Vinyl vs. Wood Fence Comparison

We have all been there. The research rabbit hole. You just want an honest opinion on what you should do; so you don't waste your money.

Well I am here to give you an honest homeowner's comparison on the wood vs. vinyl fencing question.


Wood fencing is typically made of pressure treated lumber, or cedar. The pressure treated lumber is treated to deter termites and bugs. Both types are resistant to the elements. Cedar is more expensive, but naturally repels bugs.


Vinyl fencing is extremely durable.  The synthetic material will not warp or split. Vinyl will not need to be sealed like the typical wood fencing. Maintenance is not as intense as wood.


Wood fencing requires power washing, resealing, and staining. Vinyl requires only cleaning.


Wood typically lasts 10 to 20 years depending on continuous maintenance.  Vinyl can last upwards of 30 years with little maintenance.


This is all up to the eye of the beholder, but a freshly stained wood fence is warm and inviting. Vinyl fencing has no variation to the grain and looks fairly clinical.


Both wood and vinyl have their sustainability issues and positives, but overall they are both sustainable options.

Though wood appears cheaper for the upfront cost; it also requires costly maintenance. Vinyl requires a larger upfront cost, but has little to no maintenance cost of money and time.


We went with vinyl. We couldn't beat the low maintenance appeal. What would you decide?