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The Pluses and Minuses of Composite Fencing

As you may know from reading my articles I tend to be a “natural wood” guy. I come from a long line of sawmill people who turn trees into useful items for building homes and other buildings. Up until a few years ago I never thought I would be using any products that were directly sawed from a log but that has changed.
Now, I think there are some products that can and should be engineered in order to provide a good product. One of these is fences. I really didn’t like the idea of man made fencing boards until my neighbor installed a rail fence a few years ago. It is white and still looks as good as it did when he put it up.

Composite Wood Fences
Usually, in our wet climate, there would be some mold or moss growing on it by now but that is not happening with the composite rails and posts he put in. Plus, he is not going to need to repaint the fence every three to five years. It is just put it up and let it be.
Fences provide essential security to our homes. These structures protect our families from outside threats by lining the perimeter of our house. We should make it a point, therefore, that our fences are very sturdy and can withstand the wear and tear caused by natural elements. Since fences are the first line of defense for every property and the first thing seen by outsiders, they should also look good. But, for me, the main factor of fences should be that they are easy to install and worth the price.
Composite fencing satisfies all these requirements for quality home perimeter security. Composite fences are becoming the choice among most home owners because of their durability and convenience in installation. Choosing fencing composite for your home also enables you to help the environment in your own way.

Wood Composite Fencing
Before anything else, you need to know what exactly composite fencing is. Fences described as “composite” are made through the process of binding two or more dissimilar materials to create a new and stronger product. The usual materials used in a composite product are wood fiber, sometimes wood shavings or saw dust, and plastic. These materials are mixed under high pressure, and then bound by a special type of epoxy-like substance to make them very dense and extremely durable. The use of composite wood is not only limited to fences. These materials are also utilized for decks and shingles of houses.
Wood composite fencing has a lot of advantages, especially when placed side by side with other fencing materials such as natural wood and steel. As mentioned earlier, woodtype fencing made from composite materials boasts unmatched strength and durability. Having elements from both wood and plastic, composite fences can endure even the harshest weather conditions such as extreme heat from the sun or freezing cold. The plastic component of composite fencing also allows it to be resistant to moisture, which often causes damage in fences made from other materials.


Composite Picket Fence
From this, it can be deduced that a composite picket fence is also very low maintenance. You can just hose them down while doing your gardening chores and let them dry under the sunlight, and they are good to go. There is no more need for frequent repainting, which can be a big chore if you have very much fence at all. Have you ever spend days trying to get all the pickets painted only to find you missed some spots? Very frustrating.
Areas of the composite fencing where there are stubborn dirt particles only need to be occasionally taken care of using a pressure washer, everyday cleaning products and a scrub brush.

Composite Fencing Panels
With composite fencing panels, there is also no more need to worry about pesky termites ruining your house’s perimeter protection. Since the wood fibers have already been mixed and bound with synthetic components, the resulting material no longer run the risk of being eaten up by pests. That means there is also no more need to replace your fences very often, as may be the case for natural wood fences. This will also translate to more savings on your part.
Probably the best advantage you can get for using composite picket fencing is its environment friendly aspect. It is considered to be a “green” product because it uses what can be regarded as waste, such as wood shavings and saw dust from woodwork projects, to create a new and even better material. This type of fencing is usually made from 50 to even 100 percent recycled materials. Composite fencing, therefore, spares our forests or other uses, since trees need not be cut down to be able to have physical protection for our homes. If trees are used it is for structural components for homes and other buildings. This is great because the light weight, structural aspect of lumber is really where its strength lies.

Composite Privacy Fencing
Composite privacy fencing also does not use harmful chemicals during its production stage. Some fencing products, such as pressure treated wood, use products that can be absorbed by the soil upon installation, especially during the period of decay, and cause harm to nearby environments when ingested or inhaled. Composite fencing, in contrast, is guaranteed safe and gentle to the surroundings.
In addition to these facts, composite wood fencing is also generally recyclable. Since its materials are durable, you can re-work and re-purpose composite wood products. That’s one versatile product for your use, depending on your creativity.
Apart from these environmental benefits, composite fencing also does not require a lot of effort to install—a big plus for do-it-yourself enthusiasts. All you need to do is to map your fence line, dig holes for your fence posts and then conveniently mount the composite fencing rails or panels. Just make sure that you are positioning the flat surface towards the right direction to be able to conveniently attach your panels.
To top all these advantages, a composite fence is also known for having visual appeal. They come in different styles, textures, designs, colors and sizes, leaving room for your creativity. Some even actually resemble the appearance of sophisticated wood products such as redwood, oak and cedar. Installing composite fencing products will definitely impress visitors and make your neighbors green with envy.

Problems With Composite Fencing
The use of composite fencing, however, has its flip side too. In the eyes of the meticulous woodworking enthusiast, for example, this product does not give a perfect wooden look. It is also heavier than wood, so it requires smaller joist spacing. Manufacturers of these fences, however, have devised advancements that have made their products as close as possible to actual wood.
Composite fencing is also prone to increases in flexibility when there are changes in temperature. This can be remedied by using special fasteners to steadily mount the fencing materials. This type of fencing is also softer than other materials, so it is vulnerable to scratches. Lastly, composite fencing costs significantly more than regular materials— a word of warning for those with limited budgets. But this higher initial cost is quickly offset by the lower levels of maintenance that are needed over the years.
The fences will prove to be worthy investments in the long run. There are a lot of brands you can choose from, among them the 100-percent recyclable Trex composite fencing. Other manufacturers include Bear Board, Millennium Lumber and Eco-Tech. Composite fencing is really the most viable option for your home, especially if you want durability, functionality and visual appeal, while doing your share in protecting the environment.

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