Durable And Bright Vinyl Fencing

Durable And Bright Vinyl Fencing


A neighbor on our block recently replaced his wood slat fencing, choosing to go with vinyl instead. Time, the elements and a family of moles took its toll on the 22 year wood fence so it needed to be replaced.

Prior to his project, I wasn’t all that familiar with vinyl fencing. I’ve seen it spring up in new housing subdivisions but most of my neighbors seems to prefer wood and chain link fencing. I believe the trend to vinyl fencing will soon render most other fencing choices obsolete as these fences never need painting, can withstand the worst kind of weather and is easy to fix if a pack of rodents decides to burrow underneath it.

Long Lasting Vinyl Fencing

Weathered picket fences need to be maintained, but vinyl fencing only needs the occasional power washing in order to return it to its former glory.

Weathered picket fences need to be maintained, but vinyl fencing only needs the occasional power washing in order to return it to its former glory.

My neighbor was convinced that vinyl fencing was right for him when a salesman explained just how durable of a product it really is. Vinyl is a heavy duty plastic product derived from PVC – polyvinyl chloride resin which makes it resistant to moisture and humidity and can be easily cleaned as well as recycled. The only maintenance needed is the occasional power wash to keep it looking bright.

When vinyl fencing initially hit the market, the cost differences between it and wood fencing was wide.  Oil price increases forced prices up in 2008, but for 2009 vinyl fencing has returned to its previous levels. Wood prices, on the other hand, have continued to rise narrowing the gap between the two.

Look For A Lifetime, Transferable Warranty

Most vinyl fencing companies and manufacturers offer a lifetime warranty which means that when your fence is installed you won’t have to replace it ever again. Some companies even offer a transferable warranty which can be helpful if you plan to move, an attractive asset that today’s home buyers seem to appreciate.

Vinyl fencing is available in a number of different styles including privacy, picket and post and rail sections. Though my preference is white, fencing is available in a number of different colors – just make sure that you’re satisfied with the color you choose because it’ll be something you’ll need to live with for many years.

Would I tackle this project myself? If I had the right tools I might. However, you may personally find that the cost of installing vinyl fencing isn’t that more expensive than the materials purchased which means that you can leave the tough work to the professionals whose expertise will ensure that your fencing project is completed to your satisfaction.

Photo Credit:  Stephanie Schleicher


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Matthew C. Keegan

Matt Keegan is a freelance writer and editor as well as publisher of "Matt's Musings", his personal blog. Matt covers campus, consumer, business and financial topics on various websites and blogs, and has been published in the "Houston Chronicle", "Sam's Club Magazine" and "Wisconsin Golfer".