2 PVC Fence Care Tips

Posted on: 23 April 2018

PVC fencing is a durable alternative to wood fencing. PVC fencing comes in several design choices, from a traditional wood plank look to picket or lattice styles of fencing. There are also a variety of color options, so you can still have your white picket fence without the need for annual repainting. Although low maintenance, PVC isn't a no-maintenance option. The following are the two tips you need to ensure your fence will look its best for years to come.

Tip #1: Use the right cleaning method

Dust, pollen, and dirt will eventually make any fencing material look grimy. Fortunately, a quick wash is all that is needed for a PVC fence. For regular dirt buildup, a spray of water is usually a sufficient cleaning method. If moss, algae, or other growths have begun to grow on the PVC surface, deeper cleaning may be necessary to remove stains. In this case, a diluted bleach solution or an oxygenated bleach cleaner can work wonders. Not only do these cleaners kill the growth, but they also help remove the stains.

One thing to avoid on PVC fencing is abrasive cleaners, like scouring powders. Also, don't use stiff brushes or abrasive cleaning sponges. Abrasives scratch the surface of the PVC, which means it will trap dirt and look dingy much more quickly. Rags and soft sponges are the best options for wiping your fence clean.

Tip #2: Protect against mechanical damage

One of the more common causes of PVC fence damage is from mechanical means, such as a string trimmer or your mower. Although PVC is durable, repeated exposure to mechanical stress can eventually lead to chipping or cracking. This may appear as scratches or small cracks where a string trimmer tends to hit the fence, or it could be broken blanks from accidentally ramming the fence with the mower.

The best way to avoid mechanical damage is to avoid using these devices along the fence line. Trimming manually with hand shears may be a solution for short lengths of fencing. For longer lengths, consider installing a buffer zone. This could be as simple as a garden bed or a gravel bed running along the fence line, so you don't have to trim grass right up against the fence. Installing a concrete or paving stone border along the fence also works well.

For more help in caring for your PVC fence, contact a fencing contractor like Tyson Fence Co.