Every culture has its own bogeyman. In Norway, for instance, children hear of the Nokken, a lake monster that attacks those who don’t come in when called. Over time, people of all cultures learn to distinguish these mythical fears from actual threats. However, in our experience as PVC fence installation experts, we can vouch that many people still believe in the bogeyman when it comes to PVC (AKA vinyl) fence installation.
Oregon and Washington residents have told us all manner of fears regarding this somewhat new-fangled fencing material. But before we dive into those lingering doubts, let’s speak the truth about PVC fence materials. PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) is a form of plastic that’s also used in plumbing – that should give some indication of how tough this stuff is. PVC will not rot or otherwise succumb to the weather, so the only maintenance it demands is an occasional squirt with the hose or wipe down with soap and water in order to remove surface dirt.
Now that we’ve seen what PVC fencing is, let’s examine some of the most common myths and fears surrounding PVC fence installation. Oregon and Washington homeowners: When a gossipmonger tries to pass one of these myths off on you, stick up for the truth.
Unfounded PVC Fence Installation Fears
“I’m afraid it will turn yellow over time.”
Early iterations of PVC decking and fencing indeed did have this problem. Since then, though, PVC fence manufacturers have added a Titanium Dioxide pigment, which provides long-term resistance to UV rays and prevents any shift in color. Still don’t believe us? Consider that most PVC fence installation companies offer a guarantee against early discoloring for every vinyl fence installation. Oregon and Washington residents can rest assured that their PVC fence installation will retain its color for decades to come.
“I’ve heard that stuff breaks easily.”
We’re guessing this myth got started when people heard that PVC becomes less flexible in cold conditions. While this is true, PVC will still not break in cold weather unless it receives an unusually strong impact. For example, a rock thrown from a mower could damage a PVC fence installation. Fortunately, if this happens it is fairly easy to obtain replacement pickets, rails and other parts.
“Won’t it burn up quickly?”
No, PVC doesn’t turn your home into an inferno waiting to happen. Indeed, PVC won’t burn at all until 900 degrees Fahrenheit, and even then it is self-extinguishing.
Bottom line: PVC is a long-lasting, low-maintenance, high-quality material that makes for a wonderful fence installation. Oregon and Washington homeowners shouldn’t discount PVC fencing.