PVC Fencing Solutions – Practical Aesthetics
We live in a period in which practicality is manifested more clearly than ever. We seek solutions that address immediate needs, at low cost and without compromising on aesthetics when it comes to decorations and other elements that define our homes. That said, we chose to talk today about PVC fencing solutions, one of these modern and effective means that can bring more personality to a property.
Prior to admiring some models of such fences, let’s review their pros and cons. First, they make a fine choice for those who want a different look than standard wood, coming in options available with vinyl fences. While you can get ones that look just like wood, they’re also available in a variety of colors such as white, gray, and tan. They don’t require painting or staining and can be purchased as ready-to-install strips.
The low maintenance of this material is also a plus. Dirt is easily sprayed off of vinyl fences due to their glossy, non-porous surfaces. These same qualities make it easy to remove graffiti. Vinyl fences won’t split or crack. They don’t get termite damage, fungus, or dry rot. They’re also fire resistant. Finally, installation of a vinyl fence is simple since all you need to do is slide the rails into the posts and secure the posts into the ground.
When it comes to cons, cost is the biggest disadvantage of vinyl fencing. They tend to cost more upfront than wood fences, which means that if you’re looking to fence in a large area, your initial investment could be high. Extreme temperatures can make the vinyl expand or bend, and high winds can cause the sections to twist since the lengths on vinyl fences aren’t connected together as firmly or securely as the boards of wood fences. Some producers say vinyl fences can withstand temperatures varying from -40 to +60 degrees.
Mind that few types of vinyl fences can have mildew problems, especially if they’re located near yard sprinklers. Since the surface of the fence is non-porous, the mildew can easily be removed. However, it needs to be removed before it causes stains.
The repair concludes this list of cons. The process typically gets more complicated than just replacing a board or two as with wood, and you could easily find yourself replacing an entire section to pull off a proper fix.
Finally, a vinyl fence is a vinyl fence, any resemblance to wood from afar notwithstanding. For the true lover of the look, smell and feel of wood, no substitute will do.
Sources: Doityourself.com, Landscaping.com