(Closed) vinyl fencing…. tips??

posted 8 years ago in Home
Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union

My parents have it and I was under the impression it’s zero maintenance? You’re paying for basically a lifetime of doing nothing, as opposed to a wood fence that you would need to stain and paint every few years (if you want it to look nice). It’s a better longterm investment.

Post # 6
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

The vinyl fencing really does have a long lifespan and low maintenance needs.  We have quite a lot of it at the place I keep my horse!  To the best of my knowledge, some of it has been around for over 10 years and receives an annual power washing to maintain it’s looks.  The only downside I’ve seen so far is that if it gets really really cold, it can snap if enough weight is placed on it (ie, freezing temps and pushy ponies can have an end result of shattered planks).  There is also more than one version out there – wood filled, hollow, etc.  If the fence is mostly cosmetic you can choose a cheaper option, but it IS expensive, even for the “less costly” variety.

If the cost is really prohibitive (4 grand is a lot!), can you place an appeal with your HOA?  Someone did that where my parents live last year – they aren’t allowed to have sheds, and a neighbor appealed to have one because otherwise he’d end up with lawnmowers and machinery standing out in the driveway instead.  (The HOA approved the request.)

Good luck!

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

We had them more as “porch railings” in the front and back of my house growing up. A sponge is all it took to keep them clean, and we had them for at least 10 years before we moved…  Looked just like the day we installed them. 

 

Have you tried scouring the internet for deals? Is that price including installation? Could you DIY? 

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

@CorgiTales – I’m not sure how handy you guys are feeling but it certainly is possible to install it yourself – we helped my in-laws put theirs in – and that would cut the cost SO much!  It’s a PITA but it’s totally worth it in my opinion.  I can’t fathom spending that much on a tiny yard!  And I honestly don’t even love vinyl all that much.  (It is true about the low maintenance though at least!) 

I won’t tell you what we’re spending to fence our yard with chainlink and wood, that would be too depressing. 

ETA: No, seriously.  $30+ per square foot is blowing my mind right now. 

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

We put our white vinyl fencing in last summer and it still looks fantastic. we just hose it down every once in a while and it looks good as new. Granted, it was a little expensive- but we have a smaller yard, so it wasn’t too bad for us.

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’d be like, sorry, it’s the white vinyl you wanted. the end. That’s a HUGE difference!

We’re about to do wood laminate inside our new home. The labor would be equal to the cost of supplies! It’s going to be a PAIN but we would rather save the money. Right now, with wedding etc… you don’t need to “waste” money. Now, We’re hiring people to do tile, because we don’t have the right tools and/or knowledge. However, I would say go for the fence! $2500 is so much more doable! 

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@corgi,

If your dad is handy I would seriously invest in their help. $1700 is a lot of money!!! That’s what family’s for!! Make sure there’s plenty of cold beer and a meal at the end of the day and they will be happy! We do projects over at FI’s parent’s house, his brother’s house and ours all the time. It saves SO much to do stuff yourself!

Fiance and his brothers put in their parents backyard fencing a couple years back and it was a long weekend ordeal. They put up wood fencing, had to dig out TREES and pour footers. But looks great and saved them mucho moola.

Also, if you can get it from Lowes or Home Depot you can sign up for “new homeowner” and they will email you 10% off coupon. You don’t literally have to be a new homeowner. They don’t check! πŸ™‚ And both Lowes and Home depot will honor competitor pricing and I think beat by a certain % as well.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee

Every so often Menard’s and Lowe’s will have it on sale (usually the beginning of spring and fall).  Lowe’s matches prices plus 10% off so if Menard’s has it on sale, go over to Lowe’s.  Goodluck!  Have you considered a burried electric fence for your dog?

Also, if your SO or Dad are handy, definitely ask for their assistance…

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Hm. I wonder if you can use the 10% coupon on top of the price match 10%. because then that will be 20%!! You should call and ask!

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I’m going to be getting vinyl fencing & yes it is EXTREMELY expensive! But it LASTS for at least 10-20 years.

Can you get an electric fence for your dog for now? They sell underground fences (like a wire you bury, or random posts, idk how it all works. It would be invisible so your HOA people wouldn’t even know it was there I bet πŸ™‚

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