What You Need to Know About New Composite Fencing
“Good Fences Make Good Neighbors.” Great Fences Make Things Even Better!
Over the last few years, composite building materials such as roofing, siding, and decking have quickly and steadily evolved as a popular alternative for those seeking to reduce or eliminate the tedious and on-going maintenance problems associated with traditional wood building materials. Composite building materials are a ‘green’ alternative because they are composed of recycled materials.
Among all of the composite building material categories, decking has surely led the pack with a veritable plethora of styles, patterns and colors from a host of manufacturers. The reasons for composite decking’s rapidly growing popularity are not hard to understand. Simply put, while it looks and installs like real wood, it is – in reality – a revolutionary product that doesn’t rot, warp or splinter, it is easy to install and it never needs painting, staining, sealing or re-sealing (that burdensome yearly project associated with traditional wood decks). And, because it resists weathering and warping, you don’t need to deal with replace rotting, uneven or insect-damaged boards.
Keep in mind that composite decking – and other composite materials, for that matter – is not the end all when it comes to maintenance. Though most composite decking resists sun and water damage and maintains its color and beauty for years, composite decking will still age and oxidize (some less than others depending up raw materials utilized) with prolonged sun exposure. Moreover, as with natural wood decks, composite decking needs to be washed periodically with a non-corrosive high quality composite deck cleaning product. This is especially important in warm, humid climates where some brands of composite decking material are proving to be breeding grounds for mold and mildew.
Bottom line: It has all the beauty of wood, yet stays looking like new year after year with very little maintenance. So, what’s not to love… and what could be better?
Good, Better, Best
While composite decking has proven to be an extremely “good” alternative to traditional wood, some composite decking manufacturers have taken it a step further and have now developed the equivalent for fencing. With experience honed from countless composite decking and railing installations all around the world, manufacturers are now applying their expertise to pioneer composite fencing. The result? One of today’s “best” new solutions for new or replacement fencing.
Great Composite Fencing – at Last!
As with composite decking, composite fencing too captures all the beauty of wood and stays looking like new – year after year – with very little maintenance. But that’s just for starters.
One leading manufacturer has engineered a make-sense way to prevent sagging, a common problem with other composite fencing offerings that are simply made of recycled plastics mixed with wood fibers, which produces extruded material that is both heavy and unsupported.
The answer? The development of a process whereby microscopic air bubbles are infused into the blend of composite material which, in turn, produces much lighter components. The result: a fence board that is about 40% lighter than a traditional solid composite board – which ultimately helps to eliminate sagging by greatly reducing overall weight all throughout the system.
This superior material technology is further enhanced with a uniquely designed “steel reinforced” rail. A honeycomb of galvanized steel is embedded full-length in fence rails for: (1) added strength, (2) to prevent sagging due to long-term load bearing and (3) to help prevent expansion or “creep” resulting from temperature fluctuation. This combination of industry-first, patent-pending technology, gives homeowners a truly new and superior fencing system – with unparalleled strength and beauty.
Most composite fencing is initially being offered in a rich, warm colors – with the look, grain and texture of real wood – in two board configurations (both in six-foot and eight-foot lengths), with steel reinforced rails, 4 x 4 post covers, decorative flat-top post caps and multiple fastening options.
Great Fences Make Great Impressions
It is said, that “good fences make good neighbors.” Those being the case, a great fence can only make things even better. The beauty of composite fencing – whether new or as replacement fencing – will not only make your neighbors happy, it will enhance the entire neighborhood.
And beyond the added “curb appeal” for your home, lies the low-maintenance factor for you and all the extra free time you’ll have to relax and socialize with friends and neighbors, instead of spending time repairing and replacing boards, re-painting, re-staining and/or continually re-sealing.
Isn’t that great? You bet. That’s composite fencing. Check it out.