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Vinyl Fence Wind Resistance: Is It Effective?By admin
Monday, 26 November 2018
The earliest vinyl fences were made in the picket design that has become an emblem of American middle-class suburbia. Yet, nowadays you can find vinyl fencing in an array of designs that come in useful for different needs.
Some of the vinyl garden fences made today have followed suit and continued to be made in the traditional picket design. Some other vinyl fences are made much taller and in a panel design to provide homeowners with more privacy and a lot more security. You can also get vinyl fences that have been custom made for specific properties or for specific preferences.
Why are we discussing the different types of vinyl fence designs when you’re here to learn about vinyl fence wind resistance? Well, the design of the vinyl significantly influences its effectiveness to withstand our British gusts. Let’s find out more…
Who Should Prioritise Wind Resistance in Their Fencing Choice?
We choose our garden fencing for various reasons. Some of us have expensive patio furniture that needs to be kept out of sight while others prefer some minimal fencing to assert boundaries and provide a finishing touch to your other garden furniture.
Having a wind-resistant fence is always a good thing – especially when some home insurance policies don’t cover damage to your fencing. But, there is a particular crop of homeowners that should be prioritising wind resistance more than others.
If you live in an exposed area such as the top of a hill, next to open fields, or even by the sea, having a wind-resistant fence will be a priority for you. There are certain areas of the UK which are prone to stronger winds.
The better option if you’re seeking outstanding levels of protection against battering winds is the vinyl privacy fence. These bigger constructions made up of panels of vinyl offer greater protection against the wind because they do not allow any wind to pass through
So, Which Vinyl Designs Are Best at Resisting Wind?
If you’re set on using vinyl fencing because of all its cost-effective and ease-of-maintenance benefits, the next decision to take is the style of fencing you’re going to choose. If you want one that has exceptional capabilities of withstanding wind then there are some designs that should be ruled out – and others that should be considered.
The worst vinyl fence designs at withstanding wind are the picket-fence design or a chain link vinyl fence. The reason why these are less resistant against the wind is because they are not solid constructions. By this, we mean they have gaps between their structure which allow the wind to pass through.
The better option if you’re seeking outstanding levels of protection against battering winds is the vinyl privacy fence. These bigger constructions made up of panels of vinyl offer greater protection against the wind because they do not allow any wind to pass through.
Does Anything Else Influence A Vinyl Fence’s Wind Resistance?
The design of the fence isn't the only thing to be considered. Another important aspect is how it’s installed. There are some techniques to be adopted during installation that enhance the fence’s capabilities against the wind. These include:
- Tip 1: Place the posts in concrete footings – concrete footings add an extra layer of stability that will be helpful in harsher wind conditions.
- Tip 2: Make the footings between 18 inches and 24 inches deep – this is the required depth to provide enough support against the wind but also against other things like footballs and people leaning on the fence.
- Tip 3: Use post caps for additional support – post caps protect the most vulnerable parts of the fence.
- Tip 4: Use aluminium stiffeners - place aluminium stiffeners onto posts, horizontal rails, hinges and gates to secure some of the other areas of your vinyl fencing that can become vulnerable in high winds.
Vinyl fencing may be great at keeping the wind and cold away but the same can't be used for your home. Here at Home Logic, we provide solutions that are not only aimed at improving you home efficiency but also finding solutions which can help save you money on your bills
Why Else Should I Choose Vinyl Fencing?
Vinyl fences may be a great choice for shielding your plants and Rocky the family cat from a considerably gusty breeze – but there are many other benefits in choosing vinyl as a garden fencing material.
Vinyl requires little maintenance and no need to use hardware such as nails. It’s also much more affordable than the likes of wood and iron, and it can be easily installed without the help of professionals.
That’s The Garden Fence Covered – What About The Rest?
Vinyl fencing may be great at keeping the wind and cold away but the same can't be used for your home. Here at Home Logic, we provide solutions that are not only aimed at improving you home efficiency but also finding solutions which can help save you money on your bills.
We offer products such as windows, doors, conservatories, and spray foam insulation to help make your home toasty over the colder months and let you breathe a sigh of relief when the heating bill next comes in. Simply call 0800 1700 636, or click the button below to talk to our team today!
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