Thinking of Taking On Vinyl Fence Installation Yourself? Read This First

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Are you thinking of taking on vinyl fence installation yourself? Letting a professional install this type of fencing for you is generally recommended. Still, we understand that some people are the do-it-yourself type. Vinyl fence installation is not as easy as it looks, so here are a few words of advice:

  • Know what kind of vinyl fence you are buying
  • It’s essential to get the measurements right
  • Know the installation requirements
  • Invest in some quality tools

Know what kind of vinyl fence you are buying

One of the first decisions you’ll need to make is whether to buy a preassembled fence or an unassembled one. While many suppliers sell preassembled fences, we believe that unassembled fences are a better option because they:

  • Are easier to transport and protect from damage
  • Allow for more customized selections such as grade quality (residential or commercial), color, top edge, or picket spacing
  • Enable customization of section panels when preassembled measurements don’t work with your desired fence dimensions

It’s essential to get the measurements right

It’s essential to get the measurements right when installing a vinyl fence.

With a wooden fence, you have a little breathing room with your measurements. If something is too long, you can always pare it down. Unfortunately, that is not true with most vinyl fences. 

Since vinyl is susceptible to temperature changes and often preassembled at the factory, you must be incredibly accurate with all your measurements. One measurement slip-up means your fence won’t fit and may be uninstallable.

Know the installation requirements

In areas where the earth freezes, like Wisconsin, Illinois, and Minnesota, digging or pounding your post holes deep enough to go below frost depth is crucial. Otherwise, the cold can cause the fence to heave out of the ground. 

Additionally, you must leave room for the vinyl to expand and contract with temperature changes. Installing fencing on a temperate day will help ensure that the fence doesn’t change shape radically when the weather gets hotter or colder. 

Finally, if you install the pieces of the fence too tightly, be prepared to do the entire job again. The fence will pop right out of the ground when it expands and contracts with temperature changes. 

Invest in some quality tools

It takes more than a screwdriver and a hammer to install a vinyl fence. In fact, it takes quite a bit of know-how and the right tools to get the job done right. The equipment needed for installation depends on the type of fencing purchased and the recommended installation process. 

Here are some of the things you may need:

A level: Ensures your fence installation is level and plumb.

A post-hole digger: You’ll need this to dig the holes for your fence posts.

A post-hole pounder: You’ll need this to pound fence posts into the ground.

A power drill makes drilling the holes for your fence posts much more manageable.

A saw: You’ll need this to cut the vinyl to size.

A screw gun: You’ll need this to screw any panels to the posts (if required) or gate hardware to the fence. 

What’s the next step?

Vinyl fence installation is not a DIY project for everyone. If you’re confident in your ability to do the job right, we recommend buying your materials from A to Z Fence Supplies. They have everything you need to do the job, including:

  • unassembled, high-quality vinyl fence with many custom options,
  • assistance ordering materials, 
  • custom built sections when a standard 6′ or 8′ panel won’t work
  • rental equipment, and 
  • installation instructions.

If a professional installation sounds like the right decision, A to Z Quality Fencing & Structures promises a quick, painless, mess-free, warrantied installation using vinyl fence from A to Z Fence Supplies! In addition, free, online instant quotes are available 24/7.

Given your situation, we hope we have helped you make the best decision on how to install your vinyl fence. Still have questions? Please call or contact us to get your questions answered.

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Compared to wood, vinyl fencing is much stronger. Vinyl fencing is flexible and durable, which helps vinyl out-perform wood fencing in windy conditions and with environmental exposure to UV rays and weather.

Versatile Inlay Options

Want to create a super durable fence that’s as unique as you? With a Modern Aluminum Fence, you can pair A to Z Quality Fencing’s commercial aluminum fence with the inlay that best fits your style. Our vinyl inlay is available in 9 colors including various simulated wood tones, so you can create the exact look you want.

Durable Frame

Modern Aluminum Fence posts are composed of galvanized steel posts covered by our commercial-grade aluminum with its superior powder coat finish to create a stronger, longer-lasting fence that is more than weather-resistant – it will not rust with exposure to the elements!

Easy to Clean

Vinyl fencing can be cleaned easily with a regular garden hose. If you get a little mildew from moisture or shady conditions, you can use a mild dish soap and then spray off the fence with a garden hose. Vinyl fences are very easy to clean, making them a great option for low-maintenance fencing.

More Options Available

Vinyl fencing is available in a wide variety of configurations to match any property, home, or purpose. Iconic, white vinyl picket fences give a feel of classic Americana with that white-picket-fence-style. Darker vinyl fences can be installed to make a space look more elegant or modern. From short picket to tall privacy, vinyl fencing can be designed to enhance your backyard or business.

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All our aluminum fence meets BOCA (Building Officials and Code Administrators) code. These strict standards ensure your fencing is sturdy, durable, and non-climbable, protecting your property no matter if you are fencing in a business, backyard, or swimming pool!

The BOCA health and safety codes are critical when installing fencing around a swimming pool because they prevent children from getting over, under, or through our aluminum fencing.

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Vinyl fences are a bright, bold fence choice. Available in a variety of colors, vinyl fencing can be installed in a many configurations to help you enhance the beauty of your property. And, because vinyl isn’t as porous as wood, vinyl fences retain their color and finish much longer than wood fencing so you can enjoy your fence for years to come.

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In addition, our paint finish meets AAMA (American Architectural Manufacturers Association) specifications.

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Chain-link fences are known for being the last fences standing during hurricanes, tornados, and other severe weather events.

Unparalleled Durability

The weakest point of any fence is where the post comes out of the ground. Our no-mess, no-dig installation process pounds a galvanized steel post into the soil. Then we slide an aluminum post over the galvanized steel posts. A steel post is stronger at ground level than an aluminum post.

Our high-quality aluminum fence, combined with our no-mess, no-dig installation process, creates a highly durable aluminum fence.

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Adding a top rail to your chain link fence project creates an extra level of durability and security.

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Our chain link mesh offers a high level of security for residential, commercial, and industrial properties.

Manufactured with you in mind to provide you with security and beauty at the same time.

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