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Wood vs. Composite Fence Pros & Cons For Your Home

A fence is a valuable addition to almost any property. Fences improve security, provide privacy, keep pets and kids safe, and more. Whether replacing an existing fence or installing a brand new one, you must plan for the fence based on your needs and style. Depending on what you want from your fence, you have many options to customize, from fence style to height to material. For many property owners, the decision of material comes down to wood or composite. Let’s look at the pros and cons of each to help you in making that decision.


Composite and wood are two popular fence types.

Wood Fence Pros

Wood fencing has several qualities that make it an excellent material choice. First, it is a traditional, iconic choice, and the odds are good that you are automatically picturing a wood fence when you picture your fence. Wood is also an extremely cost-effective option – often the cheapest material on the market for your fencing project. Wood can also be either stained or painted so that it matches the rest of your home perfectly, no matter how much the rest of your home changes. Finally, the look and feel of a wood fence are very homey – from a rustic natural wood tone to a brightly painted eye-catching masterpiece, your wood fence can be the perfect, welcoming addition to your yard.

Composite Fence Pros

The most significant benefit of a composite fence is that it requires almost no maintenance. If the fence gets dirty, you can spray it down, but other than that, you will not have to clean, stain, paint, or anything else. Composite fencing is also very easy to install – it comes in panels, and they can go up very quickly. Finally, many composite fences will come with a great warranty, typically 20 years. Composite also will not succumb to rot or insect damage.

Wood Fence Cons

One of the major cons of a wood fence is that wooden fences need protection. That quality that allows you to change the fence’s look completely with just paint has a flip side. You must maintain your wood fence, or it will succumb to weather, rot, and insects. You will be staining or painting your wood fence every year or two to keep it looking great and safely standing, and there is a cost associated with all of that work over the life of your fence. 

Composite Fence Cons

The downside of composite fencing is the expense. The upfront cost of composite is much more than wood generally. It also doesn’t have quite the same look as wooden fencing, though some pre-fabricated styles try to mimic wood. Generally speaking, your composite fence will not fool anyone into thinking that you have a wood fence, so if you want a traditional look, composite is not for you. 

Get in Touch With Hercules Fence Today

Hercules Fence has experience with nearly every type of residential and commercial fencing material imaginable, from wood and aluminum to chain link, vinyl, steel, and even temporary fencing. We have developed a reputation for quality work and fair, competitive prices. Hercules Fence is ready to serve you from six convenient locations. We have offices in Manassas, Richmond, Newport News, Norfolk, Virginia, Maryland, and North Carolina.

If you have any questions about finding your dream fence or fence maintenance, you can contact Hercules Fence today by calling (757) 316-3600 or visit FencesNewportNews.com today for a free quote!

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