A vinyl fence installation is one of the greatest investments a homeowner can make. Without a fence, a home can look naked. While natural cedar fencing is often considered the go-to fencing material, a vinyl fence is perfect for busy homeowners who are looking for a low-maintenance option. Moreover, depending on the conditions of the land on your property, there are some instances in which a vinyl fence installation will fare better than wood or other fencing materials.
Advantages of Vinyl Fencing
Ease of maintenance. Cleaning a vinyl fence installation is usually as simple as turning on a garden hose to get rid of minor dirt and debris. For heavier buildups, gently scrub the fence with a soft-bristled brush or use a pressure washer on the lowest setting. Use a pencil eraser to get rid of scuffmarks; white vinegar for rust stains and to kill mildew; or mineral spirits for extra-tough stains.
Weatherproof. While the Pacific Northwest doesn’t experience extreme weather conditions – just lots and lots of rain – constant exposure to the elements can cause traditional fences to wear, split and fade with time. The materials used in vinyl fences are four times more flexible than wood, giving the boards five times the tensile strength. Since a vinyl fence installation is also colorfast, you won’t ever have to worry about sanding, painting or refinishing the materials.
Variety of style options. Vinyl fences come in almost all the same styles as their wooden counterparts. Style options include picket fencing, private and semi-private fencing, lattice and custom designs. Since vinyl fences come with more color options than traditional wood fences, you can choose a color that matches your home perfectly.
Long-term value. A vinyl fence installation is often more expensive than a fence made from more traditional materials. In the long run, however, vinyl fences are more economical because you won’t have to worry about the expense of repairing, painting, staining or sealing wooden boards. Plus, vinyl fences cannot become victims of lumber-loving pest infestations or wood rot.
Benefits of Installing a Vinyl Fence onto Your Property
Vinyl fences work well where a wood fence normally would rot. Damp locations, wooded areas and property near streams are literally “killer” wooden fence installation spots. The excess moisture in these areas can cause premature rot, warping, moss growth, moisture damage and peeling paint. On the other hand, a vinyl fence installation can stand up to the threats that damp ground, humidity and shady areas bring.
Enclose your pool with a vinyl fence. Many homeowner’s insurance companies require the addition of a fence around pools or even hot tubs. A vinyl fence installation for this special circumstance is meant to keep others out, mostly for safety purposes. However, because there is no way to avoid splashing when playing in a pool, water damage can easily ruin a wood fence. The chlorine and chemicals used to treat a pool can also cause the wood to fade or the paint to peel. Avoid this problem with a vinyl fence. Keep in mind that the fence surrounding a pool should open from the outside, have a self-closing and self-latching gate that opens outward, and be virtually un-climbable. While wood fences easily meet the first two requirements, they are simpler to climb than vinyl fencing, which is more slippery.
Accent your current or new fence installation with lattice. Lattice is a great way to personalize the look of your fence and give it charm. However, painting, staining or sealing lattice can seem like more trouble than it’s worth. End your frustration before it starts by installing vinyl lattice top fencing.
It’s hard to go wrong with a vinyl fence installation, especially when it’s the clear superior choice. In addition to being durable and attractive, vinyl fences are produced locally in the Pacific Northwest and are better for the environment.
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