Real timber is a beautiful product but it does take a lot of work and care to keep it looking great. Timber needs to be oiled at least every 10 months, however if its is exposed to extreme westerly sun light, it may get bleached and require more frequent oiling. The cost and time involved in the upkeep has to be taken into account when choosing the products your new fence will be made of.
Modwood is recycled sawdust and plastic, sometimes known as a composite product. Although it is weaker than timber, it is still a great product to be used in fences. There is no maintenance to do with Modwood because it doesn’t require you to do anything, its also termite, water and UV resistance, but be aware it still might fade.
Aluminium can also have a timber finish which visually can be hard to see the difference between it and real timber, like Modwood there is no maintenance, but it is also light weight so easy to use and handle, also its fabulous on the hinges of gates and for sliding gates because the wears is reduced with the reduction of weight. Aluminium gates have a reduced tendency to drop over time. Aluminium is great for costal areas as it won’t rust like other metals.