The two most popular fencing options go head to head. While wood is a classic for fencing and railing, times are changing and many opt for newer, greener, materials. Either way, you’ll have a great new look for your yard with more privacy. Both options have great benefits but differ wildly in styles, life expectancy, and affordability. Here are some pros and cons of Tek-Rail Vinyl systems and traditional wooden fencing to help you make the best decision for your home!

Wood Fencing and Railing

Pros: Wood is a classic material that gives a warm, homey feel to any yard or patio railing. Wood also offers a wide variety of styles, cuts, colors, and stains along with sustainability if your fence is made from reclaimed or recycled wood. Wood is also more affordable, ranging from $15 to $45 per square foot.

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Cons: Unfortunately, wood is an organic material. Wooden fences and railings require a lot of regular maintenance otherwise your materials will be susceptible to termite damage, mold, rotting, peeling, sagging, bending, or other structural damage that you can’t afford to have – especially if your fence is functional to keep pets, animals, or children safe. While cheaper up front, wood railing needs more continuous maintenance to avoid costly repairs.

Tek-Rail Vinyl Fencing and Railing

Pros: All of our Tek-Rail options exceed building codes by 250 percent with all the style that wood provides. Tek-rail vinyl railing and fencing include easy-to-follow instructions and is nearly maintenance-free without the need for painting or degrading of the material. You’ll never have to deal with cracks or splits and it’ll never rust like wood or steel and cleaning only takes a simple bleach and garden hose wash or a lower power wash.

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Cons: For all its benefits, vinyl fencing and railing is expensive with some brands charging around $20 to $40 per square foot.

Excluding the cost? A new fence or rail from Tek-Rail comes with a warranty to guarantee your sound investment. You may be spending more up-front, but you’ll have a finished product that is easy to maintain, will pay for itself with the lack of repairs and maintenance you’ll be constantly doing with a wooden fence, and will look great for years to come without needing to be constantly repainted and re-finished.