Product Guide: Vinyl/PVC
A versatile option, vinyl fencing is cost-effective, aesthetically appealing, and low-maintenance.
Cost-effective – Vinyl fences come with extensive warranties, with some manufacturers providing lifetime warranties for their products.
Aesthetically appealing – Vinyl fences come in a variety of styles and colors. They can be made to look like many different types of fences, from wood to ornamental, making them a naturally appealing choice that can be more economical than but just as pleasing as its authentic counterpoints.
Low-maintenance – Vinyl comes pre-designed, meaning that painting is not required. Maintenance is generally delegated to a periodic washing.
Vinyl fences are used in many applications, including residential, commercial, industrial, and agricultural.
Residential – A versatile option, homeowners are attracted to the many styles of vinyl, from those that conform to pool safety codes to attractive privacy styles.
Commercial / Business – The low-maintenance needed for vinyl makes it a popular choice among businesses including restaurants, hotels, and amusement parks.
Industrial – Vinyl is an economical choice to add architectural intrigue to an industrial complex, as well as provide a shield between citizens and any waste or storage areas.
Agricultural – The smoothness of vinyl provides a safe environment, particularly for horses.
Creation & Styles
Vinyl is created by combining vinyl resin with various additives in a heating and cooling process, creating a bond between the ingredients. This makes the final product extremely durable, even in extreme climates.
Vinyl and Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) come in a wide variety of sizes and thicknesses, which are compatible with many different applications.
The American Society for Testing and Materials recommends the following minimum standards for producing vinyl fencing:
- D792: Physical Property of Rigid Vinyl
- D256: Izod Impact
- D638: Tensile Yield Strength
- D790: Flexural Yield Strength
- D638: Tensile Modules
- D635: Rate of Burning
- D696: Thermal Expansion
- D1435: Outdoor Weathering
- D1784: Cell Classification
- D4726: Specs for White Rigid PVC Exterior-Profile Extrusions (Assembled Windows and Doors)
- D2444: Impact Resistance
- F1999-00: Installation Practices for Vinyl
When specifying a vinyl fence, it is recommended that all homeowners, architects, engineers, and specifiers consider the following questions:
How much wind load does this fence need to bear?
- Vinyl fences are durable, withstanding extreme climate conditions. The properties of vinyl make it resistant to fire, meaning that it is a self-extinguishing material.
Do the rails need to be reinforced, or is the standard gauge adequate for your purposes?
Do the posts need to be reinforced with concrete? How much?
Do the posts need to be installed below the frost line?
Local building codes should always be consulted for the minimum fencing requirements in that area.