With all windy conditions and a harsh summer ahead, fencing in Colorado has seen better days to say the least. When it comes to materials that are tried and tested to withstand these environmental hardships, it often comes down to real wood and composite. Both of these options have phenomenal structural integrity, but each have their own pros and cons that homeowners should consider.
Whether you’re looking to create a natural oasis in your outdoor space or a private area with top-notch security, you’ll likely weigh out all the fencing options. Real wood fencing tends to be a customer favorite due to its raw look and incredible performance year round. While composite and other faux materials are also well-loved, but many prefer them for their low maintenance and affordability. No matter what you choose, real and faux fencing are great options for any residence.
What’s The Difference?
As the name implies, real wood fencing is natural wood directly from a forest. Faux wood can often mean composite, vinyl, or any other manufactured material that is not directly from the earth.
Real wood fencing is pretty simple. The natural wood is gathered from trees and made into fence pickets, posts, or rails. This can come in the form of cedar (a customer favorite), redwood, or even exotic materials. Exotic hardwoods are generally more expensive, but are well-worth the investment long term due to their resistance and durability.
Faux fencing can get tricky, as there are a wide range of available options on the market. Composite materials are typically manufactured with many wood components, plastics, recycled materials, or even sawdust. Depending on the brand, these can be a very eco-friendly and affordable option for consumers.
Another faux fencing option is vinyl or PVC. These are generally composed of plastics and not great for the environment. You may also come across wood that has been exposed to varying levels of heat or moisture to ‘naturally’ weather them. You’ll often come across this with reclaimed materials. Many homeowners like a reclaimed look without the unknowns and ‘naturally’ weathering materials is a good solution for that.
Real Wood Fencing Benefits
Beyond the beautiful, natural aesthetic that natural wood has to offer, there are a wide range of additional benefits. One of the best things about natural wood, cedar in particular, is its natural resistance to harsh conditions. These can include long sun exposure, excessive moisture, pests, and other forms of decay.
Natural wood is also quite easy to repair and replace should a board or two need an upgrade. Ultimately, we recommend natural wood for a Colorado property. It’s a sustainable, reliable, and beautiful option year-round.
Advantages Of Faux Wood Fencing
If natural wood fencing isn’t quite your style, faux fencing is your next best choice. For faux options, we typically recommend composite materials. Composite is an eco-friendly and durable option that stands up well in inclement climates. For those looking for an easily installed, low maintenance option, composite fencing is the way to go.
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