vinyl fence buyers guide

The common vinyl fence installation mistakes apply to all other fence types too. When installing a fence, you should do so with care and always follow the advice of experts.

People with experience know what they are talking about with vinyl fence installation. They, no doubt, learn from their mistakes and will help you avoid making the same ones. The vinyl fence will look beautiful when in place, but do the installation work properly.

We asked our Fence Supply Online team of experts for their top mistakes with vinyl fence installation. They took their time arguing over how you should put up a vinyl fence and the wrong way to do the installation. Eventually, they came up with a long list. We took the top mistakes with vinyl fence installation and put together this post.

Included on the list of common vinyl fence installation mistakes to avoid is:

  • Not planning the vinyl fence installation properly
  • Not burying the vinyl fence posts deep enough
  • Installing a vinyl privacy fence in a high wind area
  • Never install the vinyl fence too close to the ground

Let’s take a closer look at each point on the list.

Not planning the vinyl fence installation properly

Failing to plan is like planning to fail.

Always check the local planning laws. Are vinyl fences allowed in your neighborhood? What are the height restrictions? Sometimes there are different laws for the front of your property than for the back yard.

Take a look at your boundary lines and make sure you install the fence only on your property.

Always dial 811 before you dig for the fence posts. You do not want to hit water, gas, or power utility pipes when doing the construction.

Not burying the vinyl fence posts deep enough

After you dial 811 and clear the digging with the utility companies, you can start to bury the posts.

People often make the mistake of not burying the vinyl fence posts deep enough in the ground. We recommend burying any fence post type at least one-third of its length beneath the surface.

Burying the fence posts properly will give the fence strength when needed.

Installing a vinyl privacy fence in a high wind area

A vinyl privacy fence can solve many problems. It can add security to the property. You can get privacy from neighbors who take too much interest in your family’s business. The fence can block out noise from the street, and it can protect the garden from too much wind.

The panels of a vinyl privacy fence can catch a high wind, though, and act as a sail. When the wind blows hard and regularly in the winter, the fence may blow over without notice.

If you live in a high wind area, think twice about installing a vinyl privacy fence.

Never install the vinyl fence too close to the ground

People make the mistake of installing the vinyl fence too close to the ground. They believe because the vinyl will not rot, it does not need to be above the surface.

Snow may drift and gather against the fence panels when they are too close to the ground. The fence can topple under the pressure. Panels close to the ground may divert rainwater and cause flooding on the property.

Always leave space below the vinyl fence panels.

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