5 Reasons Trex Fencing is Better Than Vinyl

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.
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5 Reasons Trex Fencing is Better Than CMU

5 Reasons Trex Fencing is Better Than CMU

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.

Project Spotlight: Emerald Skyline and the Golden Spiral Design Office

Project Spotlight: Emerald Skyline and the Golden Spiral Design Office

Most people buy Trex Fencing because it is strong, beautiful, and low-maintenance. The fact that Trex Fencing is also eco-friendly, is usually just a perk, not a selling point. But when it came to the new office space for Golden Spiral Design, a green fence was their top priority.

Florida architectural & interior design firm Golden Spiral Design focuses on sustainability in a beautiful and creative way. Of course, their home office had to reflect those same values. It’s been several years in the making and a Trex Fence was only part of the project. Golden Spiral Design found a condemned brownfield auto-garage in Boca Raton, Florida. Their goal was to transform the space into a work of art that gave back to the community and the environment. You can read more about this amazing building here: http://www.goldenspiraldesign.com/our-office/

Before: condemned auto-garage

After: Golden Spiral Design office

Trex Fencing’s high-quality composite is actually 95% recycled wood and plastic. When Trex manufactures their fencing, they use reclaimed sawdust, wood pallets, plastic grocery bags, and plastic kitchen film. All of this material would’ve ended up in a landfill, but Trex uses it to make incredible fences.  But it’s not just their product that’s green, Trex’s manufacturing process is focused on eliminating harmful chemicals and reclaiming factory waste. In fact, the U.S. Green Building Council has awarded Trex Fencing LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) points that can contribute to a LEED-certified building. This distinction certifies that a building project is energy efficient, eco-friendly, and sustainable.

Winchester Grey is a popular color in Florida and other coastal states.

The modern style of Horizons complements the local flora planted around the perimeter.

So when Emerald Skyline, a sustainability consulting firm committed to the built environment and the project’s sustainable consultants, went searching for an eco-friendly fence, the obvious choice was Trex Fencing. And while finding a LEED-certified fence was their priority, they also needed a fence that would match the beauty of their building, and provide the privacy and security needed for a commercial office. They decided on 6ft tall Trex Horizons, our horizontal style fence, in the color Winchester Grey. Emerald Skyline’s environmental architect, Abraham Wien designed the rolling security gate that allows access to the building.

Installing Trex Fencing is very easy as the pickets cut just like wood.

This rolling double gate is perfect for large driveways.

Locals say this fence and the overall project has changed the character and appearance of the neighborhood. This was Golden Spiral Design’s first time working with Trex Fencing, but they love this beautiful new component to their building. If you’re in the Florida area, check out Emerald Skyline and Golden Spiral Design and learn more about Trex Fencing.

It’s always nice to get positive feedback on a Trex Fencing project, whether the person loves the beauty it adds to their yard, or they are grateful for its strength in a recent storm, but this project is something special. Our fence was just one component to a much larger project dedicated to making our world a better place.

5 Reasons Trex Fencing is Better Than Wood

5 Reasons Trex Fencing is Better Than Wood

Trex Fencing’s composite material is often compared to wood fencing because of its natural beauty. But in every other way, Trex Fencing outperforms your average wood fence.

1. Trex is Private

You can be comfortable in your yard, even when you live on a busy street.

All those holes and gaps are perfect for nosy neighbors and peeping toms.

Most wood fences are built to be private, but that only lasts until the weather changes and the wood starts warping and shrinking. When wood pickets are installed side-by-side, they might seem tight and difficult to look through. However, over time, as the moisture content in the wood changes, it will expand and contract, and you’ll find gaps between the pickets. A board-on-board fence is often promoted as a method to cover up the shrinkage, but wood warps so this design still doesn’t provide full privacy as the fence ages.

On the other hand, the ingenious design of Trex Fencing’s interlocking pickets are specially engineered to provide total privacy. Even if slight changes occur, you’ll never have a gap in your Trex fence. (These unique pickets also make the fence “neighbor-friendly”, meaning the fence looks the same on both sides. You and your neighbor will no longer have to argue over who gets the nice side of the fence). Trex also gives you an advantage if you need additional privacy and security on top. Trex Fencing can be built up to 12 feet tall!

2. Trex is Strong

This picture was taken by a happy customer whose Trex Fence stayed standing through a Texas tornado.

Hurricane Irma made quite a mess with this old wood fence.

The biggest issue of wood fences today is the quality of the lumber being used. Most of the wood comes from tree farms where the trees don’t have much time to strengthen and grow. This means wood fences are being built with less dense and less durable wood that will only weaken as it ages. But Trex Fencing doesn’t have that same problem. The composite is formulated and manufactured in a way that makes the material incredibly dense and stronger than wood. In fact, Trex Fencing has been tested to withstand hurricane-force winds.

3. Trex is Low Maintenance

Spend less time on your fence, and more time enjoying your yard.

A creative solution if you don’t want to paint your fence, but you also want your neighbor to stop complaining. Or you could just get a Trex Fence.

If you’re someone who takes pleasure in painting or staining and sealing your wood fence every year, then wood fencing can be your labor of love. However, it’s a rare individual who enjoys repairing and replacing broken pickets and posts. For everyone else that hates the chore of maintaining their wood fence, they’ll appreciate the simple, minimal care a Trex Fence requires. The Trex composite material never requires painting or staining to maintain the color. Trex Fencing comes in 3 beautiful, natural colors that fade to their intended shade within a few weeks of installation. You’ll never apply a sealant to protect that color and the integrity of the material. Trex’s composite formula takes care of all that for you. And if your Trex fence gets dirty, just hose it off, and you’re good to go!

4. Trex is Resilient

You deserve a fence that will stand the test of time.

Replacing this with another wood fence doesn’t really solve the problem.

Wood is an organic material that deteriorates over time. Even after treating it with heat, pressure, and chemicals, wood will inevitably decay. Factors like weather, insects, and maintenance will determine just how long a wood fence lasts, but the average lifespan is only 10 years. Alternatively, Trex Fencing comes with a 25-year Residential Warranty. We can guarantee our fences for at least 25 years because wood-plastic composite doesn’t rot like wood, doesn’t attract termites and carpenter ants like wood, and doesn’t crack and splinter like wood. Once your Trex Fence is installed, you can sit back and enjoy it for years to come.

5. Trex is Eco-Friendly

Trex has never cut down a single tree to manufacture their fences.

Wood fences have a negative impact on our environment.

95% of Trex’s special composite formula comes from reclaimed materials. Not one single tree has ever been cut down to make a Trex Fence. When building a wood fence, cutting down trees contributes to the deforestation of old-growth trees or requires the use of inferior wood from tree farms (read this article to find out why that’s a huge deal). And it’s an even bigger waste of natural resources when your wood fence only lasts for a few years and requires a replacement. Fortunately, there’s a better option. In addition to the use of recycled materials like reclaimed sawdust and plastic grocery bags, Trex’s manufacturing process is also eco-friendly. Their factories are focused on reducing CO2 emissions and fuel consumption. Trex Fencing is certified by the U.S. Green Building Council and qualifies for LEED points. Wood just can’t compete with that.

 

This Trex Woodland Brown Trex Fence was installed right next to an old wood fence. Which would you rather have?

Trex is, by far, the superior fencing material. But there are some who will say, “Wood is cheaper and it’s good enough”. But here’s the thing: when accounting for the time and money you’d spend installing, maintaining, repairing, and replacing a wood fence over the years, wood is actually more expensive. And is a wood fence really “good enough” when it broken, rotting, and not even doing the job it was built for? Save yourself the headache, get Trex Fencing.

Painted Wood Fence Picture Source: http://themetapicture.com/how-to-piss-off-your-neighbor/

The Colors and Styles of Trex Fencing

The Colors and Styles of Trex Fencing

Most people don’t give much thought to fences until they need one. And that’s the way it should be. The best fence are clean, elegant, and provide a beautiful backdrop to the surrounding landscape. But homes and landscapes vary by region and personal preference. Thankfully, Trex Fencing is a versatile product that looks great everywhere. When it comes to choosing the look of your fence, consider the place you live, your own landscaping, and of course, your own style. Explore your options and pick the best one for you.

Styles

Seclusions

The Seclusions style fence is the classic vertical picket. This style is inspired by the standard board-on-board wood fence. However, unlike the wood fence, Trex’s pickets are interlocking, which means there are zero gaps and your fence is completely private. The vertical lines of Trex Seclusions look especially good in a yard with trees and places where you’re building your fence higher than 6ft.

Horizons

The Horizons style of Trex uses almost all of the same materials as Trex Seclusions, but the installation is different, where the pickets are placed horizontally. The horizontal lines of Horizons make your yard feel bigger and are a favorite of modern style homes. And like Seclusions, Trex Horizons looks the same on both sides, making it a “neighbor-friendly fence”.

Colors

Saddle

For those looking for lighter color, similar to natural cedar, Saddle is a warm tan. The Saddle fence has the look of clean, new wood and can brighten any yard.

Winchester Grey

When manufactured, Winchester Grey starts as a very dark grey fence that looks similar Woodland Brown. However, after it has been installed, it fades to a beautiful cool grey. This color is especially popular in coastal states and modern homes.

Woodland Brown

Our most popular color, Woodland Brown is a deep, rich, brown that naturally fades just a few shades lighter. Woodland Brown provides a beautiful contrast to brightly colored landscapes. If you want to emphasize your beautiful garden or an ornate pool, Woodland Brown is the way to go.

Trex’s special formula is over-pigmented so that after the fence is installed, it will fade to its intended color. Click Here to order samples and see the colors for yourself.

Endless Possibilities

The beauty of Trex isn’t just found in its colors and styles, but also its versatility. Unlike some fences that only come in panels, our pickets can be cut like wood and our fences can be modified and assembled in many different ways. A Trex Fence can be as small as 4ft or as tall as 12ft. It can be installed on top of a masonry wall or have an arbor installed on top of it. The posts can be placed with aluminum or steel bars in between. Some people even like the peanut butter cup look: Woodland Brown posts and rails with Saddle pickets in between. If you have a quality contractor or a creative DIY vision, you can make your Trex fence into an incredible feature. One customer replaced every third panel with wire mesh and had flowering vines growing on his fence. Another used beautiful stone columns in place of posts for a more elegant fence.

The final result of your Trex Fence is only limited by your imagination. Whatever you choose to build, you can feel safe knowing you’re protected by Trex’s 25-year residential warranty and you still have all of Trex’s great low-maintenance, durable features. Contact us today with your fence ideas, and we’ll help you make it a reality. We can also connect you with contractors across the nation to help you build your perfect fence.

HORIZONTAL FENCE DESIGN 101

HORIZONTAL FENCE DESIGN 101

EXPAND SPACES. PROMOTE RELAXATION. CREATE UNIQUE CURB APPEAL.

Horizontal fences are in high demand and there are a lot of materials and options available. Perhaps you’re contemplating a new fence for your yard and are considering if this style is right for you. Whether you are looking to do it yourself, have it installed by professionals, or just making plans for the future, this guide will help you sort through some of the most important details you should consider in choosing the right horizontal fence.

DESIGN

Horizontal lines have been adopted in numerous aspects of modern design. From wall treatments to furniture, they provide a signature look. The famous modern architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, used horizontal lines to form a relationship between his buildings and the landscape. Fencing is simply another extension of your home’s architecture. Choosing to build a horizontal fence over a more traditional design, will give your house unique curb appeal.

Trex Horizons Horizontal Fence System

Trex Horizons Fence System

To best understand why horizontal fences look so appealing, it’s important to understand some basics of art composition.

  • Horizontal lines are used to expand spaces.
  • They run parallel to the earth and show a continuation of landscaping.
  • Horizontal lines are at rest and peaceful.
  • Horizontal lines are combined with vertical lines to build stable shapes.
  • A break in a horizontal line can create emphasis.

So what does that mean for my yard?

Horizontal lines occur naturally in nature like the horizon on the ocean.

Horizontal Line in Nature

BENEFITS

Horizontal fences can promote feelings of relaxation and peace. I know this sounds a little cosmic and existential but it’s true. There is an increasing popularity to promote health and wellness in home design through the use of neutral colors and clean lines. A horizontal fence carries that theme to the backyard. Since our brains are wired to recognize that objects laying down are in a state of rest, a horizontal line promotes that feeling. So, naturally while you are reclining on a poolside lounger you’d be able to look at that relaxed fence line and totally relate.

Installing a horizontal fence will expand your backyard. OK, maybe not literally, but visually the lines will make any space feel bigger. This happens for the same reason vertical lines are so slimming on clothing. They draw attention in the direction they run. Having a horizontal fence will emphasize how much area your yard has, rather than drawing attention to the height of your fence and other structures on your property. So, what once might have looked like a tiny patio will now look like there’s room to spread out.

Another major benefit of horizontal fences is that they tie landscaping together. Those lines that run from side to side draw the eye across your yard from one area to another. You can still create unique spaces within your yard by using plants and borders that break up the fence line.

Trees and other tall plants are great at defining different areas in a yard. A tree, tall plant, or yard ornament will be emphasized and stand out even more in front of horizontal fence. Any design that runs against the lines in the background will become a focal point, which is especially great if you want your landscaping to be the star of your design.

MATERIALS

There are a few material choices for building a horizontal fence in the United States that don’t require custom fabrication — wood, Trex, and other composites. With a variety options, it is important to balance your decision between aesthetics, performance, and cost.

WOOD

Wood is the most frequently chosen product because it’s a natural and traditional building material. Within the wood category there are many choices. It comes in a variety of dimensions and can be customized for any project. It also looks great when stained and the exotic varieties are quite eye-catching.

Post supports should be 4-5 ft apart to ensure greater strength and help control sagging. Another good option for structural support is to add a metal frame. This will also help make the fence more solid and provide a good surface to attach the rails. If you decide to go this route, you’ll want to choose which side of the fence will have the metal frame showing.

Hawaiian birch is a popular choice in Southern California because it is quite rigid. Some contractors might also recommend using redwood, ipe, or other hardwood deck boards as rails. These typically have a thickness of 5/4″. Many of the horizontal fence pictures featured on Pinterest are using hardwoods.

Wood has a tendency to shrink with time and temperature. To keep a full privacy look, it is good to overlap boards. Alternatively many homeowners choose to do a semi-private design that allows for a gap.

Wood fences do require some maintenance.. To keep your fence from weathering too quickly, it’s good to stain a minimum of every 2-3 years.

Tropical Wood Horizontal Fence

Tropical Wood Horizontal Fence

TREX

Trex Horizons is a horizontal composite fence system. It uses interlocking pickets to create a board-on-board design that is the same on both sides. Horizons is encased in a metal frame for added structure and to mount to the posts.

The interlocking pickets keep constant pressure on each other to prevent warping, bowing, and sagging creating a full privacy fence with no gaps. It installs on 8 ft centers and remains rigid throughout. A larger section width means less labor for installation.

Trex Horizons is made from 95% recycled materials and resists insect damage and will not rot. It withstands high winds and performs well in all climates. The Trex components of the fence come with a 25-year residential warranty.

There are some additional infographics to see how Trex fencing compares to wood, vinyl, masonry, and other composites

Trex Horizons in Woodland Brown Stepped Design

Trex Horizons in Woodland Brown Stepped Design

OTHER COMPOSITES

Other composite fences typically use tongue-and-groove pickets floating inside a metal frame. The fence boards are sometimes embossed with a wood grain pattern and the boards install in 6 ft and 8 ft sections. The composite fence boards are made from recycled wood or other organic material and plastic.

Manufacturers’ warranties vary, typically starting at 1-year.

SEMI-PRIVATE HORIZONTAL FENCE DESIGN

Fence gaps on a horizontal fence work roughly like a set of partially closed window shades. The closer you get to the gap, the more you can see. There isn’t a very large difference for visibility between horizontal and other semi-private fence designs. It all depends on the size of the gap.

RESIDENTIAL FENCING VS COMMERCIAL FENCING

Horizontal Fencing is becoming more common among neighborhood businesses that reside near or within residential areas. Many new businesses that require fencing or screening (especially larger national retail chains) have chosen to include horizontal fencing as part of their design, reflecting current building trends for fencing within the industry.

Trex Horizons in Woodland Brown Stepped Design

Louvered Wood Horizontal Fence With Brick Columns

OTHER USES

Horizontal fences are a popular choice for privacy screen panels. Sometimes a single section or two will be used as a divider to separate sections of the yard or to partition a patio or pool area. Additionally horizontal fences make excellent enclosures for utility areas or dumpsters.

Climbing vines do well on semi private horizontal fences but considerations should be made as to what impact the vine might have on the fence over time.

CHOOSE WHAT’S RIGHT FOR YOU

To find out more about Trex Fencing, visit the trexfencing.com literature page for helpful tips, installation videos, and contact information for purchasing.

If you decide to go with wood, it’s best to talk to a local fence contractor to see what materials they recommend in your area. Make sure to do your homework and verify any service professional you hire.