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.

Image of vinyl fencing post cap.

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!