What Fencing Is Right For Me? The Pros And Cons Of 4 Different Types Of Fencing Materials

Fences offer some much-needed security and privacy from other houses, and can additionally be used to divide up space, shelter areas like flower boarders from windy conditions, or simply just as a means of decoration. 

If you have a garden, then chances are that you also have a fence, too. And if you’re reading this article, then we’re going to assume that you’re thinking about upgrading your current fencing. The COVID lockdown has given many people the time to redecorate, but with so many options available, making a decision that’s right for you can feel overwhelming.

Fencing comes in so many different designs and materials that it helps to know the benefits of each type. Here are the pros and cons of 4 different types of fencing materials: 


The great thing about aluminium fencing is that it’s incredibly low maintenance, perfect for if you don’t want to spend time on the upkeep of your garden. This type of fencing is relatively easy to assemble and only requires a lick of paint if you plan on changing the colour, so even the most DIY-challenged people can assemble it. Just watch out for inflated paint prices and make sure you’re getting a good deal!

One downside to aluminium fencing is that it’s not quite as strong as other materials, so if you’re looking for a more secure type of fencing then it’s probably best to choose another material. 


Wood fences are standard in a lot of homes in the UK, and they’re certainly one of the most attractive options on the market. A wooden fence can give your home the appearance of being warm and welcoming, and with wood being a relatively cheap material to use, it’s not going to break the bank.

Wood fences can also last a long time- but this is highly dependent on the type of wood you use. Often, the more you’re willing to pay, the better quality the wood.

Wood-Plastic Composite (WPC)

A wood-plastic composite fence has all the benefits of a wooden fence and more. A combination of hardwood sawdust and recycled plastic, these fences are made from furniture and used plastic bottles, making them significantly more environmentally friendly. In fact, the WPC fences from Ecoscape are made from 95% recycled materials, and the benefits don’t stop there.

WPC lasts twice as long as traditional wood fencing and does not require sanding, oiling or painting, and it’s also cheaper to replace if damaged. To take a look at some of the WPC fencing that Ecoscape have to offer, check out their website here https://ecoscapeuk.co.uk/products/fence-slats/

Wrought Iron

Wrought iron fences can look very impressive and are often seen with intricate designs and patterns. This type of fencing is not only visually pleasing but is also incredibly strong, making this material a great candidate for if you’re looking for a fence that will give you maximum security.

The one downside to this material is that it’s pretty high maintenance, and to keep your fence looking good requires constant upkeep, such as frequent sanding and repainting.