Trex Fencing Fire Rating

Trex Fencing Fire Rating

Wildfire spreading towards neighborhood homesOne of the primary reasons for installing a fence around your home is security from property intrusion. However, is your fence also secure against natural disasters?

A major risk facing many homeowners across the United States are wildfires, especially in high risk areas such as California where 8,527 fires burned a combined area of 1,893,913 acres in 2018.  The National Interagency Fire Center reported that the U.S. suffered 58,083 wildfires nationwide in 2018, burning roughly 8.8 million acres in various areas of the country.

The fence you choose to secure your home with will either protect or endanger your property. A fire resistant fence can slow damage from a wildfire, while a non-resistant fence can act as a fire igniter driving a fire directly to other structures, such as homes, on a property. Therefore, as part of a property protection plan, paying attention to fire ratings for fencing materials is crucial.

 

Trex Fencing dividing yards in a home owner association located in a dry, hot climate

Flame spread analysis is an important method of determining the potential risk a material poses to a property. The professional standards organization, ASTM International, sets testing standards for flame spread classifications. Trex Fencing flame spread properties for exterior use has been tested following the ASTM E84 procedure.  ASTM E84 Standard Test Method for Surface Burning Characteristics of Building Materials places testing materials into three different classes: A, B, or C. Examples of how flame spread classifications are used for various building materials are:

 

Class A – Fire exits, interior finishes
Class B – Walls and ceilings of small rooms
Class C – Finish materials in large capacity rooms (over 300 people) and exterior use for wood decking

 

Trex Seclusions Fencing was rated with a Flame Spread Index Average rating of 75, placing it in the Class B category (read more in the Trex Flame Spread Bulletin). This means the risk of a fire spreading rapidly is reduced compared to traditional wood fencing. Dense suburban communities that border natural lands where high levels of inflammable materials such as drought-stricken grasses and brush create a concentrated area with elevated risk. A slower flame spread allows property owners at an individual level to prepare for protection or evacuation. On a larger scale, it also allows communities to be in a better position of responsive action such as allowing authorities to get resources to a fire with enough time to mobilize a defense.

For fire prone areas, Trex Fencing provides better protection than wood. While you are upgrading your property to replace damaged fencing or you are building a new fence with future preparedness in mind, include Trex Fencing in your plan.  Please give us a call at 1-877-700-8739 or email us at [email protected] to learn how you can best protect your property with Trex Fencing.

 

Trex Fencing with Ornamental Fence Paneling

Trex Fencing with Ornamental Fence Paneling

Fencing for most homeowners is the ideal way to create privacy and security for one’s property.  Most opt for a full-privacy fence, separating private property from the public eye. One downside to traditional full-privacy fencing is it closes off the homeowner’s view of the area outside of the property. The homeowner may enjoy having a view of the neighborhood or allowing passersby a view of their home.  What is the ideal fencing option that combines security with visibility? The solution combines two unlikely material, Trex Fencing posts, and ornamental fence paneling. 

Ornamental fence panels are an excellent way to join both of these fencing variables. The sturdy aluminum or iron frames create a strong barrier between private property and the public, while allowing visibility between the two.  But wait. Don’t want to have an ornamental fence that matches every other? Luckily Trex Fence posts can be incorporated into this fencing design to create a unique and equally durable fence.

Combine the elegant and clean aesthetic of ornamental aluminum or iron fencing with the natural and subtle appearance of the Trex Fencing posts for a standout fence.  Trex Fencing posts are free from rot, splintering, and breakage, creating a long-lasting structure to support the ornamental fence paneling.

Want to see more ideas for Trex Fencing and ornamental fence panels? Check out our gallery below:

Trex with FDS at FENCETECH 2019

Trex is coming to Indianapolis! The 2019 Fencetech will be held in Indianapolis, IN with vendor booths on display March 15-16.  Come visit Trex Fencing National Distribution Partner, FDS Fence Distributors, in Booth #2446. Meet our product experts, view product samples, and learn how to set up direct purchasing. FENCETECH features a number of events during the show for networking, education sessions, and professional development opportunities. We look forward to seeing you at our booth between sessions.

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Project Spotlight – Scenic Privacy Screen – Cody, WY

Project Spotlight – Scenic Privacy Screen – Cody, WY

Sitting in the Northwest of Wyoming is a hidden gem, Cody.  Cody is a small, but historically rich, town, known primarily as part of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West.  Cody has a variety of different museums and is located near the historic simulation town of Old Trail Town, where you can step back in time and explore city life in the wild west. Amidst a town that focuses so much on its historical aesthetic, one homeowner is looking for ways to stand out.

The goal was to create a privacy screen for the house side porch, but one that wouldn’t detract from the view either. Additionally, the owners loved the look and feel of the Horizons Fence System, and wanted it incorporated into the design.  Trex experts at FDS Fence Distributors began brainstorming and designed a unique privacy screen option they believed the homeowners would love.

Using the Horizons Fence System, as the owners had requested, the privacy screen was installed by a local installation company to include a 4 ft tall Trex fence followed by a window-like opening, topped by an additional 1 ft. fence.  The screen allows for the homeowners to enjoy privacy on their porch while still enjoying the view of the surrounding area.

Beyond aesthetics, this Trex screen offers added benefit against the weather conditions in Cody.  With frequent windy conditions, a durable and wind resistant material would be essential.  Luckily, Trex passes these requirements with flying colors making with a wind resistance capable of withstanding speed up to 110 mph.  Overall, this unique screen will not only grant privacy, but will also withstand any harsh weather for the homeowners they enjoy quality time on their porch.  

Project Spotlight – Derby City, Louisville, KY

Project Spotlight – Derby City, Louisville, KY

If you’re looking for a city full of good food, entertainment, and history, then Louisville, Kentucky is the place for you.  Among all the sources of entertainment you can find in Louisville, Derby City Gaming is a popular destination. Derby City features live music, food, as well as a casino area.  Derby City is owned and operated by Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI). CDI is best known for its horse races. CDI’s practice track for its horses is located nearby Derby City.  

Trex Fencing-FDS Fence Distributors supplied Myers Fence, of Nicholasville, Kentucky, with 1,750 ft. of Trex Seclusions Fence for the Derby City casino property.  The Trex Fence is 8 ft. tall and features the shade, Woodland Brown. The project required a cantilever gate with a 16 ft. opening. A cantilever gate slides behind adjacent fencing, rather than opening in a door-like fashion. FDS designed the gate for the project.  The gate used an black powder coated aluminum frame with Trex Fencing materials to provide privacy and security.  The fence runs along the perimeter between other properties and the entrance to Derby City’s gaming facilities and the Churchill Downs horse racing practice track.

Luckily, the Trex Fencing experts at FDS were able to design the cantilever gate that met the expectations of Derby City and matched the aesthetic of the Seclusions Fence.  After about two weeks, 1,750 ft. of Woodland Brown Trex Seclusions Fencing was installed with the desired cantilever gate. Derby City has expressed great satisfaction in the project’s outcome and can now enjoy the peace of mind of a secure and durable composite fence.