Cons of Vinyl Fencing


Security, cost, privacy and look are some factors homeowners weigh when deciding whether to install a fence in their yard. These factors come into play especially when choosing the material for the fence. Wooden fences are common and traditional; vinyl fencing is also a popular choice. When considering vinyl, which provides low maintenance, no potential problem with termites or fungus and no painting, you also should also consider the downsides.


  • According to, vinyl fencing tends to be more expensive than other materials initially though the lack of annual maintenance offsets the cost a bit. Visit your local home and garden retailer and you will notice that vinyl fencing can be hundreds of dollars more expensive than other materials such as wood. The high initial cost may deter some homeowners from using this material.

Cracking and Fading Color

  • Vinyl fences are prone to crack. This danger is increased if the fence is installed in a climate with fluctuating temperatures such as cold winters and hot summers. Cheaper vinyl fences generally are made from weaker material and are prone to being damaged from soccer balls, baseballs or other toys in the yard. The color tends to fade over time. While wooden fences can be stained or repainted, vinyl fencing generally needs to be replaced to maintain the color.

Mold Issues

  • Wooden fences may develop wood rot or termite and insect damage; vinyl fences occasionally develop a mold problem. This is more common in humid climates and climates with lots of rain or condensation. Molds are unsightly and can be dangerous if ingested. However, vinyl is easy to clean with soap and water, so tackling a mold problem is not terribly difficult.

Limited Color Options

  • Vinyl fencing is limited in color choices, but this may change over time. Homeowners hoping for a natural look or a specific color scheme for their landscaping may find vinyl too limited and opt for a different material.

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