Vinyl vs PVC Fence: What's the Difference?

February 15, 2023

Vinyl and PVC are two of the most common materials used in fencing, siding, and other home improvement projects. But what is the difference between them? Both are plastic-based products and are suitable for different uses, including fencing. In this blog post, we will discuss the differences between Vinyl and PVC, and why the terms are used so interchangeably — so you can decide whether a Vinyl Fence is a good option for your home or business!

What is Vinyl?

Vinyl is a type of plastic used in many common applications. It has been modified with fortifying additives to make it stronger and more durable. There are many types of plastics that are used every day, including the following:

- EVA - (Ethylene Vinyl Acetate) - used in wire coatings, films, and adhesives

- PEVA - (Polyethylene Vinyl Acetate) - used in shower curtains

- PVA - (Polyvinyl Acetate) - used in paints and adhesives

- PVC - (Polyvinyl Chloride) - used in pipes, plumbing, & fencing (among other uses)

Vinyl is weather-resistant, low maintenance, and won't degrade in the sun, making it ideal for outdoor applications such as fencing, decking, and siding. Vinyl fencing is a great option for homeowners looking for security, privacy, or an attractive accent to their home. Vinyl fences are available in a variety of styles and colors to imitate the look of wood. They also provide the perfect definition of borders and landscaping, while ensuring safety and security. Plus, they require little to no maintenance, giving you peace of mind knowing your vinyl fence will look great for years to come. You can take comfort in knowing that our vinyl fencing is also backed by a lifetime limited warranty!

Vinyl vs. PVC Fencing

What's the difference between Vinyl and PVC?

Often, when people hear the term 'PVC', they think of PVC pipes or plumbing.  But PVC fencing, while

 similar in properties, is not made out of PVC pipes (though there may be some DIYers out there who are working on making this a style!) This is part of the reason why the term 'vinyl' is used for PVC fences — clarity and unified terminology. It sounds a bit more aesthetic and lends to a more favorable impression when describing fencing.

A simple way to look at it is — not all vinyl is PVC, but all PVC is vinyl. So, while in the fencing industry, you may often find the terms used interchangeably, when you hear someone talk about PVC fencing, they are referring to Vinyl Fencing. You can be sure that when you pick out your new vinyl fence, you are getting durable, maintenance-free, weather-resistant PVC.

Is Vinyl Fence a good option for me?

We have a variety of vinyl fencing styles to choose from — such as privacy, semi-privacy, lattice top, picket top, alternating picket, closed picket, open picket, scalloped picket, and ranch rail. We also have a variety of color options, including our Signature Series selections that are designed to give the aesthetics of wood. Request your free estimate today to discover all our vinyl fence options — and if vinyl isn't a good fence, your Project Coordinator can help you decide which material choice best fits your needs. Don't forget to ask about our special financing options!

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