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All About Vinyl Fence Life Expectancy

Vinyl, white picket fence in front of a white home to illustrate All About Vinyl Fence Life ExpectancyYou may be wondering about vinyl fence life expectancy.

You’re almost certain that a vinyl fence is right for you, your family, your budget, and your property. (You have compared and contrasted vinyl fences with wood fences, aluminum, and chain link fences, for example.)

You know which portions of your property you want to be fenced. You’ve considered fence colors, fence maintenance, and fence repair.

You just need that one last bit of information to tie all your research together so that you know for sure that you’ve made the right choice.

So: What is the life expectancy for a vinyl fence?

Life Expectancy Of Vinyl Fencing

Good news: When properly maintained, a vinyl fence can last for decades — upwards of 30 years in many cases. That’s longer than wood. In fact, wooden fences may last half as long. And wood fences require constant vigilance and maintenance, such as the replacement of individual planks or panels.

Even better news: Vinyl doesn’t require that much maintenance! Usually, all it takes is a regular washing with a garden hose and household cleaners, such as Simple Green. Many of our customers tout the fact that their vinyl fence requires no maintenance!

When it comes to fencing options, upfront costs, aesthetics, curb appeal, fencing installation and the quality of the fencing materials themselves, vinyl is a truly wonderful choice for many property owners.

As we’ve written before on the PF&W Blog, “Vinyl fences are plastic, made specifically with polyvinyl chloride (PVC). This material is combined with special ingredients that make it strong, durable, and resistant to various types of weather and ultraviolet rays.”


Pacific Fence & Wire is proud to partner with CertainTeed for their BuffTech vinyl fences. They’re built to last and typically come with excellent warranty protection.

In short: Vinyl fences are often maintenance-free and are excellent choices for any property. They’re strong, durable, flexible, and they look great! Plus, they can last significantly longer than their wooden or chain link counterparts.

In fact, it’s the very durability of vinyl fencing that has made it such a popular choice for homeowners and property owners in recent years. Some of the most popular types of vinyl fencing: vinyl post and rail, and Lexington-style privacy fencing. Like other styles, these require virtually no maintenance over the long term.

Why Vinyl Fencing May Be Right For You

Compared with wood fencing, especially, vinyl fencing is a longer-lasting and more durable solution. Wood fences are beautiful and wonderful, too. If neglected, however, wood fences are prone to rotting, warping, and cracking. They can also become weatherbeaten or insect-infested over time.

Not so with vinyl. It provides the privacy and beauty of more traditional fencing along with unmatched longevity. That’s because — as we mentioned above — vinyl fencing is made with high-quality PVC. It’s designed to withstand everything that a Pacific Northwest winter can throw our way. (And for those of us who are fortunate enough to live in the great and beautiful PNW, we know Ol’ Man Winter can certainly throw a lot our way!)

Plus, vinyl can be made to look just like wood or stone! Finally — and perhaps best of all — it can be customized with a wide variety of colors, styles, trims, and adornments. It’s a win-win! (Or is that a win-win-win-win-win?)

Questions? Give Pacific Fence & Wire a call! We’ve been family-owned and operated since 1921, and we look forward to serving you for many years to come.