Aluminum vs Wood Picket Fence: Residual Value. Now that you have considered the style and purpose of your fence, and the initial costs of your fence, and the maintenance aspects of your fence let’s look at the residual value of the fence. Yes RESIDUAL VALUE! That is the added dollars to the price of your house when ready to sell in 10 years.
While many wood fences are installed panel-by-panel, chain link fences come in pre-made sections interlocked with galvanized steel fence posts. The posts must be cemented into the ground, but as you can imagine, installing one big piece of fence (chain link) compared to a hundred tiny pieces is much simpler.
Farm fencing. Farm fencing certainly doesn’t apply to everyone, but it plays a vital role across America. Just like all non-farm homeowners, you have many options, such as wood, electric, barbed wire, woven or high tensile. No matter what fencing type you go with, beware that installation is expensive and timely.
Wood, while cheaper upfront, does require frequent treatments and stains. And because it doesn’t last as long as vinyl, you will probably need to replace the fence at some point if you live in your home for longer than 10-15 years. When considering wood vs vinyl fencing, also consider the size of your project.
If you want your wood fence to last awhile, you will need to invest in a pressure-treated and chemically-treated product, and you may need to apply a preservative sealant. What a hassle! Stick with vinyl if you want a strong, long-lasting fence. Winner: Vinyl is the clear victor when it comes to wood vs. vinyl fencing durability.
In addition to painting or staining, it's always a good idea to apply waterproof sealant to a wooden fence to protect it from the elements. The sealant is applied after a stain or alone. In general, most sealants should be reapplied every six to 24 months, depending on manufacturer recommendations.