What Is The Difference Between PVC and Vinyl Fence?

Vinyl fencing vs. PVC fencing: What is the difference?

What is the difference between PVC and vinyl fencing? That’s kind of a trick question. Once you understand what PVC and what vinyl both are, you’ll realize this isn’t even a question you need to ask. 

What Is PVC?

PVC stands for polyvinyl chloride. It is tough, chemically resistant synthetic resin made by polymerizing vinyl chloride. If you’ve done any home improvement projects with piping, flooring, or sheeting, you’ve probably used PVC.

Homeowners and business owners alike opt for PVC over other construction materials because of low production costs, high strength-to-weight ratio, and long lifespan. 

Even if you’re not a construction pro, you’ve definitely seen PVC somewhere in your life before. You may have even seen it on you TikTok feed.

What Is Vinyl?

Vinyl refers to synthetic man-made plastic materials made from ethylene (found in crude oil) and chloride (found in salt).

There are a few different types of vinyl, including polyvinylidene chloride, polyvinyl acetate, and polyvinyl alcohol. Can you guess what people call polyvinyl chloride for short? PVC! 

That’s right – there is no difference between PVC fences and vinyl fences! So if you hear one fence company say “PVC” and the other say “vinyl” just know they are talking about (roughly) the same thing. 

Why Choose PVC Vinyl Fences?

PVC is the main ingredient in vinyl fencing. That’s why a lot of people in the industry use the terms interchangeably. It helps to think of vinyl as a general term and PVC as just one product. 

Although confusing to understand at first, PVC vinyl fences are one of the most popular types of fences, and with good reason. Here are the three main benefits of a PVC vinyl fence and why they’re one of the most popular fence types we install.

1. Durability

We think the biggest benefit to PVC vinyl fences is there durability. PVC fences are resistant to both biologically and chemical breakdowns. Given proper treatment (and they don’t need a lot!) PVC vinyl fences can last anywhere from 20 to 30 years. New Paragraph

2. Low Maintenance

While wood fences can split, splinter, and warp throughout the years, vinyl fences do not. You also don’t need to treat them as they are naturally water resistant.

Another great thing about PVC is that it’s easy to clean. Premium PVC vinyl fences don’t need to be cleaned all that often, but if you do need to give your fence a touch up, you can normally take care of it with a hose or simple house cleaner. Very rarely will PVC fence owners need to perform any other maintenance on their fencing. 

3. Design

Just because you want a PVC vinyl fence doesn’t mean it has to look the same as everyone else’s! Sure, there are plenty of vinyl fences out there, but there are plenty of customizations you can choose from to make your fence your own. 


Like all fences, you can choose a height or heights that best fit your area. Another way to add a little customization to your vinyl fence is with a splash of color. You can do all white or all tan, or combine them to create a unique look. 

Dark grey vinyl privacy fence and straight top picket fence

One last way our customers have gotten pretty creative with their PVC fencing is with lattice. We’ve regularly install fences with diagonal or square lattice.

four foot high suburban privacy vinyl fence with deco rail and diagonal lattice topper.      Solid white vinyl privacy gate with horizontal lattice top

Get A Free PVC or Vinyl Fence Estimate!

If you’re thinking about adding a vinyl fence to your property, you need to get some estimates! We will always offer free estimates to our neighbors in the northern New Jersey area.

Live in any of the following counties? Just fill to the form and we’ll be in touch to schedule a quick appointment!

  • Bergen County
  • Essex County
  • Hudson County
  • Morris County
  • Passaic County
  • Sussex County
  • Union County

Artistic Fence Co.

Established in 1983, Artistic Fence is a locally owned and operated fencing company that has provided customers in the northern New Jersey area with long-lasting fences and home enclosures for over thirty-five years. That’s why we’re known as “The Good Fence People!” 

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