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Thinking Of A Solid Vinyl Fence? Consider These Pros And Cons

A solid vinyl fence can offer a lot of privacy and can be a very attractive addition to your yard. Though this style of fence is becoming increasingly common and works well for many homeowners, it is not necessarily for everyone. Consider these pros and cons before you say "yes" to that solid vinyl fence.

Pro: Vinyl does not require much maintenance.

You don't have to paint or stain a vinyl fence, and since vinyl does not attract insects, you won't have to spray it with insecticides or spend your summer eradicated bee hives either. This can save you a lot of time, making vinyl a good option for those with busy schedules. To clean vinyl, all you really have to do is spray it down with a hose or your pressure washer, perhaps using a stiff brush on any caked-on grime.

Pro: Vinyl is safe for children and pets.

Vinyl won't splinter, so if your child or pet decides to chew on it or brush up against it, you don't have to worry so much about injuries.  Since it's not treated with stains or paints, you don't have to worry about poisoning.  The vinyl also does not rust and develop sharp edges like some metal fencing may as it ages.

Con: Vinyl fencing can be expensive.

While prices vary by region, solid vinyl fencing is often more expensive than wooden fencing and other options. The large, solid panels used to make such a fence have to be transported in a large vehicle and are difficult to set up, thanks to their size. This can add to installation and shipping costs.

Con: Vinyl fencing may crack in very cold temperatures.

If winters get very cold in your area, there is a chance that your vinyl fence may crack in response to the weather. The low temperatures make it brittle. Often, the cracking occurs when pressure is placed on a fence that is already brittle and cold. Some vinyl fences are less likely to crack than others; ask your fencing company for recommendations if you're considering whether to install a vinyl fence in a cold region.

If you're looking for a very low-maintenance, safe, and attractive fencing option for your home, then solid vinyl fencing can be a good choice. However, you should go into this endeavor prepared to spend a bit more than you would for another type of fence, and know that in cold temperatures, there's a chance your fence will crack and require repairs.

For more information, contact Arbor Fence Co Inc or a similar company.