Vinyl Fence 101 – What You Need to Know
While the team at Denver Fence Company is best known for our installation of wood fence and steel ornamental fencing, we also install vinyl fence. Vinyl fencing has become more popular around the country over the years. But is it right for your Denver area home or business?
Let’s take a look at some pros and cons.
Vinyl Fence Pros
Vinyl fence has a number of things going for it. That’s why it has become more popular over the years. Here are a few of the positives:
Unlike its wood counterpart, a vinyl fence will never splinter, rot, or be vulnerable to a pest infestation. These fences can last for many, many years to come. They are also fade resistant, because ultraviolet (UV) inhibitors and other additives are part of the manufacturing process.
One of the big selling points for a vinyl fence is it is very low maintenance. An occasional hosing off in the summer should be all it needs. This is in contrast to some wood fences, which need to be painted or resealed periodically.
Vinyl Fence Cons
Now that you’ve learned about the pros of vinyl fencing, it’s time to learn about the cons.
Vinyl: Sustainable or Not?
While the industry may say vinyl is sustainable because of the longevity of vinyl fence, you need to know that it is a product of manufacturing plants, and all that that entails. Vinyl fencing is made from Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC), a synthetic plastic polymer. The manufacturing process uses dioxins, ethylene dichloride, vinyl chloride, and phthalates.
In addition, because of how it’s made and its durability, vinyl usually ends up in a landfill rather than being reused or recycled. And it sits there for decades, because it will not decompose.
Heavy Snow and a Vinyl Fence
In Denver, we know snow. This is one area where a vinyl fence might not be the best choice. While vinyl fencing can easily withstand the cold, the weight of heavy snow could cause it to warp, bend, crack, or even collapse under the weight of the snow.
For this reason, if you did choose to install vinyl fencing, you would want to make sure you did not let your snow blower throw snow towards the fence. You might even want to consider trying to sweep snow off of a vinyl fence.
Schedule a FREE Estimate for Vinyl Fence Installation
If you’ve decided a vinyl fence is right for your property. Call (720) 418-8194 or fill out the Get a Quote form to get the estimate process started. We serve homeowners and commercial clients throughout the Denver, Colorado metro area, including Lakewood, Wheatridge, Arvada, and Littleton.