Vinyl fence used to be kind of a Henry Ford thing. You could have it in any color you wanted so long as it was white. A lot has changed since then. Not only does it now come in countless color choices but there are many different styles of vinyl fencing as well. The chances are pretty good that just about anybody can find one that will meet their personal requirements.
There are three basic families of vinyl fencing: boundary, privacy, and decorative. Boundary fences are usually two or three rail fences that are used to indicate where your property runs and not much else. They can keep kids off the lawn and if reinforced with wire mesh behind it, dogs in the yard.
Privacy fences are typically six feet in height and designed to let you enjoy your yard in peace. Decorative vinyl fences are usually an in-between thing. A typical example would be a fence that has solid privacy panels up to 5 feet in height and then a foot of latticework up above that.
With the myriad of color choices available, you can now tailor a new vinyl fence to match your surroundings much better than before. One caveat is that many fence companies tend to have white vinyl in stock and all the other colors available as special order items that will take a couple of weeks to show up. If you need a fence tomorrow, you’d better plan on a white one.
One of the most favorite reasons for installing a vinyl fence is its low maintenance profile compared to a wood one. Since everything, posts included is made out of vinyl, the bugs can’t eat it and the posts can’t rot and fall over. Restoring your vinyl fence to its original appearance does not require re-staining every few years as a wood fence does, but you do need a garden hose and spray nozzle so you can wash the dirt off of it.
It is usually advisable to avoid leaning heavy items up against a vinyl fence. If left there long enough, they can cause the fence to bow outwards under the pressure and this bow can “set” if the fence is left in this distorted position. The same applies to wood fences as well, but it is just something to keep in mind maintenance wise. Apart from hurricane-force winds or a car driving through your yard, vinyl fences are pretty durable.
With the plethora of colors and styles, there is something for everybody. Occasionally, the problem is that there are too many options and the customer is not certain which one would work best. When in doubt, however, it is best to pick the taller option. Cutting a tall vinyl fence down is an easy job. Building a short vinyl fence up higher is much more difficult. Another option is to assemble a test section of your chosen style without cementing the posts in. Whatever fence you end up with is going to be there for a very long time so make sure you get exactly what you want.