When it comes to fencing, homeowners have a variety of materials to choose from. Among the most popular options are Composite and metal fences. Both materials offer benefits, making the choice between them largely dependent on individual needs and preferences. We at GWF want to give you a comparison of Composite fences and metal fences, helping you make an informed decision for your property.
Understanding Composite Fences
Composite fences are made from Wood Plastic Composite (WPC) material. This material is combined with other elements such as stabilizers to enhance its durability, pigments for color, and UV inhibitors to protect against sun damage. The result is a strong, resilient fencing material that can withstand various weather conditions. It should be noted too that GWF posts, rails, and gates are made of aluminum, which doesn’t have any rust issues and is lighter weight than traditional steel fences.
More Benefits of Composite Fences
One of the main advantages of a Composite fence is its durability and longevity. Unlike wood or metal fences, Composite fences do not rot or rust over time. They are also very resistant to pests such as termites and can withstand harsh weather conditions without cracking or fading.
Another benefit of Composite fences is their low maintenance requirement. Once installed, these fences require minimal upkeep beyond occasional cleaning with soap and water. This makes them an ideal choice for homeowners who prefer a low-maintenance, beautiful fence option.
Finally, Composite fences come in various styles and colors, allowing homeowners to choose a design that complements their property’s aesthetic.
Understanding Metal Fences
Metal fences are also durable but differ from Composite fences in a lot of ways. Like Composite fences, metal fences boast impressive durability. They resist rotting unlike wood, but can rust over time with wet and humid environments, especially near the ocean.
Metal fences require maintenance. They can be easily cleaned but they need to be painted to elongate their lifespan due to rust. Painting a rusted fence can be very expensive.
One of the main drawbacks of metal fences is their aesthetic appeal. They are not available in a range of styles and colors, which may not suits their property’s aesthetic. They are also very heavy and cumbersome to install.
Which is Better?
When comparing Composite to metal, it’s clear that Composite fencing offers benefits in terms of low maintenance, ease of installation, and aesthetic versatility. Metal fences might be less expensive in the beginning, but due to their tendency to rust out, especially where posts meet the ground, a Composite fence will have a longer lifespan.
If you prioritize longevity and aesthetics and are willing to invest in a higher upfront cost, a Composite fence from GWF may be the best option for you.
Remember that choosing the right fencing material is crucial not only for your property’s security but also for its overall curb appeal. Take your time when deciding between a Composite fence or a metal fence – consider your budget, needs, preferences as well as the specific conditions of your property before making a decision.
Ready to get started? Contact us for a quote and we’ll walk you through the process of getting a new Composite fence installed!