Metal Fences vs. Wood for the Home

QS Fencing understands that choosing the material for a privacy fence can be a dilemma. Should you go for classic wood or modern metal? As professional fence installers in Vancouver, the team at QS Fencing know that different materials have their advantages and disadvantages. Choosing the best one is often a matter of individual preferences and weighing the pros and cons.

Wood remains a classic choice for good reason. It is versatile in terms of size and shape and features a low upfront cost. It can be easier to repair (in that it’s easy to repair or replace part of a fence than a large section of it). And there are a variety of wood styles and stains available to complement a property.

Of course, wood also has its drawbacks, particularly in the wet Vancouver weather. Wood requires regular maintenance. The money saved upfront will likely be invested down the road in the form of regular painting, repair, and other forms of upkeep. Additionally, it’s quite likely that even with regular care the fence will eventually need to be replaced due to rot and ground erosion.

Metal fencing, on the other hand, requires far less maintenance, since it is coated to prevent corrosion and rust. These fences also hold up better in extreme weather, such as high winds, hail, or, of course, the long rainy seasons of the Lower Mainland.

As a result, metal fences tend to last far longer than wood and will not need the same level of care and maintenance as their wooden counterparts.

The main drawbacks of metal fencing is a higher upfront cost and higher repair cost if they are damaged by an incident like a falling tree or branch. Some also feel there are fewer design choices, although options like an aluminium picket are a sleek and elegant choice for around the home.

When it comes to metal fencing in Vancouver, the team at QS Fencing have the skills and experience to get the job done. Learn more about installing a fence or what style is best for a property by calling 604-777-3057.