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Compare Home Depot and Lowes Vinyl Privacy Fence

Conclusion: Although by pricing every single component separately it appears to cost less at the big box stores, it actually costs quite a bit more. Even the least expensive style of privacy fence costs more than Lexington Vinyl Privacy Fence by Bufftech per foot and per project. Home Depots Windham style by Veranda for example, requires screws, glue, breakable brackets and has no galvanized steel in the bottom rail to prevent sagging. It also requires a wood post be inserted inside their vinyl post since the vinyl post used is not sturdy enough to support the fence on its own.

Lowe’s vinyl privacy fence is very similar to that of Home Depot in both price and quality except they use a metal bracket instead of the plastic one used by Home Depot. They use 3 rails instead of two because the material of the panel itself is very thin requiring the additional support… The rails and pickets are held together with glue, screws and brackets and are not very sturdy or well engineered. The Lexington privacy fence by comparison is engineered so that the tongue and groove pickets lock together into the Deco rails and the rails in-turn lock into the pre-routed posts with no brackets, screws or glue required. The bottom rail has a heavy duty galvanized steel insert so that the fence will never sag unlike those from the home improvement stores.

To their credit, Home Depot does have a line of vinyl privacy fence that does not require screws, glue and brackets but it costs quite a bit more, in fact almost twice as much as the Lexington style by Bufftech and still has many disadvantages as you can note in the side by side comparison below.

Compare Home Depot and Lowes with AVinylFence.com

AVinylFence.Com/Lexington

Home Depot Lowest Price Windham

Lowes Lowest PriceFreedom

True Price per ft, total $14.95 Often Tax Free* $16.79 Plus Tax $16.71 Plus Tax
True price (100ft, job) $1495.00 Often Tax Free* $1679.00 Plus Tax $1671.00 Plus Tax
True price per section (8ft) $119.40 $134.32 Plus Tax $133.68 Plus Tax
Price per panel $94.66 Included 6 X 8 $49.00 6 X 6 ft Separate $49.00 6 X 6 ft Separate
Price per post $23.30 Included $28.97 Separate-Required $24.00 Separate-Required
Price per cap $2.59 Included $2.97 Separate-Required $3.43 Separate-Required
Screws, Brackets, Glue $ None needed $12.81 Separate-Required $13.88 Separate-Required
Steel in bottom rail Yes (Galvanized included) None None
Wood inside post Never $10.00 Separate-Required* $10.00 Separate-Required*
Post size 5 X 5 Stand alone 4 X 4 * Thin wall post cover 4 X 4 * Thin wall post cover
Attachment Method Pre-Routed, Rails Lock in Posts Screws Brackets**, Glue Screws Brackets**, Glue
Wind Load Rated Yes No No
Available in Tan Yes Yes No
Save Sales Tax Often Never Never
Pickets Tongue and Groove Lock in Rails Molded or Glued Molded or Glued
Warranty by 100 yr. old Co. Yes (Certainteed) No No
Warranty includes Labor Yes No No
Transferrable to new owner Yes Yes No
Quality overall Very Good Super Budget Grade Super Budget Grade
Customer service Best informed, polite, good follow up, personal Well Intended, but little experience or information Well Intended, but little experience or information
Installation Time Fastest, easiest, pre-routed Slowest, screws, drills bracket, glue Slowest, screws, drills bracket, glue

 

These are their better fence styles but still not as good as theLexington Style

AVinylFence.Com
Lexington

Home Depot better quality
Arrowwood

Lowes slightly better quality Brighton

True Price per ft, total

$14.95 Often Tax Free*

$22.11 Plus Tax

$19.10 Plus Tax

True price per section (8 ft)

$119.41 Often Tax Free*

$176.88 Plus Tax

$152.75 Plus Tax

True Price (100 ft, job)

$1495.00 Often Tax Free*

$2211.00 Plus Tax

$1910.00 Plus Tax

Price per panel

$94.66 Included 6 X 8

$125.00 6 X 8 ft Separate

$65.28 6 X 6 ft Separate

Price per post

$23.30 Included

$28.97 Separate-Required

$29.01 Separate-Required

Price per cap

$2.59 Included

$2.97 Separate-Required

$3.43 Separate-Required

Screws, Brackets, Glue $

None needed

$9.94 Separate-Required

$13.88 Separate-Required

Steel in bottom rail

Yes (Galvanized included)

None

None

Wood inside post

Not needed

$10.00 Separate-Required*

$10.00 Separate-Required

Post size

5 X 5 Stand alone

5 X 5

4 X 4 X 96 thin post cover

Attachment Method

Pre-Routed, Rails Lock in Posts

Routed

Screws, brackets and glue

Wind Load Rated

Yes

Yes

No

Available in Tan

Yes

Yes

No

Save Sales Tax*

Often

Never

Never

Pickets

Tongue and Groove

Tongue and Groove

Molded or Glued

Warranty by 100 yr. old Co.

Yes (Certainteed)

No

No

Warranty includes Labor

Yes

No

No

Transferrable to new owner

Yes

Yes

No

Quality overall

Best

Middle of the road

Worst

Customer service

Best informed, polite, good follow up, personal

Well Intended, but little experience or information

Well Intended, but little experience or information

Installation Time

Fastest, easiest, pre-routed

Faster, pre-routed

Slowest, screws, drills bracket, glue

All the information contained here was accumulated on 6/6/11 from the actual stores in the Redding California area. The exact prices may vary in your area. Also, although the information is deemed accurate, it was provided by their well intended sales associates which may or may not be factually correct so please confirm the information before relying on it.