January 2014

Pros And Cons Of PVC Fencing

In the early 1980s, fence manufacturers introduced PVC — or vinyl — for fencing, targeting farmers, ranchers and horse farm owners seeking a low maintenance, durable fencing material.

In addition to that durability, PVC fencing allowed manufacturers to offer lengthy warranties, prefabricated styles and a lightweight fencing material that is easy to install. As the fences increased in popularity, manufacturers improved performance of PVC as fence material.

Those improvements led to PVC being introduced as a material for residential fences and as homeowners consider various fence materials they likely examine the pros and cons of vinyl fencing. …

Choosing The Right Fence Material — Part Two

In our previous post we reviewed the reasons most homeowners build a fence and what kind of fence material to use. In this post, we will quickly review the reasons fences are built and examine the remaining materials used to build fences.

Most homeowners building a fence do so for a particular reason, or a combination of reasons. Among them are:

— Protection – Security for a home by protecting from intrusive people or animals.
— Appearance – Adding an attractive or decorative element to a property.
— Safety – Keeping pets or children contained.
— Privacy – Enclosing an area from wandering eyes.
— Legal – Local codes may require fences for yards with pools, among other reasons.
— Boundary marking – Clearly defining a property line.

Understanding the reasons a fence is built can help to choose the best fence material. In our previous post we examined chain link, wood and PVC or vinyl fence materials. …

Choosing The Right Fence Material – Part One

Your decision to add a fence to your property may have been made for a specific — or variety of — reasons, including:

  • Protection – Fences can provide security to a home, by keeping people or animals from entering a yard.
  • Appearance – A fence can provide an attractive or decorative element to landscaping, a garden or a house.
  • Safety – Fencing can keep pets or children from leaving a yard.
  • Privacy – Fencing can enclose an area to wandering eyes.
  • Legal – Local laws may require a fence to surround a pool to protect it from wandering children or animals.
  • Boundary marking – Fences can be used to clearly define a property line.

Understanding the purpose of building a fence can help decide the best material for it. Some fence materials are stronger and sturdier than others, some fence materials weather better than others, and some are more attractive.

In addition to the characteristics of various fencing materials, cost is a factor. Some fencing materials are costlier, some fence types take less time to install, and some require learned skills. …