Choosing The Perfect Fence

When you first buy a home, you might care more about your furniture or your home's facade than you do about your front fence. However, there aren't many home components that play as important of a role as that yard enclosure. In addition to protecting your kids and pets, fences can also dress up your property and make the area look polished. Unfortunately, if you don't know a lot about fences, it might be difficult to choose one when you have the chance. My blog is designed to walk you through your fence options, so that you aren't left wondering how to improve your curb appeal.

Resolving Misconceptions About Vinyl Fencing


Decades ago, vinyl fencing was known for various problems due to lower-quality production techniques than is the case today. Many consumers are still unaware of the improvements that have been made in this industry. In addition, some misconceptions about vinyl fencing have always been unfounded. 

If you like the low-maintenance aspect of rigid polyvinyl chloride fencing but worry about possible problems, learn more about this type of material and how manufacturers have improved its quality.

Manufacturer Improvements 

No Yellowing or Fading

Older vinyl fencing was vulnerable to yellowing with a great deal of exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light. Now, however, manufacturers add titanium dioxide to the material, which prevents this discoloration. That chemical also prevents fading.

Skeptics may point out that plastic patio furniture has a tendency to become discolored over time. But most of this furniture is of much lower quality than vinyl fencing material is and does not contain UV-protective substances. That's why the price is generally very inexpensive.

No Cracking   

Vinyl fencing used to become brittle in very cold weather. A property owner might be dismayed to find that part of the fence had cracked during a particularly nasty cold spell.

These days, a vinyl fence will not crack or break due to weather. However, it might do so if somebody runs into it with a lawn tractor or other heavy object. Even if that happens, you can easily have the part replaced for an affordable price.

A Higher-Quality Appearance

Another nagging past problem haunts the reputation of vinyl fencing. Especially at close view, it could look like cheap plastic material. But manufacturers have put forth substantial effort to improve the appearance of vinyl. Now it's nearly impossible to tell apart from wood without inspecting it closely or touching it. 

Concerns That Were Always Misconceptions 

No Melting in Extreme Heat

You might have heard someone say that vinyl fencing melts when hours of hot sunshine beat on it. Although the material becomes a bit more flexible in the heat, it doesn't actually change shape.

No Particular Attraction for Mildew or Algae

You may have noticed mildew or algae accumulating on somebody's vinyl fence or deck. That doesn't mean vinyl is any more vulnerable to this type of growth than other building materials are, but the discoloration is more noticeable on light hues. It's easy to clean off with a soft rag and some soapy water.

Concluding Thoughts

You don't need to paint or stain vinyl fencing to stop it from deteriorating, as you do with wood. You don't have to deal with rusting metal when you choose vinyl. The improvements in vinyl make it an excellent choice. Call fencing contractors today for quotes on your project. 


23 November 2015