Vinyl Fence Parts

Vinyl Fence Parts are not always clear on what they are called. We have Vinyl fence posts and vinyl rails and pickets that make up a vinyl fence panel. Also we can not forget caps and cement and screws for your vinyl fencing.Wholesale fencing knows what you will need and how each part works. We will include links to our Youtube videos as well.

Vinyl Fence Parts Vinyl Post.

Vinyl posts are a crucial part of your fence. The layout of the fence helps us to figure out what post are needed. In some areas they have laws and specific specifications for the length of the post. For example, in high wind areas they might have a 96″ post and if so you will need to dig your holes 36 inches deep. Then you will need 3 bags of cement and the whole should be roughly 10 to 12 inches in diameter. This is of course you are using a 5″x5″ post. 

The other reason is we need to know how many corners or gates you will have so we can get your correct post to you. The 3 main post types are line post and Corner post and end post. The end post is the start and stop of the line of fence and are also used to hang your gates.

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Vinyl Fence Post

Vinyl Fence Parts Vinyl Rail

Vinyl Rails make up the top and bottom of your vinyl fencing. Each one is different depending on what style of vinyl fence you are building. For example, for vinyl privacy the top and bottom rails are the same. They have grooves for the pickets to slide into. They hold the fence together and connect the parts. the rail we use for vinyl privacy is 1.5″x5.5″ by either 6 or 8 foot long. 

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Vinyl Rail

Vinyl Fence Parts Vinyl Picket

Vinyl Pickets are the part that makes up the center of your vinyl fence. They come in may lengths and widths depending on the style of your fence. Vinyl privacy fence has tongue and groove pickets to connect together between the post. Pickets that have tongue and groove help hold each other in and against the wind.

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Tongue and Groove Picket

Vinyl Fence Parts U-Channel

Vinyl fence u-channel is used for holding the packets against the post. These are recommend for privacy fence and gates in high wind areas. They are good to have the extra strength and they help out when the space you have is not exact. U-channel is used to hold the end and beginning of the panel. They help when you have to cut a picket to get that perfect fit.

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Vinyl Fence U-Channel


Vinyl Fence Parts New England Cap

New England Cap will fit on a true 5×5 or 4×4 post. Wholesale Vinyl Fencing only offers a commercial grade product. This cap will not fade or wether over time. If you want to get away from the standard outside pyramid cap and enhance the look of your fence, this is the cap for you.

Click the buy button and you will be directed to our product page, select the fence style the cap will fit on, scroll to the caps section and select your quantity.

Our picket fences use 4×4 post, all the others use a 5×5 post. We have many types of caps to complete your fence. There are Solar caps and your traditional outside pyramid caps, Gothic caps to give a more exotic look. All of the caps are made with virgin vinyl and are UV protected. This is why we can sale them in many different climates because we know that they will hold up against time and Mother Nature.


This is the most advanced and widely used method today. Our Vinyl fencing is made out of two layers, each containing ultraviolet (UV) inhibitors. The two layers are chemically attached under high pressure and temperature to form a solid, continuous piece. This method of production requires a higher investment in equipment, tooling, training and overall manufacturing.

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New England Cap

Gothic PVC Cap

The Gothic Vinyl  cap adds a little character to your project. If you do not want our standard external cap, try our Gothic cap, use it on ends and corners or every other post. Get creative. We only offer commercial grade vinyl fence products that will last a lifetime.

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Gothic Cap

Ball Cap

Add a little character to your fence with this eye catching Vinyl Ball Cap. This cap is used by many to enhance the look of your fenceClick the buy button and you will be directed to our product page, select the fence style the cap will fit on, scroll to the caps section and select your quantity.Our picket fences use 4×4 post, all the others use a 5×5 post.

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5 By 5 Inch Ball Cap

Regal Solar Post Cap

An elegant design, the PVC Regal solar post cap has 4 LED’s that are strategically positioned so the light cascades downward onto the outside walls of the cap and surrounding area. This beautiful solar post cap will fit a true 4×4 or 5×5 post.Click the buy button and you will be directed to our product page, select the fence style the cap will fit on, scroll to the caps section and select your quantity.Our picket fences use 4×4 post, all the others use a 5×5 post.

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Regal Solar Lights

Outside Pyramid Cap

Add a distinctive look to your deck, fence or pool with a vinyl External post outside pyramid cap from Wholesale Vinyl Fencing. Fade resistant and built to last. Our product is produced leveraging our exclusive, engineer-tested manufacturing process and the highest-grade materials to create the strongest, most durable, low-maintenance vinyl fence post cap anywhere. Easy to maintain, you will never need to paint, stain or apply harsh chemicals to clean it.

  • Manufactured from high quality, durable vinyl
  • Quick and easy to install
  • Fits a true 5 in. x 5 in. post
  • Made from commercial grade vinyl that is 5X stronger than wood (based on 6606 PSI tensile strength)
  • Low maintenance – no painting, staining or sanding required and only requires soap and water to clean
  • Resists extreme temperatures, water, humidity and sun damage
  • Fade resistant limited lifetime residential warranty
  • Works with all 5 in. x 5 in. vinyl fence posts
  • Maximum profile outside dimensions: 5.020 in. x 5.020 in.
  • Total height: 1.750 in.
  • Exterior mounted – fits only a true 5 in. x 5 in. vinyl post
  • Limited lifetime warranty
  • Have a question? we’re here to help, please call Wholesale Vinyl at 877-573-5561
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Outside Pyramid Cap

Vinyl Fence Parts Notcher

This is a rail or picket vinyl fence notcher. This tool creates a 3/4″ notch in vinyl rails to hold the vinyl securely in place so it will not pull out. Instead of using clips, use this tool, it will speed up the process of vinyl fence construction. Every fence contractor should have a vinyl fence notcher. This is a heavy duty notcher intended for contractors or home owners with large projects. 
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Vinyl Notcher

Wholesale Gate Shop

Wholesale has an excellent gate shop where we make all our gates and we have over 40 years in the business. This means that you can get any type of gate you need for your fence. We build solid steel frames for our vinyl and wood gates.
The vinyl gate has a full metal inclosed frame wrapped in the vinyl material. That way you get the great look of a vinyl gate and have the strength and the adjustability you will need. Gates need to be adjusted about every 6 months to a year. That is caused by the temperature changes and and ground movement. Our latches have adjustments built in to them for ease of adjustment when needed.
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Vinyl gate

Choosing A Vinyl Fence:

There are many brands and types of fence in the market these days and navigating these can be sometimes be akin to navigating a mine field – even amongst seasoned professionals! Here are a few brief tips to consider when choosing a vinyl fence for your home or business:

Pay Attention to the Ingredients 

Buy Fence Made of Virgin Vinyl/ PVC – Not all vinyl fences are created equal. Professional grade vinyl fences are made of virgin vinyl/ PVC ; consumer grade fences are often made of recycled plastics, often the scraps from the ‘good stuff’. In fact, many brands will have their professional grade materials available from professional fence and deck dealers only, and then create a separate brand for many of the ‘big box’ stores for consumers.

Although, it is hip to use recycled products and shop for environmentally ‘green’ fencing products, some are simply less than desirable as a building product that needs to withstand the weather elements, high winds, and sun (UV) damage. Vinyl fencing made of recycled plastics will often sag prematurely, become brittle (especially in cold climates), and fade and warp prematurely.

Professional, contractor grade fencing will not only use virgin vinyl, but also mix UV inhibitors in to help prevent against sun (UV) damage. If you wish to simply buy a couple sections of 3-4′ high spaced picket fence for a corner accent, a consumer grade fence may be a perfect fit. Installing it would only be a couple hours at best and it would be easy to replace when it wears out…and this is only a question of when it wears out, not if it wears out.

If you wish to buy a taller fence, install 10, 20, or 30 sections of fence with gates, and have it last more than a season or two, choose a professional grade fence worth investing in and installing. Installing fence is a significant investment, sometimes thousands of dollar even as a do-it-yourself project. Spend a couple hours digging holes and mixing cement and then think about setting in concrete inferior fence posts and sections which will not last. I think you will soon agree, professional grade materials are the only type to consider using.

Pay Attention to Vinyl Fence Component Sizes and Wall Thicknesses 

To make a vinyl fence, or nearly any fence more budget-friendly, manufacturers will make components thinner (meaning the actual wall thickness of the material) and smaller in size. Many inexpensive styles of vinyl fence will utilize fence posts measuring 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″. Further, because the wall thickness is insufficient, a 4 x 4 wood post must be inserted inside the vinyl for strength.

If you must use a 4 x 4 wood fence post on the inside of the vinyl fence post, that will tell you something about the quality of the vinyl post – it’s too thin and weak to hold the fence panel by itself. The 3-1/2″ square vinyl post might be inexpensive, but add to this the expense of a 4 x 4 wood post (currently around $9-10 ea.).

Pay attention also to the length of the vinyl posts. Consumer grade vinyl fences often come with shorter posts. Posts should be of sufficient length to extend into concrete footers for support. While looking at at the wall thickness, actual horizontal rail sizes, and picket sizes, you will find each of these components to be significantly less in size and thickness when compared to professional grade products.

Professional grade fences will utilize true 4″ square posts on shorter fence and fences which allow air flow; they will use true 5″ square posts on taller fences and privacy fences. These posts do not need wooden 4 x 4 posts on the inside of them to support the fence panels.

It is common though on all grades of vinyl fence, to use a a post insert (aluminum or steel), or the method of filling a post with cement for a gate (hinge and latch post) and terminal posts for extra support.

Pay Attention to Interior Reinforcement and Fence Section Widths 

Check pickets, rails, and posts for manufacturer’s recommendations on interior reinforcement. A quality fence will often have interior ‘ribbing’ on pickets, or other forms of reinforcement vs. a hollow rail. Quality taller vinyl fences and privacy fences will.

Also have either a galvanized steel reinforcement channel in the bottom rail to help prevent sag; these rails are a full 8 feet in length! Be careful comparing material costs and installation time with these comparisons. A cheaper vinyl fence product may not be that much cheaper in the end.

Pay Attention to Fence Design

In order to make a vinyl fence less expensive and easier to inventory, it is common for consumer brands to offer one single ‘blank’ (no holes) post and use a bracket of some sort to attach all horizontal rails to fence posts. Often these rail brackets are even a painted steel which will rust on a white vinyl fence. These brackets can be brittle and usually don’t have much to attach to seeing how it’s a vinyl fence. Having simply one post, is much easier to inventory though.

In general, better fences will have posts routed to accept the horizontal rails. Vinyl fence end posts will have holes routed on one side only to accept fence horizontal rails and terminate a fence line. Corner posts will have routed holes on adjacent sides to create a 90 degree or there about turn. And line posts will have holes on opposite sides to be used as an intermediate post. There are various ways in which fence manufacturers have found to ‘lock’ the rails inside the posts.

The Point is, the section is not going to come off the posts without practically tearing down the post too. Further, a fence system with routed posts is often more aesthetically pleasing when compared with a fence with brackets. In general, a routed post system will surpass a bracketed system in strength, appearance, and ease of installation. This is a generality, and there are some types of railing and fence sections with brackets which are designed well.

Also, don’t forget to add up the costs of these fence brackets in estimating and comparing brands. The same principle will apply to how vinyl fence manufacturers design pickets to attach to rails. Inferior brands will simply glue, or screw pickets to the face of horizontal fence rails; these will not last. Better brands will often have routed rails which accept pickets through the center of them, or into extruded grooves.

One better way of attaching pickets to the face of a horizontal rails is from the backside with larger lag screws and caps which hide the fasteners from the weather and your sight. Keep in mind, a fence is only as weak as its weakest point. Privacy fences should have tongue and groove pickets so that the fence remains private when, not if the ground shifts.

Pay Attention to Gates – Inexpensive vinyl fence systems will often cut a panel down in width, screw on a diagonal vinyl piece of some sort and call it a ‘gate’. Gate hinges are inferior to others as they only ‘face-mount’ to the post and gate.

Better systems will have a ‘true’ gate with better design to help prevent gate sag. Gates constitute the largest quantity of call backs to installers as they can be tricky, are usually the only part of the fence designed to move, and are often underestimated when designed and installed. A gate is a bad place to ‘skimp’ on your fence project as it could cause hours to years of aggravating maintenance when adjusting, realigning, and replacing parts and hardware.

A better quality gate should have gate uprights fastened to horizontal rails in a secure fashion. Better brands may have ‘gate sockets’ glued and riveted into uprights to accept horizontal fence rails. Steel, or aluminum frame are often used to help prevent sag on better quality vinyl fences.

You will also find a variety of quality gate hardware sets available to compliment vinyl gates. Better hardware will be designed to mount to two sides of the gate hinge post and often the gate upright itself which allows for multiple points to install screws or ‘thru-bolts’.

Avoid hinges which are single dimensional and will only allow you to drive screws into the face of the gate and gate post, these easily ‘pull’ from both during wind. The same principle will apply to latches and having attachment point on both sides of a gate post and gate upright. When choosing a low-to-no maintenance fence, use stainless steel hardware which has been powder coated, or a quality polymer piece of hardware.

Installing regular painted steel hardware on a vinyl fence will cause rust stains to bleed down the face of your new fence in a few years; worse yet, you won’t be able to replace it with better hardware without then seeing old holes in your fence and gate where the old cheap hardware used to be.

Pay Attention to Your Dealer and Fence Manufacturers’ Credentials –

Buy from a well-established fence dealer and long-standing manufacturer and you will rarely err. Professional fence companies and manufacturer’s will service your needs. This isn’t to say they also won’t make mistakes, but they will work feverishly to fix them!