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How do I Choose the Best Vinyl Lattice Fence?

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Vinyl lattice fence serves as an affordable and eco-friendly alternative to traditional wood yard fence. Large panels of vinyl lattice fence can be used alone, while smaller panels can be added to the top of an existing fence to enhance privacy. Vinyl fencing also provides an excellent option for hiding large equipment or surrounding a swimming pool. Vinyl fence quality and function can vary widely, so buyers should compare different products carefully before making a final purchase decision.

One of the first things to look for when choosing vinyl lattice fence is the design of each piece. This product comes in a variety of designs, including criss-crossed, diagonal, and straight patterns. Buyers should also examine the size of the holes in the fence, and find one that offers the desired level of privacy. Smaller holes offer greater privacy, but may reduce natural light and views. Larger holes in the fence reduce privacy, but provide the greatest amount of natural lighting and visibility.

Next, buyers should examine the texture and finish of each fence. Many vinyl fences are embossed to resemble wood grain, while others feature alternate patterns or finishes. Very cheap versions may have a fake or plastic appearance, while higher quality models offer a more realistic look. For this reason, it's important to buy vinyl lattice fence in person rather than over the phone or online.

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It's not always possible to paint or refinish vinyl fencing, so buyers should look for a product that offers exactly the right finish for each specific project. Compare colors and textures to find one that matches the rest of the surrounding decor. Look for a product that's UV-protected to resist fading.

The thickness of vinyl lattice fence can be an indication of quality. Thicker fences are more wind resistant, and are likely to last longer than thin products. Buyers should keep in mind however, that thicker materials may be more difficult to cut and could require special tools during installation.

Finally, lattice fence buyers should keep installation and accessories in mind when shopping for a new fence. Some manufacturers provide special channels and supports for easy installation, while others may not. Not all manufacturers produce a variety of designs and finishes, and some may offer only limited color options. Special options like matching edge pieces or posts can give a fence a finished look. Check out all the accessories available from each manufacturer before selecting a fence.

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