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Vinyl Fences – The New Buzz in Central Florida?

The Clean Contemporary Beauty of PVC Fencing

Since vinyl fencing was introduced as an alternative to wood fencing on horse race tracks, pvc (poly vinyl chloride) fencing has gradually moved from being merely an equestrian safety consideration to being a popular and viable type of residential railing.

For most homeowners, inherent problems that come with traditional privacy fencing such as wood, chain-link and hedges are even a big consideration. With an eye towards permanence and low-cost maintenance, vinyl fences in Orlando have become a popular trend for enclosing a yard.  A little known fact, PVC is the second largest manufactured and sold plastic resin in the world today!

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So Why All The Hype About Vinyl?

  1. Durability: Unlike wood, vinyl does not rot, rust, splinter or warp and is resistant to bugs thus giving it a longer life span, and it also rust-free. Experts say that vinyl is five times stronger than wood. This is fencing that is going to serve you for years!
  2. Low Maintenance: Maintenance cost for vinyl is remarkably low as compared to wood fencing. This also applies to cleaning vinyl: with water, detergent and a cloth, it is easy to maintain the sheen on the fence. It is also extremely easy to erase any unwanted writing or graffiti off the fence. Dirt and debris wash away easily with a periodic spraying from a garden hose.
  3. Aesthetic Value: Vinyl comes in a variety of colors, making it easy to synchronize with the color and decor of the home. You do not have to settle for anything that does not match your color scheme.
  4. UV Resistance: Vinyl does not easily ignite and is classified as self extinguishing with a flash point of approximately 900 degrees. The fence is also significantly resistant to fading and cracking since the color goes deep into the pith of the vinyl, unlike paint
    which may peel off over time.
  5. Flexibility: Vinyl doesn’t snap or break off as easily as wood, making it particularly valuable in wind-prone locales or places that receive a lot of rain.
  6. Eco-friendliness: In an age where people are increasingly sensitive to environmental degradation, vinyl fencing offers a great alternative. Vinyl needs very little energy to make and releases lower emissions into the environment and is sustainable, lasting longer than the other more expensive alternatives. Vinyl also offers an Eco-conscious alternative to the diminishing supply of trees harvested for wood fencing.

PVC fencing is one of the safest and aesthetically pleasing fence choices especially for families and pet owners as it contains no nails or sharp edges that can harm children or animals.

Is There A Downside to Vinyl?

  1. Replacement Difficulty: As opposed to other fences, replacement of damaged vinyl may require professional workmanship even on a small section of fence.
  2. Cost: While vinyl has proved to be cost-efficient in the long run, erecting a vinyl fence is costlier compared to other fencing solutions, making it out of reach for people on a budget.
  3. Fluctuation: Over very extreme weather conditions, vinyl may expand or contract. However, the fabrication and installation procedures accommodates these weather-related shifts.
  4. Deterioration: Some PVC fencing may be susceptible to fading especially if exposed to severe weather. While recent advances in technology have largely mitigated these concerns by adding special polymers, it is important to consider whether the color will be affected when exposed to the elements.