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.
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, use white vinegar. Chlorine bleach is more effective but it might affect dark-colored 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.
Here’s what you should do after your once-a-year cleaning:
- Inspect your fence from top to bottom on both sides.
- Check each vertical post for ground attachment. None of them should be wobbly or loose.
- In cold weather, freeze-thaw cycles can upset posts. As carefully as possible, dig around an upset post using a small shovel until it goes back to its original position. To plant it firmly again, fill the hole with soil and gravel, then compact it.
- Check the fencing panels if they’re still sturdily connected to the posts.
- If there are loose components, chances are the hidden metal connector is loose, but you can tighten it using regular tools.
- Replace broken connectors. Your fence’s manufacturer is sure to sell spares.
For more complex repairs, it’s best to call your fencing contractor to avoid making the damage worse. DryTech Roofing LLC is always ready to install vinyl fencing on your property. We also offer siding and roofing replacement. Call us today at (240) 491-5600 or fill out our contact form for an inspection and estimate. We work with homeowners in Maryland.