The Difference Between Vinyl and Composite Fencing

Vinyl and Composite FencingThe Difference Between Vinyl and Composite Fencing

When trying to decide on fencing material for your business, the choices can seem overwhelming. You need an option that is cost-effective, provides privacy AND security and matches your company aesthetic. Two of the most popular options today are vinyl and composite fencing.

Vinyl Fencing

Vinyl fencing is made from PVC material, the same kind that’s used in siding and flooring.


  • Easy to clean
  • Will not rot or splinter
  • Not susceptible to pest infestations
  • Available in various colors, styles, and textures
  • Never needs refinishing
  • Mid-range cost


  • Warps in extreme heat
  • Not maintenance free — requires frequent rinsing and occasional pressure washing
  • Made of synthetic material
  • Algae, mold, and mildew can accumulate
  • Gets dirty quickly from lawn clippings and insects
  • Repairs and installation can be difficult
  • Wood is a cheaper option
  • Reflective glare on lighter colors
  • Color fades over time

Composite Fencing

Composite fencing is made of recycled, ground-up plastic and sawdust that is held together by resins. These ingredients are placed in a high-pressure mold to form them into fencing panels. Even the wood used can be recycled from paper mills.


  • More of a natural wood look
  • Very durable — even stronger than vinyl
  • Low maintenance
  • Made from recycled materials
  • Often come with lengthy warranties
  • Holds up to the elements better than wood
  • Pest-resistant
  • Customizable design


  • Expensive
  • Must apply sealant occasionally to prevent rot
  • Requires occasional rinsing and annual power washing
  • Color fades over time
  • May stain
  • Algae, mold, and mildew can accumulate

Conclusion about Vinyl and Composite Fencing

Every commercial fencing situation is unique, so there is no one-size-fits-all solution that works for all needs and our conclusion on vinyl and composite fencing is as follows. Vinyl’s tendency to warp in hot temperatures and more frequent cleaning requirements compared with composite’s increased durability, more attractive aesthetic, and money-saving warranties is why we feel composite fencing is more appropriate for most commercial fencing projects in Tampa Bay.


No matter what type of fencing or gate solution your business needs, trust the commercial fencing experts at West Florida Fence to get the job done right. We are Tampa Bay’s premier commercial fencing contractor, serving the area since 1996 with high quality, dependable work and superb customer service. Call (813) 213-3297 or contact us online for your free commercial vinyl and composite fencing project quote today. 


Note: Due to our commercial project commitments, we are not providing quotes for residential projects at this time. We’re sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.