designs

RADIUS goes the extra mile in every detail of your wood fence project. Add Cap & Trim for a simple, elegant feel – or look into our new Horizontal wood fencing solutions – the possibilities are nearly endless with our team’s unlimited design scope experience and talent.

We travel to major conventions and conferences to learn about all of the great innovations that continue to flood the North American market. RADIUS is known for its leadership in the fencing world, especially for unique wood privacy fence solutions.