Vinyl Fence is produced from a plastic-based substance. "Vinyl " is short for Polyvinyl Chloride, also called PVC, a plastic material widely used for applications that demand high durability. Vinyl fencing is a resilient product perfect for the fencing industry. While standard wooden fences tend to rot with age and require continuous staining and or painting, vinyl fencing is essentially care free. To clean it, all a vinyl fence needs is a spray from a hose or a good night's rain.
Vinyl fencing has been on the market since 1984, having been developed, designed, and tested since the 1950's. As with wooden decks, wooden fences oftentimes contain chemical treatments which can prove hazardous to those exposed to the chemicals. Vinyl fencing, on the other hand, is a family friendly product made of non-toxic materials and is fully recyclable.
Nearly all manufacturers of vinyl siding offer a lifetime guarantee on their product. Try finding that from a wooden fence supplier. Since the vinyl fencing is UV protected it will not wilt or discolor under the sun's gaze. Also, vinyl fences are graffiti resistant as paint easily washes off of its base.
Wooden fencing and vinyl fencing products cost roughly the same to install, though vinyl fencing may be a bit more expensive initially depending on local wood prices. However, since vinyl fencing wears better and carries a lifetime guarantee, experts believe that over time a vinyl fence will run about one-third the cost of a similar wooden fence.
Though wooden fencing products may look stronger, vinyl fencing, according to vinyl manufacturers, "has five times the tensile strength of wood and four times the flexibility." Aside from the strength factor, these experts claim a vinyl fence will never "discolor, peel, rot, pit, blister, warp, flake, crack, corrode, or be damaged by insects." If one of these problems does occur, the buyer is protected by the lifetime warranty.
Vinyl fencing is available in assorted light colors (white, gray, and tan) but do not expect to find any darker colors available since darker colors will absorb the heat from the sun and would eventually damage the product. The three most popular vinyl fence styles are privacy, picket, and ranch.
Vinyl fences come in a variety of attractive types and are easier to maintain than traditional wooden fences. They are made from strong, recyclable plastics. High quality vinyl fencing can usually withstand weather extremes and have ultraviolet inhibitors that keep them safe from sun damage.
One of the popular types of vinyl fencing is the vinyl privacy fence, useful for providing much-need privacy around the property. It is also often used around a swimming pool. A vinyl privacy fence has tightly interlocked tongue and groove pickets that provide a solid barrier from prying eyes.
Vinyl privacy fences are usually four to six feet (1.22 to 1.83 m) in height and come in panels that can be eight feet (2.44 m) wide. They can be purchased in a range of colors and designs, including include crisscross, horizontal, vertical and woven lattice patterns at the top ends of the fences.
Other designs include a realistic wood grain effect, a stone texture effect and a granite texture effect. Different companies make different designs and accents. They usually have different names for these. Semi-privacy vinyl fences have spaced apart pickets that are placed either in a horizontal or wavy pattern over each other. Unlike with the privacy fences, it is possible to look in or out through these fences, which may also have lattices on top.
Shadowbox vinyl fences are around six feet (1.83 m) in height. Like the privacy and semi-privacy fences, they offer a measure of privacy. This type of fence is more open than the two, and looks better from both sides.
Another popular type of fence are the vinyl picket fences that offer a traditional look for defining boundaries. They are smaller in height then the privacy and semi-privacy fences, with a maximum height of about four feet (1.22 m). These fences are only meant to line the property and to keep in children and pets.
A chain link vinyl fence is another type of fencing meant to demarcate property boundaries rather than offer privacy. This vinyl fence is a good fence choice for gardens and may also be used to cordon off certain areas of the property. It is possible to customize vinyl fences to a particular requirement by using different picket sizes as well as different colors. Using decorative post caps on the vinyl fence posts and suitable vinyl gates can also add to the overall look. The vinyl fence post can be of regular or recycled PVC.