Reasons To Install A Vinyl Fence

Eugene Vargas

When you're thinking about putting up a new fence, you will be amazed at how many different materials are out there for you to choose. Wood is usually the first fencing type that people think about, but vinyl is becoming increasingly popular as the benefits of this fencing material are becoming more well known.

Long Lasting -- Vinyl is a manufactured material with the scientific moniker of polyvinyl chloride, also referred to as PVC. Vinyl is a resilient material—it has a springiness that makes it pliable, yet also very durable. Vinyl has a much higher tensile strength than wood, but it's also lightweight, which means that it will stand up to high winds that can dislodge a wood fence. Vinyl is also a highly water-resistant material that won't wear down in areas in which rain is a constant presence. This feature also makes it an outstanding fence choice for a pool.

Low Maintenance -- Vinyl fences aren't going to require a lot of upkeep, which means you'll spend less time trying to maintain this type of fencing. Wood requires a lot of inspection and vigilance because of numerous issues such as termites, cracking, swelling and yellowing. You will probably have to repaint and stain wood several times during your ownership, but with vinyl, you just wash it down with water every few weeks and you're pretty much done. Vinyl doesn't require a sealant, though you can apply one if you want to prolong the lifespan of your fence. But you're not going to be spending additional money on wood stains, wood finishes and paint.

Recyclable -- Another reason to install a vinyl fence is that it's recyclable. PVC is one of the most recycled materials around, which means that even though it's manufactured from raw materials, its lifespan exceeds its environmental impact, because your vinyl fence can be stripped and reused in some other capacity, whether it's for construction of another fence or for another kind of product.

Design Flexibility -- Vinyl fences come in a number of different designs. If you love the appearance of wood, but want the durability and hassle-free characteristics of vinyl, you can select a vinyl fence that's painted to look like exactly like natural wood. If you're more into natural rock, select a stone-like style that replicates the look of natural rock but retains all the advantages of vinyl.

For more information, contact a fencing contractor, such as Suncoast Fencing.