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The Pros and Cons of Vinyl Fencing

While the type of fencing material that you get may not seem all that important, it has a huge impact on both the appearance and utility of your fence. After all, when making this decision you’ll want to consider more than simple aesthetics. Our last post covered the pros and cons of chain link, so now we’ll move onto vinyl to help you come to an informed decision. Here is Fence Center’s list of things you need to know about vinyl:

Pros:

1.  Long-lasting – Probably the biggest reason so many people opt for vinyl fencing is because it’s a durable, long lasting material. When most people build a fence, they consider it a major home improvement project and they don’t want to have to repeat the work or expense a few years down the line. Vinyl fencing stands up well to the elements and exhibits little wear and tear compared to wood, never splintering or rotting.

2.  Never repaint – Similarly, a major advantage of vinyl fencing is that unless something damages your fence, you will never have to paint it. Where wood needs to be sealed and routinely repainted or refinished, vinyl will continue to keep its color and tone for many years.

3.  Large range of decorative stylesVinyl fencing has come a long way and is now available in more styles than ever. This includes different “grains,” colors, and fencing shapes, plus a variety of decorative tops for the fence posts. No matter what you’re envisioning for your fence line in your head, chances are good that you’ll find a style to match it in vinyl fencing.

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One of our unique post caps.

4.  Easy to clean – There is probably no material easier to clean than vinyl. If your fence gets dirty, whether it’s from bird droppings of mud being splashed up from the garden by rainfall, you can simply turn a hose or pressure washer on it and blast the grime off. Dirt has a hard time keeping its purchase (even on textured vinyl) because on a micro level, the vinyl surface is incredibly smooth and not porous like wood.

Cons:

1.  Higher initial cost – Some homeowners are turned off by the upfront cost of vinyl fencing. Although the durability, long life span, and lack of need to repaint all mean that vinyl is typically a cost saver long-term, the fact is that it costs a bit more than wood or chain link to install at the outset. This is a tradeoff you have to consider.

2.  Installation and replacement – Installation of vinyl fencing requires a bit of skill and experience, plus crimping tools that not all homeowners have. It’s not as intuitive as constructing a wooden fence. If something does manage to damage your vinyl fence, such as an impact or extreme weather conditions, you will have to patch the crack or even replace a segment of the fence.

Do you have vinyl fencing? What do you like about it?

When deciding on a fencing type, consider the many advantages of vinyl. With picket styles to match any wood and the durability that wood lacks, vinyl is a smart choice that will definitely pay off in the long run. Peruse our many vinyl options at Fence Center today!

What Is the Perfect Fence Material for the Winter?

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Unless you live in Florida or the Southeastern part of the United States, you probably have experienced the effects of winter this year. It didn’t take too long, for example, for the first blizzard to hit the Midwest and Northeast as Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Chicago all experienced pretty heavy snowfalls right after New Year’s. As you probably know firsthand, snow, although very pretty, can have some damaging effects on your home – especially your fence.

We’re here to tell you that if you have a wooden fence, it’s time to upgrade to a PVC vinyl fence. If you have been hit hard by winter or are looking for a low-maintenance fence, PVC vinyl fence materials are the perfect type of fence materials to protect your investment and your sanity. Here are several reasons why you should PVC this winter:

  • On the first warm weather day after winter, you’ll invariably see a number of your neighbors out there staining and painting their wooden fences. The moisture from the snow and sleet chip away at fence paint and create the need for frequent maintenance. Vinyl fences do not need such attention – in fact, they don’t need much attention at all, so you can devote your time to enjoying the weather.
  • Vinyl fences can resemble wooden fences but without the splinters. In addition to chipped paint, wooden fences also get beaten down by the snow, sleet, rock salt and high winds that accompany wind. This can ultimately result in splinters and broken fences. This could be especially dangerous if you have younger children or pets. If you love the look of wooden fences, but you need something more durable, a PVC vinyl fence is the way to go.
  • They’re also very comparable in price. Although you would think that it would cost a lot more money to have a PVC vinyl fence, given its durability and cleanliness, this isn’t the case at all. And given the fact that you’re going to need to spend more money on repairs and replacement, a PVC vinyl fence is far more durable in the long run.

For these reasons and more, more people are choosing to outfit their home with vinyl fences. And don’t forget to decorate your fence with cold weather outdoor plants. Some of our favorites include climbing roses and Boston Ivy. For more information on our selection of affordable PVC vinyl fences, please contact us today.

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Why Should You Go Vinyl/PVC over Wood with Your Next Fence?

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A fence is a fantastic investment for your home. Not only can it provide added security for children and pets as well as privacy, but it can add value to your home if you ever wish to sell it. However, a question you’ll need to determine pretty much right away is what kind of fence you want.  While wood is often the traditional material people think of when considering a fence, a growing number of people are looking for a more dependable option. Many are looking into vinyl – or as others know it, PVC. Here’s why:

It’s more dependable than wood: If you want a fence that can stand the test of time, you won’t find it with wood. Unfortunately, wood does not last very long, and a wood fence will last anywhere from 5-7 years before you’ll notice some major deterioration. Vinyl fences, on the other hand, will last 50 years or more. While wood might be cheaper in the short term, vinyl fence panels will be much cheaper in the long run.

You don’t have to worry about dry rot: One of the major reasons for the need to replace a wooden fence is dry rot and other fungal issues. Dry rot spreads quickly, and if you’re not vigilant to protect against it, it will quickly destroy your fence. This is not a concern if you have a vinyl fence.

It is approved by Tom Sawyer: The titular character of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer was not a fan of painting fences, but in all honesty, who really is? In addition to periodic maintenance, owners of a wooden fence will certainly have to pull out the paint brush every year or two to take care of the wear and tear it receives from the weather as well as human actions. Vinyl fences do not require a paint job ever. Think how differently the book would have been if Aunt Polly purchased a vinyl fence.

It can better withstand fire: An open flame and a piece of wood do not belong together. Wood is highly flammable, and a wooden fence that catches fire can put your home and family’s safety at risk. Vinyl, on the other hand, is very fire-resistant and even endorsed by the National Fire Protection Association for wire insulation.

For more information on vinyl fences or to receive a quote, contact a Fence Center representative today! Call 1-888-336-2358 or find all of our customer service information here.