Vinyl Fence FAQ - Things you need to know

Why choose a PVC/Vinyl fence?

  • Vinyl/PVC is warranted for life and does not require any paints, stains, maintenance or replacement.

What are the most popular PVC/Vinyl fence styles?

  • PVC/Vinyl is made in all of the most popular lumber dimensions. This allows us to recreate the look of wood but leave the maintenance, and eventual replacement, behind.

What makes Premium Fence Co’s PVC/Vinyl different?

  • Premium Fence only uses PVC/Vinyl products that are manufactured by the oldest, most established vinyl fence companies in the world.
  • We use oversize rails and posts which make for a much stiffer and more desirable fence.
  • We only use PVC/Vinyl made from Virgin Vinyl materials. Many manufacturers use reground vinyl, which is cheaper and far less resilient.

How long does a PVC/Vinyl fence last?

  •  In a typical back yard application, any of these styles can look great for more than 25 or 30 years with very minor maintenance (washing once or twice per year).

What is PVC/Vinyl made from?

  • Crude Oil, Natural Gas and Salt are the main raw materials used in the production of Poly Vinyl Chloride (PVC/Vinyl).

How is PVC/Vinyl made?

  • PVC/Vinyl powder (Resin) is blended, with all the required ingredients, into a formulation that is called compound.
  • Compound is fed into an extruder, with the proper amount of heat, pressure and mixing via screws in the extruder, and the compound becomes malleable vinyl.
  • Malleable vinyl is then fed through a die in the shape of the finished profile and water is used to cool the vinyl into it's final rigid state.

How is the PVC/Vinyl made into fences and railings?

  • PFC cuts the profiles into their proper lengths for each design of fence or railing.
  • Holes are routed into the posts and rails, so that pickets can be inserted into them, without any requirement for external (visible) brackets or hardware.
  • These "fabricated" pieces can then be assembled into completed fence sections or railings.

What holds a PVC/Vinyl fence together?

  • Depending upon the styles of fence, different fasteners can be used. We ensure that there are no visible fasteners, using our “rail-lock” system.

Can Vinyl fences be made stiffer and stronger?

  • Galvanized steel or aluminum channel inserts can be used inside the bottom rail for many of our fence styles and/or some of our railing designs. This will keep the fence stiff and prevent sagging.
  • Oversize rails and thicker posts are always an option- we don’t like the flex that a lot of vinyl fence systems have, so we sourced out the best manufacturers who offered this upgrade.

Will a PVC/Vinyl fence get mold or mildew on it?

  • Mildew feeds off of organic materials. Vinyl (PVC/Vinyl) is non-organic and therefore does not support mildew.
  • Mildew that grows on Vinyl is actually feeding off of the organic materials (dirt) that have become embedded in or stuck to the vinyl.
  • Non-chalking Titanium Dioxide (TiO2), which is included in the PVC/Vinyl compound, also helps to prevent most mildew growth.
  • Only under very consistently damp conditions will the possibility of mildew occur and a mild solution of bleach and water will easily remove it.

Will a PVC/Vinyl fence chalk?

  • Using a durable grade non-chalking TiO2 in the vinyl (PVC/Vinyl) formulation ensures that there will be very minimal chalking.
  • Most vinyl fencing will chalk sooner or later, but with the superior protection capabilities of TiO2 this will be kept to a bare minimum.
  • Chalking is the deterioration of the vinyl surface which exposes the TiO2 particles to the surface.
  • The white powder can be wiped off from the surface for exceptional beauty over a full lifetime.

Can you paint a PVC/Vinyl fence?

  • All of our vinyl products are engineered to retain their beauty and good looks throughout their lifetime. The only reason to use paints on our vinyl products would be to change the color of the product. While we do not recommend painting, there are paints that are available for PVC/Vinyl.
  • Painting or treating the product does void the lifetime warrantee.

What is the cost difference between wood and vinyl fences?

  • The initial cost of a PVC/Vinyl fences is slightly higher than the initial cost of a stained cedar fence. However, when all the varied cost factors are taken into account over the life of your fence, vinyl (PVC/Vinyl) becomes the true money saver.

Will the vinyl turn yellow?

  • As long as your fence is kept clean, with a periodic wash from a garden hose, it will not turn yellow.

What effects do PVC/Vinyl have on the environment?

  • PVC/Vinyl products are safe and non-toxic. They will not breakdown and release harmful chemicals into the ground and do not require toxic chemicals (stains, waterproofing, paint, paint thinner) for regular upkeep like treated lumber can. No trees are used in the manufacture of PVC/Vinyl.
  • Because of the exceptional long life of PVC/Vinyl, several times the amount of wood that is needed to manufacture the same fence in wood can be saved over the lifetime of the fence. If the vinyl ever needs to be taken down it can be recycled into other products, such as hoses and watering cans.

What is virgin vinyl?

  • This is the term used for vinyl products that do not contain recycled products. Recycled products that may be imported into an extrusion plant may contain impurities or lower grade vinyl which can seriously affect the finished product's resilience, impact resistance and UV inhibition.
  • PFC uses only PVC/Vinyl products extruded with virgin ingredients.

Can PVC/Vinyl fences break?

  • Any product will break when enough force is applied. However, every one of our PVC/Vinyl profiles are formulated using only the highest quality impact modifiers in precisely engineered amounts to ensure the greatest impact resistance available.

Do all PVC/Vinyl fence products contain impact modifiers?

  • NO. Impact modifiers, although essential for long time performance of the product, cost money. One easy way for smaller "PVC/Vinyl manufacturers" to compete is to cut back on the amount of "expensive" impact modifier included within the product.

Do all PVC/Vinyl fence products contain UV stabilizers?

  • NO. UV Stabilizer, although essential for long time performance of the product, cost money. One easy way for smaller "PVC/Vinyl manufacturers" to compete is to cut back on the amount of "expensive" UV Stabilizer included within the product.

Do all PVC/Vinyl fence products contain TiO2?

  • NO. Titanium Dioxide, although essential for long time performance of the product, cost money. One easy way for smaller "PVC/Vinyl manufacturers" to compete is to cut back on the amount of "expensive" Titanium Dioxide included within the product.

What are some examples of PVC/Vinyl that do not contain impact modifiers, UV Stabilizers or Ti02?

  • A dark green lawn chair which turns very faded light green, goes soft and droopy, and is thrown out after a year or two is a very good example of a PVC/Vinyl product which is made "more affordable".

What is the risk of choosing to go with a PVC/Vinyl fence that is less costly?

  • Imagine those faded lawn chairs, that have all gone soft, cemented 3 feet into the ground, all around your backyard after only 5 years.

Does buying from a larger vinyl fence manufacturer really matter?

  • Due to the costs involved in setting up to manufacture quality PVC/Vinyl, purchasing PVC/Vinyl resin at a reasonable price (a world oil commodity),and the costs associated with constantly measuring manufacturing tolerances, the manufacturing of PVC/Vinyl is best left to large manufacturers.
  • One of the advantages of the larger manufacturers is that they will be running many extruders at the same time. This allows them the opportunity to have a quality assurance department. One person is constantly taking samples of the product and measuring over 100 different variables.
  • It further allows more opportunity for in-house testing equipment and facilities.

Is this better quality PVC/Vinyl only used in fences and railings?

  • No. High quality PVC/Vinyl has been used for more than sixty years in the making of windows, siding, decking, and a very long list of other products.

What is the advantages of PVC/Vinyl fences over wood fences?

  • No splinters, no tree sap, no inconsistencies, no knot holes, no slivers or nails.

Do you install wood posts and then slide PVC/Vinyl over them?

  • No. Wood posts covered with PVC/Vinyl will only last as long as wood posts. PVC/Vinyl posts set in concrete will last a lifetime.
  • When a wood post warps or cracks it will crack the vinyl post sleeved over it.

Are vinyl fences better than composite fences?

  • PVC/Vinyl is guaranteed to holds it's colour, while composite products fade.
  • Composite products are also very heavy, while PVC/Vinyl is very light in weight, which is a big advantage regarding long term stress on the posts.

Does it matter if a PVC/Vinyl fence touches the ground?

  • Fences that touch the ground are more likely to heave with frost or tree roots.
  • Fences are best installed with the bottom rail at least 2" above ground level.

Do the fence posts have to be set in concrete?

  • Although there are times when an alternative might work better, the most cost effective method of installing fences tends to be to set them in concrete.

Does Premium Fence offer a choice of vinyl post caps?

  • Yes. We have many different caps to help compliment different homes and different fence styles.

What do you recommend for helping the posts last longer?

  • Nothing. One of the beauties of PVC/Vinyl is that it does not rot.

Do you offer anything special for fences around swimming pools?

  • Yes. Since PVC/Vinyl fences are popular for around swimming pools, almost all of our PVC/Vinyl fence styles are made "pool legal".
  • We also offer removable vinyl fence panels and sliding vinyl gates, popular choices for those who entertain, as well as alternate choices for gate hardware.
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