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We have noticed a growing trend online for our competitors to boast a thicker product as a superior product. We are going to dispel that myth. The thickest vinyl/PVC you will find on the market is typically found in PVC pipe. PVC pipe can be in excess of 1/4 inch thick. If you have ever looked at a PVC pipe that has been left outside for a year, you will notice that it has yellowed or turned brittle. That is due to the lack of impact modifiers and TI02/Titanium Dioxide. Just because a vinyl fence profile is thick does not mean that it will hold up to the elements.
In scientific mumbo jumbo, Ultimate tensile strength (UTS), is the maximum stress that a material can withstand while being stretched or pulled before necking, which is when the specimen’s cross-section starts to significantly contract. Tensile strength is the opposite of compressive strength and the values can be quite different. The UTS is usually found by performing a tensile test and recording the stress versus strain; the highest point of the stress-strain curve is the UTS. It is an intensive property; therefore its value does not depend on the size of the test specimen. However, it is dependent on other factors, such as the preparation of the specimen, the presence or otherwise of surface defects, and the temperature of the test environment and material.
Other factors which make for a strong vinyl product is the proper amount of ultraviolet inhibitors and TI02/Titanium Dioxide which acts as a sun block, plus impact modifiers which provide superior strength, impact resistance and flexibility. As well, the extrusion process is another pivotal difference in separating a quality product from a lesser grade vinyl.
An example we like to use is, which is stronger, 2 inches of Jell-O, 2 inches of Styrofoam or a ¼ inch of steel? (I have been told that is not a fair comparison as they have completely different chemicals in their make up, which is true, it’s just such an accurate description of some of the quality of vinyl on the market today.) So let’s consider steel and the difference between these metal alloys. The ultimate tensile strength (UTS) of Tungsten is 1,510 UTS and the ultimate tensile strength of Structural steel ASTM A36 steel is 400 UTS. So just because a product is thick it does not mean it will stand up. Both Steel and Tungsten are metal alloys but Tungsten is more than 350% stronger. The same is true with vinyl, not all vinyl’s have the same additives to make it strong. Some people like to brag about how thick their profiles are but really thickness is only a small part of the equation. So many things go into the process of making a vinyl profile and turning it into a fence. Things such as the quality of chemicals and supply chain (so you have exactly the same raw product to start with), the speed a profile is run at, even the particle size of certain additives all contribute to the quality of vinyl you will end up with.
You might think of it like making a cake, the combination of ingredients and the temperature of the oven all will affect the end product. You have to add certain ingredients at the right time, as well as quality of ingredients you start with will determine the finished product. The same is true in vinyl. Does it make a difference? For sure it does! It makes the best profiles so we can make the best fence for you!
How does the whole process of extrusion affect the way fencing is sold or advertised and what is the misconception? This comes in when industry standards are involved. With any industry there are generally accepted standards that are set by the industry themselves, in this case vinyl extruders. Their standard is + or – 20% on any given extrusion, so what does that mean? Simple, if some one is advertising a post that is .150 of an inch this profile can be as thick as .180 or as thin as .120 of an inch. Now vinyl is basically sold by the pound and run speed, the thinner the wall the quicker it cools and the faster it can be run. With this in mind do you think an extrusion house is going to produce the .180 wall post or the .120 wall post? Now that you know what the industry standard is and how it effects the profile, let me tell you why Homeland is the only extruder we use. We use Homeland exclusively not only because they are totally integrated, but because their tolerances are + or – 3%. What does that mean for you and me? Remember that so called .150 wall posts that can actually be as thin as a .120 wall post? With Homeland even the ‘econo’ post which is .130 wall would only be as thin as .126, in other words can be 5% thicker than other peoples ‘premium’ product.
There are two basic productions techniques for PVC fence material:
- Mono-extruded: One solid layer of all the same ingredients. Some mono-extruded manufacturers may lower the percentage of the more expensive ingredients to save money.
- Co-extruded: Created two separate layers. The inner substrate contains impact modifiers and strengthening agents and the outer layer, known as capstock, contains higher levels of titanium dioxide, which provides UV resistance. This is the more expensive process.
- Both processes have the ability to create a quality product if they are done correctly.
Three major differences between vinyl and other types of fence material are:
- Graffiti: Nothing can ruin the look of your fence quicker than graffiti, how does vinyl compare to other types of fence. Really there is no comparison because our extruder only uses a non-chalking TI02 (a non-chalking sun screen). The material has no pits and is a non-porous material therefore paint will not adhere. Paint can be removed with paint stripper and rag, and simply rinse off the fence so there is no residue left or variation in color. No other type of fencing product can withstand this without marking or discoloration. If paint is removed from wood, concrete, aluminum, or steel it will leave it’s mark forever unless you paint the entire fence. Even then you might get some bleed through of graffiti.
- Fence Longevity: Again there is no comparison. Our products have a 30 year warranty; you can’t get that from any other fence product on the market. Wood has no warranty whatsoever plus you start maintaining it the day you put it up. Aluminum and steel might have an 8 year warranty but you pay for that warranty and it’s more expensive than vinyl. Concrete has no color warranty and will start to discolor immediately upon installation and might even be discolored between panels depending on how they were stored.
- Accidents: What happens when there is an accident, like a car driving through your fence or a tree falling on it? Wood you will have to replace the entire panel for sure, and the colour won’t be the same as the rest of the fence. The same is true of aluminum, iron and concrete. Vinyl is the only one you can replace individual parts from 1 rail to individual pieces of T&G or pickets. The color will match exactly because of the TI02 and strict quality control in place with Homeland vinyl. No other fencing materials can make the same claim.