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How Easy Is Installing a Vinyl Fence by Yourself?

DIY vinyl fence installation

Vinyl fencing is a beautiful way to add privacy and curb appeal to your property. Its flexibility and ability to withstand extreme weather make it an ideal choice for Alberta’s climate. If you’re planning to add a vinyl fence to your yard, you can easily complete the installation work yourself. Here’s a step-by-step guide to do-it-yourself vinyl fence installation, plus some critical considerations to help you get it right.

Before You Begin

Before investing your time and money, do a little prep work.

  • Call 1-800-242-3447 or email to have someone check and mark the buried utility lines on your property.

  • Contact local authorities to check your property line coordinates, zoning regulations and permit requirements.

  • Delineate the fence line with spray paint, then measure and calculate the right quantities of fencing materials.

Simple Installation

Follow these steps to install your vinyl fence.

  • Install posts, corners and ends first. Dig post holes deep enough to set about one-third of the post length underground, plus an additional 15 centimetres for a layer of gravel for drainage. Using a level, ensure the posts are plumb. Run a string between the end and corner posts to guide alignment for the remaining posts.

  • Install the panels. The panels snap quickly into place but take your time. As you install each panel, check the top and bottom rail with a level before proceeding to the next. While the concrete isn’t fully cured, you still have time to drive a post deeper to achieve a level fence line.

Critical Considerations

To achieve the best result, here are some key things to keep in mind:

  • Don’t use more posts than you need. The strength of vinyl fencing is its ability to bend with the wind’s pressure. Set your posts to match the panel width for optimal flexibility, and only shorten a panel when you absolutely must.

  • Leave space between panels. When installing the panels, leave gaps between them of a few millimetres to allow room to expand during hot weather.

  • Use caution with your hammer. The vinyl fencing material is flexible, but it can’t withstand extreme blunt force. Never hammer the vinyl panels. If you need to drive a post a little deeper into the concrete, use a wooden block to distribute the hammer’s force.

Vinyl Fencing Kits in Edmonton and Across Alberta

Now that you’ve seen how easy it can be for a homeowner like you to install your vinyl fence make sure you start with the highest quality materials. Duraguard Fence Ltd. manufactures and supplies easy-to-install DIY vinyl fence kits and supplies customized to your dimensions, available for pickup at our Edmonton location. Contact us today to request a quote.


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