The considerable benefits of plastic fencing over traditional wooden types such much lower maintenance, reduced long term cost, durability and lifespan.
Save time and money with a long-lasting plastic garden fence solution
You may be facing the prospect of having to repaint the fence so committing hours wielding the brush, or having to call the local fencers in to repair the odd panel that’s fallen down or is looking the worse for wear. If so, it could be worth considering a maintenance-free alternative offering longer term cost savings.
Plastic fencing, very popular in the USA and in Europe for some while now, is catching on in the UK as home owners seek longer lasting and maintenance-free solutions compared to wood.
Where plastic fencing scores over wood
While wood is the traditional and still widely used fencing material, it doesn’t compare well to plastic which offers certain key advantages:
- Although wood is a natural material and both biodegradable and re-usable, it’s come through destroying forests. Plastic fencing on the other hand is made from recycled plastic that will last many years, and when replacement is eventually due it’s fully recyclable.
- Wood requires regular maintenance such as the occasional damage repair and routine repainting or application of a coating. Apart from the occasional wash down, plastic fencing doesn’t require repainting and the likelihood of repairs is vastly reduced as plastic is much stronger than wood panels.
- Wood has a relatively short life span compared to plastic; eventually weather damage will take its toll on the appearance and weaken it structurally. Plastic, by contrast, can stand up more effectively to the rigours of the UK climate and resist colour fade thanks to UV treatment to protect against the sun.
- While costing less initially, wood fencing offers poorer value long term than plastic as not only will it require ongoing maintenance such as painting or coating, but will wear out quicker so requiring partial or total replacement much sooner.
Plastic fencing is easy to fit, doesn’t require special installation and can be done on a DIY basis or by using a trusted local handyman. The fencing will fit into existing concrete posts previously used for wooden fencing although lightweight steel types can be deployed that are stronger than concrete.
Plastic fence panels are available in various colours and types such as trellis sections so complementing current garden decor and personal tastes.
The rise of low maintenance home improvements
There has been an increase in the use of low maintenance home improvement materials as production techniques and innovation has advanced and householders look to spend less time attending to routine maintenance.
Plastic guttering and downpipes are popular as a replacement for iron gutters that would require periodic repainting and expensive and involved replacement; wooden windows along with bargeboards are often uPVC in both newer and older properties, and artificial grass is increasingly popular as an alternative to the constant mowing, watering and repair involved in traditional grass surfaces.
It’s a great relief to think that, once installed, a plastic fence can be left alone for years.