A plastic-based material made from polyvinyl chloride, PVC is an economical and low-maintenance option. It’s also known as vinyl fencing.
PVC works well for those looking for a practical yet aesthetically pleasing fence. It has a number of advantages that make it a popular fencing material for homeowners. These include:
One of the biggest advantages of PVC fencing is that you can basically install it and forget it. Traditional wood fences are prone to warping and cracking. They will also rot over time, requiring constant maintenance. However, PVC will look great for many years without much attention.
PVC never needs sanding, staining, or painting. It doesn’t scratch easily and is simple to clean. Being nonporous, any algae, mold or mildew that starts to grow on your PVC fence can be cleaned off with a pressure washer. You can even use simple dish soap and a hose.
Polyvinyl chloride has five times the tensile strength of wood. It also has four times the flexibility. The average lifespan of a typical vinyl/PVC fence is 20-30 years.
Quality PVC fence products like those installed by First Fence of Georgia are UV resistant. That means they can withstand the elements and won’t crack or become brittle in the hot Georgia sun.
Due to its composition, PVC also won’t warp, rot, peel or blister. This makes it low maintenance as well as safety conscious. If your fence will be located in an area that gets lots of human or animal contact, PVC reduces the chances of minor injuries or accidents.
Unlike wood fencing, PVC doesn’t attract wood-boring insects like termites. Not only does that mean less maintenance, but it’s also safer for the environment. Pesticide application contributes to the buildup of toxins and harms biodiversity.
PVC also doesn’t require any chemical preservatives to maintain it or extend its lifespan. Further, it won’t break down, releasing chemicals into the soil and water. It’s also recyclable, making it a surprisingly environmentally conscious choice for fencing.
PVC fencing comes in many styles and colors. Additionally, various accents and add-ons create an almost endless variety of looks. From tall privacy fences to more traditional post and picket, there’s a PVC fence to fit just about any architectural aesthetic.
Some PVC fencing products, such as Bufftech, can also be textured to resemble natural materials like wood.
The solid composition of PVC fencing panels means that there are no gaps. Therefore, it blocks visual access to nosy neighbors. It also helps deter small animals, snakes and other critters from trespassing where they’re not wanted.
Many PVC fencing products come with a limited lifetime warranty. This helps to protect you from unexpected future expenses should something go awry.
A common question about fencing materials is how to keep them looking their best. As mentioned above, PVC is one of the easiest fencing materials to maintain.
Because PVC is nonporous, it doesn’t absorb moisture. That makes it simple to clean.
If mud splashes onto your vinyl fence, simply rinse it off with a hose. For stubborn dirt, you can wash it with a mild detergent such as dish soap or castile soap before rinsing.
Sometimes, algae or mildew may form on a PVC fence that’s near a pool or other wet area. If the dish soap isn’t strong enough, you can clean your fence with a power washer.
If you’re unsure if PVC/vinyl fencing is right for you, our knowledgeable staff will be happy to help. We can also answer questions about other materials, design options, and installation procedures. Click here to schedule a consultation, or call us at 770-422-9996