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Wood vs. Aluminum Fencing

October 12, 2021

We all value our security and privacy. This is why many homeowners install fences around their homes. Installing a fence will give you peace of mind and protect your home and your yard from unwanted intruders. 

There are a wide array of options to choose from when deciding on a fencing option. If you are planning to install or replace an existing fence and are wondering what materials to use, then the comparison below will help you in your decision. 

The Look

The aesthetic appeal of any home additions should always be considered especially if you are planning to put your home up for sale in the future. Anything that will improve the appearance of your property can also help improve its curb appeal. 

When it comes to looks, the wooden fences have a natural charm. Wooden fences give your home a pleasing appearance especially with its natural color and texture. It can be painted with any color and can be made into any design and shape. However, the life expectancy of a wood fence is only about 5-10 years. After some time, the wood materials will start to crack, warp, and decompose.  

When it comes to versatility, aluminum fencing also comes in different colors and can be styled to any design that you wish. It is also very durable and can last for at least three decades.

The Performance

Wood fences can be built for whichever purpose you may like, for security, privacy, to enhance your home’s appearance, or to define your property line. For privacy purposes, wood fences can be installed with planks close to each other to completely close the gaps. However, if you want to still be able to see the view outside your property, then you also can install wood picket fences. 

Compared to wood fences, aluminum fences typically come with standard spaces in between the pickets. This makes your property more visible from the outside and vice versa. So, if you want to retain your views from your surroundings, then installing an aluminum fence is the answer. 

The Installation

Wooden fences are easy and simple to install. You just need to find a good fencing contractor to build the fence for you that will match the land that it sits on. The installation process of aluminum fences is easier and faster since the panels are premade. You no longer need to build the planks from scratch, dissimilar to a wood fence. You also don’t need to worry if your property has uneven terrain since modern aluminum fences have a rackable design that will adjust to your unique property. 

The Cost

If you are on a budget and do not want to spend a lot on an upfront payment, then a wood fence will be an excellent choice for you. Generally, a wood fence’ price can range from $1,600 up to $4,000 depending on the type of wood to use. Aluminum fences on the other hand would cost from $2,000 up to $5,000. 

The Maintenance

While a wood fence is cheaper when it comes to upfront cost, you will also need a significant amount to maintain its beautiful appearance and maximize its performance. Wood fences can warp and can swell during the cold season. It should also be sanded, primed, and refinished at least once every two years. 

The durability of an aluminum fence allows you to save money on its maintenance. Since it is non-ferrous, aluminum fences are not susceptible to rust and corrosion. They are also bug resistant. For more information on fencing, contact us at Armor Fence MD.