What Are The Disadvantages Of Vinyl Fencing?

Vinyl Fencing Installation

Vinyl fencing is an incredibly popular, stylish, and functional solution for most applications in which it is installed. Researching and planning a significant purchase like a vinyl fence is critical for deciding what styles, heights, and colors are wanted. However, one crucial action is often overlooked: comparing its advantages and disadvantages. Vinyl fencing has several disadvantages despite its popularity in the fencing industry.

  1. Price: When broken down by the cost per square foot, vinyl fencing will almost always be more expensive than chain link or wooden fences.
  2. Maintenance: A vinyl fence that is left unattended will tend to gather mold and mildew.
  3. Repair Costs: Unexpected wind, hail, or storm damage can result in damage to fence posts and sections.


The cost for vinyl fencing is exponentially higher than chain link or wood fences. In addition to the overall cost of the vinyl fence itself, you've also got to factor in the cost of having a professional team perform the installation. If you are on a tight budget, we recommend doing the installation yourself; however, if that is not an option, then there may be more suitable alternatives than vinyl.


Another drawback when purchasing a vinyl fence is the impression that it is a maintenance-free investment and will stay pristine for years. Indeed, this type of fence requires less maintenance than others, like chain link and wooden panel fences; however, regular maintenance is required. We suggest cleaning and inspecting your fence at minimum twice a year.

Mold and Mildew

Vinyl fencing tends to collect more mildew than other types of fencing. When an excessive amount of mold and mildew buildup is found, our recommendation is Wet and Forget. It is ideal for removing mold without harsh chemicals like bleach.

Dirt Buildup

The process for regularly cleaning a vinyl fence is a pretty straightforward procedure. With typical amounts of dirt buildup, vinyl fence sections can be pressure washed on a light setting or even hand scrubbed using soapy water.

To Learn More About Cleaning Vinyl Fence, Check Out Our Guide For How To Clean Vinyl Fences.

Repair Costs

Repairing a vinyl fence can be expensive. Fence panels are solid, but things can occasionally break due to weather or other hazards like a tree falling. To be ahead of the curve when purchasing a vinyl fence, we recommend always buying at least one extra fence section and two blank fence posts. Preventatively taking these measures will result in a cheaper overall cost in the long run, making the repair much more manageable. Since you already have extra fence components, it will negate having to remember what size and type of fence style you purchased in the past and minimize shipping time and money by totally having to reorder parts.

Despite these disadvantages regarding vinyl fences, it is still the top choice for most people who want a clean, stylish aesthetic for their property. If you have any questions or wish to place an order with us, feel free to contact one of our friendly sales representatives.

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