What’s stopping you from fencing your yard with a vinyl fence? Vinyl fences are very sturdy and ideal for sheltering your property. They are easy to install, though you’re in the right place if you want to do it yourself! First, you should be acquainted with a few terms—don’t worry, we’ll explain everything. Read on to find out!
What Vinyl Fences Are Made Up of
Vinyl fences are a variation of chain-link fences. They are also known as PVC fences; they are similar to vinyl patio coverings. The material is called polyvinyl chloride, and it’s made from two separate types of plastic.
PVC is an entirely non-reactive compound. It is relatively easy to work with, and it is highly durable. It is also relatively inexpensive. When PVC is put through a manufacturing process, it gets converted into vinyl. This also makes it suitable for use as a fence.
Vinyl is a flexible material. It is also resistant to corrosion and weathering. Vinyl fences are very long-lasting, and they will keep on looking just as good as new even after ten years of usage. Vinyl is not a very strong material. It is not as durable as steel or wood. This is why vinyl fences are usually coated with metal.
Here are the common parts of vinyl fences:
Posts are the vertical support posts that hold the vertical pipe and form the fence structure. A vinyl fence post may be made of wood, concrete and steel. In general, the utilization of a steel post is not advised as steel posts do not hold up well against the weather. If you are fencing in an area subjected to a lot of rain, you should have the posts made of concrete.
Types of Posts
- Line Posts
Line posts are the same length as the fence’s cross-bars, typically four or five feet tall.
- Gate Posts
Gate posts are the same length as line posts. However, they will have a much larger diameter and are typically spaced between sixteen and eighteen feet apart.
- Corner Posts
If you are building an L-shaped fence, the corner posts are placed on the inside corner of the L, directly across from each other. These are typically made of the same material as the line posts.
- End Posts
If you are building a square or round pen, you will find the use of corner posts beneficial. However, end posts are required outside the pen. These posts can be made of the same material as the line posts.
Picket fences comprise vertical wood slats that cross each other in an X shape. These are most commonly made of cedar, naturally rotting and insect resistant.
In addition, cedar pickets resist swelling from moisture and swell from dryness, making them an ideal fencing material. Standard pickets are usually between 2 ½-3 ½ inches wide and come in 6, 8, 10, 12, or 14 feet in length.
Also known as horizontal boards, rails are attached to the post and cross the vertical pickets. They are typically made of pressure-treated wood or vinyl coated for long-lasting use. The vinyl coating does not rot and is an excellent option for coastal regions!
If you have been considering a vinyl fence, now is the perfect time to make a move! This fence is straightforward to install and maintain, and it is resistant to rust, rot and decay. Vinyl fences are a great option for the DIY-er, and they are a cost-effective option for the fence-minded! Read on to our next article to find the other common parts of vinyl fences!
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