Pros and Cons of Different Fencing Materials

 By: Leeanne Kunnert
There are a variety of materials available when choosing a fence. Each type of fence comes with its own set of pros and cons associated with it. In this article we will look at a few of the most popular options in residential fencing, aluminum and wood, along with the benefits and drawbacks each offers to homeowners.

Aluminum Fencing

Aluminum fencing is one of the most reasonably priced, adaptable and long lasting materials available. It offers all of these benefits while being one of the most easily maintained materials available in fencing. This material is also easy to install on your own but can also affordably be installed by a team of professional fence installers. Aluminum is a highly adaptable material in which the panels are easily designed for a variety of landscapes including ones with a high degree of sloping. Aluminum fencing comes in a variety of ornamental styles and numerous colors to choose from. The options in aluminum fencing consist of a variety of additions such as scrolls, butterflies, decorative finials and puppy pickets.

The only real downfall of aluminum fencing is that it costs more upfront than most other materials do. In the long run however it will end up costing homeowners less because aluminum fencing does not require near the amount of maintenance as seen in other fencing materials. Aluminum is highly durable and has been compared to steel fencing for many years. It will not work as privacy fencing so if this is your goal another material is going to be better for you.

Wood Fencing

Wooden fence has been a popular choice amongst homeowners for many years. Not only is it an attractive option in fencing it is also fairly inexpensive and versatile. There are many options in designs and style choices. Wood fences are a great option for homeowners looking for privacy and can be painted and stained to compliment any home's exterior.

The major drawback to wood fencing comes with the degree of maintenance it takes to keep it looking new. Not only is it labor intensive it is expensive as well. Harsh weather changes have a way of wearing wooden fencing away. Harsh climates give way for rot and warping. Extra moisture in the wood can lead to a high degree of damage. Another disadvantage of wood fencing is how much it is enjoyed by small pests such as ants and termites. One infestation can lead to mass amounts of destruction for your homes wooden fence.
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