Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

JAN 2016

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26 LC DBM Vinyl Choice The by Mike Dahl LC/DBM PHOTOS BY ILLUSIONS VINYL FENCE EXCEPT WHERE NOTED Vinyl fence is reported to be one of the most popular fencing solu- tions in America today due to its appearance, long-term durability and low maintenance. Other advantageous features include UV pro- tection, enough structural strength to withstand normal wind loads, and resistance to rotting and corrosion. The Vinyl Manufacturers Association provides certification that their materials meet or exceed the ASTM Industry Standard, ASTM F964-13, which establishes a recognized standard of quality for ex- terior vinyl profiles for use in assembling agricultural, commercial, and residential fencing and railing. The standard states in part that the "PVC compound in extruded section shall maintain uniform color and be free of any visual surface or structural changes, such as peeling, chipping, cracking, flaking, or pitting after weathering in hot, dry climates such as Phoenix, Ariz.; a hot humid climate, such as Miami, Fla.; and a temperate northern climate, when tested in accordance with ASTM Performance Weath- ering Requirements." To insure quality installations, some vinyl fence suppliers, like SCIW, the makers of the Hometown Vinyl line of PVC fencing, distribute their products exclusively to industry professionals: in this case licensed contractors only. To find out more about their re- quired qualifications, visit their website (see page 29). In addition to licensure, the American Fence Association offers courses and certifications in all subject areas of the fence and access control industry. ( ) Digital Tools are available to help with the different tasks. Illu- sions Vinyl Fence offers a fence designer app available for Apple, An- droid, PC, and Mac, created for the specific purpose of helping your

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