SLEEKFENCE™ Aluminum Fence vs Composite, Vinyl, Wood, Iron, and Chain Link Fences

sleekfence-aluminum-fence-vs-composite-vinyl-wood-iron-and-chain-link-fencesSLEEKFENCE™ aluminum fence is for designers and discerning homeowners who want to make their fence a feature, and a statement that lasts for a long time. Aluminum fences are a great alternative to composite or vinyl fencing.

First, find the fence that best fits your property. Your choice of fencing materials enormously impacts your overall fencing project. The materials will affect how much you pay, how the fence looks, how long it lasts, and how much upkeep it requires.

Primarily utilizing high-grade aluminum, our modern fences are found at luxury residences and high-end commercial projects.

SLEEKFENCE™ – made from 100% 6063-T6 Aluminum with a heavy-duty powder coating.

Aluminum is one of the most recycled and recyclable materials available on the market today. Nearly 75% of all aluminum produced in the U.S. is still in use today.

SLEEKFENCE™ Aluminum Fence vs. Composite Fence

Aluminum offers considerable advantages. The most noteworthy one is that it is corrosion-resistant, making it the best choice for coastal places with salty air like the North and South shores of Long Island. Such gate fencing will stay solid and not rust longer than other types. Aluminum is also light but resilient. This material can also be 100% recycled.  Aluminum fences are great for manual or low-power automatic gates and fencing in Long Island due to their lightweight. This metal is also less expensive than steel.

Wood fibers and plastic ingredients are usually used for producing composite fences. Because of this, such panels are much lighter than aluminum, steel, and other materials. This factor can significantly reduce the load on load-bearing walls, fasteners, and fence hinge gates of the sub-facing system and reduce its total weight.  A composite fence is durable and can withstand weather conditions: hot sun, hail, or snow.

A composite fence does not develop fungus, mold, etc. Composite fences are not subject to termites, unlike gates and wood fences.  They are also easy to clean from dust and dirt. They do not require special cleaners.

sleekfence-aluminum-fence-vs-composite-vinyl-wood-iron-and-chain-link-fences3SLEEKFENCE™ Aluminum Fence vs. Vinyl Fence

As with aluminum, the only maintenance your vinyl fence will require is a cleaning a couple of times a year. If we are talking about strength, then aluminum is undeniably stronger, aluminum can dent, but it cannot crack.

Vinyl can be known to crack if the impact is sufficient. Of course, vinyl does not come in dark colors as the pigments required would ultimately fail under UV exposure. This limits colors to light or neutral color options. Aluminum can be powder coated, a durable baked-on finish that withstands the elements and the test of time. For this reason, most luxury contemporary fences are made from aluminum for a lifetime of enjoyment. A vinyl fence requires little to no maintenance; you are only required to clean it at your discretion.

SLEEKFENCE™ Aluminum Fence vs. Wood Fence

A wood fence will usually cost less upfront than an aluminum fence.  They require much more maintenance moving forward and will eventually need to be replaced. Wood fences are subject to warping, damage, mold, mildew, and termites. You’ll need to inspect your wood fence annually to ensure that rotten boards are replaced, loose nails are hammered in, and screws are tightened. You will also need to be on the lookout for leaning and wobbly posts. A cedar fence typically needs to be cleaned once every 3-5 years to remove any moss, mold, mildew, dirt, peeling paint, and graying. The fence will also need to be resealed or painted after it has been cleaned.

An aluminum fence would cost more upfront. An aluminum fence requires little to no maintenance; you are required to clean it at your discretion. We recommend you use car wash soap to clean your SLEEKFENCE™, and that will run you about $50-$100 a year. You’ll most likely only need to clean your SLEEKFENCE™ twice a year. The only other materials you’ll need to clean your SLEEKFENCE™ are microfiber rags and a hose.

Durability: Aluminum vs. Wood and Vinyl

Durability is a key factor when it comes to fences. While wood and vinyl fences can be vulnerable to issues like rot, insects, and weather-related damage, aluminum stands strong against these challenges. Its resistance to rust and corrosion makes it a durable choice, even in tough outdoor conditions.

Versatility: Aluminum vs. Wrought Iron and Chain Link

SLEEKFENCE™ Aluminum fences shine when it comes to versatility, especially when compared to wrought iron and chain link options. They offer a similar visual appeal to wrought iron but without the heavy weight and demanding maintenance. On the other hand, while chain link fences might be budget-friendly, they lack the aesthetic charm that aluminum brings to the table.

Low Maintenance: Aluminum vs. Steel and Bamboo

Maintenance requirements can heavily influence your fencing decision. Aluminum fences require minimal upkeep compared to steel, which can be susceptible to rust. Bamboo, while eco-friendly, demands consistent care to prevent deterioration. Aluminum strikes a balance between durability and low maintenance.

Budget Considerations: Aluminum vs. PVC and Composite

Budget is often a significant factor in fencing choices. While PVC and composite fences are cost-effective, they might not offer the same level of durability as aluminum. Aluminum fences provide a good compromise between affordability and long-lasting value.

Aesthetic Appeal: Aluminum vs. Stone and Brick

The visual appeal of a fence is important for enhancing a property’s charm. Stone and brick fences exude classic elegance, while aluminum offers a sleek and modern appearance. With various styles and finishes available, SLEEKFENCE™ aluminum fences allow for personalization to match your preferences.

With so many fence types and materials to choose from making a decision, about which option is the best choice is hard for many homeowners. Often it depends on the size of the yard, the desired maintenance requirements, and the buyer’s budget. Gappsi breaks down three of the most popular fence materials – wood, vinyl, and aluminum – to assist in the installation process.

Whether it’s in an urban, rural, or suburban community, adding a fence around the perimeter of a yard offers incredible benefits to a homeowner’s life. Fences can improve the appearance of a home, increase the resale price of a home, and most importantly add security and privacy to a yard.


View our complete line of fencing including SLEEKFENCE™ Aluminum Fence on our Landscape and Fencing page today and give a Gappsi representative a call to schedule your appointment. 631.543.1177


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