For a fence that lasts longer than wood, consider installing vinyl fencing. Unlike wood, a vinyl fence requires no painting or staining. Your vinyl fence will not rot, warp or splinter. In fact, a vinyl fence will keep its good look for many years longer than a wood fence - with no maintenance required!
If you will be ordering from a home hardware retailer, your fence sections will be shipped to you unassembled. Instructions come with it to help you easily assemble your vinyl fence section by section.
Vinyl fences come in a wide variety of colors and styles. The privacy fence features a slat with a reinforced bottom rail and looks great on both sides. For a unique touch, choose lattice as an attractive accent to your privacy panel.
Where atmosphere and aesthetics are important, you can have the look of the 1950s by installing a classic vinyl picket fence. Or, if you choose, the contemporary vinyl picket fence will give your home a look of class minus all the maintenance that comes with the old cedar fences.
Caring For Your Vinyl Fence
Vinyl fences can easily be damaged by common lawn machinery (i.e. weed whackers and lawn mowers), so take care when you use this type of equipment near your fence. Additionally, it is possible for mold and mildew to form on your vinyl fence when there has been consistently damp weather. However, a quick wipe with some soapy water should easily get rid of that unsightliness.
To keep your fence looking its best, regularly clean your fence once a year with a mild detergent mixed with some water. If there is a particularly stubborn stain, use a non-abrasive cleaner.
If you are worried about how your vinyl fence will hold up to extreme temperature fluctuations, you can relax. Although temperature changes will cause the vinyl to contract and expand, manufacturers are well aware of this variance and take it into consideration when they are making the fences.
Some people may intially be put off of buying a vinyl fence because this type of fence generally costs more than a wood fence. However, since vinyl has long-term durability and is virtually maintenance-free, you actually end up saving money in the long run.
Before you start building, though, make sure to check your local building code guidelines about fence height.
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