American-Made Vinyl Fence vs Imported Vinyl Fence: Vinyl Fence Quality Comparison

If you are reading this article, you are most likely considering vinyl as an option for your strata fence installation project. You are on the right track, we are giving you a vinyl fence quality comparison.  Vinyl fences are known to be a great fence option as they are similar in price or cheaper than a wood fence, and they are very low maintenance. 

vinyl fence quality comparison

How to evaluate a vinyl fence

When doing a vinyl fence quality comparison and comparing quotes, you may see a big price difference between the brands, and you may be wondering, what is the real quality difference between these vinyl fence products?

At Premium Fence, we offer two vinyl fence options; Estate Vinyl and Value Vinyl. We understand, as much as we all like the best quality product, our budgets say otherwise. The biggest price difference you will find with vinyl fences is when comparing a USA-made vinyl fence vs a Chinese-made PVC vinyl fence. 

Let’s take a look at the vinyl fence quality comparison.

Estate PVC Vinyl Value PVC Vinyl
Manufactured Origin Manufactured in USA Manufactured in China
Manufactured Info Established 50+ years ago Established 10+ years ago
Product Specs Lead-free
Virgin PVC/Vinyl
UV Protected
Contains no harmful chemicals
Sourced from high-quality raw materials
Virgin PVC/vinyl
UV Protected
Extrusion Process Co-extruded Co-extruded
Certified Conforms to USA – ASTM F964 Chinese SGS Test
Product Warranty 50-year (lifetime) 10 year
Install Warranty 10 year 5 year
Styles Wide variety of styles and heights

Custom options available

Limited standard colour options

Standard styles and heights

As you can see, these PVC vinyl fence products are very similar. They are both lead-free, made from virgin vinyl, have UV protection and are made using the co-extrusion process.

The main difference between USA Vinyl Fence and the Imported Vinyl fence is the warranty. Our Estate vinyl fence is an established USA-made product that offers a lifetime warranty. This warranty is backed up by proof as the manufacturer, Nebaska Plastic’s Inc, has PVC Vinyl fences still standing strong that was installed 50 years ago. 

We have been installing this product for many years and we stand behind it with a 10-year install warranty. This means this warranty covers defects in workmanship for a period of 10 years.

Fun Fact:  Country Estate /Nebraska Plastics Inc. were the original inventors of vinyl fencing!
Question: What is vinyl fencing really made of? Read this article to find out

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What is unique about Country Estate Vinyl products?

The extrusion formulation, the longevity of use, employee experience, commitment to the industry, homeowner satisfaction and fence professional relationships give CEF an unparalleled advantage over alternative PVC fence, deck and handrail products. 

In simple terms, every PVC vinyl company has a different recipe for the PVC vinyl compound. at Premium Fence we have had extensive experience working with the product, and we know that Country Estate has the best PVC vinyl compound that is the strongest.

Keep reading about the vinyl fence quality comparison.

Why would I choose a Value Vinyl fence?

Price.  The only reason why our customers choose Value Vinyl over the Estate Vinyl is the price. As per the specs, our Value Vinyl product is a  good quality strong PVC vinyl fence that we recommend as a good choice for your strata or residential home. 

Essentially you get a vinyl product of comparable quality to the brand-name version at a significantly lower cost. As with any product comparison, you have the option to choose a trusted and reputable brand that has been in the market for a long time. Alternatively, you can opt for a similar take-off version made overseas that meets the same specifications as the brand-name product.

Our Promise

At Premium Fence, we are proud to only install quality products. If you choose Estate vinyl or Value vinyl fence we promise you are getting a quality product for the best value. 

We have been in business for 35 years and are proud of our local reputation, so we are cautious when selecting new products, ensuring that we only choose high-quality products that will satisfy our customers for years to come.

How to choose the right vinyl fence

Are you still on the fence about your decision?

We suggest you consider the following questions to help you make the right choice.

  • How long do you plan on staying in your current residence?
  • Do you have harsh weather conditions in your area?
  • Does your fence back onto a busy sidewalk?
  • Is your fence prone to getting harsh treatment or abuse?
  • Is there a specific style or custom color you intend to get?
  • Are you concerned about the security and privacy of your property?
  • Do you have children or pets that need to be kept safe within your yard?
  • What is your budget for a new fence installation?

Is there a bad-quality vinyl fence? 

 Yes. Don’t be misled, in the content above we give you a vinyl fence quality comparison between  2 quality vinyl products, make sure to watch out for poor-quality products on the market.

How to spot a bad quality vinyl pvc fence

When you are comparing vinyl fencing options, make sure to look at the specs and production process.  The cheaper versions of vinyl fencing (that we don’t sell) often contain lead and are made from recycled vinyl (not virgin vinyl).

These low-quality vinyl fence products are much weaker. They lack resilience against UV radiation, and their colour will fade rapidly. They are also prone to sagging, warping, and cracking when exposed to severe weather conditions. Due to their low-quality construction, these vinyl fences are be more susceptible to damage from impacts or other external forces. Overall their lifespan is much shorter.

We can help

Choosing the right fence for your strata is not as simple as it looks. The good news is we are here to help. Give us a call and we will happy to help you make a decision. We are happy to attend a council meeting or AGM to give you a product overview and Q&A session specific to your strata needs.

We hope you found this article informative. Feel free to call or email us with any questions about 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. Thank you for reading this.

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