Vinyl Fencing vs. Wood

by Martha Michael

If your dogs are escape artists that manage to find their way out of the yard on a regular basis, it may be that you need more durable fencing material. Vinyl has features that minimize the chance of weather-related degradation and, therefore, maintain a durable structure to fortify the barrier that pet owners need.

The ingredient we call PVC, or polyvinyl chloride, is a polymer compound used on these kinds of fences. Its titanium dioxide pigment offers long-term ultraviolet light resistance and heightens strength. It’s similar to vinyl siding and windows, which have more durability and structural integrity.

Unlike resin patio furniture, you can expect from certain vinyl fencing distributors a specialized product that neither turns yellow nor deteriorates. It depends on the amount of non-chalking titanium dioxide (Ti02) and high quality stabilizers used, as those prevent ultraviolet degradation.

There tends to be a minimum of maintenance necessary for vinyl, mostly just washing the fence to keep it looking new. You simply use a mild detergent and water to keep your fence, deck or railing looking new. For tough stains, use soft scrub or baking soda. Simple Green and super fine steel wool also works to remove stains.

When it comes to wind, products by such companies as Vinyl Fence Depot in Santa Clarita are designed to withstand normal wind load. They have engineered wind load tests to 110 mph, without any internal post support. Greater wind load resistance can be accomplished using internal supports.

Though not completely graffiti-proof, vinyl can typically be cleaned more easily. Sometimes you can remove the graffiti with Simple Green detergent and a soft cloth.

“The weather-resistant vinyl construction will not weaken over time from rotting, termites or water damage,” said Sam Danayan, owner of Vinyl Fence Depot. “Our innovative co-extrusion process offers increased durability and UV protection, meaning no peeling, flaking or discoloration.”