Vinyl fencing is used across the country because it is durable, easy to install and maintain, and provides a beautiful enclosure for properties. If you are considering having vinyl fencing installed, you likely have a few questions about the product that you want answered before you invest in the fencing for your property.
Is all vinyl fencing made of the same materials?
Generally speaking, yes, but there are two variations of vinyl fencing that you should keep in mind.
Virgin Vinyl – This product is made from pure materials, rather than recycled materials. Virgin vinyl is known to be more resilient, withstand the abuse of UV rays better and be more durable against impact damage.
Non-Virgin Vinyl – This product is made using recycled materials, so it is a more environmentally friendly way to go. Just because a fence is made using non-virgin vinyl doesn't mean the fence will not withstand all of the abuse it can potentially be put through. It just means you need to pay close attention to the reviews of the products you are considering and select the one that is made by a manufacturer that focuses greatly on quality products and offers warranty protection on them.
Will a vinyl fence become discolored?
Quality vinyl fencing will not become discolored if you take the time to give the fence the attention that it needs. Generally, you only need to spray the fencing down a couple times each year to get the dirt and mildew off of the surface.
Mildew shouldn't be much of a concern with vinyl fencing like it is other fencing materials because the vinyl is non-organic. This means the mildew does not have the organic materials it needs to embed itself into the fencing. But if you don't clean the dirt off of the fencing, the mildew can begin embedding itself in the dirt.
Can vinyl fencing be painted?
In most cases, there is no need to paint a vinyl fence unless you want to change the color of it. All you should need to do to restore the vinyl fence to its original beauty is a bucket, some liquid dish soap and a garden hose. Washing the fence will bring it back to its original state; however, if you want to change the color of the fence, it is possible to do with the use of the right type of paint. If your vinyl fence has a factory warranty, don't paint it before checking with the manufacturer. The warranty may be voided if you paint it.
If you have further questions about your fence options, direct them to a fencing contractor like Phoenix Fence, Co. A professional will be able to assist you in choosing the fencing that will look and perform the way you need and want it to.