Typical Installation Guide

How to Choose the Right Post and Rail Fence

If you are considering a new fence for your house, rural property, farm, arena or other application you might be asking yourself “What really makes one particular PVC fence better than another?” It can be a little confusing and of course companies will always tell you their product is best, but what are the actual indicators?

Materials; Wood is generally considered a poor choice (especially treated pine pole fencing) for horse fencing because of the maintenance required, the high cost of replacing damaged and old wood fences. This is especially true with rural property fencing as the size and length of the fence tends to be larger than say a typical residential yard. Highly toxic chemicals are also used in the treatment of wood products that are used for fencing, these can be particularly harmful to horses that are prone to cribbing.

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PVC is a better choice because of the durability it has over wood. Not only will it not rot or deteriorate over time but it never needs painting or sealing of any kind regardless of your region’s climate, also if a horse should crib on a PVC fence it will not harm the animal. However, not all PVC fence is the same just because it’s PVC. The quality of the PVC used can vary from one manufacturer to another. You will want to ensure it is 100% PVC and that the thickness is as high as you can find. PVC thickness is measured and shown in mm. For example, a heavy duty post should be 3.8mm thick (wall thickness). Probuild Technologies only uses 127mm x 2000mm long (3.8mm wall thickness) posts for all of the Post and Rail configurations, unlike some of our competitors that use shorter posts with a thinner wall thickness.

Construction; just as the materials can vary, so can the design and construction of the fence. Most heavy duty PVC post and rail fences are made with existing holes in the posts for the rails to be inserted which eliminates the needs for brackets which are known for breaking and other problems. You should also ensure the rails have braces (or ribs as they are called) inside for added strength. Most quality PVC rails will be “double ribbed” with two braces inside the rails for support.

Last, be sure you are considering a supplier with a good reputation, strong warranty, and a history of service in the industry. You should try and work directly with the supplier and ensure the company you choose will provide installation support to you or your contractor. If you engage Probuild Technologies for your fencing you will be working with a company that is a professional fencing company that are able to fully customise your new post and rail fencing and also to provide a complete fencing solution including highly skilled in house trained installers, we do not use sub-contractors.