There are many different reasons to build a fence -- to keep children or pets in the yard, to protect certain areas of a landscape, to provide privacy, or even just to make a home look more finished. While wood or metal fences can provide for a more traditional aesthetic, vinyl fencing is often a very solid option for many different fence applications.
Vinyl fencing offers almost limitless design options. Like traditional wooden or iron fences, vinyl fence panels are available in many different styles to match the architectural design of a home. Vinyl is also produced in several different colors, some which mimic the look of wood or metal fencing. With the wide variety of panel, gate, and post styles and colors, there is a vinyl fence design that will match any structure.
Traditional wood fences require regular maintenance, both for structural security as well as visual appeal. Wood can be infested with termites, rot, and warp or even split; painted or stained wood fences will likely need to be refinished periodically. Maintenance for vinyl fencing, on the other hand, is incredibly easy. Vinyl is a strong material and is highly resistant to breaking under most circumstances. In addition, since vinyl fencing is available in a multitude of colors, it's very likely that it will not need to be painted (or stained). Vinyl fencing can also be sprayed off with a garden hose, making seasonal cleaning very simple.
As mentioned earlier, wood or metal fencing will likely require frequent repairs. A typical wooden picket fence may last only a few years without replacing major sections of the fence. Because it is not as susceptible to typical pests, rot, or warping, a vinyl fence can last many years.
Of course, vinyl fencing is not perfect. Even though a vinyl fence may be less susceptible to damage in most cases, repairs are not as easy as they may be on a wooden fence. If a vinyl fence panel becomes damaged or broken, it will likely require replacement of the entire panel instead of just a few boards. Vinyl is also more expensive than some other fencing materials. However, since most vinyl fences are expected to last longer before needing replacement, they can definitely be worth the higher initial cost.
Vinyl fences can be used in almost any residential situation -- to keep pets in, allow privacy, and provide more curb appeal. Thanks to its versatile color and design options, easy maintenance, and potential for long-term investment, vinyl is a great option when considering building materials for a new fence.