Vinyl vs Wood vs Metal Fence: Make a choice you won’t regret

wood vs vinyl vs metal

When you’re looking for a new fence for your home, you’ll need to decide what material to use. Many people find it to be a tough decision to make. Your new fence can be made of vinyl, wood, or metal…but which one is the best?

Each material has its own pros and cons, but only one will really work for your home. To answer any question you may have and hopefully help you make a decision on what is best, we are going to go through the pros and cons of vinyl, wood, and metal fences.

Wood Fences: Great For General Use

The Pros: 

  • Beautiful, Natural Look
  • Different colors, textures, and designs available
  • Sturdy
  • Easy to maintain (once sealed properly)
  • Easy to find and install
  • Middle of the road pricing

The Cons: 

  • Tend to snap or crack rather than bend
  • Susceptible to the elements
  • Can rot, chip, or scratch
vinyl fence design

Vinyl Fences: Budget Friendly

The Pros: 

  • Most economical
  • Can sometimes be installed yourself
  • Uniform design
  • Can be made more sturdy with aluminum supports
  • Quick & Easy

The Cons: 

  • Limited design opportunities
  • Can be poor quality
  • Not very sturdy

Metal Fences: Elegant and Sturdy

The Pros: 

  • Highly customizable
  • Can last many years
  • Sturdy against intruders and impacts
  • Low maintenance
  • Different materials to choose from (steel, aluminum, etc)


The Cons: 

  • Higher cost than the alternatives
  • More difficult to install
wrought iron fence on a driveway

Overall, it is your needs that dictate what type of fence you should get.

If you want a simple, clean, sturdy fence for your home and you’re on a budget, I would recommend the Vinyl. If you want the white picket fence, or maybe a dog ear look with a more complete fence design, then wood is for you. And if you want superior visibility of your beautiful home, a sturdy fence and the ability to customize your new fence to your unique needs, a metal fence is your best bet.

I hope his post has helped you feel better equipped or at least a bit more knowledgeable about the most common materials used to build fences. If you have any questions about our wrought iron fences, gates, railings, and stairs feel free to contact us

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