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Why is Vinyl So Commonly Used as a Building Material?

Vinyl Fencing, Vinyl Decking

Why are vinyl fencing and vinyl decking so common these days? Turns out, vinyl is just a fantastic building material.

Vinyl is the go-to material for many outdoor projects. Fencing material, decking materials, and even garden beds and pergolas are available in vinyl. Vinyl comes in a variety of colors and styles, and it can be made to look like natural materials like wood. It is also highly durable and provides many benefits. While there are some drawbacks to vinyl, its many benefits mostly outweigh them, making it a great choice for most projects in your yard.

Vinyl Is A Low-Maintenance Option

Vinyl is one of the lowest maintenance materials on the market, which is why it is used for so many products, from siding to windows to decking to fencing. Vinyl is impervious to moisture so it won’t rot like wood will. It also won’t rust like metal will. With either of those materials you will need to treat or paint them to maintain them, but vinyl doesn’t need either treatment. You may find that you occasionally need to clean the vinyl, but overall it is mostly maintenance free. Having a beautiful look without all the work is a big reason so many homeowners are choosing vinyl.

Vinyl Is A Cost Effective Option

In addition to being the less work-intensive choice, vinyl is also the more cost-effective choice. Vinyl products are sometimes the same cost as traditional materials, but more often than not the high-quality vinyl costs more up front. Even with this higher up-front cost, the vinyl does not require the maintenance and upkeep costs that are associated with traditional materials. Vinyl also tends to have a longer lifespan than traditional materials. For example, a wooden fence will wear out and need to be replaced long before a vinyl one will.  These factors combined mean that the vinyl materials cost less over time than traditional materials do.

Vinyl Does Have Some Drawbacks

One of the biggest drawbacks to vinyl is in curb appeal. Since vinyl often has a lower perceived value, it could lower your resale value compared to traditional materials. Over time, high-end vinyl is become more respected because of its many benefits, so this is changing, but some old notions about vinyl still exist among homebuyers. Another drawback to vinyl is that while high-end products really are great, the low-end products do often have serious issues (which have lead to vinyl overall having a spotty reputation). When you’re considering vinyl, keep in mind that there are as many diverse manufacturers and products as there are options, and you need to do your homework. Also, if it sounds too good to be true for the price, it likely is. A high-quality product will likely cost you more up-front, but it pays for itself in terms of durability.

Trust Eastern Shore Porch and Patio

When you embark on your next project to erect a pergola on your property, trust Eastern Shore Porch and Patio to help. We service Bethany Beach, Ocean City, Lewes, Salisbury, and the Delmarva area. You can request a quote today! If you have questions or concerns, call us at 302-436-9520 or send us an email at For updates and ideas, follow us on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn, and Youtube.

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