Project Spotlight: Publix Shopping Center

Project Spotlight: Publix Shopping Center

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. This particular fence is 8′ tall. providing practical privacy and security for the property. In other applications, a Trex Fence can be built even taller — up to 12ft.  — 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.

Composite Fencing & The Future Of The Wood Industry

Benefits of Composite Fencing

Composite lumber is increasingly popular for fence and deck construction. Composites are a mixture of organic fiber, plastic, and a binding agent. The most common reason people invest in composites for building materials is convenience. Composite fencing is an industry innovation that addresses broader issues with wood fencing. In this article we’ll explore four of the issues composite fencing solves.

New-Growth Wood Problems

Most of the fencing we use today comes from younger trees since available supplies from virgin forests are used up or protected. Originally we would get the trees from old growth forests. The trees in these forests grew slowly over a period of many decades or centuries. As a consequence the rings from these trees are denser, which give them a much harder structure and resistant to rot than new growth trees. Today we farm most of the trees we use and cut them down in a period that could last as little as 10 years. The end product is notably different:

The wood from new growth trees has less density and is consequently much softer and structurally weaker. Composite fencing solves this problem by being able to tightly compact wood fibers to make a product that is denser than the new growth wood. This makes the material and the whole structure much stronger. Another added benefit from composite fencing is the ability to create custom configurations. For example, Trex Fencing uses an interlocking picket that would be not possible with regular wood. These specially engineered pickets prevent the fence from sagging, warping or splitting; which can become problematic with wood.

Injecting wood with preservatives only solves a small part of the durability problem. Wood fencing receives some benefit from this process, but the lack of density from new wood growth prevents the structure from lasting as long as it once did. This issue is corrected with composite fencing by increasing the density of the board and engineering more stable components.

Rising Cost of Wood

Not only is the quality of the new growth wood lower than it used to be, which will reduce the life expectancy of a fence, but its price is increasing drastically. According to the National Association of Home Builders the price of framing lumber has nearly doubled in the last five years. The simple explanation for this is increased demand for the wood while supplies are dwindling. The fact that it can take up to one or two decades to grow a tree and demand for wood continues to rise will only accelerate this process.

Another reason for the dwindling suppliers will come from forest fires. As I’ll explain in the next section, these fires will become more common, further dwindling the wood supplies and therefore rising prices.

Other factors such as the new 20-24% import tax for Canadian lumber may also affect prices.  The National Association of Home Builders claims this tax will affect end consumers. However, the U.S. Lumber Coalition claims that most of the costs will be absorbed by Canadian suppliers. But despite these back and forth arguments, the historical data indicates that lumber prices are going up, and there’s no indication that this trend is stopping.

Since composite fencing products like Trex use recycled lumber, (sawdust and other remnants) the density of the growth doesn’t affect its quality. Additionally, Trex is recycling left over wood products that might otherwise be wasted.

Forest Fires Strain Supply

It has been a busy decade for forest fires. The west coast has experienced a prolonged period of drought. The ecosystems of the Western United States and Canada have evolved to be especially adaptive for low intensity and periodic forest fires. But our success in the past 50 years in preventing and quickly extinguishing these fires has caused a massive buildup of combustible materials that in the past would periodically be eliminated by smaller fires. This buildup causes high intensity fires that are very difficult to manage, and now destroy most of the trees that once survived the smaller periodic fires.


Wood-plastic composites are the clear alternative to wood lumber. They are a sustainable choice that have minimal impact on the environment and last longer than wood. As wood supplies decrease the cost of replacing existing wood fences will be much greater than when they were first built.


Written by Eugene Sheely.

Doggie Escape Artists Thwarted By Trex Fencing

If you have a dog, you probably also have a fence. Even though fences are a necessity for most dog owners, it can be frustrating when your dog figures out how to escape, despite the fence. It can be tricky choosing a fence that will keep your dog contained. Invisible or electric fences are for people that don’t want an actual fence surrounding their property, or the last resort option when all other fence types have failed. Dogs are smart and if you choose the wrong fence, your dog will break free.

Explore the 4 Types of Doggie Escape Artists and Learn How a Trex Fence Will Stop Them All

Type 1: The Jumper

Is your dog able to leap fences in a single bound? Or maybe he uses wood rails or chain links as a foothold to climb over the fence? Trex is completely solid and has no mid-rails. It can be built 6ft, 8ft, or even 12ft for the most powerful jumpers.

Type 2: The Digger

Has your dog dug themselves a small escape hole under the fence? While you set your Trex Fence Posts in concrete, you can also pour concrete all along the fence line. This concrete strip is called a “mow-strip” and is impossible for dogs to dig through. And since Trex has a 25-year residential warranty, you’ll never have to worry about digging up that concrete to replace a broken fence. (*Bonus* Installing a mow strip will not only stop the digger but it makes mowing your lawn even more convenient. You can use your mower right up along the edge of the lawn without trimming or weed-whacking.)

Type 3: The Bulldozer

Does your dog have an incredibly strong head or very sharp teeth? She doesn’t even bother trying to go under or over the fence, she’ll just go right through it. Trex is stronger and more durable than wood because it’s combined with plastic. And unlike vinyl, it won’t become brittle and shatter in colder temperatures. The only way you’ll put a hole in your fence is if you drill one. 

Type 4: The Squeezer

Maybe you have a small or very thin dog that somehow seems to fit through the bars of an iron fence or the pickets of a wood fence. With Trex’s interlocking pickets, even the tiniest dogs don’t have any chance of squeezing through. Trex Fencing can also be sloped which will prevent gaps between the bottom of your fence and any uneven ground.

What About Cats?

If you’ve got a cat, good luck. There’s no fence in the world that can contain a cat. So you might as well just get a Trex Fence. Your cat will look regal walking on top of it.

Keep your dog safe and contained with a Trex Fence. Click Here to order samples or Here to find an installer in your area.

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Project Spotlight: Surfside Colony, CA

Project Spotlight: Surfside Colony, CA

A simple search of “beach fence images” returns tranquil pictures of driftwood sticks tied together with a bit of wire, wavy and windblown, along a beach. These quintessential images exude an easy-going and relaxing vibe that is perfect for your computer’s wallpaper. These beach fences make for great pictures, but in reality, they are terrible fences. They can’t keep anyone in or out, provide any privacy, even marking the property line gets a little tricky when the wind blows these fences over. What if we could have a beach fence that was both sturdy and attractive? A fence designed to match the stunning scenery, while also doing its job? The best beach fence is a Trex Fence.
A recent project in Seal Beach, California at the beachside community of Surfside Colony, proves that Trex is the best kind of beach fence. A-1 Steel installed approximately 200 feet of Winchester Grey Trex Seclusions on the sandy beach. In fact, the Trex Fence starts right at the iconic PCH Water Tower House and heads straight towards the ocean. The old fence was weathered and falling, and the property owners were in search of a new fence that would actually last.

Picturesque beach fence isn’t a great fence

Surfside Colony in Southern California

Old and broken fence before removal

Brand new Winchester Grey Trex Fence along the beach

Surfside Colony chose Trex Fencing for their beach fence for several different reasons. First, because it is termite resistant, which is a serious problem for wood on the beach. Second, because it is an eco-friendly fence. Trex is 95% recycled materials, half of which is plastic and the other half wood. Trex is proud to be doing their part to keep California’s beaches clean and beautiful. Third, because Trex has a more natural appearance than a plastic fence. Its special formula of composite materials gives you the look of wood, without any of the drawbacks like rotting or mold. And the Trex color, Winchester Grey, is especially popular, giving it a nice contrast to the golden sandy beaches and the blue ocean water. And fourth, Trex was chosen for its ability to withstand hurricane force winds. Unlike those flimsy beach fences, Trex will stand its ground.

A solid concrete base was used for the Trex Fence

New Winchester Grey Trex Fence leading to the PCH Water Tower

For those of you wondering just how a beach fence is built, the answer is concrete. Lots and lots of concrete. In order to build a sturdy fence in the shifting sands of a beach, 12ft Trex Posts were set 4ft deep into the ground, using over 400lbs of concrete. If you’re going to put up a Trex Fence, you’ve got to do it right.

A-1 Steel Fence, located in Santa Fe Springs, installed this Trex beach fence. Their slogan “Quality is not expensive, it’s priceless!” rings true for Trex Fencing as well.

Looking for your very own Trex beach fence? Contact us today!




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.


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


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.


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 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 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 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.


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.


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


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.


To find out more about Trex Fencing, visit the 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.