The Other Side of the Fence

Not All Vinyl Fencing is Created Equal

Posted by Andrew Knott on Oct 13, 2016 2:33:30 PM

Vinyl fencing is an excellent choice for a durable, secure fence that can stand up to time and weather. 

Though it usually has a more expensive initial investment, vinyl fencing is an attractive option for many because it requires little maintenance.

Be aware that not all vinyl fencing is created equal. A good warranty does not always guarantee a high-quality product. It requires a careful process to procure high-quality vinyl. Unfortunately some manufacturers take short-cuts, which can result in vinyl fencing that fades or discolors and expands or contracts, shifting the entire fence line.

 

vinyl fencing Vinyl fencing is an attractive option for many because it requires little maintenance.

 

Old School vs. New School Vinyl Fencing Production

Mono-extrusion and co-extrusion are the two processes normally used in the production of all types of PVC / Vinyl Fencing.

Mono-extrusion was the original production process and it is still used by some manufacturers. Mono-extrusion blends the elements of the PVC compound extruded through a die to become the walls of the single layer product. This method of production usually requires less technical expertise on the manufacturing floor.

Co-extrusion is the most advanced and widely used method today.The vinyl fencing is made out of two layers, each containing ultraviolet (UV) inhibitors. The two layers are chemically attached under high pressure and temperature to form a solid, continuous piece. This method of production requires a higher investment in equipment, tooling, training and overall manufacturing.

Manufacturer Specifications for Vinyl Fencing

 

Vinyl Fencing - American Society for Testing and Materials Products must satisfy a minimum level of compliance to meet ASTM standards.

 

The American Society for Testing and Materials  provides technical standards and product ratings for a wide variety of materials, including vinyl fencing. Products must satisfy a minimum level of compliance to meet ASTM standards.

Be aware that some fence manufacturers use pipe specifications, which have lower demands for UV protection and impact resistance.

Characteristics of High-Quality Vinyl Fencing
  • Won’t fade or yellow
  • Made with PVC for long-term durability and resistance
  • Contains a high percentage of titanium dioxide, a critical additive that protects vinyl from potentially harmful UV rays
  • Engineered to accommodate normal temperature swings and changing climatic conditions
  • Manufacturer has performed accelerated weathering tests on their product and meets ASTM standards

At AVO we offer BuffTech vinyl fence for a high-quality product that’s consistent from panel to panel, picket to picket. Bufftech vinyl fence is made with carefully selected ingredients designed to increase durability and long-term performance.

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