Two of the most popular materials for fences are aluminum and wood. These materials create a beautiful property boundary for commercial and residential properties. So which one is right for you? In this post, we will cover the pros and cons of both wood and aluminum fences.
The Pros and Cons of Aluminum Fences
Most homeowners, business owners, and contractors prefer aluminum fences.
Pro: Aluminum is Easy to Install
If you’re looking for a fence that is easy to install, then aluminum is the right choice for you! Each aluminum fence section comes preassembled with a no-screw system. Panels are lightweight and easy to move.
Pro: Aluminum Fences Are Powder-Coated
Powder-coating is a process that uses electromagnetic energy to apply powder to metal, creating a durable and aesthetically pleasing finish. This finish is a highly durable alternative to paint and won’t corrode, rust, peel, or crack.
This also ensures that the fence will never need to be painted or stained, significantly reducing yearly maintenance costs.
Pro: Fences Made From Aluminum Are Waterproof
A leading cause of fence replacement is rot. When you invest in an aluminum fence, the possibility of weakening caused by decay is eliminated. Aluminum does not absorb any liquids and can withstand the most humid conditions.
Pro: Aluminum Offers Superior Strength
Fence sections from Fencing and Railing Solutions are made from an aluminum alloy. Aluminum alloy is created by combining aluminum with other elements. This allows the fence to retain the properties of aluminum while providing enhanced strength.
Con: Design Choices
It’s difficult to even find a “con” for aluminum fencing, however, if there is one, it would be that the available designs don’t match the style that is desired.
The Pros and Cons of Wood Fences
Wood fences have been used for thousands of years and are loved by many. Let’s dive into the pros and cons associated with wood fencing.
Pro: Variety Of Designs
Wood fences come in various designs like picket, privacy, and split rail. While many of these designs can be found in aluminum fences, the same style may not be entirely achievable.
Con: Wood Absorbs Water and Doesn’t Weather The Elements Well
A wood fence will eventually decay when exposed to the elements, requiring replacement and repair. Pressure-treating lumber helps to slow down this process, however, the chemicals used can soak into the surrounding soil, polluting the local environment.
Con: Wood Needs Painting and Staining
Wood can create a beautiful property border but in order to maintain the beauty, regular painting and/or staining are required. This creates an added yearly expense and takes quite a bit of time.
Con: Insects Love Wood
A wood fence should be regularly checked for insect damage. Carpenter bees, carpenter ants, termites, and other insects can seriously damage a fence.
Which Is More Affordable, Aluminum or Wood Fences?
When you look at the upfront cost, a wood fence is slightly more affordable than an aluminum fence. However, over time, the wood fence will ultimately need regular repair and maintenance. An aluminum fence also has a longer lifespan than a wood fence.
Ultimately, over time, the more affordable option and better investment is the aluminum fence.
Contact Fencing and Railing Solutions With Your Fence Questions
If you are interested in an aluminum fence but don’t know where to start, our sales team is happy to help. Contact us today at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (610) 466-5482.