Differences and Similarities Between Vinyl and Composite Fences

Vinyl and Composite FencesDifferences and Similarities Between Vinyl and Composite Fences

When it comes to your fencing, you have a lot of options. You can get metal fencing, cast iron fencing, wood fencing, vinyl fencing, or composite fencing. Two of the most popular types of fencing are vinyl and composite. Both are preferable over wood as they are more durable and have other added benefits, but there are some similarities and differences between them. Here’s what you need to know.


Both vinyl and composite fences were designed to be stronger, more durable, and require less maintenance than wood fences. Both vinyl and composite fences are low maintenance, requiring no painting and only very occasional cleaning. They are also both resistant to rot and insect damage. Both types of fencing are preferred over straight wood fence.

Major Differences

The biggest difference between vinyl and composite fences is how they are made. Vinyl fencing is made by molding plastic into panels. Composite fencing, on the other hand, is made up of a combination of recycled wood and recycled plastic that is made into boards similar to wood. While both types of fencing are very durable, only the composite fencing is eco-friendly. Also, because vinyl fencing is made in panels, if damage does occur you have to replace an entire panel, while with composite you would only have to change one board.

Benefits of Each

There are some benefits to each vinyl and composite fences. Vinyl fences are usually hollow with perhaps a wood or metal reinforcement within the posts. This makes them durable and lightweight, but it also makes them cheaper than composite fences. Composite fences give you the benefit of being a more dense board, which means they are more durable and less susceptible to damage and chipping.

If you are interested in new fencing for your property, we can help. We offer many different types of fences, and we can help you make the right decision for you. Contact us today for more information.