Why Aluminum Fences Are Better Than Wood

March 9th, 2020, 12:00 AM

As tradition has it, most of us are naturally drawn towards wood fencing. However, the question is, is the tradition of wood fencing as the ultimate fencing style still valid? Most homeowners will answer you that no, it isn't.

Today, in the market of fencing, you will find a wide variety of non-wood options available that offer all of the benefits of wood fencing while adding perks and benefits of their own.

An aluminum fence is one of those non-wood options. If this is your first time reading about aluminum fencing, then you might have difficulty in understanding how it could be equal to, let alone be better to,  wood fencing.

What Is Aluminum Fencing?

If this is your first time coming across these fences, even then, chances are you have already seen tons of aluminum fences without realizing it. This is because aluminum fencing has a very similar appearance to iron or steel.

As the name has it, these fences are aluminum-based. The low density of the material makes these fences especially lightweight, corrosion-resistant, and durable. Because of qualities like these, homeowners are experiencing more durability, safety, and better pricing, both on a commercial and residential level.

Typically, the most popular Aluminum fencing style is pressed or exposed spear top and smooth top rail. However, it also comes in a wide variety of style options that can be utilized in any landscape setting.

Now that you know a bit about what it is, let's dive into how it is better than wood fencing. In this article, you will find a comparison of both fencing types so you can decide for yourself, which is a better option for your yard? 

Why Is Aluminum Fence Better Than A Wood Fence?

We have based the comparison of fencing types on five main criteria like maintenance requirements and its cost, installation ease and costs, total costs, the residual value, and the availability of variety in style options.

When you are looking for a fence, these factors are probably the ones that you should keep an eye on since fencing your property is more of an investment than an expense.

1.     Maintenance

Wood fencing:

Wood fencing requires constant maintenance, like sealing and staining, to keep it from rotting.

Aluminum fencing:

Aluminum fencing has a powder coating that makes it little to zero maintenance.

2.     Installation

Wood fencing:

These fences are very heavy and hard to handle. To perfectly install a wood fence, you would need proper planning, knowledge, measurement, and raw efforts.

Aluminum fencing:

Installation requires little effort since the panels are lightweight, pre-assembled, and pre-notched.

3.     Residual value

Wood fencing:

The initial cost, the staining cost for the first year, the maintenance cost for the 9 years when measured against the residual value, currently 30%, will result in twice or thrice the original investment.

Aluminum fencing:

The same cost, when measured against the residual value of 65% results in excellent true costs and ROI.

4.     Style Options

Wood fencing:

This is the one area where wood may prevail.  If you're looking for a privacy fence, wood may be the option for you.

Aluminum fencing:

You can find these fences in a wide variety of styles from ornate to simple. 

Bottom Line

Aluminum fencing is a clear winner in this comparison. This also explains why it is a favorite fencing type for most homeowners.

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