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Vinyl Fence

Vinyl fencing is one of the most versatile materials in fencing today. Vinyl fences are rapidly managing to duplicate all other fences out there, from privacy fence, to chain link security fence, to classic picket fence.

Anyone who has ever had to paint or stain a fence — not just once but over and over again — can understand why the market share of vinyl fencing continues to climb. Once it’s installed, vinyl fence can go for years with little or no maintenance, making it a top choice among time-challenged homeowners.

For most, the biggest benefit of vinyl
fence is freedom from maintenance.
The vinyl from which vinyl fences are
made contains ultraviolet inhibitors
that protect the material from sun. As
a result, vinyl doesn’t usually lose its
color, requiring reapplication of paints and stains. Moreover, wear and tear is less an issue. The color is a “throughcolor,” so scratches and dents to the fence do not require touchups and additional repairs. Install vinyl fence, and it will very likely look the same for years without anyone bothering with paint, stain and accessories.

Because vinyl is not organic, it’s impervious to invasions of insects and pests or rotting taking place as a result of moisture infiltration. And unlike metal, it of course will not rust. Vinyl is also strong. According to some manufacturers and sellers, vinyl has five times the tensile strength of wood,making it harder to break. It’s also more flexible than wood, and may be a preferred choice in high-wind areas where fence should be able to bend but not break.

Today’s vinyl fencing marketplace features an explosion of color, texture and options to help consumers customize their installations and still enjoy the maintenance-free benefits of vinyl fence.

In addition to its maintenance free characteristics, vinyl fences come in a wide variety of appealing styles.

  • Traditional white picket fences add charm to a property and can be used to contain pets and children.

  • Vinyl privacy fences shield a property and can be built as a solid board or in a style that allows wind to pass through it.

  • Post and rail, a very popular style of vinyl fence, adds a ranch look to a property and can contain larger animals, like horses.

  • Ornamental vinyl fences provide an elegant look and are often used to enclose swimming pools.

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    Vinyl's Green Story

    The biggest hurdle vinyl fencing must overcome is resistance on the part of many to non-natural products. There’s a cache with real wood, ornamental iron, stone and other time honored materials that vinyl doesn’t, and may never, enjoy. Manufacturing vinyl products is energy efficient. Among plastics, vinyl takes the least amount of energy to produce. It is composed of 51% chlorine derived from salt and 49% hydrocarbons derived from natural gas. Used vinyl materials are either recycled into the inner layer of some manufacturers’ co-extrusion products or are incinerated, so very little is in the waste stream. Used vinyl that does end up in the landfill is harmless, because it is inert.

    Other material qualities make vinyl a green building material of choice. Vinyl fencing is inert, resists mold and mildew and – when the source of a fire is removed, no longer burns. Lead is banned from use in vinyl products made in North America.

     

     
     
     

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