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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Gallery of Trex Fencing at Previous FENCETECHs:

5 Reasons Trex Fencing is Better Than Vinyl

As a composite fence, Trex is often compared to vinyl. But let’s be honest, vinyl is no match for Trex. Here are the top 5 reasons Trex is better than vinyl.

1. Trex is Stronger

Our horizontal design, Trex Horizons is just as strong as Trex Seclusions.
Vinyl fencing is easily broken and blown out.
Trex is a composite material made of both wood and plastic. Our special formula takes the strength of wood and pairs it with the durability of plastic. Trex is also more solid than vinyl. Our posts are 4 times thicker than vinyl posts, which means they don’t need to be sleeved over metal or wood fence posts for added strength. And we have solid fence pickets, where vinyl panels are hollow. Trex Fencing materials only weigh slightly more than their vinyl counterparts, making them just as easy to install, but its resilience means you’ll only ever have to install it once.

2. Trex Looks Better

Trex Fencing provides the perfect backdrop to beautifully landscaped yards.
Vinyl will yellow in the sun and stains easily.
Trex has a natural appearance similar to wood. While vinyl fences do come in more colors than white, they have a glossy coating that makes them look shiny. Trex comes in 3 natural matte colors: Woodland Brown, Saddle, and Winchester Grey. During the manufacturing process, Trex Fence materials are over-pigmented, so when weathering does occur, the color still looks good. Vinyl fences turn yellow, crack, chip and peel.

3. Trex Lasts Longer

These Trex Fences have been on display in a lumber yard for over 5 years.
Boxing tape was used in an attempt to make this vinyl fence last longer.
Trex has a 25-year warranty, which is longer than most people will live in their homes. Imagine installing a fence that never needs repairs or replacing, a fence that never breaks and always looks good. Trex won’t break or fade, making repairs and maintenance unnecessary. Sure vinyl has a lifetime warranty, but it’s still going to crack, break, chip, or yellow, you’ll have to make time to fix it. That’s something you’ll never have to worry about with Trex.

4. Trex is Better for the Environment

Trex Fencing utilizes recycled materials for a “greener” fence.
PVC Vinyl isn’t doing your fence, or the environment, any favors.
Trex Fencing is made up of 95% recycled materials and contains no hazardous chemicals. Even Trex’s manufacturing process is green with the elimination of smoke stacks and reduced CO2 emissions. Vinyl fencing manufacturers new PVC, a controversial material that is not eco-friendly.  And vinyl uses chlorine, a chemical that can be hazardous to people and the environment. If you are focused on having a responsible, eco-friendly building, don’t mar your landscape by using vinyl. Trex Fencing even qualifies for LEED points through the U.S. Green Building Council.

5. Trex Withstands the Elements

Trex Fencing performs well in all kinds of climates.
This vinyl fence couldn’t survive a windy day.
Because Trex is the stronger, better-built product, this also means that it does better in even the most extreme weather conditions. When you build an outdoor fence, you expect it to handle the outdoor weather. Vinyl fence reacts badly to cold weather, becoming very brittle and breakable, while also expanding in hot weather. Because of the changes it makes in extreme temperatures, the panels can warp and will need to be replaced if you still want a fence that is private and secure. Trex does not warp and the special interlocking design of the pickets will ensure that your fence is always private. Trex has even been tested to withstand hurricane force winds. Often, in wind, vinyl pickets will simply pop out and fly around the yard while the post will buckle and snap in half. Vinyl’s lightweight and flimsy design is better used as a kite than a fence in windy areas.

A perfect example of Trex Fencing vs. vinyl fencing. The vinyl is destroyed while Trex is still standing.

With a 25-year residential warranty, we guarantee you’ll love your Trex Fence for years. Strength and durability, combined with recycled materials in a tasteful design, Trex Fencing has it all. Unfortunately, we can’t say the same for vinyl. So, if you are looking for a fence that will last, choose Trex.
Click Here to order samples of Trex Fencing.
Learn about Trex versus other fencing options through our web article.
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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.