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Switching to Vinyl: The Benefits of Vinyl Fence vs. Wood Fence

Switching to Vinyl: The Benefits of Vinyl Fence vs. Wood Fence

If you currently have a wood privacy fence surrounding your home but are considering an upgrade, vinyl fencing may be a great option to consider. When many homeowners review the advantages of vinyl fence, they decide to replace their old wood fencing with a new beautiful vinyl fence!

  • Low Maintenance
  • Durability – Longer Lifespan
  • Aesthetics
  • Long Term Value
  • Eco-Friendly
  • Enhanced Curb Appeal
  • Discover Your Vinyl Fencing Options
  • How Much Does it Cost?- Save Money

Low Maintenance is a Major Benefit of Vinyl Fencing

One of the biggest advantages of vinyl fencing is that it requires very little maintenance compared to wood fencing. With wood fences, you need to periodically seal, stain or paint the fence to protect it from the elements. This can be time-consuming and costly. Vinyl fence material never need painting or staining. It is also not susceptible to rotting, mold growth or termite damage like wood. While vinyl fencing does accumulate dirt over time, a simple cleaning with soap and water is all that is needed to restore its appearance. The ultra-low maintenance requirements of vinyl fencing material makes it a fantastic choice for homeowners who want a privacy fence, but don’t have the time for frequent upkeep.

Vinyl Offers Superior Durability and Weather Resistance

When it comes to standing up to the elements, vinyl outperforms wood. Vinyl won’t warp, rot, crack or splinter when exposed to moisture like wood can. The plastic composition makes vinyl waterproof and highly resistant to humidity and heat, which can quickly degrade and discolor wood. Vinyl is designed to maintain its integrity and appearance over decades of exposure to sun, wind, rain and temperature extremes. This exceptional durability meets the stringent requirements for permitting in coastal regions.

Wood fences that we traditionally see more of in Northern California will require more maintenance over the years. Since wood fences are vulnerable to rot, warping, and cracking many of our customers are now moving from wood fences over to vinyl fencing. For the most part vinyl is virtually maintenance free fence other than giving it an occasional wash with the garden hose and some dish soap.

Abundant Styles to Suit Any Aesthetic

Vinyl fencing is available in a huge range of styles to match any home’s architecture and the homeowner’s personal taste. Options include classic straight picket fences in white, as well as more modern, contemporary designs. For a natural wood look, vinyl planks are designed to mimic wood grain patterns. Customizable fence pieces allow you to mix and match components to create a truly unique fence style. Since vinyl holds up so well against weathering, the chosen aesthetic will remain intact for decades without re-staining or other maintenance.

Vinyl Fencing Offers Long-Term Value

Vinyl fencing does carry a higher upfront cost than wood, priced per linear foot installed. However, when you consider the total cost over decades, vinyl is actually the better value. With wood fences, you’ll spend money repeatedly on repairs, sealing, staining, etc. Wooden fence typically need regular maintenance especially in areas of extreme temperatures and wet conditions. Homeowners tend to have to replace rotten fence posts and rails. The data shows that the best long term investment is a vinyl fence that typically have a lifespan of 20-50 years with proper care.

Eco-Friendly Attributes of Vinyl Fencing

While vinyl is a plastic product, it is surprising environmentally friendly. The polyvinyl chloride (PVC) used in vinyl fencing can be recycled at the end of its life cycle. Producing vinyl requires less energy than obtaining and treating wood. No trees are harvested for vinyl production. Additionally, since vinyl isn’t sourced from trees, it also doesn’t need to be treated with any chemicals or solvents for maintenance like a wood fence does. One upside on the other hand of wood fencing is that it is naturally biodegradable and can be recycled into mulch or other usable materials when it wears out. The exceptional longevity of vinyl fencing also boosts its green factor. Since it lasts so long without replacement, less vinyl material is ultimately needed. In the end the environmental friendliness of vinyl fencing is the clear winner over that of wood fencing.

Enhanced Curb Appeal

Vinyl fence designs are attractive and can boost your home’s curb appeal. The uniform posts, clean lines, and lack of peeling paint or weathering can make your entire home look well-maintained.

Long Lifespans and Peace of Mind

One of the greatest benefits of vinyl fencing is its long lifespan from being rot resistant. While wood fences typically begin to degrade after 10-15 years, vinyl fences are built to last 20 years or longer (typically the maximum lifespan is around 50 years for well maintained fences) with proper maintenance. Premium vinyl fences can look pristine for many years longer than a traditional wood fence. This provides real peace of mind on your investment.

Discover Your Vinyl Fencing Options

Switching from wood to low-maintenance vinyl fencing can save you time, money, and effort over the many years you live in your home. If you’re considering an upgrade to your existing wood privacy fence, explore the many benefits that vinyl options can provide. To learn more about vinyl and other fencing products for your property, contact the fencing experts at Fantastic Fence. We’re happy to discuss the best type of fence for your home or commercial business.

Simple Installation Process

An easier installation process is another benefit of vinyl fence. While it will for sure be easier to watch a professional fence company install any fence, if you decide you want to try a diy installation, many people find vinyl fencing materials to be easier to install. Because the pieces are designed to fit together and lock in place the install process tends to be straightforward. Additionally, there are many vinyl fence installation instructions available online and from suppliers to help explain the step by step process to keep things simple.

How Much Does it Cost

Typically the initial cost of vinyl fencing is typically slightly higher than a basic wood fence, however you might find that the long-term savings of choosing vinyl is well worth it since it requires less maintenance last last longer than a wood fence in the Sacramento, CA area. While an exact price will require a site visit to look at the exact specifications of your project, for the most part 6 foot vinyl privacy fences in the Sacramento area start at $58 per linear foot in 2023.

When we look at the costs of a fence most of our customers are looking at the long term costs of maintaining the fence over the next few decades, not just the installation cost. When you cost in less expensive long term maintenance of a vinyl fence, many homeowners decide to make the switch from wood to vinyl fence when they replace their fence in the Sacramento, CA area.

As you can tell there are a lot of advantages to moving from a wood fence to vinyl. While there is something rustic and beautiful about a (well-maintained) wood fence, its beauty can quickly fade when the fence becomes weather-worn, damaged, or rotten. Vinyl fences are extremely popular across the United States and have recently become a desired fence material in the Sacramento, Placer, and El Dorado County areas.

Fantastic Fence looks forward to helping you design your fence according to your preferences and needs. Call us today for a free fence estimate.