Cheap Fences vs. Quality Fences: What’s the Real Difference?

cheap fences don't withstand the elements - picture of a cheap wood fence blown down in severe weather

When deciding on home improvements, especially something as significant as fencing, it’s essential to know whether you’re investing in quality or opting for cheap solutions. After all, a fence isn’t just a boundary—it’s a part of your home’s first impression, a security measure, and a feature that should stand the test of time.

So, how do you know if your fence company is installing top-notch fences or merely cranking out as many cheap fences as possible? Let’s dig deeper.

Understanding the Difference

There are two main categories of fence companies: those focused on quantity and those dedicated to quality.

Quantity-Focused Companies

These companies aim to install as many fences as rapidly as possible. Their target customers are often homeowners searching for quick, inexpensive solutions. While this may seem attractive initially, these installations frequently lack durability and long-term value.

Quality-Focused Companies

Conversely, quality-focused companies prioritize superior materials, excellent workmanship, and lasting results. These professionals understand that a fence is a long-term investment that should enhance your property’s value and aesthetics for years.

As a homeowner, recognizing this distinction is vital for making an informed decision about your fencing needs.

Cheap Fences vs. Quality Fences:

 Cheap FencesQuality Fences
Price (Initial Cost)$ – $$$$ – $$$
Customer Satisfaction*******
Quick InstallYesYes
Frequent RepairsYesNo

Factors to Consider

When selecting a fence and fence company, several key factors should guide your decision:

Initial Cost

Cheap fences are budget-friendly upfront. Superior materials and craftsmanship come at a higher price. However, many fence companies offer financing to make the initial cost more affordable.

Customer Satisfaction

Better materials and workmanship lead to higher overall satisfaction, especially over time. Look for testimonials and reviews to gauge the satisfaction of previous customers.


High-quality fences withstand weather and wear over time. They are made with thicker, sturdier materials and, depending on the installation method, may include a galvanized steel pipe within the posts, too! Look at the material quality and for warranties in the event of failure.


Cheap materials and rushed installation lead to quicker deterioration. A higher quality fence will last much longer, deferring fence replacement for many more years. In the industry, a fence’s lifetime is 15 years. With upkeep and repairs, a cheap fence may last that long. In contrast, a quality fence with minimal maintenance will easily exceed that time frame. Check for installation warranties as well as material warranties.


Cheap fences come in only a few options because they are mass-produced. Instead of enhancing your property’s visual appeal, cheap fences can make you look like everyone else or, even worse, detract from your property. In addition, they age quickly.

Conversely, fence companies that offer quality materials have more customization options. Superior materials and craftsmanship result in more timeless, cohesive designs that enhance your property.

Quick Installation

Rapid installations can appeal if you’re in a hurry, and it may be quicker to obtain cheap fence material. However, the fence installation method impacts the build time of your fence. A quality fence installation utilizing the No Mess, No Dig Fence Installation process makes installing a quality fence much more efficient and faster than a traditional, cheap fence installation!

Frequent Repairs

Nothing lasts forever. Lower quality often means more repairs and maintenance over time, and a quality fence will occasionally require repair, too. Before building your fence, understand who will repair it. It’s also good to know what repairs are covered by warranties and which ones will be out of pocket.


* The type of maintenance required for any fence depends on the materials used. Maintenance includes inspection, cleaning, painting or staining, and repairs. That said, high-quality fences often require less maintenance than cheap fences, saving you time and money in the long run.

Real-Life Examples

Real-life examples underscore the long-term value and peace of mind of choosing a quality-focused fence company. Consider these scenarios:

Aluminum Fence Comparison

Competitor Example

A competitor installs numerous aluminum fences cheaply. These fences are made from thinner materials, and within 7-10 years, the top rail starts to sag, requiring replacement or extensive repair.

Because their focus is mass production, they don’t put their name on their fences after installation!

A to Z Quality Fencing Example

In contrast, our aluminum fences are constructed from thicker materials. After 7-10 years, they look as good as new (and will for many more years) and come with warranties to cover material failure. We proudly display a small company plaque on each fence installation, showing that we stand behind our installations.

Making the Right Choice

To make an informed decision, ask yourself the following questions:

  • What are my long-term needs?
  • Am I looking for a quick fix or a lasting solution?
  • How much maintenance am I willing to handle?
  • Are there financing options available?
  • What do reviews and testimonials say about the company?

You can confidently select a fence company that aligns with your specific needs and budget by evaluating these factors.

In the debate between cheap fences and quality fences, the latter stands out for its durability, aesthetics, and long-term value. While the initial investment may be higher, the benefits far outweigh the costs over time. Remember, a good fence is more than just a barrier; it’s an extension of your home’s identity.

Ready to invest in quality? Get an online estimate or contact us today for a consultation, and let us help you make the best choice for your home. Share this post with fellow homeowners to spread knowledge and encourage informed decisions in your community.

By understanding the significant differences between cheap and quality fencing, you’re better equipped to choose a fence that meets your immediate needs and stands the test of time. Choose wisely, and your neighbors (and property value) will thank you for years.



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Premium Rails

Much like our fence pickets, our company takes care to only build with rails with minor defects. Taking the time to use premium fence materials helps ensure your family can enjoy the security and privacy of your new fence for years to come.

Decorative Details

Our team is committed to going the extra mile in every detail of your fence project.

Customize your fence project by asking about our add-ons we offer: decorative post caps, trim, and custom railings.

Better Fence Pickets

We build with only the best fence pickets. These are not the typical fence pickets anyone can buy from the local big-box stores. We have partnered with suppliers to provide the highest quality wood fencing materials.

Stronger Posts

We understand that your fence is only as strong as your posts. This is why we take great care to use the strongest posts, free of defects. We not only offer heavy-duty wood posts but our no-mess, no-dig installation adds a galvanized steel post inside the wooden post for an even stronger post.

All high-quality posts are built to ensure that your fence stands strong for years.

Stronger Top Rails

The Modern Aluminum Fence top rails are routed into the posts creating an even stronger fence installation! The U channels are screwed to the frame and the entire fence is quickly assembled on-site using our no-mess, no-dig installation.

Modern, Sleek Design

A to Z Quality Fencing’s proprietary Modern Aluminum Fence features one of the most modern, sleek designs on the market. These fences are long-lasting and bring the best of A to Z’s vinyl (including simulated wood finishes) and aluminum products together, allowing for custom fabrication of modern, industrial, privacy fencing.

Stronger Fencing

Compared to wood, vinyl fencing is much stronger. Vinyl fencing is flexible and durable, which helps vinyl out-perform wood fencing in windy conditions and with environmental exposure to UV rays and weather.

Versatile Inlay Options

Want to create a super durable fence that’s as unique as you? With a Modern Aluminum Fence, you can pair A to Z Quality Fencing’s commercial aluminum fence with the inlay that best fits your style. Our vinyl inlay is available in 9 colors including various simulated wood tones, so you can create the exact look you want.

Durable Frame

Modern Aluminum Fence posts are composed of galvanized steel posts covered by our commercial-grade aluminum with its superior powder coat finish to create a stronger, longer-lasting fence that is more than weather-resistant – it will not rust with exposure to the elements!

Easy to Clean

Vinyl fencing can be cleaned easily with a regular garden hose. If you get a little mildew from moisture or shady conditions, you can use a mild dish soap and then spray off the fence with a garden hose. Vinyl fences are very easy to clean, making them a great option for low-maintenance fencing.

More Options Available

Vinyl fencing is available in a wide variety of configurations to match any property, home, or purpose. Iconic, white vinyl picket fences give a feel of classic Americana with that white-picket-fence-style. Darker vinyl fences can be installed to make a space look more elegant or modern. From short picket to tall privacy, vinyl fencing can be designed to enhance your backyard or business.

Strict Standards

All our aluminum fence meets BOCA (Building Officials and Code Administrators) code. These strict standards ensure your fencing is sturdy, durable, and non-climbable, protecting your property no matter if you are fencing in a business, backyard, or swimming pool!

The BOCA health and safety codes are critical when installing fencing around a swimming pool because they prevent children from getting over, under, or through our aluminum fencing.

Beautiful Vinyl Fences

Vinyl fences are a bright, bold fence choice. Available in a variety of colors, vinyl fencing can be installed in a many configurations to help you enhance the beauty of your property. And, because vinyl isn’t as porous as wood, vinyl fences retain their color and finish much longer than wood fencing so you can enjoy your fence for years to come.

Superior Powder Coating

Our superior powder coating provides a smooth, durable finish, more resistant to chips, scratches, fading, rust, and corrosion than other finishes. This long-lasting, low-maintenance finish results from our application and curing processes that melt the powder particles to create a smooth, continuous, and permanent bond to the aluminum.

In addition, our paint finish meets AAMA (American Architectural Manufacturers Association) specifications.

Custom Fabrication

You’re steps away from a one-of-a-kind aluminum fence made just for you! Our high-quality aluminum fencing comes from our sister company A to Z Fence Supplies. We assemble each aluminum fence to meet your unique design requirements, including color, finials, puppy panels, O-rings, and custom top edges.

Stronger Posts & Hardware

A benefit of choosing our team to install your chain link fence is that we use only the most durable posts and hardware.

Chain-link fences are known for being the last fences standing during hurricanes, tornados, and other severe weather events.

Unparalleled Durability

The weakest point of any fence is where the post comes out of the ground. Our no-mess, no-dig installation process pounds a galvanized steel post into the soil. Then we slide an aluminum post over the galvanized steel posts. A steel post is stronger at ground level than an aluminum post.

Our high-quality aluminum fence, combined with our no-mess, no-dig installation process, creates a highly durable aluminum fence.

Top Quality Rails

We pride ourselves on going the extra mile to ensure your investment is built to last.

Adding a top rail to your chain link fence project creates an extra level of durability and security.

Premium Chain Link Mesh

Our chain link mesh offers a high level of security for residential, commercial, and industrial properties.

Manufactured with you in mind to provide you with security and beauty at the same time.

Nice Finishing Caps

Our team prides themselves on putting in the little details that make your fence unique to you. Ask your representative about adding premium finishing caps to your Chain Link fence project.