Adding a new fence to your property can greatly enhance both curb appeal and security. One of the most important considerations when installing a new fence, however, is choosing the right material for the job. When it comes to your fencing options, you can’t go wrong with either aluminum or wood fencing—depending on what your goals and budget are.
And when it comes to choosing a supplier of high-quality fencing materials, you can’t go wrong with Fence & Deck Depot, the leading deck and fencing contractor serving residents and business owners in Illinois and Missouri.
About Each Type of Fence Material
Choosing the right type of fence material for your next landscaping project will depend on factors like whether you want a privacy or security fence, your budget for initial costs (installation and materials), long-term costs for upkeep, and how much time you can devote to maintenance each year.
Aluminum fencing is incredibly popular for its similar appearance to wrought iron fencing with a lower material cost. That said, although aluminum fence costs are typically lower than wrought iron and steel fencing, aluminum fences tend to cost more upfront than most styles of wooden fences and chain-link fences.
Aluminum fencing is ideal for homeowners and business owners who want to add an attractive yet sturdy perimeter to their property that requires little maintenance.
At a glance:
- Low maintenance and upkeep
- Higher initial costs than wooden fencing
- Great appearance
- Good for security fences
- Offers less privacy than other fence types
- Various styles and types of aluminum fences to choose from
Wooden fencing is one of the most popular types of fencing, and for good reason, too: it’s incredibly versatile. Wooden fencing comes in a variety of style options and boasts greater affordability upfront than many types of metal fencing. The largest drawback to this style of fence, however, is that there are more long-term maintenance costs and maintenance requirements than other styles of fences, like PVC/vinyl fencing.
Given their versatility, wood is a great material for implementing a wide variety of fence designs, including privacy fences and picket fences.
At a glance:
- Lower initial costs than many other types of fence
- Requires regular maintenance (repainting and staining)
- Susceptible to mildew, termites, and splintering
- Less sturdy than metal fences
- Many types of wood to choose from
- Great for privacy fences
Aluminum vs Wood Fences—Which is Best?
The truth is, there is no clear winner here. Which one is best depends on what your budget is and what your goals for the fence are.
Aluminum fencing is good for homeowners wanting a long-lasting, low-maintenance fence, as powder-coated aluminum sports a superior lifespan to many other types of fences and is also highly resistant to corrosion, mildew, and splintering.
Wooden fencing, on the other hand, is good for people who want to have lower upfront costs and don’t mind regular maintenance. They’re also ideal for people who want an attractive privacy fence.
Contact Fence & Deck for Wood and Aluminum Fence Installations
We can help you determine the best fencing styles for your budget and goals. We invite you to contact us for quotes on total costs, including installation costs, material costs, and other labor costs. We’ll be happy to schedule a free, no-obligation estimate for your home.