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Pros and Cons of a Vinyl Fence

September 15th 2022

The team behind Sparrow Excavation and Fencing have been serving residential, commercial and industrial properties in and around British Columbia since 1993. Whatever your fencing needs, whether for your town lot or on your larger properties, Sparrow has your best interests at heart and looks forward to helping you secure your property correctly.

Sparrow Excavation has been providing services to Lytton, Kamloops and Clearwater for over 25 years. We can install fences for whatever reason whether it is privacy, protection or enjoyment.

Vinyl fencing is a popular choice because it is simple to install, durable and mostly weather resistant. It comes in a variety of colours and styles to complement your property from short picket fences to tall privacy fences. Vinyl has become increasingly popular as a substitute for wood and iron chain link fences.

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Advantages of Vinyl Fencing

Easily Cleaned + Low-Maintenance

Vinyl Fences are typically very easy to maintain. They can be easily cleaned with a hose, and don’t require any routine maintenance like wood fences. Vinyl is usually recommended for properties near animals or children since there are no splinters with this material. With so little maintenance, vinyl fencing is a great investment as you can save time and money on the upkeep of your fence.

Increased Durability

Did you know that vinyl has a tensile strength five times that of wood? Even pressure-treated wood can swell over time which will cause it to eventually buckle. One of the most common problems with wood fencing is that it is susceptible to water and moisture but with a vinyl fence you won’t have that issue. Plus, vinyl has a much higher life expectancy compared to other fencing materials.


This is a lesser-known benefit but your vinyl fence is free from harmful chemicals such as arsenic, lead and creosote. It won’t contaminate nearby plants or decrease the quality of your soil. Vinyl fences don't require treatment with harmful chemicals before installation.

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Won’t Splinter, Peel, Corrode, Rot or Decay

Vinyl fences won’t fall prey to pests, termites or natural rot, so you can expect your fence to last for decades. Vinyl is non-porous meaning it won’t absorb moisture so it won’t splinter or decay over time. This means you can place your fences near sprinklers, ponds and other water features without fear of damaging the integrity of your fence. All vinyl materials contain high amounts of UV-inhibitor and impact modifiers, so your vinyl fence won’t peel under exposure to direct sunlight.


A FireSmart fence is one that has been manufactured with a focus on sustainability and fire resistance. The use of FireSmart fence design options can go a long way toward protecting your homes and property from ignition in the event of a forest fire. The material of the fence might not be completely fireproof, but they resist ignition, don’t burn openly or long, and don’t pose a significant threat to your home. Vinyl fences are FireSmart.

Disadvantages of Vinyl Fence

Cannot Withstand Adverse Conditions

Your vinyl fence can withstand normal weather but when it comes to adverse conditions your fence can fade, crack and collapse in extreme weather. It is important to do your research to make sure you purchase the right type of vinyl for your property needs.  

Tends to Grow Mildew

Vinyl is mostly resistant to moisture, however, algae, mould or mildew can accumulate on a vinyl fence, especially if the fence sits near a sprinkler that operates enough to keep the area damp. It’s easy to clean with a solution of dish soap and water can clean this stain (once you rinse the fence with your hose the stain should be gone),but this minor maintenance is an inconvenience.

When you have decided on a material for your fence it is vital to have it installed by a trained professional so that it will last on your property for years to come.

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