Ever since its invention in 1913, vinyl has been used for a variety of products, from home wares to records. Although vinyl has become more popular in fencing and home siding since the 1980’s, many purists insist on using traditional wood for fencing and siding. While wood is still the preferred choice for those who want to have a varied look for their fence, here are a few reasons to consider building a vinyl fence this summer.
Vinyl is low maintenance.
As those who have ever had a traditional wood fence or deck know, wood needs to be sealed and stained regularly. It’s also susceptible to rot and termites. Vinyl, as a synthetic fiber, doesn’t have these problems. It can be hosed off every now and again and then forgotten about. While a surface level search for “fence parts near me” may yield more wood-related products, this is often because wood fences require more maintenance to begin with. Aside from needing to replace chain link parts or wheels on a sliding fence, the vinyl fence will not require much upkeep at all.
Vinyl can be less expensive.
Experts disagree on whether or not vinyl is less expensive than wood, but most believe that it tends to be less pricey. While vinyl can be more expensive than some wood fences (such as cedar) it can cost less than others (like composite wood). In addition, there’s often not much to pay for after the initial investment/a> in your vinyl fence. If I am looking into fence parts near me, I can be assured that they will be available for both vinyl and for wood fences, but the vinyl will need to be purchased much less frequently.
Vinyl is more durable.
While a well-built wood fence can last about 20 years, a vinyl fence can easily last double that time without much work on your end. In addition to withstanding rot and termites, as mentioned earlier, vinyl tends to be stronger in bad weather. You may be tempted to believe that wood is stronger because its panels tend to be heavier, but lightweight vinyl still tends to outshine her more bulky counterpart.
Nearly all communities in the United States regard wood and vinyl as the same, at least from a building standpoint. Therefore, when it comes time to assemble that rolling wood gate or vinyl picket fence, your main questions to yourself should be: