It goes by many names, CMU, masonry, concrete, cinder block, but whatever you call it, we have some news for you. It’s not the best fence material. So what makes the best fence? Trex. Trex Fencing to be exact. It goes by two names: Seclusions (classic, vertical style) and Horizons (modern, horizontal style). Read on to find out exactly why you should choose Trex Fencing over CMU.
1. Trex is More Affordable
It’s simple math: On average, the price per linear foot for Trex Fencing is cheaper than a finished masonry wall. While each basic cinder block costs about $2, when the cost of the foundation, drainage, and most importantly, labor are added in, the cost of a CMU wall adds up quickly. And, that’s just for the unfinished wall. Once texturing and staining is factored, the wall becomes an expensive structure. Trex is already a finished product (no painting or staining needed), and only requires footers for posts, not a foundation. Trex fencing materials and installation labor are less expensive overall.
Additional potential expenses can come in the form of repairs. No one wants damage, but it’s always a possibility. A block wall is quite sturdy but if the damage is substantial enough, repair costs can be exceptionally high. Taking apart a wall to replace the damage and then rebuild and refinish could lead to hundreds or thousands of dollars in extra cost. If the misfortune of damage occurs with a Trex fence, not only is the product less expensive, but the labor to replace the damage is minimal.
2. Trex is Easier to Install
A “light-weight” block weighs about 28lbs and the average cinder block is usually closer to 38lbs. The weight of each block, combined with the precision, skill, and tools needed to build a CMU wall properly makes for a very labor-intensive project. It’s not the ideal DIY project, and it’s the reason the contracted labor can be so expensive. Trex Fencing, on the other hand, is simple. It installs like a wood fence and fits together quickly. Contractors can build a dumpster enclosure or about 120-150′ of perimeter fencing in about a day.
3. Trex Looks Better
Unless you’re into the utilitarian appearance of a masonry wall, you’d probably prefer the look of a Trex Fence. True to Trex’s reputation as an outdoor living design leader, Trex Fencing merges style and functionality. Both the Seclusions and the Horizons styles of Trex Fencing mimic the natural look of a wood fence while adding curb appeal to any home or business. The board-on-board design is unique among manufactured fences and contributes to full privacy and strength. The rails create a picture-frame look with attractive shadow lines that provide dimensionality. A Trex fence has a softer look than a wall but don’t let that deceive you. Trex is also sturdy and durable.
4. Trex Takes Up Less Space
A standard cinder block is 8″ thick. A Trex Fence Post (which is the thickest part of the fence) is 5″ wide. When working with property lines, pre-existing structures, and small spaces, sometimes thinner is better. And with Trex Fencing you won’t be sacrificing strength for space. But, it isn’t just about the fence above ground. In a tight space, a wide foundation may not be possible or it may have a serious impact on landscaping.
5. Trex Ages Better
A concrete wall is intended to be a long-lasting structure, but unfortunately, it is susceptible to problems as it ages. Cinder blocks contain holes where pockets of air are formed in the mixture. These are perfect places for expansion and contraction and can result in cracks. And because there is no “give” in a cinder block wall, even a slight amount of settling also leads to cracks. Trex Fencing’s uniquely interlocking pickets can experience some expansion and contraction without creating any crack or gaps. To keep it fresh, concrete fences also requires power-washing and repainting. Trex typically needs nothing more than an occasional cleaning. And with Trex’s 25-year Residential and 10-year Commercial Warranty, you’re fence is worry-free.
Honorable Mention: Trex is Better for Dumpster and Utility Enclosures
From small local businesses to large national chains with hundreds of locations, property owners are choosing Trex Fencing over CMU to enclose their dumpsters or outdoor utilities. Trex is strong, looks better, and costs less. *Insert quote from Steve* Enclosures protect what’s inside and cover up unsightly dumpsters or equipment. Need gates? Most enclosures require some kind of entry point, and since a concrete gate is basically impossible, you’ll be using another material like chain link or steel. Your Trex enclosure will look attractive and seamless with a matching Trex gate.