Ranch Style Vinyl Fencing For New Homeowners: What Should You Know About It?

If you plan to install ranch style vinyl fencing around your large property, you may have many questions about the fencing, including its features and how to care for it after installation. The vinyl fencing helps you keep out deer and other large animals that threaten your property, as well as protect your property from unwanted visitors and trespassers. The railing system of ranch style fencing lies horizontally along the fence instead of vertically, which is generally found in traditional vinyl fences. Although the horizontal placement doesn't offer as much seclusion as privacy and picket styles, it can be a good way to make use of a spacious property. Here are things to know about ranch style vinyl fencing.

Selecting the Right Size and Length

Depending on the manufacturer, ranch styles can come in heights of 3 to 5 feet with widths up to 8 feet. The systems come with two, three or four rails, but you can also select a system that has two additional rails placed diagonally across the fencing. If you have a stray dog, deer or other problem in your area, the diagonal system may work well for you. You can also have the horizontal rails placed close together to ensure that you protect your property from animals.

The height and width of the fence are not the only things you should consider about your fence. It's important that you choose the right length as well. To do so, you can physically measure the property with a tape measure and add the figures together, or you can contact your real estate agency, or the person you purchased the home from, and request a copy of the appraiser's measurements for the property. 

Your deed may list the measurements, including the property lines and other information that may help you select and install your fence without causing conflict with your neighbors or the installation itself. Even if your property is extensive, you can inadvertently place your fence on your neighbors' properties if you don't know exactly where your property line begins and ends.

Now, that you know more about the features of ranch style fencing, it's time to learn how to care for it.

How Do You Maintain and Clean Your Fence After Installation?

The fencing also requires very little maintenance on your part. If you have a busy lifestyle, you can benefit from this feature. Unlike wood fencing material, which may rot or warp over time, vinyl material is almost maintenance free. Vinyl is a strong plastic material that tends to be more weather-resistant than wood. The material works well in hot and cold areas, and can stand up to heavy snow, ice and rain. If your fencing does become soiled or dirty over time, you can take steps to clean it.

To remove minor problems on the posts and rails, you can use a pressure hose or water hose to wash down the material. It's a good idea that you wash the fencing from the top and work your way down to avoid leaving dirt and other issues on the material and to make the cleaning easier on you.

For stubborn stains, you can complete the cleaning with a scrubbing brush, soapy water and bleach. Bleach is recommended to clean vinyl fencing, but you should only use add a few tablespoons per gallon of water. If you're unsure about how much bleach to add to the water or wish to find another cleaning solution for your fence, consult with your fence contractor. 

For more information about installing and maintaining ranch style vinyl fencing, contact a contractor at a company like Mr Fence today.