The Many Advantages of Vinyl Fencing…and How to Care for Your Investment

Like most parents and homeowners, I was interested in providing my backyard with the security and safety of a fence, but wasn't thrilled with many of the options available to me at my local home improvement store. These subpar options included aluminum, wrought iron and traditional wood fencing. That is, until I began researching vinyl and learned that this product's simple installation, durability and low maintenance requirements made construing and caring for my new fence a breeze.

If you're still not convinced, here are just a few of the many reasons why vinyl fencing is the best option for both your family and pocketbook.

The Benefits of Vinyl Fencing

Durability – Forget wrought iron or even steel, vinyl fencing is one of the most durable products on the market. Many privacy fences are wind certified up to 130 mph and will withstand any barrage from unwanted visitors… or your rambunctious three-year-old. Far superior than wood, your vinyl fence will withstand the test of time and is guaranteed to never require repair or a fresh coat of paint.

Ease of Maintenance – My old, failing wooden fence was beautiful for the first few years, but quickly became a buffet for a ravenous colony of termites. Aside from this, a wood fence is also susceptible to dry rot, warping, splintering and the dozens of other little things that can go horrendously wrong. Your wrought iron fence is also incapable of standing up against the elements, and if not cared for meticulously, will easily rust.

Low Environmental Impact – Many environmental groups and critics of vinyl products, have expressed a disdain for manufacturer's use of phthalates, which is mostly used to make vinyl more pliable. Vinyl fencing is rigid and doesn't require the use of phthalates in manufacturing, nor does it utilize lead. Vinyl also requires little energy to manufacture, especially compared with the amount of power required to produce wooden slats or aluminum fencing.

Forget Painting! – For many with wooden fences, pulling out the paint for that annual whitewashing is an aggravating burden. If you're like me, the ability to skip this laborious chore became a reality once you ditched your dilapidated, chipped wooden fence and replaced it with a vinyl alternative. Before you assume that white is your only option, be aware that vinyl fencing is available in a variety of colors, each of which will remain vibrant for many decades and even centuries to come.

Customization – Prepare to put your creativity to the test, because many manufacturers of vinyl fencing provide customers with the unique opportunity to customize the look of their product. If you're looking for a more traditional look, vinyl fencing is also available in a wide variety of pre-fabricated styles, including my personal choice:  a crisp, classic white picket fence.

Vinyl fences are easy to clean

How to Clean and Care for Your Vinyl Fence

When it comes to maintaining your vinyl fence, be prepared for a short lesson, because for the most part, this product requires little to no care. Cleaning is also a breeze and you'll find removing even the toughest rust stains or lawnmower scuffs requires little effort on your part. Here's how to remove many common stains from your vinyl fencing:

  • Lawnmower scuffs – If you or your spouse accidentally rubs the fencing one careless Saturday afternoon, simply remove any unwanted scuff marks with a rag dipped in lacquer thinner. Work the product carefully into the unwanted mark and rinse with a garden hose.
  • Grease, Grass and Tar Stains – Create a mixture of 10 parts water and 1 part bleach in a plastic bucket. Slip on your trusty rubber gloves and dampen a plastic scrub brush with the bleach mixture. Work the product into the stain until it's eliminated before rinsing the fencing clean with a garden hose.
  • General Cleaning – If your vinyl fencing seems either scummy or dirty, which is bound to happen, clean it with a mixture of liquid dish soap and water. Dampen a large kitchen sponge or rag with the soapy water and wipe down the fencing, using pressure when necessary. Once your fence is clean, give it a final rinse with your garden hose and go about your day as you would otherwise.

When you're finally ready to enjoy a little privacy, or simply replace your broken down wood fence, make the same wise decision as my family by installing a vinyl fence…you will be more than content with your decision.

About the Author:  Lisa Allen is a homeowner, mommy blogger and in absolute love with her new vinyl fence.