What’s the difference between vinyl sold at the home centers, online resellers or by fence contractors?

Hello all, today we will have a brief chat with Viken Ohansian, the CEO of U.S Polymers. First off, we would like to thank you for giving us your time to answer a few questions about your company.

Interviewee #1: VIKEN: Ohansian 

 

Company: Duramax 

 

APRIL 16TH 2020

Hello all, today we will have a brief chat with Viken Ohansian, the CEO of U.S Polymers. First off, we would like to thank you for giving us your time to answer a few questions about your company. U.S Polymers is a leading manufacturing company in PVC building materials. The customers of Duramax building products are home owners, cannabis growers, restaurants, Car washes , garages, and contractors.

“So, Viken, I would like to begin by asking you …”

 

QUESTION: When did vinyl fencing start finding wide spread acceptance in the US? 

Duramax which is a division of U.S Polymer’s, focuses on vinyl fencing, patio covers, decking, railing, aluminium fencing, and all outdoor products..U.S Polymers has other divisions, but the focus of this discussion are our Duramax building products, that focuses on those various products. 

ANSWER: Vinyl fencing found its wide spread acceptance in the U.S in the early 90’s where. By the late 90’s early 2000’s vinyl was pretty much all over the country. So, on the hindsight now, it been about 30 years. 

 

QUESTION: What’s the difference between vinyl sold at the home centers, online resellers or by fence contractors? 

ANSWER: Vinyl fencing is sold through a variety of different outlets. For example, you can go to home centers like Home Depot or Lowes to get vinyl fencing, or you can also call fencing contractors who come to your home to take measurements & and then begin their installment process in your backyard Sometimes these contractors have dealership stores specialized with displays, and they show all the variety of different types of fencing, especially in the vinyl area where they can display the different styles and so on many more choices as compared to wood fences. Then of course you also have online stores where you can buy vinyl fencing from. Although, those are not as prevalent. But you certainly can still have that as an option. The products available at the Home Centers are typically the lowest-  residential grade product there is out there. They are really focused on price and meeting a certain budget. When you focus on one thing too much you give up some other things for example durability & strength, the functionality, and design elements. When you go with a pro like a fence contractor or dealer you find a more upgraded or prograde product. Typically, a little thicker, more durable, better formulations, less in the way of recycled materials and certainly a more professional grade of a product. On the online resellers side of things, there are some great online specialty shops that really specialize in vinyl fencing, for example we have a Duramax fence store and our Duramax fences .com site really specialize on offering a prograde product whether it’s through our dealers in specific areas, or whether it’s through direct online sales in areas where we don’t have dealers. If you find a right online store you can get prograde products at a great value, because there are no overheads of warehousing and storing and all that stuff that you find with the home centers. That being said fence contractors and online stores are big GO TO places for a commercial prograde product that I would recommend for most homeowner that are looking for vinyl fencing.

 

QUESTION: What are the pros and cons of buying from each of these sources? 

ANSWER: The pros I think are typically when you’re buying from fence contractors, it’s an installed product, they rarely sell you the materials because they are selling you their product and installation. The advantage of buying from Home Centers’ is that you can have your gardener or someone else install it for you, so from a budget standpoint that might work out for you better. But then again, it’s better to get a professional to install it securely. When you are buying vinyl online you are able to get a prograde product, if you buy it from the right store, with full instructions on installations. So that is a great way to save money and also have the full guidelines. So those are some of the pros & the cons, it really depends what you are looking for. If you’re looking for full service then the fence contractor dealer is your way to go. If you’re looking for a good quality product then you can buy it online at the right specialized store and share the instructions with a gardener or landscaper or even a fence contractor, or any contractor to install it for you. If you are looking for something that is within a budget, then you may want to buy it from a Home Center, because and go through the challenges of installment with your own resources, whether that’s your gardener or whatever it is. Also, you don’t have as much guidance in terms of instructions helping you on how to get that done, because they aren’t as specialized in that particular area. 

 

QUESTION: Does brand mean much?

Answer: It’s not commonly known, but definitely different brands of fencing do give different grades of quality and are different in performance. For example, some brands are really focused on being in different parts of the country, due to the various characteristics taken into consideration with vinyl fencing. Vinyl is a product that has a number of qualities that need to be considered in the different areas such as heat deflection, UV stability, and impact resistance. These qualities are important in order to avoid the fencing from turning yellow under the sun, or cracking when hit with freezing temperatures. So obviously when you are making a fence for the cold weather in New York, it’s going to be different when you are making a fence for the dessert sun in Nevada. So you have different grades of products, different manufacturers that really carter to their regions. The nice thing about Duramax is that it’s a Western company designed for the Western Climate, the Southwest sun. The UV resistance, the heat deflection becomes number one on the list of quality characteristics of the Duramax product. Then you have things like heat deflection for the sun, and the impact resistance for sub-zero weather, where you ask yourself if your vinyl is going to shatter. All of this is largely associated with the quality of the product, how much regrinds are used. Duramax runs its product with virgin materials, we don’t use regrinds from outside our factory. To that extent you definitely want to be mindful of what your purchasing and from who. The one guideline I will give is to look at who the manufacturer is and make sure you have a solid manufacturer’s warranty, because when there is no brand and it’s a generic type of product then you don’t really know what you are buying or who is standing behind it. You want to research the manufacturer, go to their website make sure that you have the confidence that if anything should go wrong you are going to be backed up. Everyone may claim warranty. However, the thing is you want to go with a trusted company that not only gives you a warranty but that ensures you that you are not going to have any problems where you may need to use it. You don’t really ever want to exercise that warranty because who wants to go and change a fence that’s yellowing or a fence that’s cracked. This being said, its best to stick with companies that have reputable brands that you recognize and that you can go to their websites and see that they know what they are talking about as opposed to some off-beat company who may also give you warranty but you are more luckily to actually exercise that warranty at some point which will end up being a nightmare.

 

QUESTION: What are the best ways to buy Duramax vinyl fences? 

ANSWER: If you go to the Duramax Fences .com site you can find authorized Duramax dealers. If you are in an area where there is no dealer, then you have the option to buy the specific product you are looking for right there on the site. My first stop would be to go to Duramaxfences.com

 


Understanding the Vinyl Fencing Industry and Foreseeing its Future through an industry leader’s perspective—Vram Ohanesian, CFO of Duramax

We asked Vram Ohanesian the CFO of Duramax, a leading manufacturer of building products, where he sees the vinyl industry growing.

We asked Vram Ohanesian the CFO of Duramax, a leading manufacturer of building products, where he sees the vinyl industry growing. “I really see it becoming more and more as a normal use product taking more and more market share from wood. It is actually, in my opinion more environmentally friendly because once you install it you don’t have to go back and use stains, or any other tarnishes, or backers to maintain it. I really think is going to take over more and more in most divisions in housing.”

   

 Vram also claims that there are distinct differences between different manufacturers of vinyl fencing based on quality of materials being used and specific quality control checks the manufacturers undergo. As time goes on more and more competitors will be joining the market and options will become unlimited. However, the main players in the game, such as Duramax, are not intimidated. If you’re wondering what sets Duramax apart, it is really the quality of the product that they produce. Duramax adheres to the highest ASTM standards. All of their formulations are created in house to meet stringent requirements of the South West. Duramax is extremely careful about the materials that they use in their products, they are currently using virgin materials to produce their products. Duramax strongly believes they are the best supplier out there for vinyl fencing with a large selection of product offerings. “We are the best ready to service this growing market”, (Vram Ohanesian).

 

Furthermore, we asked Vram what he thinks are the benefits of Vinyl as opposed to other fencing choices. The ultimate benefit of vinyl is based on the longevity or lifetime of the product. How well will the product react to nature? Whether it be high or extremely low temperature. Unlike other materials, Vinyl fencing will not deteriorate or need replacing. Vinyl does not need to be maintained to the extent of wood or other materials and therefore proves to be a true lifetime product and solution.

 



How to buy Vinyl Fencing—expert insight into buying vinyl fences the RIGHT way through industry expert Viken Ohanesian, CEO of Duramax

Vinyl Fencing found its wide spread acceptance in the U.S in the early 90’s. This was the beginning of a new revolution in the housing and outdoor industry.

Vinyl Fencing found its wide spread acceptance in the U.S in the early 90’s. This was the beginning of a new revolution in the housing and outdoor industry. Vinyl fencing is sold through a variety of different outlets. The main outlets that offer vinyl fencing are home centers, fencing contractors or dealers, and lastly one may also have the option to buy from online fencing retailers.

 

There are quite a few differences between buying from these different outlets and each has its pros and cons. For example, buying your vinyl fencing from home centers, is probably the most cost-effective solution and would be an option for someone who is looking to buy within a specific budget. The products offered at home centers are typical the lowest-residential grade product there is out there. However, when you focus on budget during a purchase, you give up some other characteristics of the product. For example, durability & strength, functionality, and design elements. The advantage of buying from home centers such as Home Depot or Lowes, is that you are purchasing at a cost that is within you budget and you can use your own resources for the installment. However, the con might be that you may want a professional to install it to ensure it is more securely placed. 

Fencing contractors or dealers, usually offer a more upgraded or prograde product. The products offered by them, might be thicker, more durable, better formulated, and less in the way of recycled materials. The pro for buying from a fencing contractor is that they are offering an installed product. They rarely sell you the materials alone, as the purpose of their business is to sell you their product and installation. Some may see this as too costly or unnecessary. 

In terms of online fencing retailers, if you find the right online store you can get prograde products at a great value, because there are no overheads of warehousing and storing and all that stuff that you find with the home centers.

 

When buying vinyl fencing it really depends on what you are looking for in terms of price and installation method. If you’re looking for full service then the fence contractor dealer is your way to go. If you’re looking for a good quality product then you can buy it online at the right specialized store and share the instructions with a gardener or landscaper or even a fence contractor, or any contractor to install it for you. If you are looking for something that is within a budget, then you may want to buy it from a home center and go through the challenges of installment with your own resources, whether that’s your gardener or whoever.

When considering vinyl fencing, brand does matter! There are various brands of fencing available and believe it or not they each offer different grades of quality and performance. For example, some brands are really focused on being in different parts of the country, due to the various characteristics taken into consideration with vinyl fencing. These characteristics may include heat deflection, UV stability, and impact resistance. These qualities are important in order to avoid the fencing from turning yellow under the sun, or cracking when hit with freezing temperatures. This being said, different brands of vinyl fencing offer different grades of products. Various manufacturers really carter to their regions. The nice thing about Duramax is that it’s a Western company designed for the Western Climate, the Southwest sun. The UV resistance, the heat deflection becomes number one on the list of quality characteristics of the Duramax product.

A guideline given by industry expert, Viken Ohanesian, CEO of U. S Polymers, suggests “to look at who the manufacturer is and make sure you have a solid manufacturer’s warranty, because when there is no brand and it’s a generic type of product then you don’t really know what you are buying or who is standing behind it. You want to research the manufacturer, go to their website make sure that you have the confidence that if anything should go wrong you are going to be backed up.” Viken recommends to stick with a brand that is reputable and recognizable in terms of their products and customer satisfaction. 

 

The best ways to buy Durmax Vinyl fencing, which is a division brand from within U.S Polymers is to go to the Duramax site and find authorized dealers in your areas. If no dealers are present in your area then you have the option to buy the product right then and there.

Why Vinyl Fencing is more promising than all other Fencing Options

Vinyl fencing is gaining more and more market share in the fencing industry.

Vinyl fencing is gaining more and more market share in the fencing industry. We sat with Vram Ohansian, President of Duramax building products to answer some questions about the growing vinyl fencing market. Duramax s is a leading manufacturing company in Vinyl building materials producing vinyl fencing, decking, patio covers, storage sheds and many other garden products and selling them under the brand name Duramax Building Products.

 

QUESTION: Are there differences between manufacturers of vinyl fence?

ANSWER: Yes, there are distinct differences between different manufacturers of vinyl fencing based on quality of materials being used and their quality control checks. 

 

QUESTION: What are the benefits of vinyl when compared to other fence choices? 

ANSWER: The benefits of Vinyl is the longevity or lifetime of the product. How well it’s going to react to nature. Unlike other materials, Vinyl fencing will not rot, fade, or chip. You don’t need to maintain it like wood or any other materials. It’s really a true lifetime product.

 

QUESTION: What sets Duramax apart?

ANSWER: What sets Duramax apart is really in the quality of product that we produce. We adhere to the highest ASTM standards. We do all of our formulations in house to meet the stringent requirement that we have in the South West. We are really careful about the materials that we use in our vinyl fence.

 

QUESTION: Where do you see the vinyl fence industry growing?

ANSWER: I really see it becoming more and more as a normal use product taking more and more market share from wood. It is actually, in my opinion more environmentally friendly because once you install it you don’t have to go back and use stains, or any other tarnishes, or backers to maintain it. I really think it is going to take over more and more in most divisions in housing.

 

QUESTION: Are there any other comments you wish to add?

ANSWER: I believe we are the best supplier out there for vinyl fencing with our large selection of products. We are the best ready to service this market. 

By: Sari Al Duwaik

 

Joe and Ruby thanked Duramax for offering them a semi-privacy fence for their property

This is the story of Joe and Ruby, a very jovial couple who came to our store for semi-private vinyl fencing.

This is the story of Joe and Ruby, a very jovial couple who came to our store for semi-private vinyl fencing. Semi-private fences are for those who need absolute seclusion from the neighborhood but also need some in-flow of light and air. Offering them semi-private fences, we received very positive feedback from their end. Gradually vinyl private and semi-private fences are becoming very popular among homeowners. If you are looking for the same then you can always explore our range of semi-privacy fences.

 

Post-installation they could enjoy the privacy, also their property looked so appealing after a fence installation. They were assured that their pet dog would roam about in the yard freely and would be safe from the outside world. These fences offer a touch of elegance and a sense of security to your outdoor space. A semi-private fence is a robust solution to safeguard your yard from intruders and harsh weather, also to keep your kids and pet safe inside. Vinyl fencing can offer the much-needed beauty and sophistication to your home, and also helps in increasing the value of your property.

 

There was one thing that Joe was worried about, it’s the hot sun rays that hit his yard for long hours. He invested a good amount of money in the installation and he was also fond of the vinyl fence. He turned to the Duramax team for a solution; we assured him that the fences won’t be affected at all by the hot Southwest Sun. We use the special and the effective DuraResin formulation which helps the fences to endure high heat. The fences are made of 12 parts of Titanium Dioxide and UV inhibitors which offer high UV stability and weather ability.

 

The fences are available in a variety of colors; you can choose the color that suits your home and your taste. You can also explore the range of white vinyl fences that we have for you, it’s very popular these days. Your fence could be of any color; you do not need to repaint and the color won’t fade or wash away ever. If you are fond of white fences like this couple, you can be assured that your fences would remain white for years and will never turn yellow.

 

Joe and Ruby went through the Duramax website, read testimonials, and read the several benefits of vinyl fences. They saw clients praising us for offering such low-maintenance fences. After they installed a semi-private fence, they realized that no hard work was needed to maintain the fences. The fences are so easy to clean, they use a simple hose to rinse or wipe it with a cloth.

 

The vinyl sheets used to manufacture fences are thick, have a solid routing system, a proper locking mechanism, and no screws or brackets are visible. Quality is a very essential factor; we assure that our fences exceed the ASTM F964 standards. Our fences offer beauty and lifetime performance.
Joe and Ruby were worried about vinyl fence installations; we advised them to hire a reputed fence installation expert. We suggest all our customers locate and hire their nearest vinyl fence installers in the area. Choose fences from Duramax that are made in the USA and get a limited lifetime warranty.

Miss Belinda is passionate about residential farming so she chose to install a 3 rail ranch fence from Duramax on her farm

Miss Belinda is very passionate about residential farming and while looking for the ultimate fencing, she called Duramax for a solution.

Miss Belinda is very passionate about residential farming and while looking for the ultimate fencing, she called Duramax for a solution. Firstly, she did not have a clear idea about which fencing to choose, she relied on our advice of installing a 3 rail ranch fence in Colorado which would be ideal for a residential farm. Vinyl fencing is now a very popular choice; it is very durable, thus a long-lasting solution. 

As per our advice, she agreed to install a ranch rail fence in Colorado but she also shared her concerns with us. She thought that heat could be a big enemy for her fences but Duramax assured her that the products are specially engineered to endure the intense Southwest sun. We use the DuraResin formulation which helps the fences to retain its quality after taking in intense sunlight for years. The fence is constructed using 12 parts of Titanium Dioxide and UV inhibitors giving it a high UV stability and weather ability. 

 

Now that residential farming is becoming so popular, we are getting queries from many who are showing their interest in our range of vinyl fences. A rail ranch fence is ideal to keep grazing animals away from your fence. Now, Miss Belinda chose to install a beige color vinyl fence, it’s a lighter shade and she expressed her concerns about discoloration. When you install a white or beige rail fence, you do not have to worry about discoloration or the fences turning yellow, the fences will not lose their original color even after years of installation. We not only manufacture 3 rail fences but 2 or 4 rail fences. We manufacture various other types of fences available in an array of colors and no paining will be needed.

These vinyl fences can endure heat, fire, impact resistant and do not show cracks in very cold temperatures. The fences can endure high-speed wind; all our products are 105 mph wind-test passed. If you already have a fence installed, we have a team that specially offers custom routing, this done with care to ensure that the new fence matches with the existing one. We have seen that if residential farming is the purpose, most of the clients prefer installing a 3 rail ranch fence, it looks amazing. Miss Belinda was very happy with the new fence and she shared the pictures with us and thanked us for the services. When she wanted to know about the quality assurance, we immediately showed her the ASTM F964 certification and this standard that we maintain is higher than any vinyl fence in the market. 

Belinda was very satisfied with the rail ranches, she liked the thick vinyl that has been used for fencing. Not only that but we also use a very strong routing system and a strong locking facility. The fences look perfect with no visible screws or brackets. 

 

Once installed the vinyl fences offer traditional beauty and lifetime performance. She did not clean her fences regularly, she cleaned the fences with a hose occasionally to clean off the dust, still the fences have retained the color. The fences do not have lead; it’s non-toxic and environment-friendly. Order a fence and get a limited lifetime warranty. 

Simona Shared the Benefits That She Was Enjoying after Installing Duramax’s Privacy Fence Panels

Fences installed around the property give security, privacy and improves the look and feel of the surrounding. Till now, people have been using fences made of various materials but now due to the use of vinyl, those have taken a backseat. Enclosing your property gives a deep sense of security and apart from this privacy fence panels have a lot of other benefits too.

Fences installed around the property give security, privacy and improves the look and feel of the surrounding. Till now, people have been using fences made of various materials but now due to the use of vinyl, those have taken a backseat. Enclosing your property gives a deep sense of security and apart from this privacy fence panels have a lot of other benefits too.

 

Simona, called Duramax for a vinyl privacy fencing solution because privacy was her primary requirement. Since she was living very close to the busy street, she wanted seclusion. She was looking for a high complete privacy fence so that she gets ample privacy. But a high fence can block the view so you might not be comfortable with one like Simona, so you can shift your priorities and install a semi-privacy fence as well. While she was sharing her experience she thanked the team because now she can relax and feels so good after getting rid of the noisy neighborhood.

She was worried whether her fences would last long being exposed to the Southwest sun; we assured her that it would be almost a lifetime solution. The fences are manufactured with DuraResin formulation keeping in mind the high heat of the Southwest sun. The fences are made from 12 parts of Titanium Dioxide and UV inhibitors, thus the products have maximum UV stability and the ability to withstand all weather conditions.

Now that she has installed a fence around her property, it has increased the aesthetic appeal of her property. Our privacy fences come in an array of colors and designs so you have so many options to pick from so that the fences match the style of your home. And a good fencing actually increases the value of a property and now the customer is so contended.  

Simona was looking for durable and sturdy fences, we assured her that our privacy fences are made from thicker vinyl that uses a very strong routing system and proper locking. Vinyl fences do not rot, show no signs of wearing, any termite infestation or stains. You never have to repaint our fences and this saves cost and time.The products are heat, fire, cold and impact resistant and go beyond the ASTM F964 standards.

Perhaps Simona discovered one of the essential benefits of vinyl fences, its shelter and protection. She shared with us that after installing she faced two storms and she was amazed at how the fences could deflect quite a considerable amount of rain and wind which could otherwise damage her house. Yes, our fences are 105 mph wind test passed and free from any lead. Also, like any other fencing, a privacy fence could also protect the property from trespassers like buglers and thrives.

The products are made in the USA, can be recycled so advantageous for the environment and offers a limited lifetime warranty. Finally, there are various reasons why customers choose to install privacy fence panels.

Duramax is very popular among local fence companies in the western USA. Please visit our new website, take a look at the variety of fences and order online.

 

Duramax helped Tim to find the right kind of vinyl fence for his garden area that gets lot of sunlight

Tim loves sunshine and is fond of gardening so he owns a little space in front of his house where colorful flowers blooms and now he is also into farming a few vegetables. He was looking for a durable fencing solution to safeguard his garden space; he asked friends, looked into the internet and reached to Duramax for a solution. We assured him that he was at the right place for a fencing solution and all he needed was a sturdy vinyl fence. We are a fence company that is catering to clients for more than a decade. So, we are aware of most of the client requirements when it comes to fencing.

 

There are still so many customers like Tim who love wooden fences, its rustic appeal, the rich texture and the feel. We do not turn them down and this is why we have manufactured vinyl fences that look similar to wood. So, when Tim asked us why vinyl and not wooden fences we assured him that vinyl is an improved solution compared to wood. We have fences that look just like wood but you do not have to deal with the drawbacks of wood like rotting, termite infestation, staining, wearing out and perishing. Instead Tim was happier to have the liberty to choose fences of any color and once installed it would be for a lifetime. We want to tell all of you that now that we have a new website solely for fencing, you can come online to choose your fences and order.

Tim is now stunned by the durability of our vinyl fences, he told the team that the vinyl used was really thick and he did not have to invest in any screws and brackets. We assured him that the routing system of our fences is very strong with adequate locking procedure. Once you choose and order your fence, hire fencing contractors who can complete the installation process and the charges are quite nominal.

Tim did not have to worry about investment because the fences are so durable that it did not need any special maintenance so far and we ensured him that once installed the fences are almost for a lifetime. The products remain unchanged in heat, cold, in high impact and fire which is amazing. Quality is one thing we are very cautious about, we want our customers to rely on our products so all the fences are tested for quality; the fences exceed the ASTM F964 standards which is quite high when compared to the rest of the fencing industry.

White Tim was convinced about getting vinyl fences for his garden space which receives ample sunlight. He was worried about how vinyl fences would react to the sun? So, if you are thinking the same, you should know that we have an experienced team of expert manufacturers and researchers who have created the Duraresin formulation. This formulation is used in manufacturing the fences to make it so sturdy that it can endure the Southwest sun and all other weather conditions.

He chose among the many fencing contractors and they were more than happy to install Duramax fences. Tim is a colorful person so he has chosen fences according to his choice but in case you are planning to install a white fence or any lighter shade, do it without hesitation because we assure that our fences retain their whiteness without showing any signs of turning yellow. All the products are wind tested, free from lead, made in the USA and recyclable. Get a limited lifetime warranty on all our fences, choose yours and order now.