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 “through-color,” 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 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.
Perimeter security requires the effective integration of gates, gate operators, heavy-duty fence materials, razor tape and barbed wire during the design process. Design considerations include line of sight, materials, gate and gate operators and level of security.
When designing perimeter security, you have to ask what level of security is needed and that is dictated by how sensitive or valuable the assets are that are being protected. And by level of security, what we really mean is how long it takes someone to get through the perimeter.
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-like look to a property and has the ability to contain larger animals, like horses.
- Ornamental vinyl fences provide an elegant look and are often used to enclose swimming pools.