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Which Type of Window Box Planter is Right for Your Home?

Whether you live in an industrial condo, a modern farmhouse, or anything in between, a window box planter can add design and beauty to your home’s exterior. But with many different types of window boxes, how do you choose the right one for your house? Here we will break down the four most popular window box types, and how they stack up in price, longevity, maintenance, and aesthetics.

1. Wood

wood planterA classic when it comes to window boxes, wood planters can either be purchased ready-to-install or are a great DIY project. The price can range dramatically, though, depending on the type of wood that you choose. For example, a ready-to-install cedar planter can go for over $80, while you can DIY one out of treated lumber for around $20. Either way, homeowners often choose wood for the aesthetic as it can be stained or painted to complement many different home styles. If the wood is of good quality and is treated correctly, it should last over 15 years. However, even treated wood is susceptible to insects and rot.

2. Metal

metal planterHomeowners often choose metal planter boxes for their longevity. Metal such as galvanized steel is durable and is not subject to insect damage or rot. So, metal planters can last upwards of 30 years. With prices ranging from $30 to $60, metal planters can be a good investment. And with the ever-popular farmhouse and cottage-style homes, these planters add rustic charm. However, they can be prone to rust. Make sure to choose a metal with a weather-resistant finish that also has holes for water drainage.

3. PVC Plastic

PVC planterArchitectural grade PVC is one of the best materials for planters as it can ventilate moisture and is resistant to rot and insects. Modern PVC comes in a variety of finishes and shapes. But some homeowners still feel that this material is not as aesthetically pleasing as its wood or metal counterparts. If you do choose to go with PVC, make sure to read reviews and purchase a high-quality option, which can run upwards of $60, with self-watering planters around $90. While it can be tempting to choose a less expensive option, inexpensive PVC materials can often crack under strain from the elements. A high-quality PVC planter is low maintenance and can last for decades; many even have 20-year warranties.

4. Fiber-Lined Wire

fiber-lined planterMetal wire is usually the least expensive option and is easy to install due to its light weight. However, it does come with limitations on the types of plants that you can grow as they need to thrive in a moss or fiber base. And, you will need to water them more often as wire planters can dry out quickly. These limitations do not dissuade homeowners who love the charming aesthetic of these planters. And for the lower price, averaging around $25, they can be an excellent option if you’re willing to do the upkeep. While the fiber liners will need to be replaced every so often, the steel frames can last for decades.

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Before installing window boxes on your home, you should always make sure that your windows and siding are in good shape. If you see any signs of deterioration, such as mold or insect holes in your siding or rotting window frames, it may be time for a window or siding replacement. You can even schedule a no-contact consultation with a Brothers home exterior expert now to find the best solution for your home.