PVC Fence VS Timber Fence VS Colorbond Fence
First and foremost, you must consider what purpose your fence needs to serve. Is it intended to provide full or partial privacy? Do you need to keep pets and children inside? Is your fence purely decorative, or do you want to create a visual boundary?
Durability should also be front of mind when choosing a fence. You need it to withstand the weather and the test of time. If you’ve ever lost a pet after your fence has blown over in a storm, you know just how important this is. Obviously, you can’t always avoid fence damage during severe weather, however there are more durable options available. And, of course, you want to avoid the hassle and cost of repeated repairs.
If you’re weighing up Colorbond vs timber, PVC fencing vs timber, or PVC fencing vs Colorbond, we’re here to help. Now, let’s dive into the pros and cons of each.
Fence Pros & Cons
10-year warranty on materials.
30-year warranty on materials.
Colorbond is extremely cost effective. Starting from $85 per metre.
PVC fencing starts from $120 per metre.
Timber can vary with design and type of timber.
Pine is the most cost-effective option but hardwood like Jarrah is the most durable.
Susceptible to scratches, colour fade, dents, and corrosion (especially near water or oceans).
Susceptible to scratches and can crack if hit.
Does not corrode or fade.
Strong and flexible enough to withstand Perth’s windy conditions.
Can warp if not maintained.
Susceptible to termites if not treated regularly.
Five different profile options to choose from, with the option to add slats or a lattice feature on top.
Unlimited style options.
Limited colour range. Mainly white currently but new colours coming soon.
Can be left natural, stained or painted any colour you desire.
Sturdy, lightweight steel coated with baked-on lead-free paint.
Polyvinyl chloride (also known as PVC), a long-lasting type of plastic.
Natural, treated, or painted wood.
Retaining can be built alongside it though, in the form of concrete post and panel.
PVC can also be built on top of limestone retaining.
Timber plinths can be placed underneath the fence.
Should be washed down occasionally. Otherwise, no maintenance is required unless damaged.
Requires yearly maintenance and termite treatment.
Low maintenance like PVC Fencing
Low maintenance like Colorbond Fence
Stylish look like painted timber fencing
Stylish look like PVC Privacy Fencing
Colorbond Fence Benefits
- Backed with a 10-year warranty
- Requires little ongoing maintenance
- Large range of colours
- Termite resistant
PVC Fencing Benefits
- Backed with a 30-year warranty
- Requires little ongoing maintenance
- Resistant to termites
- No corrosion and fading
- Good for coastal areas
- Strong yet flexible, great for Perth’s windy conditions
- Budget-friendly DIY option available
Timber Fence Benefits
- Unlimited options for paint colours
- Great for creating a natural or rustic look
- Natural, sustainable and eco-friendly materials
A Breakdown of Costs: Which Fence Is Cheaper?
When it comes to choosing a fence, it’s essential to consider the immediate cost as well as maintenance costs over the years. For example, even though PVC fence panels are a more expensive option, it is the most durable fencing material and requires little maintenance after installation. Sometimes it is worth investing a little more upfront, so you don’t have to worry about costs further down the track.
Colorbond vs Timber Fence Pricing
For a privacy fence, Colorbond fencing is cheaper than a timber fence and requires a lot less maintenance. While the natural look of timber is beautiful, keep in mind that it will require annual maintenance and termite treatments to keep it in good condition.
Team Work Fencing install Colorbond fencing from $85 per metre, while our timber privacy fencing starts at $120 per metre.
PVC Fence Panels vs Timber Fence Pricing
PVC fencing is usually cheaper than a wood fence if you look at long term costs. Both timber and PVC fence panels will cost from $120 per metre to install; however, you’ll need to factor in that a timber fence requires more ongoing maintenance.
Team Work Fencing Price Comparison
Timber Privacy Fencing – from $120/lm
PVC Fencing – from $120/lm
DIY PVC Fencing – $80/lm
Colorbond Fencing – from $85/lm
Is DIY PVC Fencing Cheaper?
PVC fencing in Perth is becoming a very popular option thanks to its sleek design, durability and low maintenance. However, it can be pricey compared to Colorbond. So if you love all the benefits of PVC fencing but are on a budget, why not put a weekend aside and install a DIY PVC privacy fence yourself?
A DIY PVC fence costs from $80 per metre, depending on the style you choose. This is considerably cheaper than paying for installation, which pushes the cost up to $120 per metre or more.
All you need to complete the installation is a sketched plan with measurements, a shovel, your PVC fence panels and a notcher (can be supplied by Team Work Fencing). If you’re hanging gates on your DIY PVC fence, you’ll need a drill or rivet gun too.
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