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Installing Concrete Post Towers

Monday, August 21, 2017 4:14 pm

How to Install Concrete Post Towers

install concrete post towersIt’s important to install a vinyl fence on a firm foundation with trustworthy support.

Concrete Post Towers are used for vinyl fences that are installed on concrete foundations. They help keep the vinyl posts standing and stay strong and firm, especially in harsh weather conditions. If you’re planning on installing a vinyl fence, it’s best you know how to install the concrete post towers to ensure a strong and sturdy fence.

Here’s how:

  1. Mark the hole locations where you want your fence to go.
  2. Drill ⅜” holes and insert the ⅜” anchors.
  3. Insert the screws and washers.

***If foundation is uneven, slide washers under tower until it levels out.***

  1. Tighten nuts to keep tower level.
  2. Slide post over the tower and secure post to the metal with screws.

It’s that easy!

If you have any questions or are having difficulty installing the towers, check out the video below or give Buy Direct Vinyl Fence a call and we’d be more than happy to walk you through it.


Benefits of Choosing Vinyl Fencing

Friday, August 11, 2017 12:00 pm

If you’re not sold on vinyl fencing, consider these benefits.

BD_Why-VinylWhen it comes to choosing a type of fence, there is a variety of materials to consider, including wood, iron, chain link, and others of the sort. Vinyl, however, has become one of the leading materials for fencing. It’s low in cost, easy to maintain, and comes in a wide range of colors.

When it comes to choosing a type of fence, consider these vinyl benefits:

  • Low maintenance: Vinyl fence requires little to no maintenance. There is no need for repainting, and termites and other pests will not use the fence as a sanctuary. In most situations, a quick wash with soap and water once every other month will keep your fence looking sharp as ever.
  • Non-toxic and recyclable: Vinyl is a non-toxic material and it is not treated with any chemicals after it is manufactured and it can be recycled once it is no longer needed.
  • Cost-efficient: Compared to iron and wood fencing, vinyl is usually less expensive. This is especially true when you consider you will have no associated maintenance cost of repainting/restoring your vinyl fence due to rust or insect damage.
  • Extreme weather: When it comes to extreme weather, the vinyl fence will perform. High elevation? Extreme cold weather? A hostile climate with dry spells and high temperatures? Humidity? Rainforest like climate? Not a problem. It is also great for coastal areas that wreak havoc on iron and wood. Vinyl will not rust or rot and maintains its integrity. Saltwater exposer will not cause a breakdown in the material or cause rotting.
  • Easy install: Vinyl fences have been designed specifically for ease of installation. You don’t have to be professional to install your fence. Once the posts are set, slide in and secure you horizontal rails, and then secure your vertical pickets in the slots. Easy and simple!
  • Variety of colors: There are only so many colors you can choose when it comes to wood and iron fencing, but when you choose vinyl, you have a plethora of colors to choose from that best fits your style, tastes, and/or house color.

If you’re in the process of deciding what type of fence to get or if you have decided on vinyl, check out BuyDirectVinylFence.com to learn more!


4 Easy Ways to Clean Your Vinyl Fence

Thursday, August 10, 2017 4:33 pm

Cleaning your vinCleaning-Vinyl-Adyl fence is easier than you think!

Not only is it easy to install vinyl fences, but they’re also very easy to clean and take care of. Just like all fences, vinyl gets dirty and needs to be cleaned and cared for to keep it looking spectacular all year long.

Here are four easy ways you can clean your vinyl fence and keep it looking brand new:

  1. A Garden Hose– This is probably the easiest and quickest way to care for your vinyl fence and should be done at least once a month or so. Rinsing your fence helps clear surface dirt and keeps it from getting caked with dirt over months or years.
  2. Soft Scrub and Simple Green – Soft Scrub and Simple Green are specifically formulated solutions to wash off dirt and grime on vinyl. You will want to apply the cleaning solution with a soft cloth or soft brush so you don’t scratch your vinyl.
  3. Mr. Clean’s Magic Eraser- The Magic Eraser is a safe and easy way to get rid of tougher dirt stains. All you need to do is dampen the eraser and that’s that.
  4. Power Washing- If your vinyl fence hasn’t been cleaned for some time, a power wash might just be the thing you need. The pressure from the water will remove any and all stains and will be much more effective than a garden hose

Note: If you have a tan vinyl fence or another color other than white, make sure to read the labels on all these cleaning solutions so they don’t discolor your fence.

Vinyl fencing is bound to get dirty, there’s no getting around that. As long as you keep up on it every month and give it a quick rinsing or scrub, your vinyl fence will always be looking brand new.


Does All Vinyl Fencing Hold Up the Same?

Monday, June 5, 2017 2:11 pm

Does all Vinyl Fencing hold up the same, or are some fences better than others?

Does All Vinyl Fencing Hold Up the Same?This is a question that can be asked and answered in so many ways.
How does vinyl fence hold up in hot weather? How does vinyl fence hold up in cold weather? Does vinyl fence fade? How long will vinyl fence last?  How does vinyl fence hold up in areas with frequent high winds? How does vinyl fence hold up in areas with heavy rainfall or snow? How does vinyl fence perform in coastal climates?

The phrase “vinyl fence” in the questions above can give a false assumption to a consumer that all vinyl fence must be made the same. That assumption could not be farther from the truth. All vinyl fence is not made the same therefore how vinyl fence will hold up is ultimately determined by how it was manufactured on the extrusion line, and then what profiles are used on a specific styles and how that profile is fabricated into fence. These are two major questions that have to be asked when answering “how long will vinyl fence last” Let’s get a little more specific on what questions have to asked to be able to truly give a good solid answer to the questions above.

How was the product manufactured?

For example what is the wall thickness of your product and what kind of UV protection was applied to the cap stock? Several companies in the market place benefit greatly from a customer’s assumption that all vinyl fence is manufactured the same. They omit certain details and say the right things and provide a false sense of security through half-truth marketing and high prices. If it’s expensive it must be good right? Well not always.

How was the product fabricated?

  1. Let’s start with vinyl privacy as an initial example.
    Wall thickness of the 5X5 post? This will play a major factor in the wind load. If a vinyl fence post has a thin wall it will buckle at grade level when exposed to high winds. .135 wall post is a very common thickness in post for privacy fence. This is what I would consider good. Best would be a heavy duty .150 wall. The difference between the two is huge when it comes to holding up to the elements. It’s $3.00-$5.00 difference per post. Money I consider well spent.
  2. Would be U-channel. This is two small 1” strips that go on each side of every panel. U-channel has been eliminated over the years by many fabricators saying. “Oh, all you need to do is just cut the last picket with a table saw nice and straight and you won’t have to mess with the labor of installing u-channel. (3 self-tapping screws and 30 seconds is worth it when it comes to u-channel) The truth is that u-channel is not just a trim piece that covers a bad cut it is very important to integrity of the panel. The elimination of u-channel has nothing to do with easier install but everything to do with charging the same price as the other company hoping the customer doesn’t do research and saving 4.00 on every panel.
  3. Horizontal rail. This one gets me every time. In my mind there is two types of rails on a privacy fence, a pocket rail and a ripped rail. Once installed it would be hard for even an experienced installer to tell the difference. However the difference between the two is incredible and how someone would think marketing a ripped rail as standard and acceptable is beyond me. A pocket rail is extruded specifically for privacy fence it comes off the extrusion line with a pocket design for the vertical pickets to slide into. It is usually deeper, stronger and fits better. Furthermore it is incredibly easier for a DIY homeowner to install. A ripped rail is a rail designed for ranch rail fence that is put in a machine and has a 7/8” or 5/8” gap ripped down the middle to fit a vertical privacy picket in it. The rail is generally thinner and not designed from the manufacture for privacy fence. You have to ask yourself the question why would a fabricator go to all of the trouble of ripping a rail when they could buy a pocket rail already extruder with a pocket for the vertical picket. Answer: They save a ton of money and most people would never know the difference. The ripped rail sold undisclosed to a customer as a standard privacy rail is miss leading.
  4. Tongue & Groove Pickets. Good would be a 7/8”x12” Picket or 5/8”x12” Picket. The Best picket is a 7/8”x6” Tongue & Groove. It will have a higher wind load rating and be stronger fence. The 6” picket generally has more ribs. The 12” picket was designed to save money and install quicker but still provide the same look.
  5. A metal insert should be in the bottom of every panel for 1.5×5.5” rail.

If it’s expensive it must be good right? Well, not always. You get what you pay for right? I usually do agree that you get what you pay for. However, if you don’t do your research you could be paying the “best” (highest) price and receiving the “good” product or even worse something bad that definitely won’t last.  In every market when it comes to products there is always a good, better, & best option. I see way too often in the vinyl fence industry customers paying for the best & getting less than good. If you follow these guidelines above it will help you avoid this scenario. Vinyl fence is a fantastic product and will add value to your home and property. Do your research ask lots of questions it is worth paying a little more if necessary? Paying a little more and doing your research may be the difference between a fence that will last for many years to come and a fence that will not last longer than a year or two.


Wood, Metal or Vinyl Fencing in Coastal Climates?

Thursday, October 20, 2016 3:04 pm

Which is Better, Wood, Metal or Vinyl Fencing in Coastal Climates?

vinyl fences in coastal climatesThe biggest problem facing backyard fences in coastal climates is the coastal climate. Many homeowners ask us how vinyl compares to more traditional backyard fences, hoping to extend the life of their new fence beyond that of the fence they are replacing. We are happy to tell them that the wear and tear the climate causes to their wood, steel, and cast-iron fences does not affect our superior vinyl fencing.

The 3 causes of fence damage in coastal climates are:

  1. Brine
  2. Rain
  3. Heat

Brine

The beauty of the ocean has its benefits, but the weather and the view can spoil and be spoiled by outdoor products, like fencing. Brine, or salt water, is carried on the breeze, and splashed up on the shore, and can’t really be avoided by any fences in the area.

Wooden fences absorb the salt water, causing swelling, rotting and decomposition. Often these fences collapse and become overgrown by moss and other vegetation.

Metal fences, whether cast-iron or galvanized, coated, bare or painted, the brine can cause the metal to rust and fall apart.

Vinyl fences won’t rust, corrode, decompose, splinter, crack, peel. Vinyl stays strong, clean and beautiful, year after briny year.

Rain

Rain, like brine, can cause a lot of problems. Wooden fences need additional protection every 6 months or at least every year, to hold up to the constant barrage of falling rain. Eventually, wooden fences will succumb to the rain and begin to swell, warp, crack and decay. It can take a few years for the end to come, but the process begins the day your wooden fence is installed, and the fence becomes ugly, frail, brittle and unapproachable long before it fails entirely.

Steel and cast-iron react to rain the same way they react to brine, they corrode and require expensive ongoing maintenance to remain attractive and functional.

Vinyl, on the other hand, can stand up to heavy rainfall without corrosion, rusting, cracking or peeling. You will never have to treat your vinyl fence to protect it against adverse weather conditions, it’s a maintenance-free beauty that will long outlast your old metal or wooden fence.

Heat

Heat is the secret ingredient that can be added to either rain or brine to cause the most damage to wooden and metal fences. Heating rain or brine soaked wood is what causes swelling, warping and ultimately cracking. It creates the weaknesses that will eventually destroy wooden fences.

Steel and wrought iron, on the other hand, become untouchable in high spring and summer heat. Again, the combination of rain or brine and heat causes increased corrosion and erosion. The evaporation speeds up the oxidation and makes the whole process of wearing out your fence faster and more dramatic.

Our vinyl fence is made from a special formula, so it is stronger than regular PVC or vinyl. Our fences contain 12 parts of Titanium Dioxide (TiO2) and other inhibitors. This ensures that our fences will not only stand up to the heat but prevent, yellowing, peeling and cracking. Our fences are so well made that they can stand up to the full heat of an Arizona summer (117 degrees or more) in direct sunlight, without becoming hot to the touch!

We guarantee that if you set up our vinyl fence in your yard, you will not have anything to fear from your coastal heat, brine or rain.


How Thick Should My Vinyl Fence Be?

Thursday, March 15, 2012 11:54 pm

The latest marketing trick in vinyl fencing to sell fence is to tout how thick ones fence is compared to another. I am frequently asked how thick is your vinyl fence, as if it is the ultimate deciding factor of which Fence Company a person will purchase their fence from.  I have recently found more and more companies making claims that their fence is the thickest and how the competition is not as thick and therefor inferior.  The reality is the thickness difference between most vinyl fence suppliers is hardly enough to make a difference (for example a post that is .135 and one that is .150 thick is just one hundred fifty thousandths difference).  Having said this, you don’t repel from a mountain with a string, and you shouldn’t put a paper thin post in the ground to support a privacy fence.

My first ten years in the industry were in the harsh Arizona climate and I have seen many different suppliers product withstand the sun, and some have failed miserably.  Amongst those that failed, where some very thick, and some very thin.   So what makes a vinyl fence the type that a consumer should purchase?  Is it the thickness that should be the deciding factor? In my opinion, it’s not necessarily whether it is 100% virgin vinyl or whether it has been made from recycled products.  It’s not necessarily how thick it is either.  Sure the product needs to be designed to withstand the impact and structural tests a fence should, and the reality is, almost all legitimate fence suppliers (those that actually manufacture the vinyl fence, not just re-sale) sell a thick enough fence for the applications they market them for.  In these cases, the longevity of the fence is not thickness, but other factors.

So if most companies sell a thick enough fence, what should be the determining factor?

What most companies fail to discuss is that one of the most important factors in whether a fence will look good for years to come is actually the thinnest part of the fence.  The technologies of today allow vinyl fence to be co-extruded which means that if you look at the end of a vinyl fence post or rail that you will see two different layers.  The outer layer or top-coat (a very thin layer) is what contains the chemicals which keep the fence looking good for years to come.  The inner layer (the thick part) is also important as it contains impact resistors and other longevity chemical.  The outer layer chemicals are very expensive and a product that is mono extruded and thick is likely to have less of these good chemicals if the extruder is trying to have a good price point.  So it’s not necessarily how thick a vinyl fence product is, but what chemicals have been compounded into the product, and where.  The extrusion process is technical and requires constant monitoring to make sure the right chemicals are going in the right place, in the right amounts.  It’s all about quality control.  Anyone can throw some resin compound in a extruder and produce vinyl, but will it last?   I have toured several extrusion facilities and have been amazed by the differences in quality control processes that each of these company followed.  Some seem to just run the product and bundle it.  Others spend lots of time and energy monitoring the quality of the product and testing it for impact, color, and longevity. Bottom line is that you need to make sure you are purchasing from a reputable company, one with a good track history, many years in business, perhaps one that is used to supplying products in harsh climates and you are less likely to end up purchasing a so-so product.  For example, a company that extrudes and markets their vinyl products in the Southwest is much more likely to be following strict compounding and quality control procedures than a company that extrudes product in a place that doesn’t have extreme weather issues.

To conclude… on its face, don’t believe every claim a company makes about their vinyl.  Spend time to learn about the company that is making the claim.  Learn about the company, and you will likely learn about their product.  Where are they located, what do they sell, did they call me back promptly, how many years in business, and how do they answer my questions.  If the company is credible, their product is likely going to be credible as well.


California Fence Options

Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:48 pm

When I lived in San Diego I was amazed by the amount of old fences around. Some of this was because the houses were old and the fencing was simply old but after closer examination, I observed some interesting things. I found that the average California homeowner was continuing to replace their old rotted wood or iron fence with the same product again and again; their choice of fence was not a product that would last more than a few years such as wood or iron fencing.

The fence industry has come up with great long term solutions for fencing in climates where the weather is hard on outdoor products, such as southern California, where the coastal weather is highly corrosive and fences seem to not last long. I think many install wood or iron again and again because they feel they can’t afford other options such as composite or vinyl fencing. If they really thought of the maintenance and replacement costs over time for these wood and iron products, as mentioned in the article “Is a Fence a Fence,” they would reconsider their fence type.

California vinyl fencing may initially cost more than a wood or basic iron fence, but quickly, pays for itself with its low maintenance and beautiful look over time.  Vinyl fencing will not rust and corrode which provides a great alternative from that of iron or wood. Many are tempted to go with aluminum, but my experience is that over time it corrodes and gets a chalky film all over it. Composite fences are relatively new to the industry and have the appearance of rock walls but the downfall is the initial costs of composites are pricey.

Whatever product you choose, be an informed buyer. Not all California fence products are the same, don’t be afraid to ask the hard questions about how long you should expect your fence to last and look for reputable companies that have been in business for at least 10 years as they tend to sell products that are of higher quality.


If you are contemplating the purchase of a fence you might ask: What kind of fence should I buy? Before you can answer that I suppose there are a few other questions to ask first.  For example one might ask, what is the purpose of this fence, why do I want to install it? There are many reasons for a fence: security, privacy, safety, aesthetic value, keep your dog in or the neighbor’s dog out, to hide your neighbors junk, or your junk from your neighbors, and the list goes on.  Whatever your reasons are for purchasing a fence, here are a few observations to help you distinguish the differences of a few available fence types.

Block Fence

A true block fence 6″ or 8″ is a good choice and solves almost all of the reasons for a fence.  Although you better get your pocket book out because a well built block fence is going to cost you big time and if you don’t do it right then don’t bother, it will not last.  Block fences have a reputation of being poorly constructed unless you pay the big bucks to have it done right.  Not convinced? Go try and shake the top section of a cheap block wall installed by a track home builder, I bet you’ll find a couple of loose blocks there at the top just waiting to pop out.

Wood Fence

If you have a very limited budget, don’t care how your fence looks and don’t mind replacing it down the road, which is a pretty short road, go ahead and purchase the wood fence.  However, don’t forget about the detours in your journey of sanding, painting and staining with the choice of a wood fence.

Iron Fence

Iron fence solves many of the above reasons for a fence except of course the privacy issue.  You should also plan on repainting and replacing it down that same road as the wood fence, sooner if you are in a high moister area or it is subject to lawn sprinklers.  Why you ask? A little thing called rust and corrosion, no matter how much its powder coated or whatever else, your iron fence will eventually rust.

Chain Link Fence

Chain link fence is not worth discussing, if you are considering chain link you are probably in charge of a lot of people wearing uniforms with strips, or you probably can’t read this at all. Although there may be some of you out there who just don’t care about what the fence looks like and in that case chain link would be a good choice.

Vinyl Fence

A vinyl fence is a good choice for any of the above reasons for a fence. You have your privacy fence, view fence, pool fence, 3 rail, and picket fence. You can solve all your issues without the maintenance issues with the other types of fences. You also have the advantage of building pergolas and arbors and gazebos all out of the same material that complement each other.

Is a fence a fence?  Actually a fence is really a fence no matter what it’s made of, but there are certainly advantages and disadvantages of one type over the other.  The choice is yours.  Please do your own research and find out for yourself which fence would be best for you and your family.  A good way to find information on a particular fence your interested in is to present your questions to someone who owns that fence.  Ask about maintenance and cost, along with what they like or dislike about their choice and experience.


Which Vinyl Fence Colors Should I Choose?

Tuesday, April 27, 2010 12:10 pm

Vinyl fencing has quickly become one of the preferred fencing choices amongst builders and homeowners for its durability and clean look.  It has the ability to look great for extended periods of time with little maintenance.  Maintenance generally includes simply washing the fence like you would your car.

However, vinyl does have its limitations; it is not available in every color.  Vinyl fence colors are limited because vinyl is made using light colored pigmented products and dying the product a dark color would result in fading over time.  Because of this, vinyl is generally only offered in lighter colors such as white, almond, or tan.   Each manufacture generally offers white but will have different color variations of a beige or tan colored product.

What colors are the most popular?  The answer varies depending on where you live.   White vinyl fence is the most popular color almost anywhere you go, especially in the northwest, Midwest, and south.  On the west coast, almond colors are more apparent.  In the southwest, beige and almond colors are growing in popularity as they blend well with the desert and housing color schemes chosen in that region.

As a homeowner, use common sense.  If your house uses a lot of dark colors and dark colored landscaping, you may want to steer away from white and uses a beige color that will not be so drastically different.  Ask yourself, do I want this product to blend or be the focal point.  If you want it to really stand out, like that picket fence in the front of your ranch style house, white vinyl fence is for you.  If you want it to blend in with the other features of the house, go with a lighter color.  I have a tan colored house and did a white pergola and it really stands out.  If I could do it again, I would probably have chosen an Almond vinyl fence color, but, it works and looks great and I get a lot of compliments about it.

When in doubt, look around and see what others are doing, there is probably a reason for it.  Which vinyl fence color do you prefer and what are the reasons for your choice?  What are some other good tips about selecting the appropriate vinyl fencing colors?  Please share your thoughts in the comments below.


There are many options available when choosing a vinyl privacy fence and it can become somewhat confusing.  Here are some basic questions and scenarios one might come across when purchasing vinyl privacy fencing.

1.)    Customer says: “I have narrowed it down to two different companies but one has a bigger rail then the other what should I do?”

2.)    How important is the 1″ u-channel on both side of each section some companies offer it while others do not? Should I pay extra for it?

3.)    When I order a 6 ft tall vinyl privacy fence is that what I am getting?

Question #1:
The size of the rail doesn’t necessarily determine the total strength of the fence. You can have a smaller rail with a stiffener in it and it would be stronger then a larger rail with out a stiffener. Larger rails have become a way of convincing people that they are getting something better. Bigger is always better, RIGHT? Well this is not necessarily true. The most important things to consider are how deep the pocket is and if they are using a metal stiffener.

Question#2
The u-channel is extremely important when purchasing a vinyl privacy fence. The u-channel will increase the wind load of the fence and quite frankly just looks better. Most of the time the installer will need to cut the last picket and unless the cut is perfect you will have a gap between the picket and the post. U-channel is a small price to pay for what you get in return. I would not purchase vinyl privacy fencing without u-channel.

Question #3
When you buy a 6″ Tall privacy fence you are expecting a six foot tall privacy fence right?  True 6′ Tall privacy fencing is 72″ from top of top rail to the bottom of the bottom rail. Some companies shave two inches of the panel to save money and still market a 6′ privacy fence. Let me explain what I call the 2″ IPM. Consider that you are selling thousands and thousand of feet of vinyl privacy fencing that costs .35 cents an inch vertically. You determine that if you can shave 2″ off the panel and change your specification to include a 2″ gap between the bottom rail and the ground then you can be more competitive and INCREASE PROFIT MARGIN (IPM). With this scenario every thousand feet you save $350.00. Most companies do openly distinguish between the two but it is important to be aware of these differences. Ask the company you are purchasing your privacy vinyl fence from if you are getting a true 6 ft tall privacy fence or if it requires a two inch gap at the bottom for the top rail to be 72″ Tall.

What are some other questions you have about vinyl privacy fence?  Write in the comment section or contact us directly for a quicker response and we’ll do our best to help you with your research.