Vinyl Fences and BB Guns Do Not Mix

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Mr. Smith was sitting in his favorite chair when he heard a loud thunk on his daughter’s bedroom window.   He didn’t think anything of it at first but after the second thunk…  he went to his daughter's room.   There he found a small hole in the windowpane, and then looked down at the shiny-silver BB bullet resting next to his foot.  When he looked up and outside, he saw two little holes in his brand new white vinyl fence.

He ran outside.  He shouted at the kid's voices coming from beyond the fence-line.    "You darn kids. Your parents are going to pay for that".

#FenceSafetyAlert

 

With the COVID-19 crisis and school closures,  kids are hard at play in the backyards all across Florida.   Parents be forewarned it is not a wise idea to allow your kids to shoot their BB Guns or Air Soft rifles in your back yard, especially when there are white vinyl fences surrounding the perimeter.

Understand, a bee shot from a single pump BB Gun travel at 285 feet per second and airsoft rifle around an average of 350 feet per second.   Some of you are probably thinking. It is just a fence,  but let’s provide you a little perspective.   According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission about 4 deaths per year caused by BB guns or pellet rifles.   So it does not take a genius to realize, Vinyl Fences and BB Guns Do Not Mix.

Neither does your pocketbook.   Let say your kid shoot your neighbor’s vinyl fence and three pickets have to be replaced.  What does that mean to you? It simple.  Three pickets at $3, all attached to a minimum service call of $400.00.   So think twice parents…  Let’s keep it safe.

March’s Question of The Month Replacement Vinyl Rails

 

Question: Help Please!!!    One of the larger fence companies here in Central Florida Installed my vinyl fence.    Needless to say, a tree destroyed a few sections of my fence during Irma.  I called several fence companies for estimates and was told by one company that the manufacturer no longer sold fence in Florida.  One company said that is not true.  The other company even suggested I needed to start over because 1 ½ x 5 ½ rail was the industry standard.   The best I can tell my fence rails measure 1 3/4  thick x 5 ½ deep.   What is going on?    Kathy C.

Answer:   First and foremost, great question.  The 1 ¾” x 5 ½” is a distinct premium-grade Vinyl rail system produced by Homeland Vinyl Products who is a major extruder of PVC Fence, Deck, and Rail products which are widely distributed throughout North America.   As a result, their manufacture and distribution footprints are massive, especially here in Florida.

There is a reason for that.  Homeland Vinyl is an innovative and research-based company that understands the unique geographical challenges of the U.S. climate, region by region.  As result, Homeland Vinyl has branded itself as an industry leader.  They are responsible for vinyl breakthroughs and technologies such as the ACCU-Shield.  They are endorsed as a Tier 1 manufacture by the Vinyl Manufacture Association and highly sought after by fence companies and distributors alike.  Simply put: Were they go people grow.

So Why Are You Having Trouble Finding 1 ¾” x 5 ½”  Vinyl Rail?  

Bottom line, the company who install your fence and Homeland Vinyl Products parted ways after a multi-year relationship.  This particular fence company/retailer sold to both homeowners and small fence contractors across the State of Florida.  So chances are that vinyl fence you see while driving down the street is a Homeland Vinyl Fence.

This breakup, or what we in the industry call the shuffling of manufactures, has created a lot of incorrect information within our market.   Regardless, it is business and there is nothing wrong with manufactures partnering with fence companies to bring fences to the market.  These type of agreements do a great service in helping homeowners find cost-effective fencing solutions.  The good news is these breakups create lots of new opportunities.

We did reach out to Homeland Vinyl Products at the American Fence Association National Conference in Phoenix Arizona.  They have assured Custom Fence Orlando that Homeland Vinyl Products is absolutely committed to the Florida Market.  So much so, they have already begun the process of opening another extrusion facility right here in Orlando.    They are hopeful that extrusion plant should be up and operational by late this year.

We would like to thank Homeland Vinyl Products for sharing their distributor list and fence companies who carry and sell their products.  So if you are a homeowner looking for a replacement 1 3/4″ x 5 1/2″ vinyl rail, a homeowner needing a vinyl fence, or a fence contractor needing materials, several distributors and fence companies are still selling Homeland Vinyl Product right here in Florida.  See the list below:

Distributors:                        Person To Ask For:                     Location:                                               Phone:
Orlando Steel                        Steve Lyons                                 Summerfield and Ocala                         352.347.8775
Merchant Metals                    Danny Gall                                  Tampa, Jacksonville, Miami                    813.980.0938
Paramount Fencing               Kip Hudakoz                                Orlando Florida                                      407.341.2720

On a final note, several manufacture and extruders are starting to enter into the Florida marketplace.   Heads up and word to the wise.  Not, all vinyl is created equal, nor are manufacture who extrude vinyl.  Understand, the process of extruding vinyl is technical and requires years and years of industry knowledge.  As always, purchase responsibly.  Make sure that the manufacturer is VMA certified.   New extruders pop up every day.   Few will last.

We hope this helps and now you know more then your neighbor knows.

Contributing Author…

P.S. if you sale homeland and would like to be added to the list, contact Kip@paramountfencing.com