Wood vs PVC Fencing - What Works For Me?

If you're shopping around for the perfect fence one question you are surely asking yourself is which is better, wood or vinyl? There is no one right answer to this question as wood and PVC are both great choices but one may be more suitable to your needs, lifestyle and budget than the other. To determine which would be better for your project there are a few things to consider...


Can you perform maintenance? 

 Wood fencing requires a bit of maintenance over time from normal weather damage. Though the maintenance is not extensive it can be a negative to those considering a wood fence or structure. Cellular PVC (vinyl) on the other hand is virtually free of maintenance because its synthetic materials do not rot or corrode due to water or the weather. So if you aren't interested in periodic repairs down the line then PVC is your way to go.


Are you going for a rustic look? 

 If you are going for that classic post and rail or rustic look then you will probably prefer the look of natural white cedar wood. Though cellular PVC is highly advanced you simply cannot achieve the look of natural (unpainted) wood. If you love the rustic look but are looking to have your fence painted a color then cellular PVC is still an option - when painted cellular PVC is almost identical to natural wood.


Are you on a budget? 

 If you are looking for the more inexpensive option then you would likely benefit from a wood structure. Up front wood is the more inexpensive option compared to cellular PVC and iron fencing. But when you factor in the longevity of cellular PVC that actually becomes the more budget-conscious choice in the long run because it lasts longer than wood.


How often do you change up your look? 

If you are a homeowner that likes to change up the look of your home every few years you might benefit from a wood fence. Though cellular PVC fencing lasts longer its only worth it if you are going to go the distance with it. If five years down the line you decide you want a different look to your yard you will feel better (or at least your wallet will) parting with a more inexpensive wood fence.


Wood or vinyl, you can't go wrong! Talk to one of our design experts for more information about both of our materials and get some more insight on what will work for you, your home, and your lifestyle.


Wood Fences and Structures: Made in America

While PVC vinyl has become a popular material for fencing and outdoor structures there's nothing quite like the look and feel of natural wood. Walpole Outdoors has been crafting classic and modern structures out of wood since the company was founded in 1933. Even in 2016 we still utilize the finest decay-resistant northern white cedar for all of our wood products. The US Forestry Service recognizes cedar as one of the woods that is most resistant to decay. This beautiful, durable cedar is cut at our own mills in Maine. The wood is milled to the precise size and proportion to insure the handcrafting of beautiful looking products. Unlike other companies all of the wood sold and crafted at Walpole Outdoors is handled by us from forest to finish. That means we carefully select the wood for each project maintaining quality throughout the entire process. Our wood products, like cellular PVC, are stained using a state-of-the-art in-house airless spraying system which creates beautiful, uniform and long-lasting colors. This system makes sure that color and stain is evenly distributed through the entire structure with a consistent texture. Walpole Outdoors also offers the unique, patented and widely used LifeGuard post bases for wood fences. LifeGuard post bases were designed by Walpole engineers to extend the life of our wood fence no matter the local ground conditions. Only LifeGuard bases prevent damage that causes premature aging in wooden structures - all while protecting the base of the posts from termites and wet soil. The advantage of wood is largely aesthetic with that classic and timeless natural grain look you just can't replicate with even the most advanced cellular PVC. Wood fencing works in any environment with any kind of look and is durable in any kind of weather. Though wood needs to be re-painted or re-stained a few years down the line due to normal weather corrosion that just gives you an opportunity to change up the aesthetic of your home! Wood is also environmentally friendly and can easily be disposed of when your structure or fence runs its course. And lastly, wood is often the most affordable option when it comes to structures or fencing and is easy to customize or repair.

Contact us for a free design consultation where you can get answers to your questions and find the perfect wood fence or structure for your home.


AZEK Cellular PVC Made In America

Purchasing and maintaining your dream outdoor structure has never been easier. From fencing to pergolas to arbors to planters and window boxes, we can make just about anything in our state-of-the-art AZEK cellular PVC, fabricated right here in America. AZEK PVC is fabricated in Pittsfield, Maine and is a low maintenance, high performance wood alternative. AZEK PVC is weather and wear resistant while maintaining the look of wood. Like all of our products production and design are completed right here in New England. Our AZEK partnership ensures that we can produce the highest quality vinyl fencing and structures in an endless number of custom designs to create beautiful backyards all over the country.

Why AZEK cellular PVC?

Looks and feels just like wood: 

Vinyl fabrication has come a long way in recent years. Gone are the days of cheap looking plastic - AZEK PVC looks so much like actual wood that many people can't tell the difference even while touching it. Visit any of our locations and see if you can tell the difference yourself!

Low maintenance: 

AZEK vinyl materials are incredibly low maintenance compared to traditional wood. You never have to worry about nails coming loose in bad weather or mold and other critters burrowing their way inside. Forget water damage and you don't have to do regular paint or finish touch ups. AZEK PVC looks great for years and only requires a simple washing once in a while to remove dirt and other weather related build up.

Easy to customize: 

Because it's made so close to home we can create fully customizable fences and structures in AZEK PVC to perfectly suit any space. In addition to getting the perfect structure, you also have the choice of any Sherwin Williams vinyl safe paint color to suit your style.

Built to be strong: 

Through years of working with AZEK Walpole Outdoors has perfected the design and production of attractive and strong AZEK structures. Many of our gates, rails and large span beams are fitted with steel or aluminum reinforcements created at our in-house metal fabrication shop.


Wood or AZEK, you can't go wrong! Talk to one of our design experts for more information about both of our materials and get some more insight on what will work for you, your home, and your lifestyle.