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.

Trex Seclusions Fencing as a Security Fence

Trex Seclusions Fencing as a Security Fence

One of the most important features of a fence is security. People purchase fences to feel safe in their spaces and to keep both people and animals out. Trex Seclusions Fencing, a composite fence made from recycled wood and plastic, is uniquely designed with interlocking pickets that increase the strength and privacy of the fence.

“Don’t ever take a fence down until you know why it was put up.” – Robert Frost

The purpose of a security fence is to keep would-be intruders out of your property and alternatively to keep pets or small children in. However, there are 3 ways someone will bypass a regular wood, vinyl, or chain link fence: Climb over it, dig under it, or break through it. Fortunately, Trex Fencing can make these tasks especially difficult and can even stop unwanted guests.

1.  Over The Fence

If your fence can be climbed, it’s not a real security fence.  One of the key characteristics of Trex Seclusion Fencing is that it lacks what in the industry we call a “foothold.” There’s nowhere to put your feet in and help you climb up. Wood or iron fences with mid rails provide the perfect step-up for an intruder, animals, or even your kids to climb over the fence. A fence that is easily scaled is basically just a ladder into your yard, no matter the height.  You can add some barbwire to the top of your Trex Seclusions Fence and the lack of footholds will make it nearly impossible to climb*.

“A good neighbor is a fellow who smiles at you over the back fence, but doesn’t climb over it” – Arthur Baer

 

“It is no use asking me or anyone else how to dig… Better to go and watch a man digging, and then take a spade and try to do it.” – Gertrude Jekyll

2. Under The Fence

You don’t have a security fence if it can be dug under.  While any fence you purchase will focus on the above surface structure, there are measures you can take to make it harder to dig under such as mounting your Trex Fence on concrete (which is a popular application as shown above) or burying chicken wire to prevent animals digging underneath. In most cases, you’ll have an animal, rather than an intruder digging under your fence, but it still compromises you or your pet’s security.

 

3. Through The Fence

A fence that is easily broken is not a security fence. The vinyl fence is practically useless for security, and police are constantly dealing with reports of broken vinyl fences, ranging from teenagers destroying property for fun or a burglar attempting to gain access to people’s property. A chain link fence can be cut with pliers found in any store. The pickets of a wood fence are usually thin and will only weaken over time. A hammer or a good kick is usually enough to make a sizeable hole in a wood fence.

Trex Fencing is a very strong and durable material and it’s highly unlikely an adult, much less a teenager, will break through it. You can’t cut through it with pliers, and you’d need an electric saw to make a hole in the composite material. The interlocking pickets are also a key feature of Trex Fencing design, so you can’t just simply remove an individual picket, you’d have to dismantle the entire fence section. No one will be able to slip through a crack in a Trex fence, because there aren’t any.

“The little pig began to pray. But Wolfie blew his house away. He shouted, “Bacon, Pork, and Ham! Oh, what a lucky wolf I am!” And though he ate the pig quite fast, He carefully kept the tail till last.” ― Roald Dahl, Revolting Rhymes

If you’re looking for a fence that offers security, you’ve come to the right place. Trex Seclusions Fencing has many incredible features, but perhaps the most important one is security. And you have the added advantages that Trex Fencing won’t decay like wood and thicker and denser than PVC vinyl. Most importantly, the design also makes it hard to climb and hard to break through, making it a very effective security fence. Trex Seclusions Fencing is an excellent choice to protect both your property and your loved ones.

If you have any questions about Trex Fencing or if you’re ready to get your project started, give us a call at 877-700-8739.

*It’s important to note that our other design, Horizons, is a horizontal fencing system and is easy to climb. So, if you are looking for a security fence, choose the Seclusions style.

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Project Spotlight: Publix Shopping Center – Jacksonville, FL

Project Spotlight: Publix Shopping Center – Jacksonville, FL

If you live in Jacksonville, Florida you’re probably familiar with the Publix shopping center on the corner of Beach and Kernan. And if you’ve been there lately, you’ve probably noticed the brand new fence upgrade. A total of 525 feet of Winchester Grey Trex Seclusions Fencing was installed to replace the old wood fence on the edge of the property. The Publix shopping center was looking for a high-end product, something much better than the old wood fence they constantly had to pay to fix and maintain. Like most customers, they were already familiar with Trex Decking and were happy to learn that Trex manufactures fences with that same high-quality composite.

Not only does this new Trex Fence improve the shopping center, but it also creates a better barrier to the homes on the other side of the fence. Trex Fencing has unique interlocking pickets that make it completely private, unlike a typical board-on-board wood fence. And these pickets are also what makes the fence “neighbor-friendly,” which means it has the same clean look on both sides. And don’t let those trees fool you, this Trex Fence is actually 10ft tall. A Trex Fence can be built up to 12ft tall without compromising the strength and integrity. All of these attributes of Trex Fencing are what make it the ideal fence for homes and businesses alike.

A Trex Fence is 95% recycled wood and plastic.

Local contractors, Pillar Maintenance installed the Trex Fence for the Publix Shopping center. This was the contractor’s first time working with Trex Fencing, but it certainly won’t be their last. Not only is it easy to work with, but it also makes for some happy customers. Pillar Maintenance had a great experience with Trex and looks forward to offering it to more of their customers. Of Trex Fencing they said, “It’s such a good, strong product. It really eclipses all other fencing materials”.

Trex Fencing handles the wet Florida weather better than wood or chain link fencing.

Even with a 7ft ladder, you’d have a hard time climbing this Trex Seclusions Fence.

This new fence will be a cool grey color after it’s gone through its natural fading process.

Publix and the rest of the business in Kernan Square are extremely pleased with their new fence. Not only does it look great and save them from high maintenance costs, but it also comes with a 10-year commercial warranty.

Trex Fencing is experiencing an explosion of growth, especially in the Florida area. Click Here for a look at a residential Trex Fencing install in Fort Lauderdale. And Click Here to find a Trex Fencing contractor in your area.

Your Next Fence Contractor

Your Next Fence Contractor

The fence contractor you hire is just as important as the fence material you choose. In order to make the right choice, you should thoroughly vet your installer and their company. Think of your initial estimate as an interview. You don’t always have to go with the first contractor that appears after your Google search. Take the time to get a few different estimates from your local fence contractors. We’ve created a list of the top 22 questions you should ask your fence installer before getting started. Feel free to download and print off the PDF checklist we’ve created to help you through the estimate process. 

Questions for Your Fence Estimator

1. What are your credentials and experience in fence installation?

Find someone who has been installing fences for years. Also look for fence companies that are members of the American Fence Company and have a good rating with the Better Business Bureau.

2. Are you licensed, bonded, and insured?

Check that your fence builder has a license to install fences. It’s also important that they are insured and bonded so that you are not responsible if something goes wrong.

3. Do the fence and labor come with warranties?

Trex comes with a 25-Year residential warranty, but you, as the homeowner, needs to register it. It’s also a good idea to make sure your fence contractor provides a warranty for the installation and labor, in case something goes wrong.

4. Do you have referrals or reviews from past customers?

It’s easy to find reviews of fence companies online, but they can sometimes be misleading. Ask the estimator if there are any recent customers you could contact to learn about their experience with the company.

5. What are some of the recent projects you’ve completed?

It’s helpful to be able the scope of the fence company’s work. Ask for pictures or a location where you can visit that they’ve recently installed a fence.

6. Can I review a copy of your standard contracts?

When you sign a contract, it will be specific to you. But if they have a standard contract, it’s good to look it over and ask questions about things you don’t understand.

7. Do you take care of permits?

There’s a lot of paperwork that you need before you can even start building your fence. Find out if your contractor collects city permits for you, or if you need to get them yourself.

8. Will you take care of marking utility lines?

Fence companies don’t actually mark utility lines, your city or gas company will do that for free. But it’s important to ask if that’s something the contract will take care of or if you need to do it yourself.

9. Do you subcontract out any of the work?

Some fence companies will use subcontractors to do the work they can’t always complete. Using a subcontractor isn’t good or bad, but you should always be aware of all the people you will be working with.

10. Have you ever installed Trex Fencing before?

Believe it or not, there are some fence contractors that have never installed Trex Fencing before. But don’t worry, that doesn’t mean they can’t do it! Trex Fencing is easy to install and we have install specialists ready to guide them through the process and answer any questions they might have.

11. What are the steps of your installation process?

It’s important to understand your fence installer’s process so you know what to expect and how long it will take.

12. How deep will you set the posts and will they be in concrete?

You want to be sure that your fence will be installed correctly. It’s important that the posts are installed below the frost line and in concrete, if necessary, for stability. You don’t want your fence builder cutting any corners.

13. Will my fence be stepped or sloped?

If your yard has any kind of a grade, your fence won’t be a straight horizontal line. Ask your fence builder if they plan on stepping the fence or sloping it. Find out more about the difference between stepping and sloping here.

14. How tall will be fence be?

Trex Fencing can be built as small as 4ft and as tall as 12ft. However, most cities have regulations on how high a fence can be. Your fence installer should be familiar on local city codes and together you can decide the height that works best for you.

15. What would I need to do before the fence can be installed?

Your fence builder might need you to clean up your yard, remove your exsisting fence, gather permits, mark utility lines, get approval from your neighbors, or secure kids and dogs inside. Communicate with them, so when they show up to work, there are no delays.

16. Do I need to be present while my fence is being installed?

There are some parts of the installation process that might require you to be home in order to answer questions or make decisions. It’s important to make a plan with your contractor to be around when they need you.

17. Will you take care of site clean-up?

Building a fence is messy. Find yourself a contractor that cleans up after themselves. You shouldn’t have to do it for them.

18. Is there someone I can keep in contact with throughout this process?

It’s always good to have contact information for someone who knows what’s happening with your fence. If you have questions, concerns, or you want to change your plan, be sure that you know who to talk to and how to reach them.

19. Can you provide me with a site plan?

In addition to a written estimate, your estimator might be able to give you a site plan which is a discriptive drawing of the fence plan. It can be helpful to have a visual, and to reference it while your fence is being installed.

 

20. Does your estimate include all reasonable costs to build this fence?

You should know exactly how much your fence will cost when you recieve your estimate. Occasionally things will go wrong and additional charges might be necessary, but a good contractor is upfront with all their prices and fees.

21. Are there any deals or discounts you can offer me?

It’s always nice to save some money. Find out if your fence contractor has any promotions or if there are things you can do to keep costs low. Sometimes you can recieve discounts by installing out of season or paying the full cost up-front.

22. Will you confirm with me before making any changes not specified in our contract?

Communication is key. Find yourself a fence company that will be transparent with you ever step of the way. And if something goes wrong, they’ll let you know. That way you’ll know exactly what to expect when your fence is finished and the final bill comes due.

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.