OUT WITH THE OLD - IN WITH THE NEW!
Major benefits of installing vinyl fencing.
"We’d never go back to wood!" says Irene Waldrip, property manager and past
president of Twin Creeks South Poolside HOA. Her association was faced with
replacing their wood fence after their painting contractor determined that
repair and painting costs might not be justified because of the condition of the
Vinyl Fencing Increased Unit Value
"After we finished painting the complex and installing a vinyl fence, a local
realtor said he estimated that we had increased the value of each unit by
$5,000. Our homeowners commented a lot more about the fence than they did the
fresh paint. Everybody loves it."
The problems with wood include termites, dry rot, fungus damage, splintering,
cracking, peeling, fading, shrinking, warping, painting, sealing, replacing,
repairing, rusting nails and on-going labor.
Eliminates Problems and Adds Beauty
As well as eliminating the problems associated with wood, vinyl continues to
look attractive because the color is not just on the surface like paint. It goes
all the way through so it can’t be scratched or worn off.
U.V. protection is accomplished with the use of Titanium Dioxide in the
initial blending process. This offers protection equivalent to a sun block of
38, which is why the manufacturer is able to offer a Lifetime Warranty.
Other ingredients included in the initial recipe are called Impact Modifiers.
These make vinyl strong and flexible enough to hold horses and cattle as well as
busy families and pets. If you’re driving in the country and see a beautiful
white ranch rail fence surrounding a property, look closely at it because most
likely it will be vinyl. Ranchers have been the first to jump on the vinyl
bandwagon due to safety, maintenance and longevity concerns. In fact, after only
15 years of production, it is a rare event to see a new wood ranch fence going
up. The whole market is converting to vinyl.
Clients Like Maintenance-Free Solution
Embarking on her first vinyl fence installation, Patty Dawn of Bridgecliff
Management says "My clients like the idea of a long-term low maintenance
solution. Vinyl fills that need."
The use of vinyl for residential fence styles and decking is the fastest
growing segment of the construction market today. Although California is usually
the trendsetter in the nation, vinyl fence and deck has become more recognized
in the less temperate areas of the country because the extreme climates destroy
wood products at a much greater rate.
A Better Environmental Choice
Also, California has had a wealth of inexpensive high quality redwood in the
past; but the old growth quality is gone and so are the inexpensive prices. The
ecology conscious consumer is now looking for an alternative to redwood and
pressure-treated fir or cedar is not the answer because of the toxic chemicals
used to protect it. Even the scraps and sawdust from pressure-treated wood are
considered "hazardous waste."
Vinyl Popularity Grows
Alternative building materials are becoming more popular with homeowners
across the country. Steel studs that replace 2 X 4s for construction of walls
are more common than ever before. Vinyl is proving to be an important player in
the housing market as homeowners turn to vinyl siding, vinyl windows, vinyl
shutters, doors, trim and gutters and now vinyl fencing and decks.
Another benefit of a vinyl fence is that it isn't affected by sprinklers and
swimming pool chemicals so community pools and common areas stay beautiful
Vinyl Installation Similar to Wood
Installation of a vinyl fence is similar to wood. The vinyl fence posts go in
the ground 30 inches and are set in concrete. The major difference is that some
of the styles use concrete and re-bar inside the posts for additional strength.
Galvanized steel inserts are also used in some styles for structural support.
The most popular applications with HOAs are privacy fencing, decking, railing
and patio covers. Vinyl isn’t affected by sprinklers or swimming pool chemicals
so swimming pool fencing is also quite popular.
"We Love Our Fence..."
Mario Vargas from the Southwest YMCA in Saratoga, CA says, "We love our
fence, it looks great! But what we like best is that it’s so strong and safe for
Although there will always be a place for wood, vinyl simply out performs
wood or iron which accounts for its rapid growth in the construction market.
Within a few years it’s likely that many HOAs will be echoing the statement made
by Irene Waldrip at the beginning of this article: "We’d never go back to wood."