How Long Do Vinyl Fences Last?
November 27, 2021 Comments: 0

an example of a vinyl fence after installation

You’ve been thinking about installing a fence around your yard for quite some time now. But you’re never sure what type of fence fits your yard and how long it will last. In this article, we’ll examine the characteristics of a vinyl fence to see if it’s the best fit for your property.


If you are trying to keep kids and pets in or adding an additional level of security to your home, vinyl fencing is a great option for you. Out are the days with poor fencing that are flimsy and hard to look at as the materials, colors, and textures have improved significantly.
Now, you may be wondering how long a vinyl fence lasts. Vinyl fences typically last a few decades; if you have quality materials, it is reasonable to expect your vinyl fence to last 20 to 30 years. There are a few things you can do to maintain the longevity of your vinyl fence.

What Locations Are Best For A Vinyl Fence?

First, think about the location of your vinyl fence installation. Will the area be wet and swampy? Are there a lot of trees? Will it be installed on a hill? These factors influence the longevity of a vinyl fence. Vinyl fences do best on solid, level ground that is free of weak trees. However, they can be built on a hill if erosion is a low risk.

What is Proper Vinyl Fence Installation?

After you have picked your location, you will want to make sure it is installed properly. Make sure to leave some space in between the posts as the fence needs to have a little flexibility to withstand heavy winds and rain. You should also dig the holes 6 inches deeper than what is recommended which allows for gravel under the fence posts. This adds additional strength. Install the corner posts first and be sure to read the instructions for gates as they have a different process than the rest of the fence. Hiring a professional is the best option as they have experience in installing this type of fence, and can assess each situation and put into practice years of knowledge for the best possible outcome, preventing issues down the road.

 

How Should I Maintain My Vinyl Fence After Installation?

To maintain the longevity of your fence by checking it consistently. Clean your fence about every 3 to 6 months with a garden hose or even better; a power washer. If you do not have these options, do not worry – you can use hot water, mild detergent, and a rag. Adding a bit of bleach and vinegar to the mix will help remove any present mold or bacteria. By cleaning your fence, it will add at least 5 more years to its lifespan.

You should also inspect your fence for any deeper damages or issues and resolve these, so it does not become a bigger problem later. Falling trees are potentially detrimental to your fence, so while you are checking your fence, be sure to trim any branches hanging over it. If your fence is already cracked due to any sort of collision, or as mentioned above, a falling tree branch, you will want to get it repaired as soon as you can before moisture gets inside or the sun begins to deteriorate the unsealed interior. You can always hire a professional for a problem you are unable to solve. If you are replacing a section that was broken, finding an identical material can prove challenging especially with the supply shortages all over the country. Reaching out to a professional is always a good practice.

For more information about a vinyl fence installation, contact Pittsburgh Fence Co. for your next Pittsburgh fence needs. Pittsburgh Fence Co. has served Western Pennsylvania for over 50 years. Call one of Pittsburgh Fence Co.’s offices today:
North: 412-276-4822
South: 724-228-9755
East: 412-784-1400
West: 724-775-6550

You can also fill out the form on our website to send us an email, and we can get back to you that way as well!