If you’ve ever considered purchasing a vinyl fence but have been held back by things you may have heard about them, let us put some of your fears to rest with the myths we bust in this article.
Becoming a first-time homeowner can be an exciting time for many, with emotions running high at the thought of finally being in your dream home. After a few months, however, when emotions begin to settle, you can begin to notice some little issues that need renovation or repair, both inside and outside of the home.
You may find your new property’s current fencing situation is less than ideal. This can be for many reasons: it may not suit your personal style, or it could be worn out, poorly maintained, or unsafe. You may even have a property entirely devoid of fencing. Therefore, as a good homeowner you’ve understandably come to the smart decision of having new fencing installed. But what type of fencing should you choose?
You may have considered vinyl fencing. After all, this fencing option has become much more popular in recent years. However, you may have been put off by some of the rumour or hearsay, and are unsure how to proceed.
The purpose of this article is to debunk some of these harmful myths, and to show you that vinyl fencing is actually a great choice for many homes.
Myth One: Vinyl Fencing is Weak
It’s understandable that you may have this misconception of vinyl fencing. Due to popular outdoor items, when many of us think of vinyl or plastic in yards, we think of ugly plastic garden furniture that only seems to last a season or less and that breaks at the most inopportune moment.
However, this could not be further from the truth. While vinyl fencing does have some weakness to extreme weather conditions (as wood fencing and wrought iron also can), vinyl fence panels, though lightweight, are extremely durable, and the same fence can easily last you 20-30 years. With the right care, it may even last a lifetime! In fact, many manufacturers are so sure of this fact that they offer a lifetime guarantee, thus dispelling this myth for good.
Myth Two: There Won’t be a Style I Like
People often hold the common misconception that vinyl fencing is only available in a handful of styles. In fact, vinyl fencing is available in a wealth of styles and designs to suit a variety of purposes. With everything from classic pickets to privacy fences great for deterring nosy neighbors, to poolside fencing and more, there really is a style for everyone!
Don’t think you’re only stuck with white, black, or gray either! Vinyl fencing comes in the widest range of colours of any type of residential fencing. This allows you to express your personality to a tee, making creating your dream outdoor space just a little bit easier.
Myth Three: Vinyl Fencing isn’t Eco-Friendly
Understandably, in recent years we have all become aware of the rising need to live our lives in an eco-friendlier manner. Because of this, plastics have come under increased scrutiny.
While some plastics are indeed bad for the environment, being non-recyclable or producing harmful gasses in their creation, vinyl fencing isn’t actually the demon that it might initially seem.
While aluminum fencing may be the superior option for you if eco-living is your passion, in terms of sustainability vinyl fencing is actually able to hold its own.
Wood, for example, despite being a natural material and biodegradable, isn’t as sustainable as it was a few decades ago. Deforestation is a real issue in the world, and wood paneling can help contribute to this.
While vinyl fencing is made of a plastic-type material, it is important to remember its lifespan. We’re not talking about a single use product here, which are the type of products which have been very rightly the subject of campaigns.
Vinyl fencing lasts at a minimum over two decades, and can far surpass this expectation.
When it does come to its end of life, however, unlike many other plastic materials, it can be recycled for a new purpose, meaning it will not go straight to the landfill.
Myth Four: I’ll have to Constantly Maintain a Vinyl Fence
Once again, this statement is simply not true. All fencing will need some maintenance from time to time, but similar to aluminum fencing, vinyl fences are incredibly low maintenance. Aside from looking them over for signs of damage, vinyl fencing only needs a simple clean with warm, soapy water once or twice a year. Even better for parents, cleaning a vinyl fence is so easy it makes a great job for kids to do to earn some extra pocket money!
So there you have it: vinyl fencing isn’t the bad guy that we all thought it was, and makes a great option for all homeowners to consider! Strong, incredibly long-lasting, and with designs and colors to suit every home, not to mention being low maintenance and sustainable, it is clear that vinyl fencing is an incredible solution to yard style and safety that should not be overlooked.