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Pros And Cons Of Wooden And Vinyl Garden Fences

If you enjoy the country look, you may be considering fencing in your garden or backyard with wooden fencing. What you may not know is that you can get a similar look with vinyl fencing that is designed to look like picket or garden fences. Both are attractive options that can enhance the beauty of your yard. Both have pros and cons. Consider these facts about wooden and vinyl fences before making a final decision.

Wooden Fences

Traditional wooden fences have enclosed gardens and backyards for centuries. They are both functional and attractive and work as support for plants and provide a barrier to keep out curious intruders. However, they are not without their drawbacks. Consider the pros and cons of wooden fences.


  • Wood fencing is relatively inexpensive.
  • It can be painted in any color, which leaves you free to change its color to match other garden decor at any time.
  • It is a natural product.
  • Wood is easily recycled if you decide you no longer need a fence.
  • It is easy to repair, as you can replace one board at time.
  • Wooden fences provide natural support for climbing flowers as they are able to cling to the texture of the wood.
  • You can easily attach bird feeders, bird houses or planting boxes to the wood with screws or nails.


  • Wooden fences require more maintenance, such as resealing or repainting the wood, checking for rotting posts and watching for the growth of moss or lichen on the wood.
  • Termites may set up residence in the wood.
  • Wood can rot and split if it is not sealed properly.
  • Splintered edges can cause injury to small children and pets.
  • Natural wood bleaches when exposed to the elements and may lose its original luster. 

Vinyl Fences

Vinyl fences often look similar to wooden fences and may even look like natural wood grain. At a distance, you may not be able to tell the difference, but when you are up close they may appear artificial. They serve the same purpose as a wooden fence, but they also have some pros and cons you should consider.


  • Vinyl fences require less maintenance.
  • They do not rot or deteriorate due to the elements.
  • They resist mold and mildew.
  • Moss and lichen cannot grow on vinyl.
  • Insects cannot burrow into the vinyl.
  • They do not need to be repainted to maintain their beauty.
  • They come in a variety of colors.


  • Vinyl fencing is more expensive than wooden fencing.
  • They may be costly to repair, as you often must replace an entire length of fencing when it is damaged.
  • The fence can twist and warp in high winds.
  • They may look artificial.
  • Plants may not cling well to a vinyl fence. If you plant climbing flowers along your fences, you may need to add additional support for them.
  • Attaching planters or birdhouses to the vinyl may be more difficult.

If you are having a difficult time choosing between vinyl and wooden fences, consider the most important features you are looking for. For those who simply want to enhance the look of the garden, or provide a barrier against intruders, but don't have the time or energy for a lot of upkeep, vinyl fencing may be the best choice. For those who enjoy attracting birds and wildlife by hanging feeders and planters throughout the yard, a wooden fence can provide room for additional feeders or birdhouses. Likewise, a wooden fence can function as a ready-made trellis for those rambling roses or trailing vines. Your local fencing contractor can help you make a decision as you explore the many options available in both wooden and vinyl fences.

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