Everything You Need To Know About PVC Fencing

Everything You Need To Know About PVC Fencing

Posted by Lee Benson on 1st May 2024

Our team of fencing specialists here at Outback Fencing takes great pride in helping Aussie homeowners find the best fencing solution for their home and garden. Our efforts usually see us answering many different questions on all the fencing supplies we have on offer. Every day, we’re advising homeowners across Australia on the best type of perimeter or pool fencing to suit their properties, or even answering questions on how best to install their new fence or care for their new fence.

So today, we thought we’d write up a little FAQ on one of our most popular fencing products: our range of durable PVC fencing. This question and answer is here to help you learn more about our PVC fencing panels, providing all the information you’ll need to choose the best fence for your home and garden.

Read on for answers to all your most frequently asked questions on PVC fencing.

What is PVC fencing?

PVC (or ‘polyvinyl chloride’) is a fencing material that’s gaining in popularity here in Australia, and in other geographical areas across the world that experience extreme weather patterns. This vinyl fencing material is particularly renowned for its affordable construction, ease of installation, and superior durability when compared to traditional timber fencing.

Thanks to its PVC construction, PVC or vinyl fencing is typically lightweight whilst still being sturdy and durable. Our PVC fencing panels here at Outback Fencing are also UV resistant, making them ideal for installation in arid or hot weather regions. PVC fencing is also one of our top recommended fencing materials for coastal properties.

What are the main pros and cons of PVC fencing?

When determining whether PVC fencing is the right fencing solution for your property, it’s naturally worth comparing the benefits and drawbacks of vinyl fence panels. To save you from having to do all the research yourself and manually write up a pros and cons list, we’ve provided the below detailed list for you:

Pros of PVC fencing

  • Lightweight and easy to install – the posts of our PVC fencing panels feature convenient slot holes that allow you to connect your panels and posts up just like building blocks.
  • Low-cost and low maintenance – our PVC full privacy fencing panels come in wide slats rather than individual pickets. This not only makes them less expensive to purchase than individual timber fence palings, but also a lot easier to care for. Keeping your PVC fence panels pristine is as easy as cleaning them with basic household cleaner and/or damp rag.
  • Resistant to warping, fading, rotting, corrosion, and pests – the PVC materials we use for our PVC fencing panels are UV-stabilised and feature protective titanium dioxide additives to ensure added durability. On top of this, our PVC fence panels will also never experience termite infestations or other pest damage that can affect timber fence palings. So if you’re looking for the best durable fencing material to replace your timber fences, you’ll likely find PVC fencing panels to be the most cost-effective option.
  • Suitable for a wide range of climates – our PVC fencing panels are tested in Australia and with Australian biomes in mind. Whether you’re living by the beach, in the bush, or even in a windy alpine region, you can expect your fencing panels to look and perform optimally year-round.
  • Built for longevity – as our PVC fencing panels are able to withstand extreme weather conditions without warping, fading, or splitting, you can expect your new PVC fence to last for years if not decades to come. This means you can save big on not only your new fence, but also fence maintenance in the long term. And it’ll be decades before you’ll need to think about updating your fence again.

Cons of PVC fencing

  • A reduced colour range – although PVC as a base material is resistant to fading, coloured PVC fences have actually been known to fade when exposed to higher than average UV rays. That’s why we’ve decided to only stock our PVC fencing panels in white – to ensure a lasting level of quality that other Australian fencing suppliers simply cannot provide. 
    • Pro tip: if you’d prefer to invest in coloured fencing that’s still durable, then we highly recommend exploring our range of Colorbond fencing.
  • Is not a natural fencing material – as our PVC fencing panels have been produced using polyvinyl chloride, they aren’t made with natural materials. Although their plastic build may make them less natural than timber fencing, the superior durability of PVC fence panels is actually more likely to make your PVC fence more environmentally friendly in the long term in the context of drastically reducing the need for fencing production and reducing the frequency for fence replacements.
  • Cheaper PVC fencing can be lower quality – like any other type of fencing, a lower quality build material will mean a lower quality finished product. Our team here at Outback Fencing maintains rigid quality control standards to ensure that our customers will always receive only the highest quality PVC fencing supplies and planter boxes.

How much can you expect PVC fencing to cost?

Our PVC fencing panels here at Outback Fencing are available in widths of up to 2.38m, and are priced at around $300. So if you’re looking to secure PVC vertical paling fencing for a perimeter that totals 24 metres (across the street frontage, sides, and rear of your property), you can expect to spend around $3000. This figure is inclusive of all posts and panels but exclusive of gates, which may add an extra $300-$400.

This is comparatively cheaper than other premium fencing materials like sandstone or rendered brick, which have been known to cost an average of $300-$500 per square metre. You can learn more in this blog about how much you can expect to spend on a new fence.

How do you install PVC fencing?

Our PVC fencing panels have been designed not only for durability but for total ease of installation and customisation. All you really need to do to install our PVC fencing is map out your fence line and measure out where you can expect your posts to go. From there, it’s as simple as putting your posts and panels in position using the easy slot holes. With our concealed base plates, you can also make quick work of bolting your PVC fencing panels to concrete flooring as well.

As our PVC fencing panels are also lightweight, easy to manoeuvre during installation, and aren’t at risk of getting waterlogged if panels are stored outdoors prior to installation, you can install your new fence at any time of the year and with a crew of any size. Whether you’re planning to ‘build it yourself’ or sequester a hand from a family member, you’ll find that installing your PVC fence will take no longer than one afternoon.

How do you keep your PVC fencing clean?

Cleaning your vinyl fence is as easy as wiping away any stains or debris with a damp cloth or a household cleaning wipe. You can also wash your PVC fence panels with cleaning vinegar for easy, natural disinfecting.

As our PVC fencing panels are rot-resistant, you likely also won’t have to worry about mould or mildew forming on your fence panels. If your PVC fence panels do show any signs of stubborn debris caused by higher moisture exposure, their smooth surface should prevent this debris from continuing to stick after a good wipedown.

How can you style PVC fencing?

Being constructed using high-quality white PVC, these fencing panels are actually a lot easier to style than traditional timber fencing materials. For starters, the clean, whitewashed appearance and straight lines of these fencing panels makes them well-suited for homes with a contemporary modern design and other similarly versatile design styles. Whether you’re designing a Hamptons Coastal inspired garden or are looking to revitalise a Federation-style home, you’ll find that the clean slate of these PVC fencing panels are a perfect compliment to your design dreams.

The sheer versatility of these PVC fencing panels when it comes to styling is yet another reason why these fencing supplies are considered to be such a great investment for your home. Their classic, evergreen design are perfect for boosting the perceived value of your property.

Why should you buy your PVC fencing at Outback Fencing?

At Outback Fencing, we believe that buying good quality fencing supplies should only take a matter of seconds, and that you should be able to enjoy your new fence for years to come. We take pride in providing Aussie homeowners with only the highest quality PVC fencing supplies. And once your new fence is installed, you can take your own personal pride in having boosted not only the security but also the street appeal of your property.

Check out our full range of PVC fence panels and other fencing products on Outback Fencing today to start revamping your perimeter or pool fencing.

About the author


Lee Benson

With over a decade of experience in all things Australian-made fencing solutions, Lee Benson is one of Adelaide's most trusted names in fencing. Lee takes great pride in making sure that Outback Fencing's range of fencing supplies is designed to provide Australian homeowners and business owners with all the security and design essentials that they need to get the very most out of their property fencing.

With a passion for problem solving, Lee takes great pride in designing stunning garden spaces that stand up to Australia's harshest weather extremes. Lee draws from all his expert insights to consistently provide his customers with the most suitable fencing solutions for their home and property.