Like many homeowners, you may have decided to construct a fence in your yard. Whether for privacy, pet confinement or defining your flower garden, your fence is an investment that should be carefully considered. If you're pondering what material to use for your backyard fence, here are some advantages of vinyl:
1. Your Vinyl Fence Will Be Low-Maintenance
If you've ever maintained a wooden fence, you know it can become time-consuming, inconvenient and costly. Wood fences need to be repainted periodically, and repairs are often needed. This is because wood splinters, chips and rots. However, vinyl fencing will not be high maintenance.
While the cost of a vinyl fence could be somewhat higher than a wood fence, you'll save money in the long run. Your vinyl fence won't need to be repainted, and there won't be rotted or warped parts to repair or replace. To keep a vinyl fence clean and looking new, all that is needed is gently washing on a periodic basis. That's basically the scope of your maintenance.
2. Vinyl Fencing Offers a Wide Array of Designs and Colors
When choosing a backyard fence, you'll want to select a color and design that complements your outdoor decor. If you were to choose a wood or aluminum fence, your options may be limited, at least in terms of color choice.
Vinyl fencing offers many color options to match your home's decor. Best of all, those colors are not likely to fade when exposed to the sun's ultraviolet rays. It's also possible to custom order a vinyl fence in the color you prefer.
Choosing the right design if important when buying a new fence. Vinyl fencing is typically available in the same wide array of styles as wood or aluminum. Because you're not limited to design choice, you may find any style to suit your requirements and usage. Here are some of your options for vinyl fencing designs:
Vinyl Privacy Fence:
As the name suggests, this type of fence is designed to minimize visibility. A vinyl privacy fence will not have gaps between panels, offering the best degree of privacy. You may choose a solid design or lattice top style. You'll find the privacy fence design is able to withstand high winds and block outside noise and traffic better than other styles.
Semi-Privacy Shadowbox Style Vinyl Fence:
With this design, panels will not be interlocked. While visibility is somewhat obstructed by the overlapping panels, it is possible to see through it when viewed up close or at various angles. Its design allows for good air circulation, as there are spaces in the boards. Typically, a semi-private vinyl fence will be about six feet in height.
Vinyl Picket Fence:
Although often seen in traditional wood, vinyl picket fences have become popular in recent times. This design is ideal for a cottage or country farmhouse. While it won't obstruct the view or offer privacy, it is a good choice for decorative edging surrounding a garden or other landscape.
The vinyl picket fence is also used for confining pets to the designated area. A vinyl picket fence is not as tall as most other designs, typically standing under four feet in height.
3. Installation is Relatively Easy
For many, this is a major advantage of vinyl fencing. You can save on installation costs if you are inclined to install the fence yourself. Vinyl fencing may be sold in kits, making it a logical choice for the handy do-it-yourself person.
To install a vinyl fence, you'll lay out the fence posts by staking each corner, then dig the post holes to a depth of 36 inches. You'll need to fill the holes with gravel to set the posts. The holes are set with concrete, then the posts are installed. Rail brackets will be attached to the posts, and the panels will slide into the brackets.
4. Vinyl Fencing Suits Most Weather Conditions
Neither rain nor snow is a match for the durability of vinyl fencing. While wood fencing might decay due to moisture, vinyl will not. Because of the flexibility of the vinyl, it holds up well against strong winds as well.
5. It's an Environmentally-Friendly Choice
Unlike some other materials, vinyl fencing is not treated with hazardous chemicals. The non-toxic vinyl is safe for your family and pets, as well as the environment. Because no waterproofing or staining is needed, you don't have to worry about chemicals being released into the ground.
Concluding Thoughts on Vinyl Fencing
Whether you choose an installation service or construct the fence yourself, it should be installed during good weather, to avoid any shifting in rails, posts or panels. It's best to install your vinyl fence when the ground is dry. Once you consider the advantages of vinyl fencing, you may never go back to other choices again.