Vinyl Fencing Terminology

Shopping for a vinyl fence but not sure on some of the terminology? We’re here to help! Below we’ve gathered some of the more common terms associated with vinyl fence buying and installation. Knowing what the different parts of a vinyl fence are called will make it easier to ask questions and understand your fence installation instructions.

Posts: the 4×4’s that are set firmly into the ground which provide stability for the fence
Corner post: a post at a corner where two sections of fencing meet
End post: marks the end of the fence
Line post: are placed between the main posts providing stability and attachment points for fence panels
Gate post: the post to which a gate is attached by hinges and latches

Rails: the horizontal supports that run between posts. On pre-assembled fence panels, the rails are attached near the top and bottom
Panels/Boards/Pickets: attach to rails and posts to form the fence
Ready-to-Assemble: fence items that are sold separately and need assembly by installer

Pre-Assembled: fence items that are pre-assembled at a factory and are ready for install

Vinyl Fence: prefabricated fence made of PVC plastic

Privacy: fencing with close fitting vertical pickets or boards that block views into a yard or area

Picket: a vertical fence board or element that attaches to the rails. Pickets can be made from any material but are most commonly used in wood, aluminum, iron and vinyl fences, and are usually evenly spaced

Semi-Private: lower portion of fence have close fitting boards or pickets for privacy, top portion has spacing for air flow and light

Decorative: any fence type that is mainly used to add curb appeal to a home/property

Racked Installation: fence panels follow the contour of the yard, without using brackets.

Stepped Installation: panels stagger along the terrain
Gates: the door(s) that provide entry into and out of the fenced area
Gate Hardware: various items that attach to a fence or gate, including gate hinges, latches, drop rods, gate stops, handles

Post tops: different styles of tops that attach to the post to give it a unique appearance
Wind code approved: products meet standards set forth for areas where high winds are common; most require post stiffeners to be added

Pool code approved: panels meet ICC requirements; i.e. height, space between pickets, anti-climb, direction of gates and height of the gate latch. Pool codes vary by state and locality.