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Wood Vs. Metal Fencing: Which Is The Best Investment?

Are you thinking of securing your property with a fence? If so, you’re probably wondering what the better investment is: wood or metal. And it’s a great question, because choosing the right fencing material is a must. At BarrierBoss, we have seen that wood and metal fencing are the most popular options. And, as with anything, they both come with their own set of advantages and disadvantages.

Read on to explore our perspectives on the pros and cons of wood vs. metal fencing and why we’re confident that corrugated metal fencing is the best long-term investment.

Corrugated Metal Fencing For Your Enclosure Needs

At BarrierBoss, we specialize in corrugated metal fencing. We got into this industry because we wanted to create a better experience for those looking to purchase metal fencing, siding, and roofing products. We wanted then, just as we do now, to provide a high-quality product that is competitively priced with an amazing sales and customer service experience.

We are dedicated to creating high-quality products at reasonable prices. We know this helps set us apart from the rest. And we know that investing in a fence should be a positive experience, not one full of unanswered questions or concerns that you made the wrong choice. 

When you choose BarrierBoss, you get superior metal fencing, access to a generous warranty, and a no-questions-asked return policy for unused items in new condition. We believe in our products. That’s why our goal is to ensure your satisfaction every step of the way.

But it’s not just the quality, pricing, and customer service that sets us apart. Our product looks great, too. It brings a unique and contemporary look to both commercial and residential properties. Our products go far beyond the traditional options like vinyl and chain link and our passion lies in delivering a fresh, modern approach to enclosure needs.

What Type of Fence Should You Get: Wood or Metal?

So herein lies the question: what type of fence should you get? If you’re like most people, you’re probably trying to decide between wood or metal (though vinyl fencing is also a consideration for many). Your decision really comes down to three things: the look you want to achieve, the price you want to pay, and the goals for your enclosure.

So, when it comes to choosing between wood or metal, know that each material offers distinct advantages and considerations. 

Ask yourself these questions: 

  • Are you trying to enhance security?
  • Do you want to add a touch of style?
  • Are you looking to create a barrier against the elements?
  • Are you trying to keep something out?
  • Are you trying to keep something in?

Understanding your priorities will guide you toward the ideal fence type. So, let’s move on to the next sections, where we’ll discuss customization options, durability, and how wood and metal fences protect against the elements.

Customization and Appearance

If you want a truly customized look, both aluminum and steel fencing are a great choice (especially if you want to add an ornamental touch). However, you may lean towards the classic look of ornamental iron fencing. And that’s okay, because galvanized steel closely resembles real wrought iron and comes at a more affordable price point

Steel might be the way to go if you are looking for an elegant yet modern look. And we think this is great news! BarrierBoss metal fencing products are all steel. We believe in nothing but the best, and you’ll love how your steel fence looks.

Durability and Maintenance

Be prepared for some maintenance, no matter what kind of fence you decide on. Both aluminum and steel do require periodic upkeep. Thankfully, it is easy. If you notice any staining, dirt build-up, mold, or mildew, this type of debris can be easily washed away with a mild soap solution and water. We do not recommend using a pressure washer to clean your metal fence. If the pressure or force is too great, it can damage the paint, and possibly leave dents in the fencing materials.

So, choosing between a wood or metal fence often comes down to the priorities we talked about earlier. Know that aluminum tends to be the least expensive for initial purchase and installation. Yet, steel is undeniably stronger and offers enhanced security. So, if security is a top concern, steel is the better option. Your choice will depend on your budget, reasons for installing a fence, and your preference for the material's appearance.

Wooden Fencing

For decades, all you would see around you was wood fencing. Only those with big budgets and big aspirations would go for the metal fencing alternative. But though it has traditionally been a budget-friendly choice, it doesn’t last as long as other materials. Wood fences usually last around 15 years with proper maintenance because they are more susceptible to rot and wear. This means that wood fencing can cost you more over time.

On the other hand, metal fences can often last 40 years or even a lifetime. Hands down, metal better withstands the elements and is less likely to degrade over time. So, while you might pay a bit more upfront, a metal fence requires less maintenance, and may last two times longer than a wood option.

Protection Against the Elements

Be sure to remember that wood is a natural, organic material that is highly vulnerable to degradation. Rot can wreak havoc on wood fences. In contrast, BarrierBoss metal fencing is coated with PVDF paint, known as Kynar 500®, which provides impressive protection against the risks of chalking and fading. 

PVDF coatings are kind of like Teflon. These coatings offer flexibility and superior resistance to wear and tear. They’ll last a long time and keep that modern yet timeless look you are going for.

Popularity and Cost

While wood fences do indeed have that timeless appeal, metal fencing is gaining popularity due to its durability and modern look. For example, are you a dog owner? If so, metal fencing is an excellent choice for homes with dogs.  The material is strong and long-lasting, perfect for keeping Fido safe in his space.

Are you a business owner with vehicles or other assets to protect?  Businesses seeking privacy and a modern, high-end look will find metal fencing a perfect fit. Metal is well known to enhance curb appeal and safeguard the assets within. 

Are you a farmer or a grower? Orchards and farms, in particular, benefit from the reliable protection against external elements that metal fencing offers. These hearty materials last a long time and can sufficiently protect valuable crops and livestock. 

So, how much do steel and metal fences cost? Based on our research and experience, installing a new wood fence costs around $3,300. And, of course, costs will vary depending on the project size and type. This said, steel fencing typically ranges from $17 to $45 per linear foot, while aluminum options fall between $11 to $50. 

If your goal is to protect your property or give it a curb appeal, metal fencing from BarrierBoss is a great choice. We’re confident that with BarrierBoss, you'll find the perfect metal fencing solution to meet your unique requirements.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How long can I expect a wood fence to last with proper maintenance?

A wood fence will last about 15 years with proper maintenance, but this lifespan can be extended to 20 years or more. However, keep in mind that these are no more than estimates. Occasionally, situations can cause your fence to last longer (or not as long), depending on the quality of installation, materials used, and the weather your fence is subjected to.

How often do wood fences need to be replaced?

Since wood is a natural material prone to rot, these fences typically require replacement about every 15 years. However, you may be able to extend their lifespan to 20 years or more with proper maintenance and care. To maintain your wooden fence, be prepared to give your wood fence some love and care. 

We suggest using a mild soap solution every two or three years to remove dirt, moss, mildew, and graying from the wood. Recoat the wood with a UV-inhibiting, water-repellent coating (unless you use pressure-treated wood). Don’t forget to scrape off any moss or loose, peeling paint, and then gently clean the fence with a pressure washer.

What is the typical lifespan of a metal fence?

Metal fences, such as corrugated metal fencing, can typically last for 40 years or more, often lasting a lifetime. And this happens to align with the BarrierBoss warranty:

  • All BarrierBoss metal products are warranted for 40 years
  • Vinyl fencing is warranted for 20 years.
  • Treated lumber products are warranted for their lifetime.

How much does the average steel fence cost?

Pricing will vary from manufacturer to manufacturer. At BarrierBoss, you can expect to invest between $22 and $72 per linear foot for the full installation. When budgeting for your fence project, be sure to consider the size of the project and the amount of fencing that you will need. Helpful hint: don’t forget to include the cost of fence posts in your project request (you will typically need one to two more posts than you do fence panels).

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