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Timber vs Aluminum for Slat Fencing and Gates

When it comes to fencing, there are numerous styles from which to choose. However, among all those styles, there are two types of material that are used most often – aluminum and wood. Making the decision on which is the best option for you requires just a bit of information to help you understand the difference between these two options.

Durability

The climate in Perth includes cycles of heat and lots of moisture. The effects of the sun’s UV rays coupled with heavy rainstorms results in wood fencing that begins to warp and eventually fall over if the wind is strong enough. This type of fencing is also susceptible to termites, which can cause the strength to deteriorate quickly.

Aluminum fencing resists the effects of the weather. It naturally resists rust, no matter how much rain it is exposed to. There are also no insects that can cause it to break down over time.

Cost

Wood fencing is cheaper when considering upfront costs for the materials and installation. Wood is generally inexpensive, with the actual creation of the fencing being relatively quick and easy. However, timber fencing does have ongoing costs associated with maintenance and treatments to preserve its appearance. Wood also doesn’t have the longevity of aluminum, which means the fencing will need replacing sooner as well.

Aluminum fencing has more expensive costs up-front, but you won’t have to worry about the additional costs of maintenance and treatments as these things aren’t necessary with this material. Aluminum fencing is also built to last over the long term. Together, these factors make aluminum the more cost effective of the two materials.

Security

Protection is always a major concern with any fencing. While the elements can wear wood down and make it easier to break, that doesn’t happen with aluminum fencing. The overall strength would require grinders or other tools to break through, which would make enough noise to alert others that someone was trying to break into the fence.

Appearance

When many homeowners think of their dream home, wood fencing is often a part of that image, especially if the home is a country or traditional style building. However, aluminum fencing works well with more modern architectural styles due to the colours and clean lines.

Choosing the right fencing for your home or business is an important decision. Comparing the costs, durability, appearance and overall security will help you decide which option is the best for your needs and budget.