VINYL FENCE

How is vinyl fencing made?

This can be explained via profiles and fabrication.

Profiles: Vinyl fencing originates as a PVC powder-form resin. When blended with the required compounds, this formulation is fed into an extruder where it is formed into a malleable vinyl. This malleable vinyl is then fed through a die into the shape of the finished profile. While using vacuum technology to retain the malleable vinyl’s proper shape, water is introduced to cool the vinyl to its desired and final rigid state.

Fabrication: After profiling, a  fencing fabricator cuts a chosen profile to the proper length for the specific fence. Holes are then routed into the appropriate fence components (rails, posts, pickets) and assembled into fence sections or left unassembled for distribution.

 How is a vinyl fence put together?

Most assembly of vinyl fencing is accomplished by snapping the rails into the posts, using rails that are tabbed with special tabbing (or notching) tool. Different fasteners may be used, depending on the styles of fence. Vinyl channels—often used in the fabrication of Privacy and Semi-Privacy styles—are attached using rivets or screws.

How does the cost of vinyl fencing compare with traditional wood fences?

The initial cost of vinyl compared to wood is slightly higher for material costs in most regions of the country. However, with the ever-increasing cost of wood, this difference is shrinking in some areas. Many factors show that wood fencing is ultimately not as cost effective as vinyl, including the need to replace wood fencing in 5 to 15 years, the regular maintenance costs of labor, paint, replacement boards, etc. Also, consider the harmful effects on the environment from the arsenic and other toxic chemicals traditionally used in the treatment and maintenance of wood fences. Vinyl becomes the sound and viable investment in the future of your home. Once your  vinyl fence is installed, you will not have to deal with the problems of painting, rusting nails, splinters and rotting boards associated with a wood fence.

How do I find a reputable vinyl fence installer?

Contact global care inc  for the name of the nearest  registered regional fabricators.  Or, we

will have the nearest fabricator contact you and assist you in finding a reputable installer.

Can a vinyl fence break?

Any fence will break when enough force is applied. However,  vinyl profiles are formulated

using only the highest quality impact modifiers in precisely engineered amounts to provide the

greatest impact resistance available. All globalcare vinyl profiles are designed to withstand

impacts higher than the minimum standard required by ASTM.

 COMPARISON WITH RETAIL-PURCHASED PRODUCTS

Why is the vinyl fence available at the Big Box store so much cheaper than yours?

That is the question that haunts dealers and consumers, many of whom lack an understanding of vinyl. Resin prices are set at commodity levels (supply and demand strictly dictate pricing). Additive prices are set in a similar way. Competition is intense, with over 20 extruders in North America competing in the same market. In order to capture market share, some new manufacturers establish a low price, which they raise later. Others decide to make an ‘economy’ product which is thinner and may not conform to industry standards or building codes. Another way to keep the price low is by using recycled materials, which often change the dynamics of the product itself Technology section A manufacturer may also choose to fabricate the product using less expensive, high-volume and, sometimes, inferior methods such as gluing the pickets to the rails, or using brackets to attach the rails to the posts with screws.

What differences should I look for that may indicate an inferior product?

The most apparent differences in product quality are:

  • Striation lines along the face of the profiles (look for drag lines all along the length of the profile)
  • Low gloss (possibly indicating inferior additives in the cap stock)
  • Corner radius measurements that show inequalities from one side of the profile to the other, or from one profile to another, indicating lower quality control procedures
  • Grey back (dark grey or brown inside usually indicates a high content of recycled materials used)
  • Thin cap stock (the cap stock thickness may be so thin that it looks like it was painted on or is very irregular)
  • Fasteners for joining the profiles to each other that appear to be flimsy or weak, possibly due to high-volume production and/or inferior quality control procedures

A friend of mine had a vinyl fence installed. It looked great when it was first put in, but after a while it began to deteriorate. What happened?

There are several reasons why some products begin to lose luster over time. One reason may be that titanium dioxide levels may be significantly low, resulting in a degradation (yellowing, cracking, low impact resistance) of the product under UV exposure. Another reason for deterioration may be inferior impact modifiers, resulting in low impact cracking or fragmenting. Products manufactured under lowered standards usually come with a greatly reduced warranty period and coverage.

Note: This information is intended to make the consumer aware of the possible differences in manufacturing standards for vinyl fencing. Budget or logistic constraints create niche markets for all levels of product quality. This is not to say a consumer cannot get a premium brand at a Big Box store. Some regional branches of Big Box have decided to supplement their do-it-yourself business with a furnish-and-install program. These programs will be using higher quality products such as those found

vinyl fence turn yellow?

vinyl is formulated using a superior, durable-grade, non-chalking titanium dioxide (TiO2) that protects against the harmful UV rays of the sun. Keep your fence clean with a periodic washing from the garden hose and it will not yellow.

What effects does my vinyl fende have on the environment?

Global care vinyl products are safe and non-toxic to the environment. And—unlike treated lumber—they will not break down to release harmful chemicals into the ground and do not require maintenance using toxic chemicals such as stains, waterproofing, paint, or paint thinner. No trees are used in the manufacture of  global care fences and several times the amount of wood needed to produce wood fence are actually saved due to the exceptionally long life of our fencing profiles. All global care  vinyl products can be recycled and used in other products such as garden hoses and watering cans.