Vinyl fencing has quickly become one of the most popular choices for fencing materials on the market. It is a relatively new product, being introduced in the 1980s, but because of the durability, aesthetics, and low maintenance, it is one of the most popular options for a variety of applications and locations.
- Durability: Vinyl is made to last a lifetime. It is constructed out of high-quality PVC, and does not decay, dent, warp, or rust. Under regular wear and tear, vinyl is designed to look great and stand up for decades. Most vinyl fences carry a manufactures warranty that is more extensive than other fencing materials.
- Aesthetics: The classic vinyl fence is smooth and white and looks beautiful in a variety of landscape styles. It is available in a wide variety of heights, styles and colors. It can take on the look of a picket fence or lattice style. It can be semi-private or completely solid panels, depending on the preference of the property owner. It has smooth edges which prevents splinters and scratches while providing additional security with the smooth texture, which is more difficult to climb than wood or chain link.
- Maintenance: Vinyl never needs to be painted, stained, or sealed and most manufacturers strongly discourage ever painting vinyl. It will never rot or warp. Some vinyl can be replicated to look like wood, but doesn’t carry the same maintenance needs. It does not blister or peel in the heat, does not crack in the winter, and as long as it is installed correctly, it should last a lifetime with little to no maintenance.
The biggest downfall to vinyl fencing is the price. It is cheaper than wood or wrought iron fencing, but it is often more expensive than chain link. Given the offset of maintenance and durability, this cost is often recouped quickly. Still, there are pros and cons to this type of fencing that should be carefully considered.
Benefits of Vinyl Fencing
In addition to the aesthetics, durability, and maintenance benefits, vinyl fencing carries several additional benefits.
- It is lightweight and relatively easy to install.
- The inside of the posts is often lined with aluminum which gives additional strength. Sometimes this aluminum can be added to the panels as well.
- Vinyl fencing is completely immune to insects or rot.
While many home and business owners love the benefits that come with vinyl fencing, there are a few disadvantages to consider before you make a decision on your fencing materials.
- Vinyl fencing isn’t as strong as chain link and can crack or break apart with direct impact.
- Because the fence materials are snapped together and are not attached with nails or screws, it is possible for pieces to detach and break.
- Eventually, the color will fade when exposed to direct sunlight. This may take years, but it’s still a possibility over time.
- The plastic nature of the fence makes it less environmentally friendly than alternative materials.
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