In California.wood has been the most popular Vinyl is relatively new and looks nicer for a longer period of time most people go by cost and how it would look So personal taste come into play on any project you do. If you have any restrictions in your complex that may dictate on what you can have May have to be a block wall for instance. It may also depend on where you live.
Sounds like you want a poll You can contact your city development office and see what they can tell you. Good luck
Ingrid Ski Realtor
Fencing around a home can be an interesting issue especially if you share the fence with a neighbor or have a home owners association (HOA) that may have a specific type of fence in mind. If you belong to an HOA check with them first. If not, the decision may be determined based on the style of home you have. Is it more traditional or Spanish/Mediterranean?
Another large consideration is cost. I am going to quote some estimates of cost but please don't hold me to them as I am not a fence builder and these are what I think a fence of a specific material may cost. A wood fence I believe is around $25 a linear foot, vinyl maybe about $60 a linear foot and a block wall around $100 a liner foot based on a 6 foot high fence/wall.
Really, whatever fence you choose or agree upon (if shared) will be the right one for your property. I don't know if there is one preferred over the other unless there is an issue with using recycled materials over another natural product?
Good luck with your decision and enjoy your new fence,
Brian Wilson, Realtor
Going back 400 years, the favorite residential fencing material in this country has always been wood. In 2007 alone, Americans put up 59,000 miles of it, enough to circle the globe twice, and then some.
Why wood? It's inexpensive and lightweight. The main reason is that a wood fence can easily be shaped to give properties character and individuality. You can choose from dozens of styles, including linear post-and-rail and crisscrossing lattice, as well as myriad picket patterns and post-cap designs. And you can stain the wood to make it pop out or recede from the landscape as either a vibrant or subtle frame for what's behind it.
There are many factors to consider when replacing or repairing a fence. First you must see if you have restrictions in place for fence material or design from an community HOA or city HOA. The next important thing to factor in is the durability and longevity of the fence you install. A more expensive vinyl fence or brick wall will give you a longer lifespan than a less expensive wood fence. Saving money in the long run might be better than saving money in the short term depending on the particular situation. I would weigh all your options and see which one makes the most sense for you and your situation.
Mary Jane | http://www.4cornersfencingco.com/
Second, take a look at what your neighbors have. That can give you an approximate idea of what is "standard" or "typical" for your immediate area. You certainly can deviate from that, but it's also helpful to know what the expectations are.
Third, consider the appearance.
Fourth, consider your budget.
Hope that helps.
That question is impossible to answer here as you'd have to do a large scale survey of fencing preferences throughout California. In practice, wood is a much more common material simply given its easy availability and lower cost for builders.
However, for you area, I would suspect vinyl would be a more practical solution given the environmental conditions and relative wealth of homeowners.