Big-box stores are convenient, popular, and (of course) very big. At major hardware stores like Lowe’s and Home Depot, you can find just about anything you need to start a home renovation project: lawn equipment, basic tools, paints and stains, lumber, flooring, lighting fixtures, and even holiday decor. However, should you buy a fencing system from one of these big-box stores? Do they offer the same quality and value as PolyVinyl and PolyRail fencing systems? Before you make this major investment, investigate your options thoroughly to prevent buyer’s remorse.
PolyVinyl and PolyRail Fencing Systems vs. Big Box Stores
Big-box stores are great for many things, but their assets do not include fencing systems. Yes, their fences are inexpensive, but they can’t match the value or the quality offered by professional fencing companies. Don’t purchase your new fence from Home Depot or Lowe’s just because you can drive there in less than 20 minutes. This fence is an investment in your home, and (fingers crossed) it will remain strong and beautiful for decades to come, perhaps even outliving you! Do you really want to go with the cheaper option?
Consider the following features as you begin shopping for a fencing system:
UV Protection. PolyVinyl and PolyRail fencing systems have UV protection built in to their extrusions to prevent fading. Fences from big-box stores, on the other hand, typically do not offer protection from the sun. Over time, these fences will lose their beauty and vividness.
Thicknesses. Look at the wall thickness of the fence’s posts and rails. PolyVinyl and PolyRail systems are thick and strong, so no wood posts are required. Although wall thickness is not a true measure of a fence’s strength or performance, a flimsy fence is obviously not ideal. Be sure to assess the ingredients within the vinyl, and look for a product with a history of proven performance.
Racking Capability. Building a fence on a slope can be tricky, so if your land isn’t flat, a racking feature is essential. PolyVinyl and PolyRail fencing systems offer routed posts, which enable racking to follow the slope of the ground. Unlike a stepped fence (which “steps up” at each section like stairs), a racked fence will not have gaps; the bottom edge of the fence will be an equal distance from the land throughout, closely following the slope.
Wide Widths. Most styles of PolyVinyl and PolyRail fences include sections that are available in 8′ widths. Although some consumers won’t be interested in this feature, others will appreciate the option because it eliminates the need for additional posts.
Strength. Aluminum can strengthen the structure of a vinyl fence. PolyVinyl and PolyRail systems have rails and gate posts with aluminum reinforcement, creating stronger sections, and their aluminum-reinforced frames prevent sagging. These features are not always available in big-box fencing systems.
Customization. If you need a customized fencing system, don’t expect the big-box stores to accommodate your requests. Consult with a fencing pro to order your fence, so that you can select custom sizes and designs. Although standard fencing systems in common sizes and designs work for many consumers, perhaps you need an atypical fence. Don’t limit yourself to the products offered at the Home Depot. Explore the beautiful, reliable, and customizable options offered by professional fencing companies.
Replacements. Often, a minor component of a fence needs to be replaced, but a big-box store will only sell the component within a complete section. A professional fencing company will be able to assist you by offering the replacement of single components.
Warranty. PolyVinyl and PolyRail fencing systems come with a lifetime transferable warranty to give you peace of mind. A warranty will reduce your fears and give you confidence in your fence’s future.
Would you rather buy a fencing system from the guy who loads mulch into your vehicle or a fencing professional? Exactly. Fencing professionals are dedicated to producing and selling quality products, not cheap and convenient fencing.
So if you’re interested in adding a vinyl fence to your property, don’t head to the massive hardware store down the street. Instead, check out the selection offered at MMC Fencing & Railing. You might be interested in our PolyVinyl or PolyRail fencing systems. Both of these options are affordable, beautiful, and virtually maintenance-free. Plus, all of our vinyl fencing systems come with a transferable lifetime limited warranty! To get started, please visit our online store, request a quote, or give us a call at 1-866-931-5002.