How to Replace Vinyl Fence Panels

Vinyl privacy fences provide a reasonably priced fencing solution for a home, and virtually any homeowner can assemble the pre-fabricated parts of the fence with a few tools and no special skills just by following the instructions.

However, sometimes fence panels or damaged or take extra weathering from being in an exposed spot. When this happens, that section cannot simply be mended. Instead, it must be replaced with a matching panel.

Remove the screws securing the panel from either the bracket or the fence post and set them aside. Dismount the vinyl panel and set it out of the way.

Lay a level vertically alongside the fence posts on either side of the gap. If you didn't set the posts in concrete, removing the panel might have nudged them out of alignment. If they aren't plumb, you may need to dig up the post and reset it before proceeding.

Set the new panel into the gap, either by aligning the rails with the brackets on the post or by sliding the panel's rail tabs into the slots on the posts.

Put the screws back into the screw holes and tighten them with a screwdriver.

Things You Will Need

  • Screwdriver
  • Level
  • Shovel

Tips

  • If you are installing a new vinyl fence, try to order one or two extra panels and then store them for future use. Having spares on hand makes replacing damaged panels much easier.
  • The major problem in replacing a panel on a vinyl privacy fence is finding a matching panel, assuming you do not have any spares. Start with the store or online retailer through which you ordered the original fence kit. If that model of fence is no longer in stock, look for it at other retailers. If the fence model is no longer in production, then turn to classifieds like Craigslist and architectural salvage yards to find your spare parts.