The vinyl fence was first introduced in the 1950's, but today it is one of the most popular home fencing options on the market. This is because it is not only affordable but also easy to maintain and install, making it a good alternative to the wood fences of yesteryear. It's also a more visually appealing option to chain link fences. It comes in a wide range of heights and styles that can work with any yard.
Another benefit is that these fences do not need to be regularly painted, as they are not painted initially -- they are the color that they are purchased in. This makes cleaning a snap as well, as they only need to be hosed or sprayed with a power washer to get clean. Mold is also not an issue with vinyl, as it is resistant.
The cost of doing a vinyl fence initially may seem expensive. Once you take into perspective the savings, you will see from not having to do vinyl fence repairs or regular maintenance every year due to elemental damage or otherwise, then the savings an be seen. Painting and replacing panels can add up in wooden fences, and that is a problem not seen in vinyl. There are also a huge amount of styles available, most of which mimicking real wood fencing to the point where they are indistinguishable.
For the wary shopper, the majority of these fences do come with a warranty. This makes a big peace of mind for many, especially for those who invest in the more elaborate or fancy styles. The exact style of the fence will have a big effect on the price range, as well as the warranty that is provided by the manufacturer.
One great part about installing your vinyl fence is that vinyl is much lighter than wood. The installation is very similar to installing a wood fence. There are a few little hints and tips to make the project a bit easier. The first tip is to attach all your mounting brackets to the posts before setting the posts. This will make it a bit more precise, which is a very importing thing in installing your fencing. When you are installing, work one post and panel section at a time. By taking the time to do this, you are going to have a straighter fence. Try using a 3 or 4-foot level to your top line and shims to keep it level while your concrete cures. When cement mixing, use as little water as you possibly can, the thicker it is, the more level you will remain. Don't worry if you get a little concrete on your fence when installing the posts; it will come off easily with a little water while it is still wet. If you need to trim your fencing, if can be cut just like wood! Also, do not over tighten your screws.
Choosing a vinyl fence has pros and cons just like anything else. The best pro is that you can enjoy a great looking fence without having to spend a fortune on upkeep for a long time. On the downside, the installation has to be precise for a long lasting, straight fence.