How to Keep Vinyl Fencing Strong & Looking Like New

Vinyl fencing is practically maintenance-free. It’s insect-proof, resists weather better than most other fence materials and doesn’t age or fade over time – really, a vinyl fence can look great and stand strong for decades with very little care.

But, that’s not to say you should completely ignore your vinyl fencing after installation. To keep it looking brand new for years to come, complete these easy tasks on a regular basis.

How to keep vinyl fence strong and looking like new

Cleaning Vinyl Fence

Your vinyl fencing is always exposed to the elements, so you can expect it to get a little dirty.

When you see that your vinyl fence is looking a little grungy, hose it down – that’s usually enough to do the job. If you have stubborn spots, try using warm, soapy water or a non-abrasive cleanser. To make the task of cleaning even simpler, use a power washer.

Vinyl fencing is vulnerable to algae and mildew growth, which can create unsightly stains. To avoid this, consider hosing down your fencing immediately after mowing.

Checking Vinyl Fence Caps, Posts and Rails

At least once every year, take a walk along the entire fence line to check the components for instability. Vinyl fencing is incredibly durable, but severe weather — and the repeated freeze and thaw cycles we get here in northern Utah — can cause the parts to loosen.

If any of your fence caps are wobbly, simply apply a bit of plastic fencing glue to set them back to rights. For a less-than-sturdy post, an easy fix is to grab a shovel and pack dirt solidly around the base.

As for the horizontal fence rails, make sure they’re firmly attached. If you happen to spot a loose connection, tighten it with a wrench or screwdriver.

Take a Look at the Gate

After years of use and exposure to the weather, fence gates can become loose or sag and drag the ground.

To fix a problem gate, try tightening all of the bolts and screws and lubricating the latches. If that doesn’t help, you may need to replace the gate hinges.

If your vinyl fence gate appears to be in good condition, simply oil the hinges and make sure the latch is secure. And to keep the gate in great shape, never let it swing open in the wind – or at the will of your children.

What if You Detect Vinyl Fence Damage?

Vinyl fencing is very strong and rarely suffers damage. However, a falling tree branch, runaway lawnmower or an impact from another heavy object could spoil the beauty and integrity of your fence.

If the worst occurs, contact an experienced local fence contractor to schedule repair. You’ll want replacement parts that most closely resemble the damaged components, and you need a professional with expertise to take on the job – otherwise, the repaired area of the vinyl fencing may stick out like a sore thumb.

For expert fence repair, replacement or installation in northern Utah, turn to the professional contractors at All Over Fence.

A trusted industry leader with over 20 years of experience, All Over Fence delivers high-quality products, top-notch workmanship and exceptional customer service. And, we do it all for a surprising low price. To schedule a free vinyl fencing consultation, contact us today.