Why Fence Quality Matters
While it may be tempting to go for poorly made vinyl fence products because they are cheap, but choosing a high quality vinyl fence is a worthwhile investment that will save you money in the end. Here are our top reasons to go with well made vinyl products for your next fencing project.
It Saves You Money
A well made vinyl fence is going to cost more than a cheaply made one up front, but in the long run it will actually save you money. That’s because a high quality vinyl fence will last you for many years with little to no maintenance and stay in great condition. A cheap fence, on the other hand, will require significantly more maintenance and repairs, and the entire fence will need to be replaced much sooner than one that has been constructed well. If you are looking at your fence as a long-term investment, the more expensive, higher quality option is the clear winner.
It Saves You Time
Remember all those repairs we mentioned above? Those cost more than just money, they cost you your time too! A low quality vinyl fence or a fence made from weaker materials like wood will simply not last like a properly constructed vinyl fence. Whether you do fence repairs and replacements yourself or hire contractors to do these tasks for you, you’ll be spending a significant amount of time either doing your own fence maintenance or dealing with finding, hiring, and communicating with contractors. With an initial purchase of a really good quality vinyl fence, you simply have it installed and then don’t have to worry about it for years to come.
You’ll Have Warranty Coverage
If there is a problem with your fence, you’re going to be a lot happier if you bought one that came with a warranty. Most inexpensive, lower quality fences are not going to include a warranty of any kind, so if there is an issue with the fence, it’s on you to pay for the replacement. A good fence will include a good warranty. A warranty is indicative of how much confidence a company has in the quality of their own product, so you can rest assured that you are purchasing something that probably won’t require that warranty it came with, and you’re covered in case you do end up needing it.
At OK Vinyl, we are dedicated to quality vinyl products. That’s why we include a 30 year limited warranty with all of our fences. We believe that you deserve the best possible fence for your money, and we give you just that.
How a New Fence Can Transform the Look of Your Yard
Just adding a fence can’t make that big of a difference, right? Wrong! Adding a fence to your yard can completely change the look and feel of your yard. Here are 5 ways a new fence can make you feel like you have a whole new yard.
Block Out Eyesores
Maybe you don’t have the best view from your yard. Getting that unappealing view out of your eye line will make you feel like you’re in a completely new space. Installing a privacy fence will block out that view and contain your yard so you can control what you look at and what you don’t.
Use a Fence as a Trellis
Transform your yard into a lush oasis by installing a fence and growing trailing plants on it. Grape vines, honeysuckle, and climbing roses are good options that will grow up a fence and sprawl over it, so you can enclose your yard and feel surrounded by nature.
Brighten Up Your Space
Adding a white vinyl fence will make your whole yard look brighter. White opens up any space and makes it feel less closed in, bigger, and lighter, so this is an especially good way to transform the look of smaller yards or those that don’t get a lot of light.
Pick a fence design that matches your home design to create a cohesive aesthetic that ties your yard in with your home and makes the entire space flow together. You’ll be amazed at how a fence that matches the aesthetic of your home will transform the space and make your yard feel more put together.
Alternately, you can use a fence as a statement to add a pop of colour that stands out from your home. Choose something that compliments your home and yard but adds interesting contrast for a dramatic statement. At OK Vinyl, we have a number of fence colour options and offer even more colours by special order.
If you’re interested in getting a new fence for your yard, feel free to get in touch with any questions you may have. We’re happy to help and advise you on the best fence for your individual requirements.
Professional Installation vs. DIY Installation
When planning a fence project, many people wonder whether it is worth it to have their fence professionally installed or to try their hand at DIYing it. We always recommend getting your fence installed professionally in order to get the most out of your new fence. Here’s why.
Why Choose Professional Fence Installation?
Guarantees a Job Well Done
The biggest benefit of hiring professionals to install is that we make sure the posts are level and straight, we do not follow the terrain as that can cause a fence to look messy and uneven. We typically ensure that the panels have even spacing and not a bunch of 8-foot sections followed by an inconsistent 2-foot section at the end.
No Surprise Costs
Professionals always make sure that we have all of the materials to complete the job because we know what we need to accomplish the task. Often with a DIY install, people have no idea what they need and when they get the materials realize they are missing pieces or they make a mistake and need to replace a part, so the cost in the end after getting all of the materials and tools required ends up being more than if they had just hired a professional.
Professionals know how to complete our projects in a timely fashion whereas DIY’ers sometimes have an ongoing fencing project for sometimes years. At OK Vinyl, our fence installations take just one or two days for smaller projects, and one to two weeks for larger projects.
The Safety of a Warranty
Any good installer will include a warranty on their fence installation. This gives you peace of mind that you will not get on a DIY job. OK Vinyl installations all include a one-year warranty.
OK Vinyl’s Installation Process
If you choose to have your fence professionally installed by our experienced team, here is what you can expect.
- When we receive a request for a quote, we have a contact sheet we fill out with all of your pertinent information.
In a timely fashion, we call to set up a time to meet on site to review your needs, discuss style, height, colour, if there are any grade changes whether you prefer stepped or sloped install.
- We create a diagram with the layout and details which goes to the estimating department to figure out material and installation costs. An official quote is determined and emailed to you to review.
- If you wish to proceed, we require a 50% deposit which we can accept through Visa, MC, Amex, e-Transfer, cheque, or cash and once we receive that, we schedule the job.
- Typically a project takes a couple of days, one day to dig and set posts and another to panel. If it is a larger project of 300 feet or more, it may take a week or two.
Choosing the Best Fencing for Your Property
Ready to install a fence or upgrade that old one, but don’t know where to begin? Here are some important factors to consider when choosing the right fence for your property.
What do you want in terms of visibility from your fence? Do you want to create privacy and/or block out a less-than-ideal view? If so, choose a fence style that has little or no gaps. Do you want to be able to see through your fence easily? Go for something that has larger gaps or an open chain link fence.
Do you want a fence that’s high enough to keep your jumping pup safely in your yard? Something that blocks street visibility? Or something short that doesn’t impede your view but gives your yard a pulled together look?
Security is an important thing to consider, particularly if you own a commercial property. Chain link fencing is a very popular way to protect a larger property or commercial facility because it is extremely secure while also being very affordable, making it a cost-effective option for a high fence with a large perimeter.
A fence can work wonders in terms of upgrading the look of your yard and tying your property’s aesthetic together. Think about what style works best with your home and yard--do you want something rustic and quaint or something modern and sleek? You’ll be amazed at how much a fence in the right design will improve the look of your entire property.
The material of your fence may be the most important thing to consider. Vinyl fencing is a great option because it is incredibly durable, long lasting, virtually maintenance free, and super versatile--it comes in a wide variety of styles, heights, and colours. Feel free to get in touch with us today with your questions about vinyl fences or to book an installation.
How OK Vinyl Supports the Environment
But, isn’t PVC Bad for the Environment?
You may have heard that PVC manufacturing produces a lot of dioxins which are hard on the environment and contribute significantly to pollution, and this was once true, but things have changed--and are continuing to change--for the better. From 1987-2000, the amount of dioxins produced by PVC manufacturing went down by 90% due to new, green manufacturing regulations. This number continues to go down as PVC manufacturers come up with new innovative ways to make their product without causing harm to the environment.
How Our Products Fit in
OK Vinyl’s manufacturer, Homeland Vinyl Products, is committed to manufacturing PVC in the least harmful way possible in order to help preserve the environment. This means not only producing a low number of dioxins, but creating a well made, long-lasting product that does not contain harmful phthalates or lead (as many non-North American vinyl products do).
OK Vinyl fencing products are energy efficient because due to vinyl’s durability and aesthetics, vinyl outdoor living products do not require replacement nearly as often as most other outdoor building materials. Durability is a significant benefit for the environment because less energy and resources are needed to make replacement products.
Vinyl fencing allows for more resource conservation because PVC vinyl building products do not require the use of paint, stain, or harsh chemicals, and can directly replace other products that need the use of these treatments on a continuous basis.
Additionally, all PVC products are recyclable, so your PVC fencing never has to end up in a landfill.
Overall, a PVC fence is a good fencing choice that doesn’t harm the environment and does give you everything that you’re looking for.
How Vinyl Fencing Adds Real Value to Your Home
Installing a vinyl fence around your yard increases your home value. This is because a vinyl fence adds to your home in so many beneficial ways, from aesthetics to safety. Here are the top reasons why a vinyl fence ups your home’s value.
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Privacy & Safety
A backyard that feels like a private oasis is a lot more appealing than one that is open and visible to passersby. The privacy that a fence provides makes any backyard feel more homey and relaxing. A fence also acts as a safety barrier to keep small children and pets from wandering off when you spend time in the yard together.
A quiet backyard is worth a lot! Vinyl fences provide a barrier to help to dampen street noise, so your peaceful outside time is actually, well, peaceful.
Help Protect Your Yard
Having a well kept yard and flourishing garden adds home value, and one way to ensure that your backyard landscaping looks its best is to dissuade pests from coming into your yard and pulling up your plants. A fence keeps your yard away from the eyes of hungry rabbits and deer, cutting down on the likelihood that they’ll stop by to make a mess of things.
A visually appealing fence can up your curb appeal. Installing a fence will transform the look of your yard, and depending on the design of fence that you choose, you can change up the style of your aesthetic dramatically. At OK Vinyl, we have a ton of different fences to suit everyone’s taste, from rustic homesteads to sleek and modern urban homes.
What Makes Our Fences So Durable?
If you’ve checked out our website or spoken to us, you’ve probably heard us mention the excellent durability of our fences (we’re pretty excited about it), so we wanted to take a moment to tell you exactly how we make our fences so durable and long-lasting.
Quality Vinyl Construction
Co-extrusion is the latest technology for shaping PVC vinyl products wherein the outer layer of the vinyl contains a higher concentration of essential elements such as UV inhibitors, and works to protect the vinyl from the elements.
OKV’s vinyl extruder uses only premium grade raw materials such as resin, PVC, non-chalking UV inhibitors, and impact modifiers in a co-extrusion process to manufacture the highest quality vinyl products.
Our vinyl has 5 times the tensile strength of wood and is 4 times more flexible than wood, enabling it to endure more. The co-extrusion process and inclusion of non-chalking UV inhibitors and impact modifiers makes our fences durable, weather resistant, and prevents chalking.
The OK Vinyl Promise
It is our mission to provide homeowners with beautiful, durable fences that hold up to the weather anywhere, in any season. Our vinyl fences come with a 30 year warranty backed by our supplier, Homeland Vinyl Products. That’s how confident we are in the quality of our fences!
Our fences come in a wide variety of styles for homes and commercial properties, so we are sure to have the right fit for your needs.
Why Choose Vinyl Over Wood for Your Fence?
Vinyl Requires Less Maintenance
Wood fences require a lot of maintenance and need to be re-stained/weatherproofed regularly in order to hold up to the outdoor conditions. Vinyl, on the other hand, requires no maintenance, just cleaning periodically.
Vinyl is More Resilient
A wood fence that is exposed to the elements rots and breaks easily. A vinyl fence will not rot, splinter, or break easily the way that wood will.
Vinyl Won’t Fade
Unlike wood, vinyl will not fade from exposure to the elements. You can rest assured that your vinyl fence will age uniformly (maintaining its colour), while wood fades quickly.
Vinyl Provides More Privacy
Because vinyl does not expand, contract, or warp the way wood does, you will not end up with gaps in your fence over time that take away from your privacy. Your backyard is your private oasis and a vinyl fence will keep it that way.
Installing a vinyl fence is generally similar in cost to installing a wood fence, and a wood fence has on-going costs associated with maintenance, vinyl is a one-time investment. This will save you money over time.
Interested in having a vinyl fence installed in your yard? Give us a call today and we’ll be happy to answer all of your questions.
5 Ways a Fence Improves Your Yard
So, why add a fence around your yard, anyway? A fence makes a big difference to any backyard. Here are a few ways that installing a fence improves your yard overall.
Odds are, your backyard butts up against your neighbours’ backyards. Sure, you like your neighbours (hopefully), but that doesn’t mean you want to see them every time you go into your yard. A fence will also help to mitigate street noise and give you a more peaceful space.
Keep Kids and Pets in
If you have young children and/or pets, having a fenced yard can give you some peace of mind regarding their safety. Of course, you should always be aware of where your children and pets are and supervising accordingly, but a fence prevents anyone from suddenly taking off and running into the street.
Keep Uninvited Garden Visitors Out
You put a lot of time and effort into your garden, and there’s nothing worse than going to harvest your homegrown produce one day to find that the neighbourhood deer got to it first! We recommend a privacy fence to keep your garden safe from deer, rabbits, and other critters who might otherwise come right in and have a feast. We have found that if a deer can see the other side they will jump the fence, so go for something tall if you’re trying to dissuade deer. Rabbits and other critters will also be less likely to come into the yard without a view of the delectables, so don’t put your garden on display for them.
Transform the Look of Your Yard
A new fence can really improve the aesthetics of your backyard. Our vinyl fences come in a wide variety of 175 styles, so there is something to compliment every home design. Choose a fence that compliments your home design and integrates well with your landscaping and you’ll be amazed at how pulled together your yard looks.
Increase Property Value
For all of the reasons listed above, a fence will improve your overall property value. Who doesn’t want that?
We sell quality vinyl fences in a wide variety of styles to suit any yard. Browse our fencing products and start improving your yard now!