Vinyl Fencing Installation Mistakes To Avoid

If you want a fence on your property to keep animals out of your yard or to help build a private space, then a vinyl fence may be your best option. Vinyl fences are flexible and five times stronger than wood varieties. Vinyl is non-toxic, inexpensive, and it can easily be maintained. However, you will need to install the fencing properly or you may run into some issues. Keep reading to learn about a few installation mistakes that should be avoided.

Using Wood And Not Sinking The Posts Deep Enough

Vinyl is considerably lighter than wood, and this means the fencing material does not need nearly as much support as a wooden fence. This means you can get away with securing main or terminal posts at the ends of the fence, on the sides of gates, and directly in the middle of the fence. The rest of the posts that run down the length of the fence will be line posts that provide attachments for fencing panels and rails. 

The terminal posts are hollow posts that are about four or five inches wide. The width of the posts helps to keep the fence strong and the hollow construction allows the material to flex when the temperatures change. While you may think that it is wise to slip a wooden beam through the hollow post to increase strength, this is a mistake. The wood will shift, expand, and contract. This can cause the vinyl post to wobble or even crack under the stress of the wood. 

Leave the hollow vinyl terminal post as it is and make sure it is placed deep in the ground. The bottom edge of the post should be placed just below the frost line. This will help to keep the post from being pushed out of the earth when the ground freezes. Look to see what the freeze line depth is for your area. These depths range from about 5 to 100 inches. Around two-thirds of the country has a frost line depth at or below 50 inches, so you can safely set the posts a little over four feet in the ground, unless you live in the upper part of the United States. 

Installing The Fence Panels Too Close Together

Vinyl fencing materials will expand when they come into contact with heat. This means that your fence will swell under the heat of the sun. If you decide to install your vinyl fence on a cool day, then the panels and pieces may expand when the sun comes out. The vinyl will be squeezed together and the panels will bulge. This will give the appearance of a wave or an uneven surface across the fence. 

It is best to install your fence on a hot day or place the panels or beams a few millimeters apart from one another. If you decide to add a small amount of space in between the parts of the fence, then draw out the location of the posts, beams, and rails before you start the installation. This will help to ensure that your measurements and placement are correct. If possible, use a piece of graph paper to complete the drawing so you know that the graphic is to scale. 

A vinyl fence can be a great addition to the home, and you can try to install the fence yourself if you are a handy homeowner. However, you need to make sure that you watch out for some of the more common installation mistakes that can be made. Placing posts too shallow and installing fencing material too close together are two mistakes that should be avoided. For more direction on mistakes that you may make, speak with a fencing professional from a company like Mr Fence about installation before you start the job.