A lot of Americans have homes that are surrounded by a white picket fence. After all, it is the great American dream. But then that dream can quickly become a nightmare when they are in their retirement years due to all the maintenance and repairs that the proverbial wooden white picket fencing requires.
Even though some retirees do take pride in staining, sealing, and repairing each slat, some retirees would rather enjoy their retirement years doing anything but maintaining and repairing. Or, they may find themselves with limited mobility in their retirement years, which can make it difficult to do the maintenance and repairs that wood fencing requires.
If either of these examples sounds like you, you may want to consider talking to a company like Mr Fence about taking out that old wooden fence and installing a new vinyl one in its place. Here's why.
Little Maintenance Required
Vinyl fencing requires very little maintenance. You don't have to apply any special products to prolong the lifespan of the material. All vinyl fencing needs is to be hosed down occasionally to remove any dirt and debris that has accumulated on it, which is much easier than applying a stain and sealant every year. Vinyl fencing can last 20-30 years when properly maintained.
Mold & Mildew Resistant
Mold and mildew feed off of organic materials. Since vinyl is not made from organic materials, mold and mildew does not attach to vinyl fencing. However, if there is organic debris on your vinyl fence, such as pollen from a nearby garden, mold or mildew can attach to the organic debris. Fortunately, most vinyl fencing is made with mold and mildew growth inhibitors.
Therefore, even if mold and mildew spores attach to the fencing, the fencing itself will inhibit its growth and cause it to die. Of course, hosing down your fencing occasionally will also help prevent this from happening.
With wood fencing, you have to be concerned about termite infestations and bees boring holes into the wood. These pests are not interested in vinyl fencing since vinyl does not provide them with food and/or shelter. Since termites migrate from one home to another by finding food sources, wood fences can be a stepping stone leading to structure of your home, so to speak. Therefore, vinyl fencing may reduce your risks of having termites infest your home.
Vinyl does not rot, and it is not susceptible to water damage. Wood does rot, especially when it is not properly maintained with stains and sealants on a regular basis. This causes moisture to get into the fibers of the wood and causes it to rot. This can cause wood fencing to be vulnerable to further damage from water and wind, which can decrease its durability.
Since vinyl fencing is not susceptible to damage from improper maintenance, mold, mildew, wood rot, and pests, it remains durable and, therefore, provides security. This is particularly important if you have a family pet that you let outdoors in the fenced in backyard. Also, animals are unable to chew through vinyl fencing like they can through wood, especially if it's already been damaged.
A fence can increase the resale value of a home, but it can decrease the resale value instead if the fence is damaged or hasn't been maintained properly. A nice, easy-to-maintain fence made out of vinyl can increase the curbside appeal of your entire property. A big factor in resale value is how much interest there is in a property. Vinyl fencing appeals to families with small children and pets, which will likely mean that your house will not linger on the market when it's time to sell.