There is a difference!
It is true that vinyl fencing is available through your local discount home improvement store. However, if you look closely, you'll find that although it is vinyl fence, their products are considerably inferior in all categories to the products you'll find on this website.
If you plan on keeping your home and would like to have maintenance free fencing, then the only choice would be to make sure it's a quality product from the start. Here are a few pointers on how to tell a quality product and a few questions to ask before you buy...
The first place to look for quality is in the manufacturer's warranty. If the manufacturer doesn't back their product up with a non-pro-rated Lifetime Warranty (the lifetime of the purchaser) then you have reason for concern.
You should also ask who is standing behind the warranty. Is it the store? If so, what happens if the store discontinues the line? How do you get a replacement? If the manufacturer is backing the warranty you should ask how long have they been in business and how likely is it that they'll still be in business when you need them.
Our manufacturer's Lifetime Warranty is backed by a multi million dollar company who has been in business 100 years.
Screws, Brackets, Glue & Wall Thickness:
Does the fencing style you are looking at depend on screws, brackets and glue to hold the fence together or is it properly engineered so that all pieces lock together into pre-routed slots for strength and durability?
Also you'll find that the wall thickness of the discount house fencing are much thinner and more likely to sustain a dent, crack or even break upon normal impact.
How the fencing is protected from ultra violet light is an important consideration. Our fences use Titanium Dioxide at ten parts per hundred (10%) which creates a sunblock equivalent to #38 as a sunscreen. This ensures that your fence will be able to stand up to the damaging rays of the sun throughout your lifetime and the manufacturer guarantees it. If there is not sufficient protection you can expect that your fence will yellow, become brittle and begin to break down over time. This is what most home owners are trying to avoid so it's important to be sure that the right amount of U.V. protection is used and that the manufacturer will stand behind this claim.
What Are Impact Modifiers?
Impact Modifiers are a special series of chemicals (acrylic modifiers) that keep the fencing strong and flexible even in very cold weather. Some manufacturers cut corners and save money here. The problem is that you will probably not notice until it is too late. Once again, a Lifetime Manufacturer's Warranty is your only real protection because impact modifying compounds are not detectable by the naked eye. It takes laboratory testing to determine that the correct amount had been used.
What Are ASTM Standards?
ASTM F964-94 is a standard for manufacturers of vinyl fencing that the better manufacturers meet or exceed. Not all manufacturers comply with these standards so it makes sense to ask. If they don't know what the ASTM standards are, it is likely that the fence doesn't comply.
A good quality vinyl fence will last you a lifetime. If you'd like to do the job once and do it right then we have the right fencing for you.
...Just remember there is no substitute for quality.