Pros and Cons of a Vinyl Fence

In the Pacific Northwest, vinyl fence has always been a popular alternative to traditional wood, iron, or chain-link fencing. Known for its durability, low maintenance, and aesthetic appeal, vinyl fencing has been a fan favorite. Here at Cascade Fence and Deck, we have specialized in vinyl fencing since 1997 and we have a lot of different styles to choose from.

Why vinyl fencing is better than cedar

1. Durability:

One of the primary reasons for the popularity of vinyl fencing is its remarkable durability. Vinyl fences are built to withstand the elements, including harsh weather conditions such as rain, snow, and intense sunlight. Unlike wood, vinyl doesn’t rot, warp, or corrode, making it a long-lasting option.

2. Low Maintenance:

Compared to cedar, vinyl requires VERY minimal maintenance. It doesn’t need staining or painting to maintain its appearance, and it’s easy to clean with just soap and water. This makes it an attractive choice for those seeking a beautiful fence without the hassle of regular upkeep.

3. Variety of Colors:

Vinyl fences offer a wide range of styles, colors, and textures. Whether you prefer a classic white picket fence or a more modern design, vinyl can be crafted to match various aesthetics, offering versatility in design options. Black is becoming a much more popular color, as well as some of our textured grey and browns.

4. Cost-Effectiveness in the Long Run:

While the initial cost of installing a vinyl fence might be the same or a whisker higher than that of cedar, its durability and low maintenance requirements can save money in the long term. With fewer repairs and maintenance needs, the overall cost over the life of the fence tends to be lower. If you buy a cedar fence you will need to stain it every 1-3 years. This costs between $5-15 a foot so after just one or two times of having your fence stained it equals out to the price of vinyl.

5. Eco-Friendly:

Vinyl fencing is generally made from PVC (polyvinyl chloride) material, which is recyclable. Plus, its long lifespan contributes to reduced resource consumption and waste compared to more frequently replaced wooden fences.

The Drawbacks of Vinyl Fencing

1. Upfront Cost:

The initial cost of installing a vinyl fence can be higher than other materials. While it’s cost-effective in the long run due to its low maintenance, the higher initial investment might deter some budget-conscious buyers.

2. More of a technical install for a first timer:

This is hardly a consideration as vinyl fence is very easy to install, but there are a few things that the installer must do to ensure the fence is built right.


If you are able to find a color and style you love, vinyl fencing wins in many categories. Plan to be in your home for 5-10 years and don’t want to stain another fence? This is going to be your best bet. Find out how much your vinyl fence will cost with our handy Fence Calculator.

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