Wood vs. Metal Fencing: Which Is Right for Your Home?

If you’re house proud, you will want to make sure that your home – in and out – looks and feels the part. Making your home presentable is something that takes time and effort, and something you want to do right the first time round. Otherwise, it could end up costing quite a lot to redo.

Whether you’re looking to fix a few things in order to sell up or simply want to give your home a little extra curb appeal to your home, adding a fence can really help.

However, which fence should you choose?

Fencing can add a level of privacy or appeal to a property, making it important to make the right decision. Most people opt for a wooden fence in the backyard, as it is cheap and easy to install. But wooden fencing isn’t always the right choice.

That’s why this post should help you make an informed decision about the type of fencing that’s right for your home.

An alternative to wood is iron fencing, which can be a great choice for period properties or the front garden.

There are a huge number of styles, colors, and shapes of iron fencing Chicago. As such, there is a little more freedom in terms of customization when choosing this alternative to wood.


If you’re looking to add privacy to your backyard that is currently unfenced, wooden fencing does provide a clean, uniform look around the perimeter. It means you can enjoy sunbathing or barbequing without onlookers.

Of course, traditional iron fencing typically has gaps between each panel, meaning they’re not ideal for privacy. It could, however, be a good option for fencing the front garden that gets less use.


For people that live in the countryside or have a house that overlooks beautiful scenery, wood fencing could obstruct the view. While this fencing does offer privacy from those looking in, it also stops you from looking out – which can often make the space feel cramped, especially if your yard isn’t particularly spacious.

With iron fencing, you’ll be able to continue to lap up the view and see the horizon. If your house is a particular sun trap, iron fencing won’t stop you enjoying the sunshine either, unlike wood which could cast shadows for long periods of the day.


It’s no secret that there is some level of maintenance required for wooden fencing. Most wood fence panels will need to be resealed or repainted every few years due to weathering and fading. Typically, wood fences end up needing to be replaced every 4-10 years, depending on how well you’ve taken care of them. If you live somewhere that experiences particularly extreme weather conditions, your wooden fence is likely to rot or be damaged much quicker than iron alternatives.

Iron, on the other hand, is pretty weather resistant. Fencing can easily last two decades with very little maintenance required. Unlike wood, iron fencing can look good as new for much longer and won’t be faded by the sun or damaged in windy weather. Of course, iron fences are still prone to occasional rusting, but plenty of specific paints are designed to protect the material and prevent rusting.

Despite all of this, you probably already know which type of fencing you’ll want to choose. You’ll have an image in your mind as to how it will look. However, it’s always good to take a step back to understand the pros and cons of different materials so you can be confident in your decision.

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