Commercial projects typically use masonry or chain link for dumpster enclosures or perimeters that require fencing over 8 ft. tall. Wood fencing at that height isn’t practical because it is too tall for wood posts and maintenance is even more challenging than it is for more common 6 ft. or 8 ft. heights. Vinyl fencing is lightweight and more appropriate for 6 ft. tall residential applications.
Trex fencing was originally introduced for the residential market but its unique attributes quickly became an effective option for commercial properties that require sight obstruction, security, and a softer, more natural look. This is particularly true for commercial properties that back up to residential or public spaces that require a non-industrial appearance. Schools, hospitals, and design-focused retail stores turn to Trex fencing for a functional yet aesthetically-pleasing solution.
In its standard configuration, Trex fencing immediately meets the needs of a 6 ft. or 8 ft. tall fence. However, many properties have taller HVAC or electrical equipment. It isn’t just for the security of the equipment behind an enclosure. A Trex fence offers an attractive face to hide equipment that has to be located in a highly visible area.
Masonry gives a heavy, imposing look to a space. People identify masonry walls with functionality but not beauty. Even textured or brick walls give the impression that whatever may be on the other side is big, expensive, or dangerous. While that may be true, a tall fence still meets the typical requirements of blocking intruders and obscuring equipment that is behind it, but it does so without acting as a formidable structure. From an installation standpoint, a tall masonry wall requires a substantial footer which not only increases material costs, it can have a big impact on landscaping and underground utility placement.
Chain link is less obtrusive but is not a design-oriented solution. Chain link is primarily associated with perimeter fencing where cost is the primary factor for choosing it. Even with privacy slats, chain link does not offer full sight obstruction and it it has a highly commercial appearance.
FDS Fence Distributors developed a solution approximately 10 years ago for tall fencing as an alternative to masonry or privacy chain link. The creation of Trex fencing was conceived as a merger of aesthetics and functionality. To meet the rigors of a tall fence for enclosures and perimeters, Trex was enhanced by using heavy duty steel post stiffeners and mid-rails. With this configuration, Trex fencing can be built to 12 ft. heights (and even more with alternatives to the Trex fencing post). That’s typically sufficient to enclose most commercial buildings’ HVAC and electrical equipment.
The fence was developed to provide architects and designers the ability to provide an attractive yet durable alternative to masonry and achieve a low-maintenance objective. Trex is a manufactured fence system with enough history to demonstrate its performance. The composite material has been in consistent use for over 25 years and the material density and thickness has been proven for years, giving the fence the strength that lighter products do not have.
For locations that do not retain property management services or do not have personnel on hand to maintain the fence, this can be an ongoing challenge for enclosures and perimeters. A Trex fence does not need to be painted or stained and it will not rot so property owners have the ability to eliminate ongoing costs for maintenance.
Trex fencing does not require specialty skills or equipment that other products require. That means the overall cost for a tall Trex fence is typically lower than a masonry wall with an engineered footer. Additionally, in a commercial setting damage is sometimes inevitable, particularly if there are moving vehicles around close by. Should damage occur, repairing a Trex fence may only take a few hours and may not incur the heavy costs associated with dismantling an entire masonry wall and rebuilding it. Trex fencing is built in sections so an isolated impact could be limited to replacing a few pickets. Even a damaged post may only require removing the Trex composite, cutting and welding a new steel post stiffener and sleeving the composite post back over it.
Commercial projects increasingly rely on Trex products to provide a compatible look. Some of our most common clients are schools, universities, and hospitals since most of them maintain large HVAC or electrical equipment. With high human traffic around the area of an enclosure or a highly visible perimeter, a Trex fence gives off the appearance of an attractive, natural-looking product, while also providing full privacy.
The following gallery and accompanying presentation document provide a visual sampling of Trex Fencing installations in tall configuration.
If your project requires LEED points, Trex can help. As a member of the U.S. Green Building Council, Trex is committed to sustainable products and manufacturing processes. Trex can contribute up to five points. For more information, read about Trex’s Eco-friendly Fencing or call 877-700-8739.
Download Trex Commercial Fence – Tall Fences presentation.