What’s the difference between PVC and vinyl fences?

Vinyl and PVC are often confused with one another, but these two materials are not the same. Vinyl is an ethane radical, PVC is polyvinyl chloride and a polymer of vinyl chloride. PVC is a type of vinyl: it is one of the most popular construction materials on the market and is relatively inexpensive.

PVC is a contractor favorite because it is easy to work with and is resistant to biological and chemical breakdowns. PVC is the only type of vinyl used when installing a vinyl fence; therefore it is usually called vinyl fencing.

PVC was created accidentally when flasks of vinyl chloride were exposed to direct sunlight. PVC is created in a lab through a process called polymerization.

Benefits of the PVC Vinyl Fence

Benefits of PVC fence: it won’t rot, warp, splinter or check like a wood fence. Also, you can clean the fence with a rag when it gets a little dirty. PVC fences require minimal maintenance and can serve for a long time.

Both vinyl and PVC fencing are usually a customer favorite over wood fencing because it is easy to care for and durable. It can also be made to look like wood but it does not decay as wood does.

PVC and vinyl fencing can be painted but requires a special kind of paint. Those who select a PVC vinyl fence find that they have a durable solution that also looks quite appealing.


PVC has many benefits including a high strength-to-weight ratio, low production costs, and a long lifespan.

Vinyl Vs PVC Fencing

Technically, PVC and vinyl are the same class of material. In fact, PVC is polyvinyl chloride and a polymer of vinyl chloride – making it a type of vinyl.

Weighing up the pros and cons of vinyl vs PVC fencing, we can state that PVC is the most popular form of vinyl fencing.

PVC fences are easy to install. This means you can have a fast installation that saves on the cost of labour.

Did you know that vinyl is approximately 5 times stronger than wood? Wow! That’s it!

2 thoughts on “What’s the difference between PVC and vinyl fences?

  1. Conrad O'Connor

    It’s interesting that you point out that PVC fences can last for a very long time. I want to get a fence for my yard that I will be able to use for many years, so I’m thinking about hiring someone to install a PVC one for me. I’m going to look for a good local business that does PVC fencing installation.

  2. Afton Jackson

    Thank you for explaining how much stronger PVC fences are when it comes to resisting rot and other kinds of conditions. I’ve always thought about putting up a vegetable and spice garden for my own food purposes, but have always wondered what kind of fence I would need to install so I can worry about the plants and not the fence. With how stable PVC vinyl fences are, I’ll look around for any contractors who offer them and have one installed for my garden.

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