Vinyl fence material (also known as PVC fence) has not always been an option. You certainly never saw any ranches in the Wild West with a fence made out of vinyl. When the vinyl fence was developed, it was seen to have some advantages over the traditional fence material (wood).
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What many ranchers and horse owners don’t realize is that there are some disadvantages to vinyl also. Some of the problems with a vinyl fence are rather critical when the plan is to use it to safely contain horses. Let’s look at some of these issues – and after that, a solution.
- Horses are heavy and strong. Vinyl is light, and not strong. The impact of a horse running into a PVC fence could mean that the rail just breaks. In the event of a less powerful impact, the post can be pushed out of alignment. Once this happens, the horse now knows that the vinyl fence can be compromised and will continue to escape and wander. Some horse owners think they have found the solution to this: a stretch of electrical wire on the top rail. The downside to that is when you lose power on occasion. Horses are smart, and when they hear the electrical buzz stop, they know the fence can be breached without any shock.
- When vinyl snaps, it does not just break off cleanly. The chemical nature of PVC causes it to break off in splinters and shards that can be very sharp and pointed. Obviously, this poses the danger of impalement to the horse. This is particularly true in colder weather, when PVC becomes brittle. Ironically, the very fence that was put in place to protect the horse could be the cause of serious injury.
- A vinyl fence is going to require a significant level of maintenance. In an environment of changing temperatures, vinyl expands and contracts in response; this weakens the fence overall. Rails can crack just due to cold temperatures, and in the heat of the summer the rails tend to sag. All of these changes mean that at some point the rails will just fall to the ground and have to be replaced. In addition, this type of fence will require a pressure wash annually.
- The life expectancy of a post and rail fence made of vinyl is about 15 to 20 years, and all of those years include repairs and replacement of rails and posts. At some point it just becomes no longer cost-effective to continue repairing, and it’s time for a new fence. And the manufacture and disposal of vinyl poses significant environmental hazards.
A vinyl fence may not be your ideal solution.
Give us a call – let’s talk about it: 877-306-4024.
We have the ideal solution: our Steel Board Fence, or our Alumashield Fence. Here’s why:
- It’s strong enough to handle the impact of your horse without breaking. Even with a very strong horse and high impact, the worse that can happen is that the rail may bend – and that would take a lot.
- No danger to your horse because of broken vinyl fence rails that are sharp, and you don’t need to use electrical wire to shock your horses into containment. There is no worrying about any of your horses walking into the road.
- There is virtually no maintenance required. The rails will not fade or chalk, and decades will go by before there is any possibility for rusting. You will rarely – if ever – have to replace any rails or posts.
- Our fences can easily be expected to last 35 years to over 50 years, depending on what style you have. Why completely replace your vinyl fence 2 or 3 times when ours will last so much longer?