Vinyl Fence Pros and Cons

March 3, 2022

When it’s time to replace your fence, you may be asking yourself what fence style is best for you and your property. 

There are many different options, including wood fences, chain link fences, hybrid (wood + wire) fences and vinyl fences. 

If vinyl has sparked your interest, there are some important considerations before making it your final choice. Check out these pros and cons when it comes to vinyl fencing.

Vinyl Fence Pro

Less maintenance

Vinyl fences are constructed using plastic-based material made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC). Vinyl fences require less maintenance than wood fences, as they won't warp, rot, or blister. They also will not attract insect damage as traditional wood fences do.

It’s possible for algae, mold, or mildew to grow on a vinyl fence if the fence sits near a sprinkler line or other water source that keeps the area consistently damp. However, in those instances (or when your fence gets dirty), cleaning is easy. Vinyl is nonporous, which means when your fence gets dirty you can just spray it with a garden hose to clean it.

Vinyl Fence Con

More expensive

Generally speaking, vinyl fences will have a more expensive initial cost than alternative fence materials. The average cost for a vinyl fence will vary from market to market and is dependent on size, height and current cost of materials. Labor costs will also vary from contractor to contractor.

If you notice some vinyl fence prices that are considerably lower than others, it could be a sign that the vinyl in question is of lesser quality. As opposed to premium vinyl which will be durable and long-lasting, thinner vinyl can easily be dented or otherwise damaged. Premium vinyl formulations will also contain Titanium Dioxide to protect your fence against UV rays. Also, premium vinyl will be thicker and less prone to impact damage. For that reason, we recommend not compromising on material quality just to save a few bucks during your initial installation.

Vinyl Fence Pro

Different color options

Vinyl fences can add aesthetic appeal to your property and are generally available in different colors. Vinyl fences will stay true to their original color for long periods of time, as well. Whereas wood fences can require painting or staining to restore their look after weathering, vinyl colors will stay looking brand new for longer.

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Vinyl Fence Style Pros and Cons

There is a wide variety of vinyl fence styles from which to choose and each style has it’s pros and cons.

Solid Privacy Fence

This style is traditional and will offer the most privacy for your property. Typically, solid white privacy fences will have 7/8'' x 6'' Tongue & Groove Boards and 5''x5'' Posts. The tongue and groove pickets will ensure no gaps are present in your fence, which is ideal for keeping animals or small children inside your yard. This fence style, while great if you want privacy, has the potential downside of entirely blocking your view beyond your property line.

Solid Privacy Fence with Lattice

If you’re looking to add something extra to your privacy fence, a lattice can be a great option. There are different lattice types, like diagonal (top) or piano key (bottom). The lattice can add a bit more visibility to the top of your fence line, versus the complete coverage you would get from a privacy fence without a lattice. Adding a lattice will also be an extra cost to your fence project.

Closed Picket Fence

If you desire the traditional look of the ‘white picket fence,” then a vinyl closed picket style is perfect for you. This style has 7/8'' x 3'' pickets, 4''x4'' posts with caps, top and bottom 2'' x 3.5'' rails and a metal bottom rail stiffener. The small gaps between the pickets allow you to enjoy visibility through the fence, but are too small for animals or children to pass through.

Ranch Style Fence

Ranch style vinyl fences will have horizontal pickets, 5''x5'' posts with caps and 1.5'' x 5.5'' rails. This style is optimal if you don’t want to obstruct the view on your property line. However, it offers virtually no privacy and won’t be effective in keeping animals in or out of your yard.

When it comes down to it, the type of fence you select should reflect your personal style and needs. Whether you decide to opt for vinyl or a different material for your fence, installing a fence is a wise investment. A well-built fence will last you and your family many years and will allow you to fully enjoy your property.

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