Is Vinyl Fence Installation Right for Your Home?

March 31, 2024

It's easy to say, "I want a fence." However, you have a lot of considerations before you make a final decision. For example, there are various types of fencing, including wood, chain link, or vinyl. 

In addition to material, you'll also need to think about what the new fence is for. A chain link fence isn't great for privacy, but a vinyl fence installation handles that issue.

There are pros and cons to choosing vinyl fencing. Keep reading to learn whether vinyl fence installation is right for your property. 

Pricing Fence Types

Chain link is the cheapest because the material is more affordable and requires less maintenance than wood. Wood fences are the next cheapest, at least up front.

A vinyl home fence costs the most when first purchased. Upfront costs for vinyl fences depend on material thickness, height, and material costs (at the time). 

Other factors determining vinyl fence pricing include gates, fence caps, texturing, and lattices. It's worth spending the money on a thicker home fence, regardless of how you feel about decor.

Thicker fencing will hold up longer over time. Choosing a simpler design will help save money without compromising durability. 

Upkeep and Repairs

The great thing about installing a vinyl residential fence is it's low maintenance. One concern with metal chain link fencing is rusting. You can use a rust inhibitor to prevent oxidation. 

Wood fences need more upkeep. Wood can rot due to water or insect invasion. It's also prone to algae, mold, and mildew from lawn irrigation and the elements unless treated. 

Vinyl can also grow algae, mold, and mildew, but the substance is easier to rinse with soap and water. You don't have to paint or stain vinyl. The material doesn't need extra protection and comes in various colors. 

Repairing vinyl fences can be difficult. Entire panels may need replacing if a small part is damaged. Wooden fences are easier to fix because you only need to replace the damaged board or posts. 

Vinyl Fence Installation

DIY vinyl fence installation is possible, but not advisable. Shorter vinyl picket fences are easier because you can work with a sledgehammer. Taller privacy fences require a special post-hole digger and quick-set cement. 

It's critical to install your vinyl fence properly.

Poor installations often appear uneven, which looks sloppy and can affect how the panels (or posts) connect. Tall vinyl privacy fences are best left to professional fence installers. 

Want to Install a New Residential Fence?

Vinyl fence installation may not be the right choice for every home. Vinyl is a durable and low-maintenance material. It can still mold, may be costly, and should only be handled by professional fence installers. 

Who should you find to handle the job? The Rio Grande Fence Company installs vinyl, wood, or chain link fences across Lexington, Kentucky.

Rio Grand Fence Company has delivered exemplary services within the Tri-State area for over 57 years. We provide financing for client payment needs. Contact us today if you're ready to install your new fence.