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Care Tips for Your New Vinyl Fence

Vinyl fencing is a cost-effective, attractive material for yard fencing. Vinyl also requires very little care to maintain, as the material is resistant to water damage and other common issues that other fence types face. Vinyl is also much stronger than wood, making it an ideal fencing solution for your home.

With regular care and minimal maintenance, you can expect your vinyl fence to last for up to 30 years. Here are care tips for your new vinyl fence.

Don't Use Machinery Near Your Fence 

As durable as vinyl fencing is, the material will break or crack if something strikes against it. Lawnmowers and flying debris are common vinyl fence destroyers.

Do not use machinery near your vinyl fence. This includes weed whackers and lawnmowers. To maintain your fence while keeping your landscape pristine, consider placing decorative rock along either side of your fence to keep weed and grass growth at bay. This way, you won't have to use yard equipment close to your fence.

Watch for Leaning Posts 

Vinyl fences, like most fences, are only as durable as the posts that support the entire structure. Once a post begins to lean (often due to soil erosion or age), the entire fence will start to lean as well.

Vinyl fences usually begin to lean near gates, where the fence is heaviest and gets the most use. Call a fencing expert to reinforce your fence before vinyl sections begin to fall and break.

Choose Fence-Climbing Vines Wisely

Planting vines to grow up your vinyl fence adds allure and charm to your landscape boundary. However, some vines are heavy and will pull a fence down. Others will grow between vinyl slats, potentially warping them. 

Choose flowering vines that are lightweight in design, such as honeysuckle or clematis. Talk to your fencing contractor about vine attachments that will allow vines to grow up your fence without damaging the vinyl material.

Don't Allow Climbing or Digging 

Children and pets can be hard on fences, climbing over the material or digging underneath the structure. Vinyl picket-style fences are particularly susceptible to climbing and other abusive damage. To discourage this type of behavior, place tent stakes along the edge of your fence to deter digging, and make a strict rule about using gates or household doors only to get in and out of the yard in order to deter climbing.

You can further make climbing the fence less tempting to children by keeping wood piles, buckets, chairs, and other possible climbing aids away from your fence.

Wash Your Fence Periodically 

Luckily, your new vinyl fence requires little more than a garden hose to keep it clean and free of debris or stains. Stubborn areas can be washed away by using a rag and mild dish soap, followed by rinsing with a garden hose.

You should wash your vinyl fence for two reasons. First, keeping your fence clean will make it look newer longer. Second, when you clean your fence you have the opportunity to get a closer look at individual sections. This way, you can find flaws, such as cracks, that you can have repaired before the entire fence is compromised.

Your fencing expert will recommend with which you should have your vinyl fence inspected. Periodic inspections will make your fence's warranty stay in effect and will also help preserve the lifetime functionality of your fence.

A vinyl fence adds beauty and curb appeal to your home. The ease of care for this style of fence makes vinyl a popular choice among homeowners. Trust our fencing experts to install and help you maintain your new vinyl fence so it will last for many years. Call us at Quality Fence Company for all your fencing needs.