Vinyl fencing has come a long way. The first vinyl fences didn’t resemble the wood they were meant to mimic, and they were expensive. They also didn’t last very long. However, new technology in manufacturing has streamlined the process, which makes the fencing more affordable. They’re also long-lasting and attractive.
If you’ve invested in a vinyl fence or you’re thinking of doing so, below is some information about how to take care of your fencing.
Vinyl Fence Maintenance
One of the main advantages of vinyl fencing is that it requires very little in the way of maintenance, especially when you compare it to the wood it resembles. However, some regular maintenance will prevent issues that can lead to costly repairs or replacement.
The main maintenance task is to ensure your vinyl fence is in good repair. If you have a short fence line, you can probably eyeball its state of repair while you’re doing yard work. Longer fences require walking the fence line. Either way, look for any sagging, splitting, or discoloration. Vinyl can also be prone to mildew, which can both discolor and degrade the material.
If you spy mildew, which will present as dark spots, clean it before it has the chance to stain the fence. Mix a solution of water and white vinegar to spray directly onto the mildew stain. Use a sponge to clean away the stain. If it persists, rinse the spot thoroughly before spraying bleach directly onto the stain. Let the bleach sit until it lifts the stain. Use a washcloth to wipe it away.
Vinyl Fence Cleaning
The other main maintenance task for your vinyl fence is to wash it periodically. How often you wash your fence depends on your preferences. If you want the fence to gleam, you may wash it monthly. In that case, you can probably just hose it off since dirt won’t have time to accumulate.
Most homeowners, however, only tackle the cleaning task once or twice a year. Because dirt will have had time to accumulate, you’ll probably need to spray the fence with a solution made of water and dish soap. Wet down the fence, and spray the solution all over the surface. Use a sponge to wash away the grime, and rinse it all away.
If you have a pressure washer, you may use that tool to wash your vinyl fence. You’ll still pre-soak the fence and spray a soapy solution onto the surface. However, you don’t have to manually wash the fence — the power of the pressure washer will spray away the grime.
Vinyl Fence Repair
Vinyl fences are highly durable, which is another reason they’re so prized. That said, they’re not unbreakable. Indeed, vinyl fence posts can be prone to ground-level cracking. The posts consist of a sleeve the installer slides over a wooden post sunk into the ground. If water penetrates the wood, it can expand during winter and create cracks in the vinyl.
If you do find a minor crack anywhere along your vinyl fence, you can use a vinyl repair kit to mend it. You have different options. Some kits involve using a patch, while others consist of a vinyl epoxy. These kits are only suitable for small cracks that don’t impact the structural integrity of the fence.
You may have to replace parts of your vinyl fence. For example, if something strikes the fence and breaks a large part of it, you will need to replace the picket or even the whole panel. Fence caps occasionally fall off, so you may need to replace any missing ones. Sometimes, the metal connectors that hold the fence together fall off, which necessitates a replacement of that connector.
Your vinyl fence can last for years with just a little maintenance. Call Walls & Son Fencing and Decks, LLC, if you need vinyl fence repair or replacement.