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Wood vs. Vinyl for Garden Fencing

cedar garden fencingWhen it comes to garden fences, many people struggle with choosing the perfect fencing material for their needs. Traditional wood fencing is attractive but requires more maintenance. Vinyl fencing is durable but can cost more initially. With so many questions, what’s a gardener to do?

The following are some pros and cons of both wood fencing and vinyl fencing as they relate to gardens.

Wood Garden Fencing

Pro: Wood fencing is initially less expensive than vinyl, and since most garden fences are relatively small, you can build an attractive wood fence at a low cost.

Con: Wood requires more maintenance to keep it looking good. A regular retouching of paint or stain is required, especially after a harsh winter.

Pro: Wood fencing is the only all-natural fencing option available. If you have a vegetable or herb garden and want your fence to reflect its natural appearance, a wood fence is your best bet.

Con: Because it’s all natural, wood fencing is more susceptible to termites and wood rot. Wood boards can also warp in areas of the country with extreme temperature changes.

Vinyl Garden Fencing

Pro: With the exception of the occasional washing, vinyl fencing requires little to no maintenance once it is installed. If you’re bad at keeping up with chores, vinyl may be the fencing material for you.

Con: Vinyl fencing does come with a higher initial cost. If you’re on a tight budget, vinyl may not be within your price range.

Pro: There is no painting or staining required with vinyl fencing. You simply pick the color vinyl you want, install it and it’s done.

Con: Vinyl fencing comes in a limited number of colors, so you’ll have less creative control.

Wood and vinyl fencing both have their pros and cons. Before picking one or the other, decide what your fencing needs are and talk to a professional.

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