Vinyl fencing is a great investment that offers plenty of advantages for the homeowner. Like vinyl siding, vinyl fencing can be a more sensible investment than wood, as it practically requires no maintenance. Some of the benefits of installing vinyl fencing include:
- Added privacy and security
- Protection for children and pets, as well as for landscaping
- Allows the homeowner to clarify property boundaries
- Keeps stray animals away from the fenced property
- Enhances property aesthetics as well as value
As vinyl is easy to care for, you might want to use it for different fencing purposes, such as to give your entire property some added privacy and protection, and to keep your pool area secure, especially if you have little kids or pets.
Like their siding counterparts, vinyl fences are durable and easy to maintain. That being said, a little upkeep can make your fence last a long time while also looking as good as new. Here are some techniques for vinyl fence maintenance:
Depending on your location, cleaning schedules may vary, but the safest route is to clean your fence at least annually. Your vinyl fence is likely to retain its gloss and color throughout its life span, but neglect and poor cleaning practices can affect its appearance. Regular maintenance helps to ensure that your fence remains an attractive asset to your property.
Don’t use abrasive cleaners and don’t scour your fence. Instead, hose it down with your regular garden hose. If that doesn’t remove the dirt, use a sponge and warm, soapy water to wipe it down. If you find algae or mildew, consider using white vinegar as it can effectively tackle these issues. Keep in mind that while chlorine bleach is more potent, it might have an impact on the color of dark vinyl.
To clean with a pressure washer, get some all-in-one detergent for use specifically with the equipment, then spray the fence with the detergent. Let it soak for a minute or two, then spray it down with water. By following these cleaning practices, you’ll help ensure the longevity and aesthetic appeal of your vinyl fence for years to come.
- Here’s what you should do after your once-a-year cleaning:
- Inspect your fence from top to bottom on both sides. Pay close attention to any signs of wear or damage that might have occurred over time.
- Check each vertical post for ground attachment. None of them should be wobbly or loose, as a stable foundation is essential for the structural integrity of your fence.
- In cold weather, freeze-thaw cycles can upset posts. If you notice any posts that have shifted, take care to address this promptly. Gently dig around the post using a small shovel until it returns to its original position. To ensure stability, refill the hole with a combination of soil and gravel, then compact it properly.
- Examine the fencing panels to ensure they’re still securely connected to the posts. Any loose components should be addressed promptly to prevent further damage.
- If you come across loose components, the culprit might be a hidden metal connector. Tighten it using standard tools, ensuring a snug fit.
- Replace any broken connectors you encounter. Most fence manufacturers offer spare parts that can be purchased to restore the fence’s structural integrity.
For more complex repairs that go beyond these minor adjustments, it’s best to call your fencing contractor to avoid exacerbating the damage. If you’re seeking reliable fencing solutions, consider DryTech Roofing LLC. We’re not only equipped to install vinyl fencing but also offer siding and roofing replacement services.
Reach out to us today at (240) 491-5600 or complete our contact form for an inspection and estimate. Our services are available to homeowners in Maryland seeking top-notch solutions.