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Is Vinyl the Same as PVC

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Vinyl and PVC: What’s the Difference?

Most of us find ourselves lying in bed at night, conjuring up random questions we simply don’t know the answer to. Who built Stonehenge? Will humans ever step foot on Mars? Or, if you’re like us, what’s the difference between vinyl and PVC fences? Well, we did some research.

The short answer is that they’re pretty much the same thing when used in the fencing industry. Vinyl is what’s known as an ethane radical, while PVC (polyvinyl chloride) is a polymer of vinyl chloride. Again, the two terms are pretty interchangeable when it comes to fences.

Vinyl is a type of plastic that creates a durable and weather-resistant fence. Vinyl fences are great for privacy while maintaining beauty. Usually, there’s very little maintenance needed for these fences. Typically, vinyl fences do not chip, fade, or rot away.

A vinyl fence might actually be the last fence you’ll ever have to purchase, especially if you’re working with the right company.

The vinyl should be age- and weather-resistant. No matter the climate or situation, vinyl fences should shine.

How to Clean Your Fence

While vinyl fence panels typically don’t require a ton of maintenance, you should still make sure they’re clear of any dirt and other unpleasant debris. Some soap, water, and a hose should really be all you need to get the job done. 

If you’re simply doing some light cleaning, washing your fence off with a hose should do the trick. You could also take a sponge with warm, soapy water and scrub it down. You’ll also want to remove any plants growing on the fence.

Tougher stains may require mineral spirits with a soft cotton cloth. You can try holding the cloth on the stain for 30 seconds to break the blemish down. Mineral spirits can be dangerous, so please proceed with caution. Rubber gloves and goggles are recommended.

While vinyl fences are built to last, properly maintaining them can help ensure they’re around as long as you want them to be.

Thinking About Building a Fence?

If you’re ready to move forward with your fencing plans, you’ll find a virtual fence planning tool on our website to give you an idea of how much it would cost to build your desired fence.

Simply type in your address, and you’ll then see a satellite image of your property. You’ll be able to choose a fence type, its height, color, and more.

This is a recommended tool for anyone looking to buy a fence. You might avoid some surprises, and preparation is always crucial for any major property project.

The price will come down to the type of fence you’ve chosen, whether any work is needed to remove old fencing, size, and whether you’ve chosen to install a gate. Fences can cost anywhere from $10 to $75 per linear foot.

Northland Fence Is Here for You

Northland Fence has been around for 17 years and has provided fantastic customer service, great work, and an overall great customer experience ever since. According to the Better Business Bureau, Northland Fence has a near-perfect rating and zero customer complaints.

By understanding the needs of the average customer household, Northland Fence is able to go above and beyond. In order to give customers the best product possible, we have eliminated materials from our inventory that cause issues for fence buyers.

Northland Fence offers quality chain link, vinyl, and wrought iron fences. We’re also the first company in Minnesota to use driven posts on all fences since they’re more durable and waterproof.

Northland Fence offers a 15-year warranty on materials for wrought iron fences, a 15-year warranty on material for chain link fences, a lifetime non-prorated warranty on vinyl fence materials, and a 10-year warranty on labor.

You deserve an aesthetically pleasing property. Northland Fence has solutions that include a variety of vinyl fence panels to fit your personal style. 

To learn more about our services, call Northland Fence today at (763) 316-4881.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between PVC and vinyl?

Vinyl is what’s known as an ethane radical, while PVC (polyvinyl chloride) is a polymer of vinyl chloride. The two terms tend to be pretty interchangeable in the fencing industry. Overall, vinyl is a type of plastic that creates a durable and weather-resistant fence. Vinyl privacy fences are great for privacy while maintaining beauty. Usually, there’s very little maintenance needed for these fences. Typically, vinyl fences do not chip, fade, or rot away.

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Are PVC and vinyl windows the same?

Similar to the fencing industry, the terms “vinyl” and “PVC” are often used interchangeably when it comes to windows.

Can you clean vinyl fences?

Some soap, water, and a hose should really be all you need to get the job done. If you’re simply doing some light cleaning, washing your fence off with a hose should work. You could also take a sponge with warm, soapy water and scrub it down. Tougher stains may require mineral spirits with a soft cotton cloth.

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