You Can Build A Vinyl Fence

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You Can Build A Vinyl Fence

You Can Build A Vinyl Fence and we are willing to help you out and give some instructions. Remember not all vinyl fence is equal. There are different classes of vinyl such as residential and commercial grade. Also different manufacturers have different ways of constructing their material. Please remember that different areas will have local codes and laws you must Follow. Always call 811 before you dig!

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Building a vinyl fence requires careful planning and attention to detail. Here is a step-by-step guide to help you:

1. Plan and Design: Determine the layout of your fence, including dimensions, number of panels, and gate placement. Consider factors such as property boundaries and aesthetics. Consult local regulations and obtain any necessary permits.

2. Gather Materials: Purchase all the necessary materials, including vinyl fence panels, posts, caps, rails, brackets, concrete, screws or clips, and gate hardware. Refer to your specific fence design and the manufacturer’s recommendations for the required materials.

3. Mark the Fence Line: Use stakes and string to mark the desired fence line. Ensure the line is straight and accurately reflects your planned fence location.

You Can Build A Vinyl Fence Dig Post Holes

4. Dig Post Holes: Dig post holes using a post hole digger or auger. The depth and diameter of the holes should comply with local codes and the manufacturer’s guidelines. Typically, holes should be around 24 inches deep and wide enough to accommodate the post size.

You Can Build A Vinyl Fence Spacing

The spacing between vinyl fence posts depends on several factors, including the type and height of the fence, as well as the manufacturer’s recommendations. As a general guideline, for most residential vinyl fences, the typical spacing between posts is around 6 to 8 feet.

However, it is important to consult the specific installation instructions provided by the manufacturer of your vinyl fence. They may have specific guidelines based on the design and structural requirements of their product. The manufacturer’s recommendations should take precedence over general guidelines, as they are tailored to the specific characteristics of their fence system. Proper spacing between posts ensures the fence will have adequate stability and can withstand external forces such as wind or impact properly.

Additionally, local building codes and regulations may also dictate requirements for post spacing. It’s essential to check with your local authorities to ensure compliance with any specific requirements in your area.

5. Set the Corner and End Posts: Place the corner and end posts in the first and last holes, making sure they are level and plumb. Pour concrete into the holes, following the manufacturer’s recommended mix ratio. Allow the concrete to set as per instructions.

6. Install Line Posts: Place the remaining line posts into their respective holes, ensuring appropriate spacing. Use a level to check for plumb and maintain consistent height. Backfill the post holes with concrete and allow it to cure.

You Can Build a Vinyl Fence Panels and Rails

7. Attach Rails and Panels: Depending on your fence design, attach the rails to the posts using brackets or screws. Slide the vinyl fence panels between the rails, ensuring they are level and properly aligned. Secure the panels to the rails following the manufacturer’s recommendations.

 Insert Pickets: Begin installing the tongue and groove vinyl pickets into the bottom rail by sliding the groove of one panel into the tongue of the previous one. Continue this process until the desired height is reached. Ensure that each picket is level and properly aligned.

You Can Build A Vinyl Fence Gates

8. Install Gates: If your fence includes gates, follow the manufacturer’s instructions to install them. Ensure the gate is level, swings freely, and properly attached to the posts.

To install a vinyl gate, follow these steps:

1. Measure and Purchase: Determine the desired width of the gate opening and purchase a vinyl gate kit that suits your needs. Make sure the kit includes all necessary components such as gate panels, hinges, latch, and hardware.

2. Prepare the Posts: If you haven’t already installed the fence posts, dig the necessary post holes and install the corner and end posts first. Make sure they are plumb and secured with concrete.

3. Attach Hinges: Place the gate panels on a flat surface and position the gate hinge brackets on the back side of the gate panels. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for proper placement and spacing. Secure the hinges to the gate panel using the provided screws.

4. Install Hinge Side Gate Post: Attach the gate hinge brackets to the hinge side gate post. Make sure the gate is level and centered within the opening. Use shims if necessary to achieve proper alignment. Secure the brackets to the post with the provided screws.

5. Install Latch Side Gate Post: Position the latch side gate post in the desired location and attach the latch mounting bracket. Ensure the latch aligns correctly with the latch on the gate panel. Use shims if needed. Secure the bracket to the post with the provided screws.

6. Hang The Gate: Have someone assist you in holding the gate up against the hinge side gate post. Insert the hinges into the hinge bracket on the post and align them with the bottom and top brackets. Once aligned, secure the hinges to the brackets with the provided screws.

7. Adjust the Gate: Open and close the gate to check its operation. Make any necessary adjustments to ensure it swings smoothly and securely. Use the adjustment screws on the hinges if needed.

8. Install Gate Latch: Position the gate latch on the latch side gate post, aligning it with the latch on the gate panel. Secure the latch to the post with the provided screws. Double-check the latch alignment and functionality before finalizing.

9. Test and Finish: Open and close the gate multiple times to ensure it functions correctly. Adjust any components if needed. Finally, clean the gate panels and posts using mild detergent and water to remove any dirt or debris.

Always refer to the manufacturer’s instructions and guidelines for specific installation requirements and any additional steps that may apply to your vinyl gate kit.

You Can Build a Vinyl Fence Post Caps

9. Install Post Caps: Place post caps on top of each post to protect them from moisture and enhance the overall appearance of the fence.

10. Clean and Maintain: Clean the vinyl fence using mild detergent and water. Regularly inspect and maintain the fence to ensure it remains in good condition.

Remember, it is crucial to refer to the specific instructions provided by the manufacturer of your vinyl fence as each system may have slight variations and requirements.

Choosing A Vinyl Fence:

There are many brands and types of fence in the market these days and navigating these can be sometimes be akin to navigating a mine field – even amongst seasoned professionals! Here are a few brief tips to consider when choosing a vinyl fence for your home or business:

You Can Build A Vinyl Fence Ingredients 

Wholesale Fencing uses Vinyl made From Virgin PVC and not all vinyl fences are created equal. Professional grade vinyl fences are made of virgin vinyl/ PVC. The consumer grade fences are often made of recycled plastics, often the scraps from the ‘good stuff’.

In fact, many brands will have their professional grade materials available from professional fence and deck dealers only, and then create a separate brand for many of the ‘big box’ stores for consumers. 

Although, it is hip to use recycled products and shop for environmentally ‘green’ fencing products, some are simply less than desirable as a building product that needs to withstand the weather. 

Such as the elements, high winds, and sun (UV) damage. Vinyl fencing made of recycled plastics will often sag prematurely, become brittle (especially in cold climates), and fade and warp prematurely.

You Can Build A Vinyl Fence Grade 

Professional, contractor grade fencing will not only use virgin vinyl, but also mix UV inhibitors in to help prevent against sun (UV) damage. If you wish to simply buy a couple sections of 3-4′ high spaced picket fence for a corner accent, a consumer grade fence may be a perfect fit. Installing it would only be a couple hours at best and it would be easy to replace when it wears out…and this is only a question of when it wears out, not if it wears out. 

If you wish to buy a taller fence, install 10, 20, or 30 sections of fence with gates, and have it last more than a season or two, choose a professional grade fence worth investing in and installing. Installing fence is a significant investment, sometimes thousands of dollar even as a do-it-yourself project. Spend a couple hours digging holes and mixing cement and then think about setting in concrete inferior fence posts and sections which will not last. I think you will soon agree, professional grade materials are the only type to consider using.

You Can Build A Vinyl Fence Component Sizes and Wall Thicknesses 

To make a vinyl fence, or nearly any fence more budget-friendly, manufacturers will make components thinner  and smaller in size. 

Many inexpensive styles of vinyl fence will utilize fence posts measuring 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″. Further, because the wall thickness is insufficient, a 4 x 4 wood post must be inserted inside the vinyl for strength. 

If you must use a 4 x 4 wood fence post on the inside of the vinyl fence post, that will tell you something about the quality of the vinyl post – it’s too thin and weak to hold the fence panel by itself. The 3-1/2″ square vinyl post might be inexpensive, but add to this the expense of a 4 x 4 wood post.

Wholesale Vinyl Post

Pay attention also to the length of the vinyl posts. Consumer grade vinyl fences often come with shorter posts. Posts should be of sufficient length to extend into concrete footers for support. 

While looking  at the wall thickness, of  horizontal rail sizes, and picket sizes. Then  you will find each of these components to be significantly less in size and thickness when compared to professional grade products. 

Professional grade fences will utilize true 4″ square posts on shorter fence and fences which allow air flow; they will use true 5″ square posts on taller fences and privacy fences. These posts do not need wooden 4 x 4 posts on the inside of them to support the fence panels. 

It is common though on all grades of vinyl fence, to use a a post insert (aluminum or steel), or the method of filling a post with cement for a gate (hinge and latch post) and terminal posts for extra support.

You Can Build A Vinyl Fence Section Widths 

Check pickets, rails, and posts for manufacturer’s recommendations on interior reinforcement. A quality fence will often have interior ‘ribbing’ on pickets, or other forms of reinforcement vs. a hollow rail. Quality taller vinyl fences and privacy fences will. 

Also have either a galvanized steel reinforcement channel in the bottom rail to help prevent sag; these rails are a full 8 feet in length! Be careful comparing material costs and installation time with these comparisons. A cheaper vinyl fence product may not be that much cheaper in the end.

You Can Build A Vinyl Fence Design

In order to make a vinyl fence less expensive and easier to inventory, it is common for consumer brands to offer one single ‘blank’ (no holes) post. Then use a bracket of some sort to attach all horizontal rails to fence posts. 

Often these rail brackets are even a painted steel which will rust on a white vinyl fence. These brackets can be brittle and usually don’t have much to attach to seeing how it’s a vinyl fence. Having simply one post, is much easier to inventory though.

In general, better fences will have posts routed to accept the horizontal rails. Vinyl fence end posts will have holes routed on one side only to accept fence horizontal rails and terminate a fence line. 

Corner posts will have routed holes on adjacent sides to create a 90 degree or there about turn. And line posts will have holes on opposite sides to be used as an intermediate post. There are various ways in which fence manufacturers have found to ‘lock’ the rails inside the posts.

You Can Build A Vinyl Fence Material

The Point is, the section is not going to come off the posts without practically tearing down the post too. Further, a fence system with routed posts is often more aesthetically pleasing when compared with a fence with brackets. In general, a routed post system will surpass a bracketed system in strength, appearance, and ease of installation. This is a generality, and there are some types of railing and fence sections with brackets which are designed well. 

Also, don’t forget to add up the costs of these fence brackets in estimating and comparing brands. The same principle will apply to how vinyl fence manufacturers design pickets to attach to rails. Inferior brands will simply glue, or screw pickets to the face of horizontal fence rails; these will not last. Better brands will often have routed rails which accept pickets through the center of them, or into extruded grooves. 

One better way of attaching pickets to the face of a horizontal rails is from the backside with larger lag screws and caps which hide the fasteners from the weather and your sight. Keep in mind, a fence is only as weak as its weakest point. Privacy fences should have tongue and groove pickets so that the fence remains private when, not if the ground shifts.

You Can Build A Vinyl Fence Gates 

– Inexpensive vinyl fence systems will often cut a panel down in width, screw on a diagonal vinyl piece of some sort and call it a ‘gate’. Gate hinges are inferior to others as they only ‘face-mount’ to the post and gate. 

Better systems will have a ‘true’ gate with better design to help prevent gate sag. Gates constitute the largest quantity of call backs to installers as they can be tricky, are usually the only part of the fence designed to move, and are often underestimated when designed and installed. A gate is a bad place to ‘skimp’ on your fence project as it could cause hours to years of aggravating maintenance when adjusting, realigning, and replacing parts and hardware.

A better quality gate should have gate uprights fastened to horizontal rails in a secure fashion. Better brands may have ‘gate sockets’ glued and riveted into uprights to accept horizontal fence rails. Steel, or aluminum frame are often used to help prevent sag on better quality vinyl fences.

You Can Build A Vinyl Fence Hardware

You will also find a variety of quality gate hardware sets available to compliment vinyl gates. Better hardware will be designed to mount to two sides of the gate hinge post and often the gate upright itself which allows for multiple points to install screws or ‘thru-bolts’. 

Avoid hinges which are single dimensional and will only allow you to drive screws into the face of the gate. The gate post will easily be pulled from both during wind.

The same principle will apply to latches and having attachment point on both sides of a gate post and gate upright. When choosing a low-to-no maintenance fence, use stainless steel hardware. Which has been powder coated, or a quality polymer piece of hardware. 

Installing regular painted steel hardware on a vinyl fence will cause rust stains to bleed down the face of your new fence in a few years. 

Worse yet, you won’t be able to replace it with better hardware without then seeing old holes in your fence and gate where the old cheap hardware used to be.

You Can Build A Vinyl Fence Credentials – 

Buy from a well-established fence dealer and long-standing manufacturer and you will rarely err. Professional fence companies and manufacturer’s will service your needs. This isn’t to say they also won’t make mistakes, but they will work feverishly to fix them.

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