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Wood Fence vs. Metal Fence: Which Is Right for You?

Wood Fence vs. Metal Fence in Denver
Wood Fence vs. Metal Fence: Which is Right for You?

With Spring just around the corner, you're probably starting to think about how to make your outdoor spaces shine. You may start planning to plant a garden, put in a patio, and maybe even buy a new fire pit to enjoy the warmer nights. However, with all these exciting outdoor plans floating around, you may forget to plan for the one item that holds it all together — a great fence.

A well built fence is an absolute necessity for a great yard. It not only gives you peace of mind that pets and kids stay safely in the yard, and that everyone else stays out — it elevates your curb appeal, makes your landscaping shine, and can add a cool design element and thoughtful boundary to your outdoor space.

Now, you know that you need a fence…but what kind? While there are many material options on the market when it comes to new fences, the most common dilemma is whether to install a wood fence or a metal fence. Wood fencing can add rustic charm and a more natural look, whereas a metal fence can add a more elegant and modern aesthetic (not to mention it’s a lower maintenance option). Whether you’re looking for a split rail wood fence for your rustic cabin, or a metal fence for your classic brick home, we’ve got you covered.

Let’s talk about the pros and cons of wood vs. metal fencing.



  • Provides a more natural look and rustic charm.

  • It’s visually softer and has a warm, welcoming look.

  • Wood fences are easy to stain to match your home or HOA requirements.

  • Can provide more privacy with full coverage pickets.

  • Straight forward installation.


  • While our wood fences are built to last decades, the natural structure of wood is at risk of being damaged by the elements over time.

  • Over the years, a wood fence will require some maintenance — if stained, the fence will need to be sanded, primed, and refinished every few years to maintain its original appearance.

To see a few of our recent wood fences, click here.

Wood Vs. Metal Fence in Denver
Wood Fence Vs. Metal Fence: Which is Right for You?



-Adds a more modern look to your home.

-Easy to customize with decorative accessories such as finials, ball caps, scrolls, rings and other adornments.

-Metal is extremely strong and won't ever rot, warp, or crack due to the elements.


  • Some small dogs can fit through standard ornamental fence posts (although you can install puppy posts to solve that problem)

  • Less privacy than a wood privacy fence.

To see a few of our recent metal fences, click here.

All in all, both wood and metal fences are fantastic options for your residential or commercial property when installed correctly. Here at First Rate Fence, we are experts when it comes to helping choose a fence that will work for all of your needs—from budget, to privacy level, to making sure your pups stay in your yard. If you’re ready to get the ball rolling on your new fence, give us a call at 720-458-4127 or fill out our contact form and we’ll call you! If you'd like to take a look at some of our fences, check out our services page to see a few our favorites.

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