The 411 On HOA-Approved Vinyl Fencing

Owning a home can be challenging due to the various updates and repairs necessary to protect your investment. Installing a fence can be a great investment, but you must choose the right material to complement your home style, budget, and neighborhood. Considering that many homeowner associations may not permit the installation of chain link or wood fencing, you may need to select a different option. Fortunately, many communities allow the durable nature and attractive design of vinyl fencing, but you may not be familiar with this valuable material. Using this guide, you will understand the benefits of a vinyl fence.


Vinyl fence panels are constructed out of polyvinyl chloride, or PVC. This durable, plastic-like material can be designed in a variety of thicknesses, heights, shapes, and colors, so installing a vinyl fence that complements your personality and home style is simple.

Versatile Styles

The different styles of vinyl panels allow you to create a custom fence design. Designs include the following:

  • Privacy – If you want to create privacy in your backyard, opt for panels that are 4 to 6 feet high. Most cities do not allow heights above 6 feet, so contact your HOA for information on maximum fence heights.
  • Picket – Shorter vinyl panels are also available. The picket style of vinyl fencing is a great option for securing children and pets in your backyard without blocking views.
  • Shadowbox - Alternating panels in the front and back of the fence line is an appealing option for you and your neighbor. Due to this pleasing look, the shadowbox design is a popular option in neighborhoods with homeowner's associations.


Choosing vinyl fencing is not only smart for appeasing your homeowner's association; its durability also ensures you are making a worthwhile financial investment. Although it is a more expensive option compared to wood or chain link fencing, the vinyl panels will remain durable and attractive for longer periods of time. Many manufacturers of vinyl fence panels claim the material is five times stronger and four times more flexible than wood fences.

Simple Installation

Installing a vinyl fence around your backyard is a simple process, especially when compared to wood, wrought iron, or chain link fences. Constructing a wood fence requires screws and nails, which can be labor intensive. This can increase the time and cost of installation.

However, vinyl fencing is a great deal easier to install. After digging the holes for cementing the posts into the ground, you will only need to connect each vinyl panel together using the attached brackets.

Reduced Maintenance

Wood fencing requires constant cleaning and staining, but you still may need to replace warped, splintered fence boards even with this periodic maintenance. Thankfully, the durability of a vinyl fence reduces the amount of maintenance needed.

You do not need to worry about the vinyl panels warping, rusting, or rotting due to excessive moisture or a termite infestation. In addition, the vinyl fence panels will not discolor or stain, so painting and staining will not be necessary.

Of course, you may develop light dirt, dust, and debris on your fence, but a periodic cleaning will remove this surface debris.

To get started, create a cleaning solution in an outdoor sprayer using the following ingredients:

  • 3 gallons of water
  • 3 cups of baking soda

Shake the sprayer container to dissolve the baking soda into the water. Pump the sprayer handle to create pressure in the spray nozzle. Then, spray a generous amount of the solution onto a few vinyl panels. After it sits and soaks the vinyl for a few minutes, rinse the cleaning solution off with your garden hose. For stubborn areas of dirt and debris, scrub the baking soda solution onto the fence with a soft-bristled brush before rinsing.

From added security and privacy to increasing your home's value, the benefits of a vinyl fence are easy to see. Using this guide, you can install a durable, attractive fence around your backyard without upsetting your homeowner's association.