2 big problems with a no-dig vinyl fence.
If you are researching affordable options for replacing your fence, you may have likely come across the “no dig” fencing products. We’ve had more than a few questions about this topic in the past from Strata’s looking to install a quality vinyl fence. Innovation is a great thing, but sometimes innovators want to make the process easier for the person doing the job at the end user’s expense. We feel that a no-dig vinyl fence is a product that doesn’t give you good value, and we are going to provide you with a couple of reasons pertaining to why that is.
What is a “no dig fence?
To start with, we will explain the difference between a traditional fence and a “no dig” fence. Traditional fencing relies on auguring and cementing posts firmly into the ground and a “no dig” fence is secured by merely driving steel chainlink-style posts… into the ground. You then sleeve the vinyl post over the chainlink post and add a cover cap. Once the posts are installed, fence panels are attached by connecting the panel eyelets to the posts.
“No dig fence”
A traditional fence (the better method) is to have a 1-pc vinyl or wood post set directly into the concrete footing. While it is more work, this is the strongest and most secure method.
- More components and less work. Sure, but will it last?
A no-dig fence has more components than a traditional vinyl fence. As previously mentioned a “no-dig” vinyl fence has 4 components instead of just one. More components are usually a recipe for more things to go wrong. In this case, there are four more areas where the pieces can start deteriorating or come apart. Most no-dig fence companies boast that no bobcat, auger, or concrete mixing is required; however, the trade-off is speed for quality, and we refuse to sacrifice quality for speed here at Premium Fence. The entire reason your Strata is looking to install a vinyl fence is to set it and forget it. If you are genuinely looking for a maintenance-free fence that lasts a lifetime, then you need to ensure that the fence is installed right the first time. This leads us to our next point.
- Six-foot posts for a six-foot fence? Not as strong.
A no-dig fence post sits on top of the surface while our posts run two feet into the ground and are secured with concrete. These no-dig posts can also be adjusted at any time; adjustments are great, but there are things in life you don’t want to move, and fence posts are one of them. You never need to worry about our vinyl fence posts “self-adjusting” because they are fixed into the earth and ready to last a lifetime. While the “no-dig” system may be cheaper and faster, nothing beats doing it right the first time. We also want to point out that the metal post they slide the vinyl casing over is a typical chain link fence post. We have been in business for 35 years, and we have seen many chain link fence posts corrode at the ground level. This typically happens after 15– 20 years. Our vinyl posts will easily last 50 years. The final argument a no-dig fence contractor makes about his posts is centred around strength. Our vinyl posts have a thick wall that requires no additional reinforcement.
We hope you found this post regarding “2 big problems with a no-dig vinyl fence.” to be helpful. Feel free to call or email us with any questions that you may have about a total fence replacement for your Strata, and a member of our support team will be happy to assist you. We pride ourselves on having the best customer service in the industry. We care about our clients and are genuinely grateful for their business.