A Guide To Buying A Vinyl Fence
Vinyl fences are becoming more popular. There are many reasons for this, including durability and strength. Many vinyl fences come with a lifetime warranty, so if you’re seeking a low maintenance fence that will last a long time, vinyl might be the way to go.
When choosing a vinyl fence, it’s better to find professional grade products. You want products that are made of virgin vinyl/PVC. Although it’s very cool to buy recycled or green fencing products, you’ll end up replacing a low quality fence which doesn’t make it environmentally friendly. You want your fence to have UV inhibitors mixed into the PVC to keep it from getting damaged by the Texas sun.
Strong vinyl fences will require 5-inch posts on taller fences and 4-inch posts for shorter fences for the most strength. If your vinyl product advises using a smaller post with reinforcements, you are not getting a quality grade product. The posts should be long enough to extend into the concrete footers you’re using for support. Cement is especially important for gates to handle the extra wear and tear that they receive.
Good vinyl is virtually indestructible. The material is the same all the way through, so nicks and scratches won’t show up. It also is very paint resistant, so if you have a problem with graffiti artists, vinyl is the way to go. Your fence will need a yearly cleaning with soap and water to keep it looking its best, but you won’t have to worry about it from season to season or go out with a paintbrush to keep it bright and white.
A fence is only as strong as its weakest link. The place your fence comes together are important to the maintenance and strength of your fence. Don’t use steel brackets or glue to attach the posts together. Look for a fencing system that has its posts routed to accept the horizontal and vertical rails. Steel brackets and screws will not stand up to the elements like the rest of your fence, so you want materials to unite the posts and rails that are just as sturdy as the vinyl.
Although a professional grade vinyl and installation may cost more in the beginning, over time, it will pay for itself. You’ll save time and money in maintenance costs, and you won’t have to replace it in a few years when it starts to break down. Talk to your fencing contractor to find ways to stay within budget while getting a quality fence. You’ll have a beautiful, maintenance-free fence that will last for years.
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Mark advises people on fence and security techniques and industry trends. You can find his thoughts at his fence buzz blog.
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