Are you one of the countless Colorado Springs and Denver homeowners wondering about the truth behind common vinyl fencing myths? That is only natural. As we approach the end of another winter in Colorado, our home improvement plans naturally turn to our patios and yards. We may notice that while our wooden fence is looking a bit worse for wear, the vinyl fencing our neighbor installed last year has remained standing and looking great. The popularity of vinyl fencing has increased steadily, and it is now replacing wood as the favored fence building material in many Colorado neighborhoods.
If you are still “on the fence” about vinyl fencing, read on. We will address some of the common myths about this alternative to rotting wood and rusty metal,
Myth 1: Vinyl Fencing Will Yellow And Fade
The base material in vinyl siding is usually PVC (polyvinyl chloride), but vinyl fencing can also be made up of other materials, such as polyurethane, polystyrene, or polycarbonate. Titanium dioxide (TiO2) is a chemical compound that is used in the manufacture of vinyl products. This chemical protects the siding from the ultraviolet rays of the sun that cause yellowing. The same is true for the myth that vinyl fencing will fade. These materials are designed to hold their color and reflect the sun's rays.
Therefore, even in our Colorado higher altitudes where the sun’s rays are stronger, there is little likelihood of this vinyl fencing myth being true.
Myth 2: Vinyl Fencing Cannot Stand Up To Colorado Weather
Colorado is known for cold and snowy winters and hot, dry summers. Vinyl fencing is actually ideal for these fluctuations in temperature. Like most other plastics, vinyl can become less flexible when it gets colder. However, the expansion and contraction of a vinyl fence is normal, and it can adapt to extreme changes in temperature. And, with a flashpoint of nearly 900 degrees, you don’t have to worry about your vinyl fence getting too hot and warping in the intense Colorado sun.
Myth 3: Vinyl Fencing Is Maintenance Free
This is one vinyl fencing myth that we are happy to let stand. Vinyl fencing requires little or no maintenance once it has been installed. It can be washed with a garden hose and does not crack, peel, or fall apart. The outer layer of vinyl is tough enough to protect your property from the elements while the inner layer of vinyl fencing is softer than the outer layer, giving it flexibility.
The one caveat that we must mention is that vinyl fencing is not graffiti-proof. If you want to get rid of the paint, you'll need to use a pressure washer or other compound that will remove the graffiti without leaving behind any residue or stains.
Myth 4: Vinyl Fencing is Stronger And Lasts Longer Than Wood
This vinyl fencing myth is, in fact, true. Vinyl fencing is highly impact-resistant and can take a lot of abuse. Vinyl fencing can be damaged if it comes into contact with a hard object, such as a rock thrown by a mower. If you want your fence to last for a long time, you need to install it properly. The fence can be easily repaired if it is damaged. With just routine maintenance, your vinyl fence should last for many years to come. Vinyl fencing is a very durable material that will probably outlive you. It will probably be there for the rest of your life.
Myth 5: Vinyl Fencing Is Expensive
There is not an easy response to this myth. While the initial costs of installing a vinyl fence can be quite high, the lower maintenance costs and life span of vinyl over wood can be a major cost-saver in the long run. So, if you are looking to upgrade your fence and enhance value to your home, vinyl might be worth the initial investment.
We have examined 5 common vinyl fencing myths, and honestly, there are pros and cons to installing vinyl fencing over the more traditional wood, chain-link or iron fencing. The best way to find the best option for your fence is to talk to a local Colorado fence contractor familiar with your neighborhood’s climate and terrain. Blick’s Fencing is proud to be the fence company trusted by thousands of homeowners throughout the Front Range. Call us today for a free estimate and see the difference a Blick’s Fence can make.