While vinyl fences don't require too much maintenance, there are a few maintenance tasks you should be sure to take care of on a regular basis to maximize the lifespan of your fence. 

If you keep up on the following five maintenance tasks over the years, you'll get the most out of your vinyl fence:

Cleaning to remove any oil or grease stains

Vinyl should be resistant to stains, but oil or grease could seep in and cause permanent stains if it's not cleaned off occasionally. Regular cleanings should therefore be focused on removing oil and grease. 

When you're cleaning vinyl fencing, you should mix some non-abrasive detergent with water for the most effective cleaning solution. Then, you can wash off and buildup with a hose while sponging away greasy or oil stains. Try wiping away stains that are difficult to remove with a cloth soaked in mineral spirits for the best results. 

Check post caps for any shifting due to temperature changes

Vinyl is subject to expansion and contraction due to temperature changes. This expansion and contraction can sometimes cause post caps to snap loose.

If this becomes a persistent problem, you can use a PVC fence glue to make sure that post caps remain secure despite temperature extremes.

Inspecting components for structural stability

Over time, freeze and thaw cycles in the ground can loosen the stability of fence posts in the ground. It's therefore a good idea to occasionally inspect your fence posts to ensure that they are still firmly implanted into the ground.

If you notice any stability issues or weakness in fence posts, you can pack earth in around them and backfill to remedy the problem. 

Removing obstacles above fencing

If you have trees or other vegetation growing near your fencing, you might want to clear away branches growing up above fence components periodically.

Falling branches can strike your fence and cause damage. They can not only cause parts to crack or break away, but they can also result in cosmetic damage like scratches. Keep tree growth and vegetation at bay to keep your fence in the best condition possible. 

Repairing damage from impact accidents

You can't keep an eye on your fence all the time. That's why you should periodically look out for damage caused by collisions and other incidents that occur when you're not around. 

If your fence is located near a roadway, cars could accidentally collide with it. Also, people walking by could cause damage by leaning on fencing or vandalizing it. 

Replacing broken portions of fencing and repairing damage periodically is easier than having to replace an entire fence after extensive damage occurs.