Wood Fence vs. Vinyl Fence: Comparing the Two

woodgrain vinyl fence

Why Wood May Not be the Best Option

The wood fence has been around since day one. Today, technology and new materials have changed the fencing world and now there are more options, than ever when it comes to your fence material. Don’t get us wrong, wood fences look amazing! We still offer a wood fence option but we recommend something else because of what hardships come with a wood fence.

Problems with Wood Fence

Wood fences are not easy. They are quite difficult to handle. Wood fences must be treated, painted or stained on a regular basis. We estimate that the owner of a wood fence is going to spend time and money painting or staining every few years to maintain the fence’s appearance and to protect the wood fence from weathering. Wood fencing that is exposed to the elements of California will eventually rot over time, creating a less stable fence with a short lifespan.

If you still decide you want a wood fence, that’s okay. We offer a very nice wood fence product. But we believe we have an alternative you will like more.

A Better Option

At Saddleback Fence and Vinyl Products, we want to provide you with the best fence solution for your project. If you are interested in a wood fence, we suggest you look at our Bufftech woodgrain vinyl fence also known as Certagrain vinyl. This fence eliminates the problems that are notoriously associated with a wood fence. Plus, it looks and feels like wood!

Bufftech woodgrain vinyl fencing material is virtually maintenance free. It won’t warp, rot, splinter, peel or blister like a traditional wood fence. It never needs sanding, staining or painting. Occasionally, it will need to be rinsed with a garden hose. That is all you must do to keep it looking its best.

Our woodgrain vinyl fence is stronger and more flexible than wood. To be exact it is five times stronger and four times more flexible than wood, allowing it to absorb the impact of everyday run-ins by lawnmowers or tree branches. Each woodgrain vinyl fence is built with precision-routed rails to ensure a safe, secure picket attachment and easy assembly giving you more support and security than a traditional wood fence.

Worried about the color of the fence? Our woodgrain fence is made and stained with ColorLast by CertainTeed. It is the only dark color fade protection, “an acrylic formulation that provides superior protection from the harsh rays of the sun.” (Certainteed)

What about pricing? Isn’t vinyl more expensive?

How Does Wood Compare to Vinyl?

If you look at the cost of a wood fence and a vinyl fence, the initial cost of vinyl is going to be a little bit higher. But in approximately 20 years, the cost of maintaining a wood fence will be 75% more expensive than the initial price of a vinyl fence. Look at this article by Bufftech.

In this same article, you can see the separation of performance features. The chart shows the features of differences between Bufftech (woodgrain vinyl) and wood.

The top reasons why vinyl is better than wood are its durability, low maintenance, and has a great warranty.

We Leave the Decision to You

At the end of it all, you need to decide whether woodgrain vinyl fencing or wood fencing is the right choice for your property. We can only lay out the facts about each product and empower you to make the choice. Make sure to take the time to look at each benefit and the cost.

If you want to know more about vinyl, click here

When you are ready to schedule your Free In-Home Estimation, give us a call at (714) 966-1227.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Everything You Need to Know About Vinyl

History of the Fence

Since the early days of human history, owning property has been a thing to be grasped. Most of the time the property would be secured and divided by a wood fence. There wasn’t a traditional wood fence we see today. Fences were most likely piles of wood strategically elevated on A-frame wood structures. We know a few ways people in history have utilized fences. Shepherds guarded their sheep, homes were secured, and estate boundaries were set. Much of the same happens today. But with the addition of technology, you have a few more advanced options to choose from.

In 2019, you can choose a classic wood fence. But it will need a lot of maintenance and the cost/benefit doesn’t translate positively. You can choose an aluminum or steel fence but these lack the privacy a home needs. Your next options are a vinyl fence or the new molded fence. Vinyl fence is the one we’re going to continue to focus on. It is a classic and we love all the benefits that come with it.

What is Vinyl?

Vinyl is a premium quality polyvinyl chloride or most recognized as PVC. PVC is a strong and durable plastic material made specifically for longevity in mind. Saddleback’s vinyl products provide excellent impact strength and UV resistance. It won’t rot, warp, split, or splinter. We also give you options to choose from. Saddleback has 2 smooth colorways and 12 more woodgrain textured colorways.

If you like the look of wood but want the durability, security, and low maintenance of a vinyl fence, look at our woodgrain vinyl products here.

The Process Overview

Saddleback has installed over 5,000 vinyl fence projects over the past 10 years. The process beings with a job walk when we meet you at your property and estimate your job. One of our experienced sales representatives will arrive at the time you agreed to. With your permission, they will walk your property to gather the information they need for your job.

When they finish, you will receive a quote based on the information they gathered. The quote will be sent to you via email or in person.

Once you have decided you are ready to sign the contract, we will put you on the schedule and begin installation on your assigned date. The length of time it takes to be installed depends on the job size and difficulty of your vinyl fence project. The installation process isn’t the prettiest. Don’t worry, we clean up after ourselves.

After all that, you are set with a beautiful vinyl fence!

In the future, we will have a blog on our entire ordering process so make sure you stay tuned in and subscribe.

What a Vinyl Fence from Saddleback Can Do for You

Saddleback has been in the fencing industry for a long time. We know what good material is and what isn’t. If you missed our last blog about why Saddleback has the best vinyl fence, you can read it today. There are 3 main benefits you receive once your new vinyl fence is installed.

You get the security you desire. Our standard 6-foot-high vinyl fence is a detractor to trespassers. It has extra stability with U-Channel to keep the tongue and groove pickets on the panel from loosening.

Along with security, you get a product that is low maintenance. Many fences have issues with dry rot, termites, and dirt. Saddleback’s vinyl fences only require the occasional rinse.

After it’s installed or rinsed your home will look amazing! When a house looks as good as yours will, trust us, the property value goes up as well.

Vinyl is One of the Best Fence Materials Available

In the end, it’s up to you to decide who to go with when you want a new vinyl fence. You can choose a company with great experience, a product you will absolutely love, and a fence you will enjoy for a long time.

Give us a call for your new vinyl fence!

(714) 966-1227

A White Vinyl Fence: Setting the Standard

A beautiful white vinyl fence

Saddleback Fence and Vinyl Products is a premier fencing contractor in Southern California. We are here to help you with all your fencing needs and we take pride in the systems we have implemented to provide you with the best fencing products. One of our most popular products is a smooth white vinyl fence. We believe ours is the best product available for three reasons that we know you’re going to like.

Do you already know what you want? Give us a call today. (714) 966-1227

Saddleback’s White Vinyl Fence

We have gone through the process of testing many vinyl products. Most of the products we tested didn’t meet Saddleback standards, but one did.

When we started the process, we were looking for a product we could be proud of, one we knew our customers would love to see every day for a very long time.

The key points we were looking for were durability, low maintenance, and aesthetic.


Have you ever heard of “shadow fencing”? Shadow fencing is a fence built with material so thin you can see the objects on the other side of the fence. It isn’t completely transparent, but you can tell it’s thin.

At Saddleback, shadow fencing is unacceptable. We tested a batch of vinyl products to see if there was a better option than the one we chose.

Nothing compares.

Here are three reasons Saddleback’s white vinyl fence is the most durable fence on the market.

  1. Saddleback’s fence is going to last even in the California sun. Our white vinyl fence has a protective layer called ACCU-Shield to reduce oxidation. It also helps prevent sun damage.
  2. It’s thick. There will be no shadowing with our fence. You can feel the high-quality material.
  3. We take extra measures to secure your fence. In every vinyl fencing job, our customers will receive two longevity components. We install U-Channel, an additional piece of vinyl that holds the tongue and groove boards in place. And we also install an Aluminum Bottom Stiffener into the bottom rail to prevent your fence from sagging.

Saddleback’s vinyl fence is very durable and low maintenance.

Low to No Maintenance

Saddleback’s white vinyl fence boasts low or no maintenance. Depending on the area you live in, you may need a small amount of maintenance. By maintenance we mean you rinse it off with a hose because it’s a little dirty. Sometimes you don’t have to do anything! Doesn’t that sound nice?

The traditional fence is made of wood. Wood is great but it has its problems. Wood attracts termites. It dries out and rots. And you must stain it on a yearly basis. It is a pain.

We will write about the major differences in the future. So, stay tuned.

Simple, Yet Beautiful

Finally, Saddleback’s white vinyl fence will upgrade the look of your property.

The right fence can improve your property’s overall look. The look of a white vinyl fence is clean and classic. It isn’t gaudy but it stands out.

Our white vinyl fence matches every color home too. It looks great with grey, yellow, blue, black, purple, orange and any other color you can think of.

When we install a fence, we make sure it looks beautiful. Our professional installers have years of experience and a plethora of satisfied customers.

White vinyl fence is a classic.

Simple but beautiful.

Click here to see some photos of jobs we have done in the Southern California area.

How to Get a Hold of Us

At the end of the day, our mission is to treat you how we would want to be treated when it comes to your fence project. We want you to have the best white vinyl fence. One that lasts a long time. A fence you can be proud of.

Saddleback is the right choice.

We are open Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm.

If you would like to set-up an appointment, please call (714) 966-1227 or fill out this form.

We look forward to serving you.