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/

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.