Factors To Consider When Replacing A Fence

Comparing Plastic and Wood Lattice Fence? Make the Right Choice

Fences are the icing on the cake when it comes to home gardens. You need a fence for additional protection, despite all the security systems you have in place. Fences also reduce glare and guarantee that you enjoy privacy when you are at home. Furthermore, you can also rely on a good quality fence to restrict the movement of your pets and ensure that they stay within the confines of your garden. There are many options at your disposal when it comes to the fences you can install in your home. Lattice fences are just one of them. Here is a look at wooden versus plastic lattice fences to help you make the right choice: 

Wooden Lattice Fences

Natural wood surpasses many materials when it comes to beauty, functionality and practical performance. These are among the attributes that make it an ideal choice for anyone who wants to install a lattice fence. First, wood allows you to stain it in various shades and stains so that you achieve virtually any look that suits your garden's needs. Secondly, wood is an eco-friendly material, so you don't have to worry about it polluting the soil in your garden. 

You also get to enjoy the strength of wood, especially if you choose hardwood. However, this does not mean that softwoods are a letdown. They can guarantee you maximum strength when you use opposing angle stapling to maximise the wood-hold between the various pieces. Fasteners can also sit along the grain of the wood to maximise support. On the downside, wood can easily suffer damage from infestation by insects and warping due to excess moisture. 

Plastic Lattice Fences

Reinforced plastics such as PVC also make the list of materials you can use for your lattice fence. The plastic contains special resins for added strength and incredible ability to stand up to harmful weather elements such as UV rays and moisture. Secondly, plastic is resistant to attack by insects and rotting because it is not an organic material that decomposes under certain conditions. Third, plastic is easily workable compared to pieces of wood. The densely packed grains of wood make it to cut and manipulate wood through tight angles. 

On the contrary, plastic fails at holding onto paints and stains unless you use special spray painting alternatives. That means digging a little deeper into your pockets to get something you can easily achieve with wood. 


Overall, wood has many benefits over plastic when it comes to lattice screen fences. Eco-friendliness and the ease to achieve different looks make it the ideal material for domestic fences. 

For help choosing and installing a lattice screen fence, contact a fencing contractor in your area.