Fencing That Has Strength to Stand the Test of Time

{Updated April 14, 2020}

As a leading fence company in Greeley, we know that when selecting a fence for your home or business, the many choices out there can be overwhelming. Fences come in a wide variety of materials and finishes. Wood, bamboo, iron, and vinyl are only a few examples. Each type of fence has its own unique properties. However, perhaps one of the best types of fence is vinyl fencing. Vinyl has grown in popularity in recent years because of its versatility and affordability. 

 

In This Article, Here Is What We Will Cover

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Reasons to Consider a Vinyl Fence

Why is a vinyl fence installation an excellent option for your fence needs?

1. Low Maintenance

Vinyl fences are known for their extremely low maintenance requirements. Unlike wooden fencing, which requires regular staining and anti-rot treatment to maintain it, vinyl fencing requires little to no maintenance treatments. A simple wash with household soap and water will remove most dirt and grime from the surface. Vinyl fencing does not lose its color and will not rot.

2. Durability, Strength, and Flexibility

Vinyl fencing is almost five times as strong as wood and can withstand a fair amount of abuse. It is also less likely to collapse during high winds and heavy rains. This type of fence is ideal for locations near the seaside, as they are resistant to saltwater exposure. It is also a good option for fencing in pasture animals. Vinyl is impervious to the teeth of animals and will not hurt them if they attempt to run through it. Regarding its flexibility, Susan Bady from Livingthecountrylife.com says that “a vinyl fence is more resilient than wood and will “give” under extreme stress. The rails may disengage from the posts, but they won’t break.” The flexibility and the strength of vinyl makes it apt material for fencing in Fort Collins and other places that experience four distinct seasons, as well as for households and establishments that require to fence in pets or livestock.

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3. Inexpensive

Purchasing a vinyl fence is significantly cheaper than the purchase of an equal amount of wood or wrought iron fencing. Vinyl fencing requires virtually no maintenance, thereby saving the costs of primer and rust preventatives. Since it maintains its color, vinyl fencing also requires no painting or staining.

4. Easy to Install

Vinyl fences are easy to install and will not take a long time. In her article, Susan Bady said, “No fasteners or welding equipment are required. Drill a hole in the ground, drop in the vinyl post, compact the earth around it or set it in concrete, and insert the rails inside the posts.” A fence contractor in Greeley can help you get your vinyl fence up and ready to go within a day or two, depending on the scope of the fencing project. Should any damage occur, replacement of a vinyl fence is simple.

5. Non-Toxic

Vinyl fencing is not treated with hazardous chemicals and is made from 51 percent chlorine, a material derived from salt, and 49 percent hydrocarbons, which are derived from natural gas. Vinyl fencing is very energy-efficient and requires three times less energy to produce than aluminum. Due to the fact that it uses 51 percent chlorine in its design, vinyl contains fewer hydrocarbons than plastics that use hydrocarbons alone.

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Fort Collins fencing experts at companies like Altitude Fence and Deck will only be too happy to talk to you more about the benefits of using vinyl fencing. Don’t hesitate to call them if you are interested in installing a vinyl fence.

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5 Benefits from a Vinyl Fence, RedBeacon

How Long Do Vinyl Fences Last Compared to Wood?

When you’re installing a fence on your property, you want it to last for a long time. With proper care, wood fences can last from around 15 or 20 to 30 years. However, they are subject to pests, decay, weather, and fungus. Eventually, wood will start to break down. Keep in mind that to keep a wood fence in good condition, you’ll have to spend money on maintenance. Also, to get a wooden fence that will last longer, you may have to purchase a chemically-treated product.

wood vs vinyl

 

Unlike wood, vinyl fences need little to no maintenance and can last from 20 to 30 years. Depending on where you purchase your fence, you may also get a lifetime warranty. In that case, your vinyl fence could last for a lifetime.

 

What Is the Cost of a Vinyl Fence?

Did you know that vinyl actually costs less than cedar?  Cedar wood comes from Canada. Because of the really high taxes, the prices of wood have really been pushed up, making vinyl a far more affordable fence option. 

The national average for vinyl fence cost according to Home Advisor is $3593. Your fence cost will vary, depending on whether you are installing a privacy fence, picket fence, etc.

For a picket fence, you may be paying from around $15 to $20 per linear foot for your vinyl fence materials. For a taller, privacy fence, you may be paying more like $30 to $40 per linear foot for materials.

To get a relatively good idea of the cost of a vinyl fence for your particular project, you can go check out the cost calculator on Home Advisor’s website.

vinyl fence calculator by home advisor screenshot

Vinyl Fence Installation Process

When someone is looking to install a fence, they often have questions about the process. Of course, before any installation begins, every homeowner needs to be sure they’ve checked with their HOA (if applicable) to make sure they know the guidelines for fences in their area.

Do I Need to Cement Vinyl Posts?

In order to make your fence as stable as possible, we highly recommend you do cement the posts for your vinyl fence. The taller your fence, the more important it is to reinforce your posts.

How Deep Should the Post Hole Be?

Dig your post whole from 18 to 24 inches deep. The depth of your hole will depend on the height of the vinyl fence you ordered. You will want to cement around the pole within the top two inches of the hole

Will I Need Brackets and Screws?

One incredible benefit of installing vinyl fences, whether you have a professional fence company help or are doing it yourself, is that they are much easier to install than wood fences. You will not need any screws or brackets to install a vinyl fence.

What Style Options Are Available for Vinyl Fences?

Vinyl fences come in a range of different styles to meet your specific needs.

Vinyl Privacy Fence

If you are looking for a fence that will provide more privacy for your property, a vinyl privacy fence is your best option. These fences come with no gaps between the fence slats. You can also opt for a semi-private fence that will have small spaces between the slats. This will allow for air and light to get through.

Your privacy fence can be relatively simple, or you can choose to buy options with decorative borders at the top, like this lattice-top vinyl fence for example:

Lattice-top vinyl privacy fence

From flat top and rounded vinyl privacy fences to different styles and shapes for the post tops, you have lots of options to get a fence that matches your style.

Vinyl Picket Fence

If you are not necessarily looking for more privacy but want a decorative fence that can still mark off your property and keep the dog in the yard, a picket fence is a great style option.

white vinyl picket fence

If you’re looking for something beyond the typical vinyl picket fence, you can opt for a dog-ear vinyl fence. This is similar to a picket fence but has a concaved design from post to post.

Vinyl Post and Rail Fence

If you are looking for an option for your livestock, a post and rail fence in vinyl is perfect for livestock enclosure. If your fence is intended to keep your animals on your property, you’ll want to go with a 3 or 4 rail fence. However, if you choose to use a post and rail fence simply for decorative purposes, a two-rail fence will make more sense.

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