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How to Install a Vinyl Fence
Apr 02, 2018

How to Install a Vinyl Fence

Vinyl fencing comes in many styles and colors. It is a maintenance-free option that does not weather like wood fencing does. To install vinyl fencing, you need only attach pre-made fence sections to posts. Vinyl expands in hot temperatures and contracts in cold temperatures, so avoid installing your fence on extremely hot or cold days or your fence may warp and break.


1.Prepare the ground for the fence. It's important to clear and smooth the area in which the vinyl fence will be installed to make the process as easy as possible. Remove any bushes, plants, trees or stationary objects that are in the way of your planned fence.

  • Call the local utility diggers hotline to have all underground lines marked before you do any digging. In the United States or Canada, dial 811 or check with your local utility company. Many regions have their own digger's hotline numbers.


2.Measure the area. Depending on the size and shape of your yard, or the area you want to fence off, you may want to go right along the property line, or measure other configurations and shapes. Whatever the case, you need to find out how much fencing you'll need to buy by measuring the desired area. Take these measurements to the home improvement store to buy supplies.

  • You can place stakes at the corners of your fence's perimeter and use them to rope the area off before the project begins, or you can spray paint the fence's perimeter.

3.Purchase the vinyl fencing and posts for the area. You can purchase vinyl fencing in lengths that range from 2 to 8 feet (0.6 to 2.4 m). These lengths you place between vinyl fence posts. If you are fencing a very large area, purchase larger sections so you can bury fewer fence posts.

  • Your material should be about one inch (2.5 cm) thick, four inches (10 cm) wide, and four to six feet (1.2 - 1.8 m) long. You will also need two 12 in (30 cm) wooden stakes and four screws for temporary bracing.

  • Make sure you also get enough concrete for each post.

  • If you need an entry point along the fence, it's also important to purchase a vinyl gate kit that fits with the fencing you choose.

4.Install the vinyl fence sections between each post. Generally, vinyl fence sections snap right into place. Follow the specific manufacturer's directions regarding vinyl fence sections, as some may slide halfway into the post. Attach the rails to the ends of each section with screws, if necessary, and then secure the rails to the posts in the ground.

  • Pre-drilling a pilot hole before installing your rail screws can be helpful and may be necessary.

5.Attach the vinyl post tops with the hardware provided. Again, defer to the manufacturer's instructions. Generally, most vinyl fence kits will come with decorative toppers for the posts that you can snap on.