When you’re looking into building or replacing a fence, one of the key decisions to make is what material to choose. Vinyl fencing is an option that many people overlook. Several myths persist about vinyl fences. In truth, vinyl is a great option for your new fence. Here are some of the most common myths and misconceptions about vinyl fences.
Myth: Vinyl Fences Are Expensive
Compared to other options such as wood or iron, vinyl is one of the most affordable fencing choices. Vinyl offers durability and longevity. A vinyl fence is simple to install, easy to care for, and does not require a lot of maintenance. You won’t need to pay for upkeep and repairs, and your fence will last for years to come.
Myth: Vinyl Will Fade Over Time
While older, inferior vinyl can fade, modern vinyl products are built differently. New, high-quality vinyl fences are designed to last. UV protectants are used to protect the fence from the sun, prevent discoloration, and ensure your fence will still look beautiful, even after years of use.
Myth: Vinyl Fences Are Hard to Maintain
The truth is, vinyl fences are nearly maintenance-free. A vinyl fence will not rot or rust. Most vinyl fences only require an occasional cleaning. Spraying your vinyl fence with a garden hose will remove any dirt from the surface. More stubborn spots can easily be cleared away with a soft cloth and a gentle bleach-based cleanser such as Soft Scrub. Using a stiff brush may scratch the vinyl, so be sure to only use a soft cloth.
Myth: All Vinyl Fences Look Alike
Most vinyl fences did have a similar look in the past. However, vinyl fencing is now available in almost any color and style you can imagine. Whether you prefer picket fences, privacy fences, or vinyl chain link fences, you’re sure to find a look that will perfectly complement your home. You can even select a style that mimics the appearance of stone or natural wood.
Myth: Vinyl Fences Look Cheap
There’s no need to spend a fortune on a great-looking new fence. Many people assume that if a fence is inexpensive, it must have an inferior look and feel. Fortunately, this is not the case with vinyl fences. A high-quality vinyl fence gives your yard an elegant look for a low price.
Myth: A Vinyl Fence Is Not Durable
Vinyl fences are more durable than metal and wood fences. Quality vinyl fencing is built to last. A vinyl fence can stand up to most extreme weather, including wind, rain, and heavy snow. A wood fence can begin to rot over time. A metal fence may start to rust. Vinyl is not susceptible to rust, rot, warping, or damage from pests. The tensile strength of vinyl is five times higher than wood. If you’re looking for a durable, long-lasting fence, vinyl is the best choice of material.
Myth: Vinyl Fences Are Bad for the Environment
Many people think all vinyl products are harmful to the environment, and only all-natural products like wood are environmentally friendly. In fact, vinyl is one of the most environmentally-friendly options for constructing a fence. Vinyl does not require a lot of resources or energy to produce. Plus, unlike a wood fence, a vinyl fence doesn’t require any trees to be cut down. A vinyl fence lasts longer than a wooden fence, meaning it will need replacing less often. Vinyl is also recyclable, so if you ever do replace your vinyl fence, it will not end up in a landfill.
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