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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.

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