Frequently Asked Questions - Vinyl Fence
Q: What manufacturer do you use for vinyl fence?
A: We use HomeLand Vinyl Products for the majority of our vinyl fence installations.
Q: How is a vinyl fence put together?
A: Vinyl fencing assembly involves a snap and lock system. Vinyl fence rails are formed with special tabs and fence boards snap into place using a notching tool. Different vinyl fencing styles require different fasteners, including the rivets and screws often used to assemble vinyl privacy fences or semi-private styles.
Q: Can my vinyl fence break? How strong is it?
A: Any fence material can break with sufficient force applied. To add strength and stability, HomeLand uses top quality impact modifiers and ultra precise engineering techniques to create superior impact resistance. All of the vinyl fencing offered by Heritage Design is manufactured to go beyond minimum standards and withstand greater impacts.
Q: Why do Big Box stores carry cheaper vinyl fencing and what's the difference?
A: Quality is the bottom line. Commodity levels control the price of resin (with supply and demand playing a key role) and the price of additives change in the same fashion. Some manufacturers break into this competitive industry by offering lower prices initially, with plans to increase prices later on. Others manufacture a lower quality, thinner product for an economic price. Be aware that these products may not comply with industry standards and local building codes. Another way for manufacturers to keep prices lower is to incorporate recycled materials, frequently altering product dynamics and durability. Some companies also resort to inferior production methods, involving glued pickets and screwed rail brackets, as opposed to a proven, well-engineered snap and lock system.
Q: How can I spot an inferior product?
A: Look for obvious differences in the look and feel of the vinyl fencing product, such as:
- Drag lines (also called striations) running down the face of rails, posts and fence boards/pickets
- Lower gloss finish could indicate the use of inferior additives
- Differences in the corner radius measurements indicate inferior quality control - are the posts, rails and pickets square?
- Discolouration on the back or inside of the vinyl generally indicate a high percentage of recycled materials
- Thinner outer layer of vinyl (also called cap stock) that looks almost painted on
- Weak fasteners or brackets for assembly often indicates high-volume production and lower levels of quality control
Q: Will my vinyl fence yellow?
A: Heritage Design uses HomeLand vinyl fencing products, manufactured with TiO2, an advanced, highly durable, non-chalking titanium dioxide. This element blocks harmful UV rays and resists discolouration. Use a garden hose to keep your fence clean and bright for years to come.