There are two general options available when you want to install a privacy fence around your backyard or another area of the home: wood and metal. Both have the advantages and disadvantages you need to be aware of to help you decide which fencing material is best for your needs.
Wood is a popular choice for many homeowners. Wood comes in a variety of different styles, from pine to cedar. It can be stained to bring out the natural beauty of the wood or painted to complement the exterior colors of the home. Other advantages include:
- Wood is easier to work with than metal. You can cut wood if you need to alter its size during installation.
- Wood is easier to install. You only need screws or nails to secure fence sections to the posts.
- Wood tends to have a lower upfront cost than metal.
- Fence repairs can be easier. If part of a wood fence needs to be repaired because panels were damaged or posts need to be replaced, you only have to fix that part of the fence.
Even with these benefits, there are some drawbacks to wood fences you should know.
- Wood requires regular maintenance. You will need to stain or paint the fence annually to help maintain its appearance and protect the wood against rot and pests.
- Wood will eventually wear out and need to be replaced. Even with regular maintenance, the elements will win out and require you to install a new fence at some point.
You have several options available in metal from aluminum to wrought iron and chain link. Some of the benefits of choosing a metal fence for your home include:
- Metal fences require little-to-no maintenance. The metals are coated to help prevent corrosion and rust.
- Metal fences can be sturdier in extreme weather. Chain link and wrought iron perform better against high winds, hail, and other types of severe weather.
- Metal fences can last longer than wood. Metal is more durable and tends to last for a longer period of time.
Just like wood fences, metal fences do have their drawbacks, too.
- Metal fences have a higher initial upfront investment. While they do cost a bit more, keep in mind your maintenance costs are less and the fence does last longer.
- Metal fence designs can limit the styles and types of fences for your home.
- Fence repairs could be more cumbersome. Metal fences normally come in panel sections, and if part of a section is damaged the entire panel has to be replaced.
Both wood and metal have specific benefits and disadvantages. If you are “on the fence” about which material to use, an alternative option some people are using is a mixture of metal and wood to create unique fence designs for their homes.
For assistance in choosing the right fence materials or to request a free quote for fence installation in Austin, TX, please feel free to contact Barrier Fence at (512) 354-4409 today!