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.

Want more info? Contact Us. 

Don’t forget to check out our Installation Videos!

 

 

SECLUSIONS

HORIZONS

Gallery of Trex Fencing at Previous FENCETECHs:

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.

Trex Celebrates 25 Years of Innovation

Trex Celebrates 25 Years of Innovation

As most of the world is finally winding down from the party-filled holiday season, we are still celebrating at Trex Fencing-FDS Fence Distributors! Why? Both Trex and FDS Fence Distributors are celebrating anniversaries in 2019! Trex and FDS have propelled each other throughout the years thanks to the innovation and expertise on both sides. With Trex turning 25 and FDS turning 30, we are very excited by how far we’ve come and want to look back at our journey.  

 

FDS Fence Distributors begins in 1989

FDS Fence Distributors began operations in 1989 as a fencing contractor.  Over the years, we expanded our business to service both fence and deck clients. That’s where our relationship with Trex began. Our original company was one of the first contractors to install Trex decking in the Western United States way back in the 1990s, and in the early 2000s, we partnered with Trex to design the Trex fencing system.

Over the years, we grew with Trex. Our operations expanded to include materials sales and eventually national distribution. In 2018, our client base grew by over 55% and we expect the growth to continue in our anniversary year. Trex fencing customers can be found in every part of the country!

Trex forms in 1996

Trex formed in 1996 from a Mobile Corporation business unit specializing in research and development. As an independent company, Trex went public in 1999 (NASDAQ:TREX).  Since its beginnings, Trex has sought to innovate the outdoor composite materials industry. It has consistently led with the best products. Even during difficult times when the economy has not been friendly or product issues required resolution, Trex adapted and consistently improved over the years. The company now accounts for 50% of all composite decking sales. And in fencing, Trex’s design and product performance is second to none. 

Trex collaborates with FDS on Seclusions Fence System in 2003

Early on, FDS recognized the unique benefits of composite materials as decking boards. FDS installed and advocated for Trex decking as a Trex ProPlatinum installer and regional dealer. When Trex decided to branch out its product line to include fencing, FDS was invited to collaborate with Trex to create the innovative fence.  We were adamant that the fence had to meet high expectations in durability, design, and functionality. Trex engineers rose to the occasion and created Seclusions, the fully private fence system. Unlike other composites, Trex has focused on all aspects of a successful fence system, not just the appealing low-maintenance benefit. A fence that doesn’t require regular maintenance but isn’t very sturdy or attractive doesn’t provide full value. Trex Seclusions is popular specifically because it does so much more than competitors that for the most part are either no longer in business or have relegated themselves to economy options through lumber retail outlets.

Trex Seclusions Fence launches in 2005

When the Trex Seclusions Fence launched, it made history as the first full composite fence.  The unique interlocking picket design, reinforced rails, and durable posts make it exceptionally superior to other fencing systems such as wood, vinyl, and other manufactured materials.

In 2006 FDS installs the first Trex fence in Provo, Utah

The first Trex Seclusions fence was installed in Provo, Utah in 2005, becoming the poster child for Trex Fencing across their national marketing campaigns. Seclusions continues to set the benchmark today for the successful implementation of innovative product design. 

FDS partners with Trex in 2011

To further establish the footprint for the Seclusions fencing product, Trex officially brought on FDS Fence Distributors for national distribution. Trex’s specialty is manufacturing so a partnership made sense. We can reach clients through a special order program that is not sustainable for a large manufacturer. Our partnership has allowed Trex fencing sales to grow by at least 25% year-over-year. Consumers love the ease of ordering the product through our vast network of suppliers and contractors.

 

At only 25 and 30, Trex and FDS respectively have accomplished a lot and become an impressive power couple! The partnership continues to flourish with FDS going on to advance Trex Fencing growth with new additions to the product line including a gate system and, of course, the Horizons Horizontal Fence System.  Happy Anniversary to both Trex and FDS Fence Distributors and here’s to many more years of innovating the fencing world!

New Trex Fencing Installation Videos

Based on popular demand, Trex Fencing-FDS Fence Distributors has produced how-to installation videos for both Trex Seclusions and Trex with Horizons Fence Systems.  Trex Fencing has never been easier to install with FDS Fence Distributors’ new installation videos walking you through every step:
The Trex Fencing-FDS Distributor how-to videos will walk you through the various steps of building a Trex Seclusions fence.  Steps include setting the fence posts, attaching the Seclusions brackets, assembling and placing the bottom rail, cutting and attaching the pickets, and placing the top rail. The installation videos also feature finishing steps including securing the pickets to the vertical front rails and installing the post caps.
Be guided through the process of setting your posts and brackets to the correct measurements, placing the horizontal top rail, attaching the vertical front and back rails, and cutting and hanging the pickets with correct measurements. The Horizons video also includes finishing steps of how to secure the pickets and install the post caps.
Click the videos above to see how to assemble a section of either Trex Seclusions or Trex with Horizons fencing in just a matter of minutes.  The new how-to videos are easily accessible to be used by contractors or even DIYers. Keep an eye out for the soon to be released Spanish translation and upcoming video content from Trex Fencing-FDS Fence Distributors! Click here to view our entire video gallery.

Using Trex Components to Build Custom Fence Designs

While the Trex Seclusions and Horizons systems are based on specifically configured designs, the fact that the material is not assembled in pre-built panels means a person building a fence has quite a bit of latitude for creativity.

Trex is similar to wood in that it can be cut to any length from its original dimensions. That’s why it’s easy to build a fence shorter or taller than the standard 6′ or 8′ tall height. The components can also be used in combination with other materials as we’ve written about in previous posts (such as bamboo fill in between Trex posts and rails).

Here are two designs contributed by contractors that have adjusted the configuration of the Trex fence. The first example is a semi-private fence with a baluster top to provide a more open appearance. There are a couple of different ways of building this style. In both cases, a frame is built with balusters spaced apart like railing to create an attractive window without compromising security. The method used to create the look for the baluster top is simple. Since the Trex aluminum rail is shaped like an “H”, channels exist on the top and bottom where material can be inserted. In this design, a second bottom rail serves as a mid-rail which allows the pickets beneath to be enclosed by the bottom cavity of the aluminum rail and a semi-privacy panel is dropped into the top channel of the aluminum rail. Then, once the panel is in place the Trex top rail is placed over the top of the panel to secure it. Keep in mind room needs to exist for the top rail brackets, so the baluster panel would need to be a little narrower than the actual space between the posts.  Here’s a graphic that shows the basic principles of this design.

Do you have your own creative design you would like to show off? Feel free to submit it to [email protected].

Project Spotlight – Plaza Condominiums – San Diego, CA

Project Spotlight – Plaza Condominiums – San Diego, CA

San Diego Condominium Association Selects Trex Fencing

 

Community associations love Trex fencing. After experiencing years of maintenance, dilapidated panels, and rotting posts, association boards and property managers look beyond wood for a more permanent, low-maintenance solution. Trex typically fits the bill. With its fully private, neighbor-friendly design, the bonus is that an association gets an attractive alternative to the common traditional design of wood fences. 

The wood fence required regular upkeep and was warping and splintering.

Because a fence replacement can be a large expenditure, many associations need to build up reserves prior to the purchase. If you are in the process of doing a reserve study or just need basic budgetary information, we can give you some guidelines. One of the biggest benefits of a Trex fence is that you front load costs which means you can virtually eliminate ongoing maintenance budgets for more than two decades. Your homeowners and other community property owners will be pleased with that!

This project spotlight focuses on a condominium association in the San Diego, California area. Trex fencing was installed over the last two years in two phases comprising several ground level units that needed to replace wood fencing around their patios. The layout required a fence height of 48″ with short returns to the exterior walls. To create a snug, attractive fit, the posts and caps next to the walls were cut in half and attached directly to the wall.  The HOA chose the Saddle color with flat top post caps.

Temecon Construction, a San Diego general contractor, installed the fence. For more details, contact us at [email protected]

Why Commercial & Government Buyers Choose Trex Fencing

Advantages of Trex Fencing for Commercial and Government Applications

It’s no secret that Trex fencing is popular as a residential product. Privacy is important to homeowners and Trex fulfills that need perfectly with its completely site-obscuring design. Aesthetics are also important. Discerning owners of private residences choose Trex because there is no other fence like it in design and composition.

Many of the reasons that Trex fencing appeals to homeowners also apply to commercial and government property owners. However, there are additional attributes that are particularly relevant to these types of buyers. Trex is a versatile fence that is as diversely functional as it is beautiful.

  • Eco-friendly product (96% reclaimed materials)
  • 5 LEED Points: High Recycled Content, Regional Materials, Innovation In Design
  • Easily scalable for heights up to 12′ tall
  • More attractive and less invasive installation alternative to masonry walls
  • Strength and durability make Trex the better overall product for heavy duty projects
  • Rigorous product engineering and testing
  • Resists damage from insects and won’t warp, rot or splinter
  • Board-on-board style is aesthetically distinct
  • Rich natural colors compliment a variety of themes
  • Over time, Trex requires less maintenance and product replacement than wood, vinyl, other composites
  • Non-reflective surface: No painting or staining required
  • Wind rating of 110 mph steady/130 mph gusts
  • Customizable for height, style, and slope
  • Matching gate options

For more details about Trex fencing, please contact us at [email protected].

A Perfect Solution for Spec Jobs

Architects Include Trex Fencing in Plans Because of Its Unique Attributes

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We’ve seen a significant uptick this year in commercial projects where Trex fencing has been specified. The same is true for residential jobs where architects are involved. Since we joined CADDetails and Arcat, product awareness has increased and customers are finding that the Trex Seclusions’ fence system offers unique benefits that perfectly fit certain types of projects.

A contractor in South Carolina recently installed Seclusions for an enclosure around equipment. We asked for feedback about why the customer chose Trex:

  • The job called for 10′ tall fence and Trex was the only manufactured privacy product that could be built specifically to those height requirements while also meeting other criteria.
  • The enclosure required complete privacy.
  • The fence was in a high wind area and the 110+ mph rating was needed.
  • Sound abatement was beneficial; Trex’s interlocking pickets helped block noisy equipment behind the fence.
  • The client wanted a more durable structure than vinyl afforded.

Some of our recent customers include Panera Bread, O’Charley’s, Marriott Hotels, Love’s Truck Stops, and the U.S. Park Service. Additionally, Trex is frequently used for schools, fire stations, community perimeter fences, and screens for multi-family dwellings.

Considerations for Developers

Considerations for Developers

Why Choosing the Right Fence for a Housing Development Matters

Since Trex introduced the Seclusions fencing line in 2005, it has led the category in the use of composite materials. Homeowners and commercial property owners use Trex to replace older wood or vinyl fences. Homeowner associations have found it to be a solid solution to reduce long term costs. Government agencies specify it for secure barriers that cost less than masonry.

Developers also are attracted to Trex fencing for its various benefits. If you are a developer in a design phase and are looking for a fence to compliment the themes of your project, Trex is likely to provide specific attributes to meet your needs. The following considerations will be helpful in evaluating Trex for your development.

Value of Design

Trex has developed a portfolio of products that extend beyond functionality. There are plenty of low-maintenance fences on the market, like vinyl or stockade-style composites, but Trex’s approach to fencing is different. As outdoor living themes continues to mature, consumers are embracing the idea that any property element can have aesthetic value. For example, whereas decks used to be seen as just functional spaces for outdoor activities, Trex has helped shaped the idea that those spaces can enhance the appearance and utility of backyards by adding a variety of color options for decking boards, decorative railing, pergolas, outdoor furniture, lighting, etc. Stretching to the perimeter, the principle also holds true. The Trex fencing design rejects the notion that a fence is just a privacy or security barrier.

Most homeowners invest time and money in their landscaping. Because a fence is a highly visible backdrop, the appearance of a property can be significantly enhanced or degraded by it. This concept is similar to the idea that a person that purchases a luxury sedan isn’t going to settle for a drab shape and nondescript trim. They will also expect the vehicle to have tasteful accents and surfacing. The same holds true for Trex. Rather than looking like a simulated structure made from plastic, it has the appearance of a painted wood fence that has been well-maintained.

Green Building

Trex is one of only a few fences made from recycled materials and it is the one with the highest content (95%) of reclaimed woods and plastics. The company has won several awards for its innovative use of by-products and for its sustainable manufacturing processes. Trex is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council, and contributes five LEED points for recycled content, innovative design, and sourcing regional materials for manufacture.

Green building is already important in the commercial space where Trex is frequently used for enclosures, screens, and perimeters, but it also is increasingly a consideration for the residential buyer as well.  Sustainability and resilience matter, and Trex is proud to provide solutions for clients that are looking for eco-friendly solutions.

Durability

 

One of the most important elements that sets Trex fencing apart from other manufactured fences is its strength. The material in Trex is 2x to 4x as thick as vinyl and other composites. Combined with its density, the thickness of the material is what gives Trex an incredible wind load rating of 130+ mph on 8′ centers. It also weathers well. Even if a wood fence is stained or painted frequently, pickets, rails, and posts will eventually warp, twist, and rot. Wood simply won’t last as long as Trex, and across the life of a Trex fence you can probably expect the wood fence to be replaced at least once and go through significant repairs, let along require frequent re-staining or painting.

 

Full Privacy

 

Trex’s interlocking pickets completely obscure visibility through the fence. Wood pickets will gap over time as they shrink, creating privacy problems. Even board-on-board wood fences tend to warp, creating gaps as well. In terms of visibility above a fence, vinyl and other composites are typically limited to 6 ft. tall, but that isn’t the case with Trex. Trex fence systems can be configured for heights up to 12 ft. tall.

Anticipated Costs for Trex Fencing

Nationally, Trex fencing averages  in the $70’s per foot installed including the materials. A comparable pre-stained cap-and-trim/board-on-board design in wood usually runs in the $40’s. Factoring maintenance and replacements, Trex becomes the better bargain over time and an owner doesn’t have to worry about scheduling maintenance or dealing with the nuisance of replacing a rotting post here or a few cracked pickets there every few years. Given its durability, it is also the greater value compared to vinyl or other composites which may be cheaper. A Trex fence is less likely to sustain incidental damage from small rocks kicked up by a lawnmower, kids throwing balls against the fence, or a bicycle bumping into a post.

For more information on Trex fencing for your development, contact us at [email protected].

Project Spotlight: Multi-Family Dwelling in Atlanta

Project Spotlight: Multi-Family Dwelling in Atlanta

Perimeter Fencing for Apartment Complexes

Maxwell Enterprises, a Georgia fence contractor based in Villa Rica, installed approximately 400 feet of eight foot tall Trex Fencing along the property perimeter for Haynes House, a luxury apartment community in Atlanta.

Perimeter fencing in urban environments is useful for privacy and security. It also helps to alleviate street noise. With its fully interlocking picket system and dense composite material, Trex is a perfect fence for urban dwellings. However, it isn’t just functionality that makes Trex appealing. It’s unique design provides an aesthetic contribution to an upscale property. Additionally, over the life of the fence, Trex will weather gracefully whereas traditional wood fences become increasing difficult to maintain as they age.

Haynes House is a certified green building project. Trex is used increasingly in urban green building ventures. Whether or not the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED point system is a part of a specification, Trex products provide sustainable and resilient solutions for environment-friendly initiatives. Trex fencing has the highest recycled content of any wood-plastic composite: 95% of the material in Trex comes from reclaimed sources.

For more information on this particular project, contact Jay Jones at Maxwell: 770-362-0090.

Combining Colors for a Unique Look

Combining Colors for a Unique Look

A popular alternative to using a single color for a Trex fence is to integrate more than one color into a fence design. With three color options, this gives a customer a large number of combinations that could compliment a property’s specific color scheme.

The most popular combination is what one of our customers dubbed “peanut butter cup.” This combination uses Woodland Brown posts, top rails, and bottom rail covers with Saddle pickets. Because Trex fencing components are not pre-assembled as fixed panels, combining the elements is easy to create this distinct two-toned appearance. To create a similar look with a wood fence would be difficult because painting or staining would have to be done in two phases and require a significant amount of covering to protect from over-spray of the alternating colors.

We have had requests to build gates with two different options. If you are considering any combination of colors and are ordering pre-built gates, be sure to specify how you want the uprights to look. One option is to use Saddle on the sides of the gates to exactly emulate the look of the fence where pickets are all the same color right up to the posts. The other option is to create a “picture frame” look so the gate stands out from the rest of the fence.

Here are some examples of other combinations using all three Trex Fencing colors: Saddle, Winchester Grey, and Woodland Brown.

 

If you have your own creative use of Trex fencing that you would like to share, please contact us at [email protected]

Stepping and Sloping Horizontal Fencing

Stepping and Sloping Horizontal Fencing

Horizontal fencing has become popular as a design alternative to traditional fencing with vertically-oriented boards. Among the horizontal fence options, the Trex Horizons horizontal fencing system’s design is unique. Like Seclusions, Horizons utilizes an interlocking picket system which provides full privacy and a board-on-board appearance. Horizons horizontal fence also provides a modern appeal with its black, powder-coated steel frame. If you are looking for a horizontal fence that still offers a sight-obscuring benefit and without unattractive back framing, Trex Horizons is your fence.

Both Seclusions and Horizons are stick-built systems which provides adjustability for height and width. Additionally, they are both easy to build either in a stair-stepping or a sloping manner. For Horizons, the frame rails and horizontally-oriented pickets can be cut to accommodate angles if sloping is the preferred method.

If you choose to stair-step, you may want to use longer posts to give you the necessary transitions in height. Our 12 ft. long posts provide plenty of length for those scenarios (they also allow you to build a Horizons fence up to 8 ft. tall and still have plenty of post length to put into a stable footer in the ground).

Have questions about Trex Horizons fencing?  Feel free to contact us for more details.

Composite Fencing 101: Advantages

A Trex composite fence is made up of many different materials, instead of a wood fence or a vinyl fence, which uses only one material. But what’s so great about a composite? Think of a shirt that is part cotton, part polyester. The cotton makes it soft and the polyester helps it hold its shape. Or CFRPs, another composite that we use every day. From bikes to airplanes, the fiber makes it lightweight and the resin makes it strong. The point of composites is to take the strengths from each material to make a better product, and even eliminate the problems of a single material.
Polyester/cotton blend shirts are extremely popular.
CFRP is also known as Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer.

Trex Composite Fencing

In fencing, building with a single material has its pros and its cons. Wood might be strong, but it is susceptible to rot and insect damage. Vinyl might be easy to maintain, but it is easily broken. That’s where the Trex composite material comes in. Trex uses wood and plastic, taking the best features from both, to make their composite material. Using wood gives it strength and a natural appearance. Using plastic makes it resistant to rot and insect damage. But it gets even better. 95% of the composite material is recycled. Trex takes reclaimed wood and sawdust that would otherwise be thrown out. Additionally, they use all kinds of plastic film, including grocery bags, plastic wrappers from products like toilet paper and paper towels, and even sandwich bags. By utilizing recycled materials, Trex has never cut down a single tree or manufactured brand new plastic to make a fence. Trex composite isn’t just good for your fence, it’s also beneficial for the environment.

Wood
Composite
Vinyl

Trex Composite Colors

Another material in the composite mix is the color. Other companies use expensive UV inhibitors, but their fences always fade. Trex is smarter. When the fencing is manufactured, the material is over pigmented (meaning there is extra color added), so it will naturally weather to the correct color. Everything outside in the elements is going to change, but Trex makes sure your fence will always look fantastic.

A Fence For Every Season

Unless you live in under a large sheltered dome, you’re going to need a fence that can handle the weather. From hot summer days to cold winter nights, and everything in between, the Trex composite is virtually weather-proof. We’re not sure if it would survive a volcanic explosion, but it’s been tested against most everything else. Trex won’t contract like wood, making gaps in between pickets. And when it gets cold, Trex won’t become brittle and shatter like vinyl. It’s been certified to withstand hurricane force winds and it won’t rot in humid environments. Again, it’s that special combination of wood and plastic that helps it withstand the elements.

Trex Fencing is made for extreme weather.

Trex vs The Other Guys

How does Trex compare with other composites? The short answer is: no other product out there measures up. And here’s why:

Trex Composite Material has been perfected in their fencing and decking.

Experience

Trex was founded in 1996, more than 20 years ago, introducing the idea of wood/plastic composites to the outdoor market. In an effort to compete with Trex, many companies have attempted their own composite fencing line with less than stellar results. The common theme among these companies is that they tend to crack, just like their products. Other manufacturers just can’t produce a formula that is strong, sturdy, and long-lasting. And when the products fail, the company either sells out or closes, and those warranties they offered are now void.

 Formula

The exact Trex formula is a company secret, but it’s easy to find out what’s in Trex and how it’s made. It’s right here on their website. Trex uses recycled wood and plastic. Other companies aren’t so transparent, and it can be tricky to figure out what exactly is in their fencing. One company’s composite is made from plastic and wheat, which warps badly in the heat. Another company uses bamboo which isn’t sustainable. Some vinyl and plastic fence companies will even try to pass their material off as composite, saying that its many up of many different types of plastic. But these fences are just plastic, through and through, and come with all the issues of a plastic fence. Even still, some companies will just make composite pickets, then require the use of wood or metal posts which decay in the ground. If a fence manufacturer claims their product is composite, do a little research to find the truth.

Picket Style

In addition to their solid formula, Trex has designed their fence pickets to interlock in a simple, yet brilliant way, that makes them 100% private, 100% secure, and 100% easy to install. The other guys use different styles that just don’t work as well. When using face nail pickets, the nails will loosen over time and the boards can warp and split. Solid panels are heavy, can’t be customized, and can’t slope in an uneven yard. Tongue and groove boards will gap as they expand and contract, and they aren’t nearly as strong as the Trex. The fencing system is just as important as the fencing material.
No other fence works like this.

The Cost of Composite

There is one more thing we have to address, and that’s the cost. If you’ve done your research on composite fencing, you know that it is the most expensive fencing material. But if you’ve really done your research, you know that Trex is worth every penny. While wood and vinyl might be cheaper up-front, you still have to account for the cost of maintenance and repair.  Wood fences need painting or staining, and protective coatings to prevent rot and insect damage. Vinyl fences, while they seem low-maintenance, are easily broken and must be repaired or replaced to keep them looking nice. So yes, Trex Fencing is expensive, but if you want a fence that looks impeccable, doesn’t require ongoing work, and comes with a 25-year residential warranty, it’s the cheapest fence of all.

Trex is the fence you need.
Still not convinced? We encourage you to do your own research. Our customers tell us that, after exploring every option, Trex is the winner. We’ve had contractors say it’s the best material they’ve ever worked with. Click here to order your very own samples of Trex composite fencing.

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The New Face of Trex Fencing & CFC Distributors

The New Face of Trex Fencing & CFC Distributors

We are pleased to announce the completion of yournextfence.com. This new site is designed to take your Trex Fencing experience to the next level. In the coming months we will be releasing more DIY tutorials, project spotlights, photos,  tools, and resources for homeowners, contractors, architects, and other community and building professionals.