We get it. The classic look and feel of traditional wooden fencing is hard to beat. The texture and shine of authentic wood will always remain a desirable, charming feature of any home. Wood is also readily available in many different forms and it’s cheap to install. However, wooden landscaping features and especially fencing do have their drawbacks. This is why in modern times, fences made of PVC have been increasing in popularity. So which option should you go for?
What is PVC?
First, a little background. PVC is short for polyvinyl chloride, a petroleum-based plastic used in a variety of industries in construction. It became popular in the manufacturing of windows as it is very sturdy and weather-resistant. More recently it’s been adapted to be used as fencing material.
For the majority of people, wooden fencing will be more appealing than a PVC substitute. Vinyl fences can be made to mimic a traditional white picket fence and this is where they seem most appealing. Still, it’s impossible to completely remove the artificial look. Of course, there is the advantage that wood needs to be repainted regularly, while PVC will maintain its colour pretty much indefinitely. However, if you decide that you’d rather have another colour, wood can be repainted more easily, while it’s harder to do this with PVC.
However, gradual improvements in the manufacture of PVC now allow for a greater variety of colours and textures, so some of the drawbacks of standardization are removed.
Both wood and vinyl installation can be demanding, which is why it’s easier to just opt for professional help. However, in the event of personal installation, vinyl is easier to work with. Vinyl panels are lighter than wooden ones and are often manufactured to make their installation easier.
In any case, the assembly of a fence will take a while, whether wood or PVC and requires extensive planning.
PVC is mostly easier to maintain than wood. It doesn’t decay over time and doesn’t need to be sealed or resealed. If you need an extensive amount of fencing (for example large farming properties), then PVC is the better option. This type of fencing will not rot or give way to decay of any sort, unlike wood fencing, which needs regular upkeep.
However, PVC gets really dirty and is also harder to fix. In fact, most repairs entail changing entire panels and can thus be more costly than your average wood repair project.
In conclusion, there are definitely pros and cons to both options. Wood is more aesthetically appealing and easier to repair, while PVC is durable and not subject to decay. Your choice really depends on the type of project you’re working on. Wooden fencing is best left for private homes and PVC for industrial fencing.