Naturally durable and decay resistant, cedar wood has long been a popular choice for building long-lasting fence that looks great. But vinyl fence has come a long way since the 1980s, with technologically advanced materials that can now look like wood with fewer of wood’s drawbacks.
So which should you choose if you’re planning to build a new fence: cedar wood or vinyl? A lot depends on the situation and application of your fence. We hope to help make that decision easier by showing side-by-side comparisons of cedar wood vs. vinyl fence in 3 categories: Price, Maintenance & Durability, and Aesthetics & Product features.
Cedar vs. Vinyl – Price
Fence installation is an investment, and for many homeowners price will play a primary role in their decision. When comparing cedar and vinyl fencing it is important to consider the up-front costs as well as additional costs for long-term maintenance and care.
Conclusion: Vinyl fence costs more up-front, but cedar wood fence will likely require more repairs and maintenance. If lifetime cost is a primary factor, vinyl fence is more cost competitive than cedar wood fence.
Maintenance & Durability
No matter what the climate, every fence will be tested by Mother Nature and your backyard. Vinyl and cedar wood each have different properties that make them best in their class for high durability and low maintenance.
Conclusion: If you’re set on having a wood fence, cedar is the best choice for its durability (natural rot and insect resistance) and low-maintenance (no need to paint or stain). If overall maintenance and durability is a primary factor, vinyl fence may be a better choice.
Aesthetics & Product Features
Fencing sets the stage for backyard work and play. Depending on your landscape and application you may discover one material suits your needs better than the other.
Conclusion: Many people love the look of cedar wood and can’t imagine having anything else in their backyard. If aesthetic beauty is a primary factor, don’t settle for anything less! If product features such as fire, insect and rot resistance rank higher on your list, vinyl may be a better choice.
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