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Vinyl Fencing – A More Affordable Alternative To Wood

By Tabitha Lewis

There are definite benefits to both vinyl and wood fencing that need to be examined before choosing, primarily in the appearance and maintenance subjects. They are both similar on your wallet, with vinyl coming in a bit lower than inexpensive wood. So, how do you choose?

Wood fencing, no matter how well treated, will tend to deteriorate. Most fencing made of wood needs to be painted at least once a year, and in some cases whole panels need to be replaced due to dry rot. This is something to take this into account for the total cost of ownership.

Vinyl fencing has a longer maintenance free life. This is especially nice if you’re installing a vinyl picket fence. Pickets make a fence challenging to paint or clean! You have multiple colors to choose from in vinyl. Vinyl fencing can typically be power washed and doesn’t succumb to the elements and insects. There aren’t any termites that have developed a taste for vinyl!

Vinyl fencing installation is also a bit easier than wood fencing installation. Both wood and vinyl fencing can be do it yourself or installed by a contractor. It should also be noted that vinyl is lighter than wood, so hauling the pieces as well as setting them up will be an easier job with it than it would be with wood.

Once you start with your vinyl fencing, have a timeline for completion. Good fences make good neighbors and no one likes to live with or next to a constant construction zone. Also try to choose a period where you know the days will be long and temperate. Days that are a medium temperature without too much humidity are good days to start as well. Putting up a fence requires digging holes all over, and that is no fun in the rain or excessive heat — not to mention it will be more difficult to make everything level. Before putting up the posts, be sure that you mark the outline as well as the post holes first so you have everything planned out beforehand. Cutting corners can make the task take even longer.

Take pictures along the way. They are a good way to document that you complied with local ordinances and also an easy way to share your home improvement with friends and family out of town. Your new vinyl fencing is an investment, but it will pay off in curb appeal and functionality. You’ll be able to enjoy a fenced yard for yourselves, children and pets and it will be a lovely addition to the neighborhood.

There are a few benefits to a vinyl fence that any homeowner should know before investing in wood or aluminum fencing, but there are also some downsides as well.

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