• What is the difference between “PVC” and “Vinyl”?

    The terms are used interchangeably.

  • What is the difference between PVC pipe and PVC fence?

    While both products are extruded, there are actually substantial differences in the formulation. PVC fence must withstand exposure to sunlight (and includes TIO2) whereas PVC pipe must endure constant pressure from being buried and the water it carries.

  • Are there different kinds of PVC?

    Not all vinyl products are the same. Vinyl fence, deck and handrail are extruded products and thus utilize different formulations and extrusion methods. Strength is derived from the properties of the ingredients used in the PVC extrusion formulation.

  • What are the advantages of a PVC fence?

    A vinyl fence lasts much longer than traditional fence products. Not only are natural resources preserved, the homeowner is exempt from having to incur future expenditures for replacement fencing.

  • Why should I purchase a vinyl fence if I plan on moving?

    CEF adds value to your property. A prospective buyer will be more attracted to a property that does not need immediate upgrades, replacement or maintenance. Installing a CEF fence actually assists the owner in readying the property for sale to a prospective buyer.

  • Other companies tell me they have the best PVC fence. How can I be sure I’m getting the best?

    Country Estate Fence is the original vinyl fence and has been produced since the late 1970’s. CEF is the “best” for many reasons, but most importantly is that CEF has consistently met homeowner’s expectations for over four decades.

  • How is CEF vinyl fencing different than other PVC fence products?

    Our extrusion formulation, longevity of use, employee experience, commitment to the industry, homeowner satisfaction and fence professional relationships give CEF an unparalleled advantage over alternative PVC fence, deck and handrail products.

  • Why do style names on our website differ from style names on our national website?

    Country Estate vinyl products are extruded by Nebraska Plastics, Inc. and are sold both nationally and internationally. From our location outside Philadelphia, PA, we supply CEF products in the Eastern and Mid-Atlantic regions. Style names differ because we often need to (slightly) modify in order to meet local building codes or homeowner requests. When that occurs, we use a different style name to ensure the correct fence is ordered and produced. Regardless of style name, all products carry the OEM warranty offered by Nebraska Plastics, Inc.

  • Can picket spacing on certain styles be modified?

    We offer many styles with varying space between pickets (Wide, Narrow, Tight) in order to accommodate homeowner preferences and local building codes. Contact your local dealer or our office to determine available spacing options for each fence style.

  • Is there a bar in the bottom of your PVC fence styles?

    Some, but not all, styles require aluminum stiffeners. The engineering of every fence style is closely scrutinized to determine weight load capabilities. When it is determined additional support is necessary, aluminum stiffeners are added. Additionally, we always use aluminum and never use galvanized steel or other metals as stiffeners.

  • Can you add more CEF vinyl fence at a later date?

    White CEF fence will retain its color, even after 20 or more years. Large fence projects often take years to complete. Once fully complete, the entire project looks the same.

  • Does CEF come in any color other than white?

    CEF offers Almond, Gray and Adobe colors. It is also common to use multiple colors on the same fence; for example, a white privacy fence with an Almond, Gray or Adobe inlay.

  • Do dark colors hold up over time?

    Darker colors attract more heat than white or lighter colored fence, deck or handrail products. Accordingly, darker colors have historically been susceptible to fading.

  • Does CEF offer a product that looks like a wood grain?

    CEF is available in streaked, embossed or both streaked and embossed. The black streaking adds color variation and embossing gives the fence a natural, woodgrain texture. Embossing also eliminates some of the “shine” associated with vinyl fence. Streaked and embossed products are very popular. Our colored and embossed products are made entirely of vinyl materials, whereas many competitors’ products use alternative materials. Ask your installer for samples.

  • Has CEF been tested by independent laboratories?

    CEF materials comply to the rigorous testing standard for: ASTM F964-13 Rigid PVC Exterior Profiles; Code Compliance Research Report CCRR-0105 (ANSI); HVHZ Miami-Dade County – 2014 FBC – NOA high wind velocity and holds a VMA Accredited Extrusion Facility certification. Contact us if you need any further clarifications.

  • What is the Vinyl Manufacturers Association (VMA) certification and why is it important?

    The VMA is an association that establishes industry specifications for vinyl fence, deck and handrail products, and assures the products you purchase meet strict, industry standards.

  • What kind of maintenance does my PVC fence require?

    No traditional maintenance is required. Some homeowners may power wash their fence, but it is not necessary.

  • How do PVC products affect the environment?

    PVC is an inert product that does not transmit lead or other pollutants into the ground or air. PVC is a by-product created when natural gas is produced. All CEF vinyl products are recyclable, too.

  • Do we sell directly to the homeowner?

    Local, authorized dealers are a necessity to ensure your fence, deck or handrail home improvement project is properly ordered and installed. We only sell through authorized, independent dealers, but can certainly answer any questions you may have regarding all our products.

  • Do all CEF fence styles meet pool codes?

    Typically, each municipality has its own pool code requirements. You should contact your local township or building inspector to determine applicable pool codes for your area. Most, though not all, fence styles meet or can be modified to meet standard pool codes. You should consult with your fence installer to ensure applicable codes are met.

  • Can CEF follow a slope or does the fence need to be “stepped”?

    Most CEF, though not all, fence styles “rack” or can be modified to “rack”. Some styles “rack” more than others. You should consult with your fence installer to ensure your style choice can follow the slope of your property.

  • What is the “Maxwell” rail?

    The “Maxwell” rail is a unique profile offered by CEF that gives increased character to common styles of privacy fence. There are photos of the “Maxwell” rail in the privacy section of our website.

  • Can vinyl fence be used as railing?

    We supply vinyl railing, which we recommend for handrail projects, instead of vinyl fencing, which is not tested or designed for railing.