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Vinyl Fence Advantages

>Vinyl fence is made from PVC, plastic in simpler terms. This makes them weather proof, maintenance free and longer lasting as compared to the traditional wood fence. They are environment friendly as they can be recycled and used in the manufacturing process again. We will be talking about the main types of vinyl fences and giving helpful tips to customers who are in the market for a new vinyl fence. The main types of vinyl fence are:

  • Tongue and Groove Privacy fence
  • Semi-Privacy Fence
  • Pool Fence
  • Picket Fence
  • Rail / Ranch fence

Vinyl Privacy Fencevinyl fence products, installation and sales for the raleigh north carolina area.

A vinyl Privacy fence has tongue and groove pickets that lock together to create a full privacy environment for your home or property. There are lots of styles, design, flavors and color available in this type of fencing style. Mostly used around a pool or house, where privacy is of utmost importance, and appearance next.

Vinyl Fence Colors

The most widely available colors for the vinyl fence are

  • White
  • Tan

Vinyl Gates

Gates are one part of the fence that are manipulated a lot and can vary from company to company. They are also the most commonly, going bad thing of a fence. So choosing a good gate is very important.

A Vinyl Gate should be strong and sturdy with strong metal hinges or else they will get misaligned or the gate will sag and not lock. The key to having a good gate is to have the following – The hinges should be multi-adjustable for vertical and horizontal adjustment. Plus It is an added benefit to have tension adjustment for self-closing. It is good to have stainless steel hinges to avoid rust. For wider gates, it is good to have a diagonal reinforcement to make it sturdier.

Vinyl Pickets

Most manufacturers use 6? wide pickets in tongue and groove fence. It is a good standard for making stronger pickets. Having wider pickets can make them less impact and wind resistant. A panel build with wider pickets will bend and sag more easily as compared to a 6? wide picket. But most importantly, what makes a picket stronger is the webbing in the picket and not its width. The industry standard for maximum strength picket is to have 3 webbing in it. Although 2 webbed pickets are most commonly used, 3 webbed 6" pickets are the maximum strength pickets you can buy in the market. Holding both 2 and 3 webbed pickets in hand and trying to bend them in a linear way, will tell you right away the difference in them. Even a kid can make out the difference in the two. But again the cost factor will come in here. Since the 3 webbed pickets uses more vinyl, it is more expensive. Most online stores or your supermarket will carry 2-webbed picket.

Vinyl Posts

Posts are as important as pickets and panels. But generally posts are less likely to be messed up. Few things to watch out in posts are – make sure that the post is not made from re-grinded PVC. A good way to check is to press a loose end of the post and see if cracks form on the inside of the post. To have good, strong posts, it is best to buy from a reputed company, because there is technology available to use re-grinded PVC and still make strong posts. We use Bufftech and Master Halco for our vinyl fence suppliers. We feel both are equally reputable in the vinyl fence industry.

Vinyl Post Caps

Everyone loves beautiful post caps. They enhance the beauty of the fence and give it an accent. It is like wearing a particular type of hat to define who you are. The most common types of post caps are:

  • Inside pyramid
  • Outside pyramid
  • New England
  • Ball Cap
  • Gothic Cap

Privacy Fence Styles

Apart from the different colors that full privacy fences can be made available, there are also classy flavors available. Different companied give them different fancy names and we will go over the main ones here:

  • Lattice Fence – This is basically the same full privacy fence with a lattice above the top rail. The lattice design is of criss-cross pattern. While picking this type of fence, one should make sure that the top rail holding the lattice is not really thin. It should be of decent girth. Lattice fences are available in 6′ height by 8? wide. They are also generally a little more expensive than the full privacy tongue and groove.
  • Victorian Accent Fence – This is a full privacy fence with lattice type design above the top rail, only difference is that the lattice is straight, vertical rather than a criss-cross.
  • Westminster Fence – This is another type of accent that you may get to see. It has weaved, pattern of lattice, going vertical and horizontal, instead of criss-cross.
  • Wood Grain Fence – Imagine a fence that delivers the beauty of natural wood without the hassle of ongoing maintenance, associated with wood fence. That is what wood grain fence features- a realistic wood texture on vinyl fence. Available in 5? & 6? heights.
  • Stone Texture Fence – This is a new type of Vinyl fence, which is totally out of ordinary. It has the looks of stone, but give you the flexibility of vinyl. They are moderately priced, give the look and feel of stone or granite fence and are pretty strong as well. They might be the perfect fit for a fence around a stone style structure or around a pool, landscaped with stones.
  • Pool Code Privacy Fence – This type of privacy fence has to meet the pool code requirements and may have accent on top of the fence. Each company makes their own design and accents. But a good industry standard would be Huntington. It is available in 6' high and 8' wide.

The size of pickets can make different types of fences. Starting from 3" wide pickets to almost 12" wide pickets, they can define a fence and give it differentiating looks. Pickets with size somewhere in the middle have better shock resistance as compared to the lower and higher width pickets.

Semi-Privacy Fence

In semi-privacy fence, the pickets are NOT interlocked, instead they are either placed one top of the other or in a wave pattern. This leaves a small amount of gap in between them, leaving room for some light to pass in between them. Hence they are called semi-privacy fence. Many of the semi-privacy fences come with standard features as the full privacy fence, like the rails, lattice, same weather resistant material and colors.

Fence Tips

Don’t buy your fence from a “big box” retailer. The quality you will get will reflect the price you pay. While these big box retailers offer similar products, they are not the same products. If you take your time and do the research or call a reputable fence contractor it will be clear to you where to purchase your fence.

Common type of Semi-privacy Fence

  • 6" Wide Pickets – This type of fence have 6 wide pickets and are available in common colors. It can also be made available with lattice and other accents.
  • 3" Wide Pickets – This type of fence have 3 wide pickets and are available in common colors. It can also be made available with lattice and other accents.

Vinyl Pool Fence

Most of the pool fences are built with less wider pickets and have more spacing in between them. Most manufacturers use 3 by 1.5 wide pickets with 1" to 3" spacing and run a top and bottom rail. They are available in a wide range of heights raging from 3 to 6 and are generally the least expensive among the three. Most manufacturers give fancy names to their 6" or 3" semi-privacy fence based on the size of the picket, the spacing between two and the use of any accent above the top rail. A good contractor should have the technology to fabricate any design any type of fence you want. Customer should not have to stick to some fancy named fence of some particular design only. As long as the quality of the material is maintained, fabrication should not be a big factor for a successful contractor who has a ware house and the right equipment to do the job right.