4 Mistakes to Avoid When Installing a Vinyl Fence

A vinyl fence makes for a great modern addition to any home. Wood rots and metal rusts but the worst thing that will happen to vinyl is discoloration. Even that issue can be remedied with paint. Installing a vinyl fence isn't like installing other fences. The information below will share with you mistakes you can avoid when installing a vinyl fence.

1. Shallow Holes

When you build a vinyl fence you have to make sure that the posts are inserted deep enough in the ground. Wood and metal fences have weight behind them that helps keep them stable. A vinyl fence is not that lucky as vinyl is a very light material. The posts of the fence are there to maintain the stability and if they are too close to the surface they can be ripped out of the ground by a strong wind or an animal. A wood and metal post does not require the depth that a vinyl one does. As a good rule of thumb you should create a hole that is twice the depth of what you normally would dig for wood or metal. This will create the stability needed to keep the vinyl fence standing.

2. Close Together

As mentioned before a vinyl fence is not as stable as other materials used to build a fence. You can build a wood or metal fence by spacing the individual sections apart. The stability will still be present due to the weight of each piece. Vinyl fences do not have this luxury. If you want to have a fence that is completely private (or very close to it) then vinyl is certainly the one to choose. The vinyl sections need to be rather close to each other in order to be effective. This also means that you will have to spend more money on the fence materials but it still will not cost as much as metal or wood fences.

3. Stress and Buckling

A vinyl fence is prone to buckling from the stress of its own pieces. Even though vinyl is very resilient it is prone to warping but by weight and not weather like wood. There is not much you can do about this problem except relieve the stress place on the vinyl. Wood and metal can have posts places far away from each other because they are more durable but vinyl posts can’t be that far apart. To prevent buckling and warping, place the posts no more than a foot away from each other. This distance will allow the weight to be evenly distributed.

4. No Hammering

A mistake that many people make when installing a vinyl fence is that they try to install them the same way as they would other fences. This is a bad idea as vinyl is not meant to be driven in to the ground. Doing so will cause the vinyl to bend and even break. Always dig a hole first and then backfill it with the ground to secure it in place.