At FloriFence we talk a lot about vinyl fencing. It is one of our most popular sellers for residential fencing because of its long lifespan, aesthetic appeal, and ease of maintenance. However, you may have also heard of PVC fencing used for residential construction. Are they the same thing, or is there one that’s better than the other? In this article, we’ll review the similarities and differences of different types of plastic fencing, and help you choose the one that’s right for you.
What’s the difference between vinyl and PVC?
In terms of fencing material, the terms “vinyl” and “PVC” are essentially interchangeable. PVC stands for “polyvinyl chloride,” which is a type of vinyl plastic. Most vinyl fencing is made with PVC and other plastics and compounds to create the most durable, clean-cut fence available. Though vinyl fencing is not made exclusively with PVC, it is the primary material used for every type of vinyl fencing.
Is vinyl fencing all made the same?
Though all vinyl fencing is made from PVC, it is not all built to the same standards of quality. High-end vinyl fencing uses other polymers and coatings to ensure longevity and aesthetic quality over time. Pre-constructed vinyl and vinyl made for affordable home projects are not built to the same quality standards, and should not be used unless you’re on a low budget. If you want a high-quality vinyl fence, ask your FloriFence contractor for different options.
Why install a vinyl fence over wood?
Many people are worried that if they install a plastic fence over a wooden fence, their home will look “cheaper,” but this could not be further from the truth. Vinyl fencing actually holds up better than wood over time and will retain its color and shine with minimal care. Vinyl can also be designed to look like wood, so you don’t have to lose any rustic charm in order to have a fence that will last through the decades.
Vinyl fence installation
FloriFence offers custom vinyl fence installations, including a custom design, powder coating, gates and toppers, and more. We love vinyl fencing for homes because it is easiest for homeowners to care for, and will last upward of 30 or 40 years with proper maintenance. If you are interested in beginning a new fence installation, give our office a call today!