When it comes to fencing around your home, there are many, many choices available. You could go with wood. You might choose metal. You could opt for split-rail or round-rail fencing, or a full privacy fence to block out prying eyes. However, PVC fence has become much more popular in recent years due to a number of benefits. With that being said, there are some crucial things you’ll need to know about using this type of fencing before you make an investment.
Tremendously Durable but Not Indestructible
One of the big selling points for PVC fence is that the material is incredibly strong. It offers five times more tensile strength than wood, for instance. While it doesn’t outstrip metal, the reduced maintenance costs over time also add to its popularity. With all that being said, PVC fence is not indestructible. It won’t crack through exposure to light (thanks to the addition of titanium oxide in the outermost layers).
Recycled Material Is Bad
We’ve been conditioned to think of products that use recycled materials as being better than those that use virgin materials. In many instances, that’s accurate. However, that’s not the case when it comes to vinyl (PVC) fence. Look for a manufacturer that uses only 100% pure, virgin PVC. If any recycled materials are used, they should only be pure PVC reclaimed from the extrusion process. Using other types of recycled plastic in the manufacturing process introduces many variables that will affect everything from the fence’s lifespan to its strength, durability, resistance to impact and more. In fact, using low-quality recycled materials might shorten your fence’s lifespan by as much as 50%.
Not All Vinyl Is the Same
It would seem like common sense that most PVC fence options on the market are pretty much the same. After all, it’s plastic, right? Actually, that’s wrong. Each manufacturer’s offering is different, and it’s vital that you shop around to find the ideal solution for your specific needs. You need to compare your options on many different criteria, including:
- Warranty: How long does the manufacturer guarantee their plastic fence? A good quality fence will easily last for decades, check with your manufacturer’s warranty.
- Color Options: Once, vinyl fencing was only available in a couple of colors. Today, that’s not the case. Consider the color options available to achieve the aesthetic you want for your home. The same thing applies to style and design options.
There you have them – four important considerations for anyone considering installing a PVC fence around their property, using vinyl railings around a pool or deck, or anything else. With the right
products, the right installer and the right manufacturer, you’ll have a fence that will look great for years to come, and withstand the test of time for decades while eliminating costly, time-consuming maintenance.