How to Replace a Slat on a Vinyl Fence

Although your vinyl fence is weather resistant and almost maintenance free, there are times that you may need to make a few repairs.

Replacing a vinyl slat is not as complicated as you think.Replacing a vinyl slat is not as complicated as you think.
If you need to replace one of the slats in your vinyl fence you will find that it is an uncomplicated job. Most manufacturers provide additional slats and brackets on their websites or in local home improvement stores. Then it is ready, set, go and in a short amount of time your fence will look like new.
Remove the slat by unscrewing the screws from the brackets.

Remove the broken slat by using your screwdriver to unscrew the screws that are holding it to the brackets on the top and bottom rails. (Remove and replace any broken brackets.)

Hang your new slat.

Clean the top and bottom rails and their brackets of any dirt or glue with a damp cloth. Hang the replacement slat onto the brackets of the rails.

Keep the new slat clamped for an hour.

Screw the new slat into the brackets of the top and bottom rail using screws and your screwdriver. Apply adhesive to the slat and the brackets and clamp the slat onto the top and bottom rails for at least an hour. Let the new slat dry for 24 hours.

Things You Will Need

  • Screwdriver
  • Brackets (if needed)
  • Damp cloth
  • Vinyl slat
  • Screws
  • Vinyl adhesive
  • Clamp

About the Author

Barbara Freeman is a teacher and has been writing since around 1995. She's written curriculum for Discovery NutshellMath software and her NutshellMath tutorials appear on the Discovery Cosmeo homework website. She's also written for Freshfilm.com. Freeman earned a Bachelor of Arts, a credential and a Master of Arts in educational technology.