Homeowners who are busy (or lazy–we don’t judge!) love vinyl fences. Compared to wood, they’re a cinch to care for. Now, don’t get us wrong. We highly recommend the beauty (and smell) of a natural cedar fence. In most cases, the choice between wood and vinyl really depends on the homeowner’s priorities.
But sometimes… Sometimes a vinyl fence is just plain better. Don’t believe us? Here are four situations in which we believe vinyl fencing outperforms wood:
Picket Fences. White ones, to be exact. If you’re looking for the classic American white picket fence, consider: A cedar fence will have to be repainted every few years or it will start to peel and look shabby. A vinyl picket fence might need a good hosing from time to time, but its base color is always going to be white. Plus, vinyl pickets are easy to replace! Anytime a homeowner is interested in a white picket fence, we strongly suggest vinyl over wood.
Pool Enclosures. Fencing your pool is no light matter. Legally, a pool is considered an “attractive nuisance,” which essentially means it’s on your shoulders to keep the neighborhood children out. To protect yourself from liability, a pool enclosure must be unclimbable from the outside and have a self-closing, self-latching gate that opens outward. A vinyl fence can satisfy all of these requirements as well as or better than wood. Plus, it can stand up to frequent splashing!
Lattice Top Fences. Adding a section of lattice to the top of a privacy fence is delightful way to add character to your yard. But have you ever tried to apply stain or sealant to lattice? Not so delightful! Vinyl lattice top fencing comes in the color of your choice, and you’ll never have to get near it with a paintbrush.
Extreme Weather. If you live in an area with heavy rain or excessive sun, maintaining a cedar fence will most likely drive you a bit crazy. But these weather conditions are what vinyl was made for. Over time, a vinyl fence will look better and last longer than a wood fence in harsh climates.
Make no mistake: There are times when a classic cedar fence is the clear superior choice. But sometimes, vinyl just does the job better.