Vinyl FAQ

Will vinyl break?
Vinyl fence materials can break if subjected to a direct impact, i.e. an automobile, horse or a rock thrown from a mower.  Under normal use, the fence will not break when properly installed.  If your fence does break, call us.  In most cases the rails and pickets can easily be replaced.

There are dozens of PVC products available, varying from virgin vinyl to recycled pop bottles. Be sure to select a top notch product from an established fence contractor with at least a decade of experience. You can be sure that these contractors have selected only quality products for your yard.

Should my vinyl fence be unique to my yard?
It is absolutely essential that you select a fence contractor who is also a custom fabricator. At American Fence Company, we use a five step process to build your vinyl fence.

  1. We personally meet with you to review your design and layout.
  2. We stake your yard for your review and approval.
  3. We provide you with a post layout map, showing you where each post will be installed.
  4. After the posts are set we make a fabrication drawing, illustrating the dimensions and slope of each bay.
  5. Our computerized custom fabrication shop fabricates each individual panel according to this drawing.

Pre-boxed and pre-cut vinyl fencing just won’t do for your home.

Does vinyl fence become brittle in the winter?
As with most PVC products, vinyl will become less flexible in the colder weather. However, unless subjected to unusual impact, quality vinyl materials will not break or crack. Our PVC is manufactured right here in Nebraska, thus engineered to accommodate normal temperature swings in the Midwest.

How do you clean the fence?
As with all exterior products, our fence will become dirty when exposed to the elements. A mild detergent and water should be sufficient to keep your fence or deck rail looking new. For tough stains, Soft Scrub or baking soda works well. Simple Green and steel wool also works to clean stubborn stains.

How does PVC hold up to weed eaters?
As with all PVC and wood products, direct contact with lawn and garden equipment can cause damage to the posts. Use caution when operating any type of equipment near fence posts, especially commercial trimmers, which are more aggressive.

Do you cement the vinyl posts?
Absolutely! All vinyl posts should be set in pre-mixed wet concrete. Not dry mix with water added later. This application generally does not provide one hundred percent consistency in the concrete. Concrete should be placed under and around the fence post.

What is the warranty on our vinyl fence?
All of our PVC products carry a lifetime warranty. During the life of the vinyl fence, you should not expect to find surface cracking, peeling, chipping or rot. Almost all vinyl products carry a lifetime warranty. Be sure to select a reputable fence contractor with years of experience who will be around to service your warranty.

What is the cost of vinyl compared to wood?
Comparable. As a matter of fact, if you compare a typical #1 grade cedar fence and add the price of staining; vinyl fencing is more price competitive.  Vinyl is less than steel ornamental.

Can I get custom vinyl fence styles?
Yes. By selecting a custom vinyl fabricator like American Fence Company, you can create almost any design. With the Midwest’s largest computerized fabrication shop, we can build your dream.
Will vinyl fencing yellow?
Today’s quality vinyl fencing contains titanium dioxide (TIO2) which prevents ultraviolet degradation. American Fence Company has partnered with Kroy Vinyl Products in warrantying our product for 20 years against premature discoloring and yellowing.

Will Vinyl Burn?
PVC has a flash point of approximately 900 degrees and does not easily ignite. Vinyl is classified “Self-Extinguishing”.

How Strong is Vinyl?
Unlike wood or metal fencing, vinyl fencing has a certain amount of flexibility. However, the materials are engineered to be impact resistant with a chemical formulation that will withstand a wide range of normal use. From your ten-year old’s wild fast ball to a jumping pet’s attempt to escape the yard, your vinyl fence will hold-up to the challenge.

How long will vinyl fence last?
On this note, this is where vinyl fencing stands apart from wood and ornamental. PVC fencing will last a lifetime. You may see the fence lose a little sheen over time.

Is the PVC graffiti proof?
Although not classified as graffiti proof, vinyl fencing is easy to clean and paint comes off with just a little effort. It may require the use of a pressure washer or in extreme cases the use of paint thinner. 400 grit sandpaper can be used when some spots will not come off using the above methods.

Will Vinyl Fence fade?
Like vinyl siding and windows, vinyl fencing will lose a little of its sheen overtime. However, it will not fade. Today’s vinyl fencing has a chemical formulation similar to sunscreen. It is designed to permanently reflect the sun’s rays and hold its colors. If you are in Grand Island, Kearney, Hastings and North Platte. And you are interested in obtaining a quote for vinyl fence please contact us today.