The new look of vinyl fence and outdoor screen is catching the eyes of homeowners who are interested in a design that is both attractive and durable. Vinyl panels, which are also known as windows or doors, are usually installed on top of a wood deck, patio, balcony, or gazebo, however the material is not limited to these areas. Fence installation doesn’t have to be difficult; but you do need to follow a few simple steps to get the job done successfully.
For your vinyl panel to last for many years, you should take the time to carefully measure all of the edges before the actual installation begins. This will help ensure that the desired measurements are correctly made, so that you can avoid cuts in the material. Most fence contractors will be able to provide you with the correct dimensions; however, it’s wise to double check to make sure that you get them right.
In addition to measuring the edges of the vinyl panel, you should also consider the curves in the surface of the area that you will be installing your fence to. Curved surfaces will create spaces between the panels that can allow insects and other animals to live and even burrow in. The best way to prevent this from happening is to ensure that the curve is straight, or even slightly curved. Also, make sure that you protect the metal rails from the effects of moisture; this is important because you don’t want your vinyl fence to develop scratches or bubbles that could damage it.
If you are going to install your vinyl panels in an area that has rough surfaces, such as concrete, gravel, or sand, it is also important to make sure that the surfaces are smooth. A rougher surface can tear the panels; however, you can avoid ripping the panels out of their spaces by sanding them down after installation. The goal here is to allow the material to settle for a few weeks or months. The longer the materials stay loose, the more moisture that they will absorb.
Installing the vinyl fence requires the proper tools. A hammer, wrench, sharp pair of scissors, a screwdriver, and a utility knife are all tools that you will need to finish the job. You also will need a quality vinyl adhesives to properly stick the panels to the wooden surface. In some cases, you may be required to use water to prepare the surface before applying the adhesive.
Once you have selected the location for your vinyl panel, it’s time to move the deck and frame in place. Using a ladder or step ladder is a good option for this, since it will be easier to climb up and down. Using a ladder also prevents you from having to make several trips to the garage when the vinyl panel is installed, which is especially important if you will be taking the panels out at different times.
Once the frame and deck have been positioned, it’s time to put the panels in place. Use a hammer and putty knife to apply the paint to the panels. It’s best to start off with very light coats of paint. This will allow the paint to dry and cure properly. Remember to leave at least one inch of clearance above the surfaces of the vinyl panels in order to avoid cuts in the finished product.
Finally, attach the wooden frame to the top of the panels using wood screws. Make sure that the screws are flush with the frames as well; otherwise, you won’t be able to install the door without the frame being visible. Your vinyl fence will now be ready for your lawn or garden.