The Convenience and Allure of Vinyl Fences

Yara Zakharia

When it comes to residential fences, no material resists sun damage and offers greater protection from the elements than vinyl. From heat and humidity to rain and snow, vinyl fencing is ideal for all climates. Fabricated out of a plastic-based substance known as polyvinyl chloride (PVC), vinyl fences boast durability, security, strength, and resilience. With their touch of elegance and aesthetical appeal, they are overtaking conventional rails or wood pickets as the fence of choice. The strength of a vinyl fence derives from the aluminum that is inserted in its top and bottom rail. Compared to the classic wood fence, it does not require waterproofing or painting since it is already coated with a finish and ready for installation. The presence of titanium dioxide or UV inhibitors in vinyl products ensures that the fence's color remains shiny and lustrous in the long run, as well as free from cracks and blisters.

Colors of Vinyl Fences

Consumers shopping for vinyl fencing will find an assortment of lighter shades, such as oyster, tan, gray, almond, ivory, autumn brown, clay, and white. Since dark shades tend to fade quicker than light colors and are subject of heat damage because they absorb the sun's rays, they are generally not available in home improvement stores.

Styles of Vinyl Fences

Homeowners may choose from among a wide variety of widths and heights. Some of the most popular types of vinyl fences are as follows:

1. Picket fences
These fences, which accentuate a home's beauty and offer a considerable measure of protection, are among the top picks for homeowners. Vinyl picket fences are ideal for backyards and swimming pool areas. They provide a shield against adjoining neighbors while permitting the entry of light and air.

2. Privacy fences
As a general rule, these must have a height of at least seven feet. In this type of fence, the boards are installed side by side, with sufficient visual spacing between them and room for air to flow inside. Homeowners desiring peace and solitude should opt for vinyl privacy fences, which provide maximum privacy, security, and safety from visual intrusion. These fences also serve other purposes such as acting as a solid barrier against strong wind gusts, keeping wild animals out, and preventing children from wandering outside. The tops of private fences feature an ornate pattern (i.e. criss-cross design).

3. Pool fences
These offer extremely effective barriers for homeowners who place a premium on safety and security on their propery as well as swimming pool area. Unlike other types of fences, vinyl pool fences are set up in such a way as to allow their removal during the winter.

4. Livestock fences
Also referred to as ranch fences or horse fences, these usually range from three to six feet in height and are comprised of two to four rails. They are used to demarcate property lines and to protect animals or prevent them from escape by containing them in the corral.

5. Garden fences
Vinyl garden fencing enables homeowners to dissimulate an unsightly aspect of the landscape and/or define the boundary between their home and an adjoining property. Garden fences impart a sense of stylishness to the home and its surroundings. Vinyl garden fencing is preferable to its wooden counterpart due to the fact that the former weathers all types of climatic conditions and requires only minimum upkeep.

Do-It-Yourself Installation

Consumers may order fencing parts or a pre-assembling vinyl fence online. They proceed by selecting the desired height, color, and style for their fence. Vinyl fences take minutes to assemble and are simple to install. The parts are easy to handle and are not heavy to carry and move around. Typically, homeowners must simply dig in the earth to place the fencing posts, mix the concrete, and click the parts into place. A DYI enables homeowners to save a significant sum of money. In the event that help is needed, they may contact a handyman or a local fencing contractor.

Vinyl Fence Decorations

Consumers may choose to decorate their vinyl fence with items such as horizontal rails, matching gates, picket toppers, and lattice.

Advantages of Vinyl Fencing

There are numerous benefits associated with vinyl fences; these include the following:

  • Lifetime guarantee
  • Low maintenance requiring only that homeowners clean the fence with water or detergent (no need to caulk, sand, or scrape, as is the case with wood fences)
  • Environmentally-friendly (recyclable, free of dangerous chemicals, and fabricated out of non-toxic material)
  • Durability
  • Exceptional strength (5 times stronger than wood)
  • Flexibility (4 times more flexible than wood)
  • Not susceptible to decay, mold, termites or insect damage, fungus, rust, blistering, flaking, peeling, cracking, or splintering
  • Resistant to graffiti
  • Safe for animals
  • Not prone to discoloration
  • No need for painting or staining
  • Simple installation
  • Lower long-term costs since no repair or painting is necessary (more economical than wood fences)

Home Improvement Essentials
Before you selected a home improvement contractor or repair handyman, compare free estimates and online quotes to find the most affordable rates for any home improvement projects.

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