One of the biggest selling points for vinyl fencing is its high durability. A vinyl fence is almost completely immune to factors like age, direct sun, moisture, rot, mildew, and almost anything else that you can think of. It even stands up to most direct damage due to its built in flexibility. For the most part, a vinyl fence only needs periodic spraying with a garden hose to look its best but over time it is possible to pick up small cracks or holes in the vinyl material.
Follow these steps to repair your vinyl fence, or if you think you’ll need help call our professional fence contractor
- Clean it –Before you can begin any repair you need to make sure that the surface of the fence is clear of dirt and debris. As previously stated a good spray with the hose will get most of it and you can follow up with water and dish detergent to clean up the remainder.
- Sand the damaged area – Do not use a mechanical sander because it could do more damage to the fence and leave a larger hole than the one you are repairing. Just use a medium grit piece of sand paper around a piece of wood to sand down a three inch area around the hole or crack. This will remove any burs or vinyl fragments that may get in the way later.
- Fill the hole – Expanding foam is perfect for this purpose if the hole or crack is bigger than one inch. Slowly spray the foam in to the hole and allow it time to expand. Once the foam starts to come back out of the hole on both sides you can stop. Now just let it sit and dry overnight.
- Remove excess foam – Use a small saw to remove the foam that came back out of the hole. Cut as closely to the fence as you are able.
- Start sanding the foam – Use the same medium grit sandpaper to sand the foam until it is flush with the fence surface. Then do a little bit more so that it forms an inward dent.
- Clean the fence again
- Fill inward dent – Use a small scrapper to apply plastic filler to the dent in the foam. Keep applying until it is flush with the surface of the fence and try to make it as smooth as possible.
- Sand and seal -Use a fine grit sandpaper to smooth out any rough spots but keep the filler flush with the surface. When you are done, clean the area and apply a coat of paint.
This is the easiest way to repair a small hole in your vinyl fence. For bigger damages you may want to call in the pros. Call Natural Enclosures today 770-506-3222 for a free quote on vinyl fence repair