Wood Fence vs. Vinyl Fence: Comparing the Two

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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.

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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.


  1. Lyla Peterson says:

    Ever since getting a dog, I have been thinking about fencing in my backyard so he can run freely outside. I just wasn’t sure what type of fence material to choose. I’m glad you mentioned that that vinyl is five times stronger than wood and much lower-maintenance; I think that will be the best option for me and my lifestyle. http://www.gatlinfence.com

  2. David Norriss says:

    I didn’t know that vinyl fencing is actually 75% cheaper than wood fencing when it comes to years of maintenance costs. Homeowners should seriously consider installing vinyl fencing if they wish to save money in the long run by not pay for many costly repairs. Thanks for mentioning how vinyl fencing can save someone a lot of money by not needing much upkeep.

  3. David Norriss says:

    I didn’t know that it costs about 75% more than the initial price of a vinyl fence to maintain a wooden fence for 20 years. I want to install a new fence around my property in order to give myself a little bit more privacy. But I also don’t want to have to keep having maintenance done on my fence to keep it up. I want to have it installed and not worry too much about it from then on. I’ll talk to a contractor and see what they think about vinyl fencing and if it is worth it.

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