By Alice Jones
The vinyl fence is becoming a popular home improvement that many people are turning to. It was introduced in the 1950′s, but it wasn’t until the 80′s that it started to become popular. Not only is the fencing affordable, but the lifetime coupled with the decreased maintenance has made it a good alternative to the wood fences of yesteryear. These are also more attractive than fences made of aluminum and are chain-linked, which are often more of an eyesore to most people than anything else.
There’s also the perk of it not needing to be painted, a simple hosing off will clean it nicely, or regular cleaning products can be used for more difficult cleanings. There’s no need for staining, or having to buy specially treated wood to withstand the elements. Vinyl also does not mold or mildew.
The cost of doing a vinyl fence initially may seem expensive. Once you take into perspective the savings you will see from not having to do repairs or regular maintenance every year due to elemental damage or otherwise, then the savings an really be seen. Painting and replacing panels can really add up in wooden fences, and that is a problem not seen in vinyl. There are also a huge amount of styles available, most of which mimicking real wood fencing to the point where they are indistinguishable.
For the wary shopper, the majority of these fences do come with a warranty. This makes is a big peace of mind for many, especially for those who invest in the more elaborate or fancy styles. The exact style of the fence will have a big effect on the price range, as well as the warranty that is provided by the manufacturer.
One great part about installing your own vinyl fence is that vinyl is much lighter than wood. The installation is very similar to installing a wood fence. There are a few little hints and tips to make the project a bit easier. The first tip is to attach all your mounting brackets to the posts before setting the posts. This will make it a bit more precise, which is a very importing thing in installing your fencing. When you are installing, work one post and panel section at a time. By taking the time to do this, you are going to have a straighter fence. Try using a 3 or 4 foot level to your top line and shims to keep it level while your concrete cures. When cement mixing, use as little water as you possibly can, the thicker it is the more level you will remain. Don’t worry if you get a little concrete on your fence when installing the posts, it will come off easily with a little water while it is still wet. If you need to trim your fencing, if can be cut just like wood! Also, do not over tighten your screws.
Choosing a vinyl fence has pros and cons just like anything else. The best pro is that you can enjoy a great looking fence without having to spend a fortune in upkeep for a long time. On the downside, installation has to be precise for a long lasting, straight fence.
Aluminum and wood fencing are the most traditionally seen in residential areas, but the vinyl fence is getting up there in popularity because it is so easy to maintain.
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