Homeland Viny Products
- Where is Homeland Vinyl Products located?
We have plants located in Birmingham, AL; Millville, NJ; Surgoinsville, TN and Ogden, UT.
- What is the difference between your product and what can be purchased at Big Box Stores?
Some of our customers do SOS business through the Big Box Stores, so make sure to ask who the manufacturer is. If it is not a Homeland Vinyl Product, verify wall thickness of the profiles (some you can literally see through), and ask to see the warranty on the product. HVP products are manufactured to the specs of a Pro Market. The durability of our products are tested to ensure they will stand the test of time, with thicker walls, and a balanced formulation to ensure impact resistance that includes AccuShield added to our protective outer layer.
- Is Gorilla Deck waterproof?
No. Gorilla Deck is a water-shedding outdoor deckboard system. When properly installed, Gorilla Deck will create an under-deck space that can be enjoyed during inclement weather and moderate rainfall.
- Should I install Gorilla Deck over plywood sheeting?
No. Gorilla Deck should be installed on a wooden joist substructure. Overlaying Gorilla Deck on plywood or other plane surface will prevent heat from dissipating. Excess heat can then build up in the product, which may distort the product.
- Should I use a roofing membrane under Gorilla Deck?
No. Gorilla Deck is a water-shedding outdoor deck system, not a waterproof roof system. Roofing membranes can cause excess heat build-up (similar to installation on plywood sheeting), which may distort the product.
- I have energy-efficient windows and doors. Can reflected sunlight affect Gorilla Deck?
Possibly. Reflected sunlight can be intense. Consider using outdoor natural fiber rugs or similar coverings (but not rubber mats) in areas with high concentrations of reflected sunlight. Choosing a lighter color of Gorilla Deck may also reduce heat buildup in areas with high sun exposure.
- Can I use rock salt to melt ice on Gorilla Deck?
Yes. Rock salt/deicer can be used on Gorilla Deck. We recommend that you rinse any salt/deicer residue from the Gorilla Deck as soon as practicable. Only use a plastic snow shovel to remove snow from Gorilla Deck. Metal shovels can gouge the deck surface. Also, do not use a snow blower on the Gorilla Deck, as it may leave scuff marks.
- Should I use rubber mats on Gorilla Deck.
No. Rubber-backed mats can potentially stain deck surfaces, including Gorilla Deck.
- Can bug spray or sunscreen affect the appearance of Gorilla Deck?
Yes. Some of the chemicals in sunscreen and insect repellant products can stain or discolor the Gorilla Deck surface. For this reason, we recommend that you not apply sunscreen or use insect repellant where any overspray may contact the Gorilla Deck.
- Can I paint Gorilla Deck?
We do not recommend painting Gorilla Deck.
- Do Homeland Vinyl Products’ fence systems use metal rail stiffeners?
Yes. We recommend metal stiffeners in the bottom rail (and midrail, if applicable) of the fence panel. The stiffener provides long-term support to prevent sagging. Make sure all metal stiffeners are in the correct orientation (generally, as an upside-down “U” shape).
- The pickets in my privacy fence are bowing outward slightly. Is this normal?
Yes. The privacy fence T & G boards can bow slightly toward the sunny orientation due to thermal expansion. The effect is usually slight, and should reverse itself as the product temperature lowers in the evening. We recommend using “U-channel” trim pieces where the T & G boards meet the post. The trim will provide a finished look, and restrain the bowing effect caused by sunlight.
- Why does Homeland Vinyl recommend a midrail for the Homewood series of fence systems?
We recommend the midrail in the Homewood series, to reduce the bowing effect of sunlight on the pickets. The bowing effect is caused by heat buildup, which causes thermal expansion of the product. Using the midrail will reduce the bowing effect by shortening the pickets and providing another support for the fence panel.
- Can heat sources affect my vinyl fence?
Possibly. High heat sources located next to the fence may cause heat buildup and distortion of the material. Avoid locating grills, fire pits or other heat sources near the fence. Concentrated sunlight reflected by glass windows and doors can also cause areas of heat buildup in the product. Fences installed on or next to asphalt pavement may also be subject to heat buildup.
- Can Homeland Vinyl’s fences be installed on a slope?
Yes. A standard privacy fence can tilt or “rack” about 4” over an 8-foot span. Greater racking can be achieved by trimming the ends of the T & G boards at an appropriate angle.
- Should I leave a gap between the tops of the T & G boards and the top of the upper fence rail pocket?
Yes. We recommend that an approximate ½” gap be left between the top of the T & G board and the upper rail pocket to allow for thermal expansion of the T & G boards and rackability of the system on mild slopes.
- How do I deal with thermal expansion and contraction?
Like all materials, vinyl expands and contracts with changes in temperature. An 8’ span fence rail may change up to a quarter-inch in size over an 80 degree temperature range. Account for slight changes in length when installing the system. Make sure rail ends have adequate clearance of each other inside the fence posts and place notches in the rail ends with enough leeway for contraction.
- Does Homeland Vinyl use UV protectants in its fences?
Yes. All of our fences contain titanium dioxide as a UV inhibitor. The pigments used in our colored products also contain UV protectants.