A lattice is a gorgeous way to add some privacy to your patio or tame the climbing vines in your garden, but if you’ve begun shopping, you surely have noticed that there are different material lattices available for purchase, most popular being wood or vinyl. You may be wondering, which is best? We’ve done the research so that you can easily choose the right product for your home.
Is wood or vinyl lattice better? This depends on your priorities and plans for the space.
- A pressurized wood lattice is best for you if you believe this is only a semi-permanent fixture for your home, if you think you would like to repaint or stain the lattice in the future, or if you prioritize using biodegradable materials.
- A vinyl lattice is best for you if you believe this will be a permanent fixture for your home or confident that you will not desire to paint the lattice in the future.
Each of these materials is made with different purposes in mind, and each has benefits and disadvantages. In the remainder of this article, we will discuss these more in-depth. Keep reading to learn more and help you determine which is best for your space!
If you’re aiming for a natural look and considering this natural material, you might wonder, is lattice pressure treated to guard it against the elements? Pressure treated wood has been treated with chemicals and pressure to make it more resistant to the elements, such as water, wind, and pests. Some lattices made from this material may even be labeled For Severe Weather. However, while this material is tough, it’s not permanent. It could last for as short a time as five years.
Keep in mind, this susceptibility to warping and rot also means that the material is biodegradable. Thus it is a good choice for the environment. If you prioritize using products made from biodegradable materials, this may be a no-brainer for you, even if it needs a bit more upkeep and care.
Though this type of lattice requires more maintenance, it is the most budget-friendly choice. This may be a consideration for you if you have a large job to do using the lattice and need several panels.
Another factor to consider is whether you believe you will want to change the look of your lattice in the future. Pressurized wood can be painted and stained repeatedly. If you see your home undergoing cosmetic changes in the next few years, a wood lattice may be the right choice for you as you can easily change its look.
Vinyl is a resin or plastic material. This product has become more and more attractive to homeowners in past decades, and for a good reason. It’s absolutely impermeable to water and pests. You will never have to worry about it rotting or warping, which makes it a great material for a lattice you plan to use outdoors. This type of lattice is considered permanent and can last up to 30 years. Most sellers guarantee it for a lifetime of use.
This material requires virtually no maintenance, but it does have the highest price tag. This may not be an issue if you are using the lattice panels for a small project. However, if you need several panels to cover a large area, it will add up.
For all of its good qualities, there is one that isn’t so good. What makes vinyl so durable also makes it difficult to dispose of. This is not a material that will naturally rot. So once it is thrown out, it will sit in waste for a long time to come.
A vinyl lattice can be painted, but it is not ideal, and the paint could quickly peel. So whatever you choose, it should be a permanent color. These lattices do come in the classic white, light, and dark stain colors, though. It is very likely that you can find a beautiful vinyl lattice to match your home or garden decor.
Does vinyl lattice expand?
Yes, vinyl lattice will expand and contract with temperature changes. For some uses, this does not need to be a consideration. However, if you plan to use the lattice as skirting around your home or as a privacy screen, you will want to plan accordingly and leave a 1/4″ gap around the perimeter of each lattice to allow for movement. If this is not done, the lattice panels could expand into one another, causing them to warp.
How do you attach vinyl lattice to wood?
Attaching vinyl lattice to wood can be done with corrosion-resistant screws. These may be stainless steel, aluminum, or vinyl coated screws. For added stability, you can use a hardware frame as well.
You should not use nails on the vinyl material. Firstly, hammering them into place may dent the material. Secondly, the material could warp where the nail is placed when expanding and contracting.
Cool ways to use lattice for the deck and backyard
Create a vertical garden. This would be the perfect solution for an herb garden and would fit perfectly on the back porch for easy access.
Build a beautiful gate for your privacy fence. This could perhaps be a very inviting feature in your yard or entrance to your garden.
Attach a lattice to your planter box for your vining vegetables. Your climbing tomatoes will thank you!
Choosing the right product for your home is crucial to bringing your vision to life, and that includes the right material. Vinyl and wood lattice each have their benefits, and it depends on individual needs to determine which is best for your home.
If you plan to replace your lattice in several years, would like to stain or paint it, or are serious about using biodegradable materials for your home, a wood lattice may be exactly what you’re looking for. However, if you want a permanent lattice without the desire to paint it, a vinyl lattice may be for you. Whichever you choose, focus on creating a space that both meets your needs and makes you feel at home!
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