If you’re looking for a stylish and cost-effective way to fence your property, then vinyl fencing could be just what you’re looking for. Vinyl fencing is a plastic-based product designed to withstand harsh outdoor conditions. It is resilient, doesn’t rot like wood, and can be produced in practically any color you like. With vinyl fencing, you can make your home more attractive, mark out your land, and boost its curb appeal.
Vinyl fencing has been around since 1984 when the first companies began experimenting with it as a fencing material. Since then, it has been refined and developed in many ways and now is a convincing alternative to regular fencing materials, but with none of the drawbacks.
The original purpose of vinyl fencing was to come up with a fencing solution that was not only attractive but also cost-effective. The idea of using plastic as a fencing material seemed strange to some, but it turned out to be an excellent candidate. With vinyl fencing, homeowners could finally re-fence their properties without breaking the bank. Fencing with vinyl turned out to be significantly cheaper than with wood using like-for-like fencing designs, and so many began making the switch. But why is vinyl fencing cheaper?
Vinyl fencing costs about the same as wood to buy and install. But because of how long-lasting vinyl is, it will cost less to maintain and replace throughout its life. Plastic will virtually last forever, whereas a wooden fence will require replacement after a decade or so.
The main concern with vinyl fencing in the early days was that it wasn’t attractive. But as the years have worn on, manufacturers have addressed this issue and now create vinyl fencing parts that are just as attractive as wood, if not more so. Sophisticated manufacturing processes have made this possible. Today’s vinyl fences don’t look like regular plastic products that you might be used to elsewhere. They appear from the outside to be high-quality pieces of material that will withstand wind, rain, animals and anything else the outdoors throws at them.
Vinyl Fencing Is Non-Toxic
Many homeowners are worried that vinyl might be toxic or affect the wildlife in their gardens in some way. Vinyl is a non-toxic compound, difficult to chew and can be recycled. Wood fences, on the other hand, must be treated with potentially hazardous chemicals (to prevent rot), and require that trees be cut down to produce. In short, vinyl is a more environmentally-friendly way to fence your property than wood, which seems counter-intuitive.
Vinyl Will Never Discolor
Over time, the pain on wooden fences can begin to discolor. UV rays from the sun cause it to dull. But the color in vinyl goes all the way through the material. Vinyl will never degrade like wood: it won’t rot, peel or blister.
Vinyl Is Stronger Than Wood
Testing suggests that vinyl has five times the tensile strength of wood meaning that it is much more likely to survive impact intact.
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