Here's How to Keep Your Low Maintenance Vinyl Fence Looking As Good As New
If a low maintenance fence is what you are looking for, then vinyl is your answer. In fact, once you learn how to clean vinyl fencing, it requires hardly any upkeep at all. It has the ability to retain its original color for many years, and unlike wood fencing, staining or repainting is not required. For this reason, vinyl is a great option for anyone looking for cost-effective fencing that gives your home a ranch-style look.
The Benefits of Vinyl
Another reason vinyl is such a popular option is that it is almost five times as strong as wood. Unlike wood, however, a low maintenance vinyl fence doesn't decompose, rust, or attract pests, making it extremely durable and long-lasting. Since vinyl doesn't absorb moisture, it also isn’t susceptible to the damage that wood is, making it a great option for the cold and wet winters in the High Desert.
Vinyl fencing can also be a great option for large properties. Not only will it be much easier to maintain on a larger scale than wood fencing but, as mentioned before, a ranch style vinyl fence with rails will give a large property the look of a farm or ranch. The common options are 2-rail, 3-rail, or 4-rail fences, depending on your budget and requirements.
How to Clean Vinyl Fencing
Once you have decided on a vinyl fence installation for your home, it is important to know how to keep it in pristine condition. While vinyl is an ideal material for low maintenance fences, it does need to be cleaned to keep it looking great. Over time, algae can grow on vinyl due to exposure to sunlight or dampness, giving it a green or yellow tinge, as well as the rails getting dirty from the wind and dust. If you want to know how to clean your vinyl fence, here are some easy-to-follow steps:
- Vinyl fences only need to be cleaned once a year. If, however, you mow your lawn near your fence, try to hose down the fence immediately after mowing so as to prevent algae.
- The only tools you need to clean your vinyl fence are a garden hose, soap, and a bucket. You can even use laundry detergent with bleach and water to make your own cleaning solution. You may also need a brush with stiff bristles.
- Mix the cleaning solution you made or a ready-made cleaning solution in the bucket. Make sure you use the correct amount of water to dilute the solution. Use the garden hose to wet one section of the fence. Apply cleaning solution on your brush or rag and scrub any areas of the fence that have been stained or are dirty.
- Once you have thoroughly scrubbed all parts of the fence, use a garden hose to rinse off the soap and any other residue.
- This process can be repeated all over the length of the fence. If you make sure to hose down your low maintenance fence on a regular basis, you won't have much staining to remove.
Save on Cleaners
Due to the minimal cleaning required, vinyl has become a popular option with busy homeowners. Remember, you don't always need to buy a cleaning solution from the store, as you can probably use ingredients found at home. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), household bleach, when diluted in water, has been found to be just as effective as leading vinyl fence cleaners, even though this is not commonly known. All you need to do is dilute the bleach in some hot water and add a tablespoon of dish soap to cut through any grease, dirt deposits, mold, and bacteria. Wear gloves when handling such a mixture.
Use these tips to keep your low maintenance fence looking great all year round! If you have any questions about vinyl fencing, or would like a free estimate, please give us, one of the top fence companies in the High Desert, a call today!