The increasing cost of lumber combined with consumer demand for alternatives to wood has resulted in a material, unlike any other fencing product. Composite fencing, unlike its counterpart, PVC, is a completely recycled material that meets the industry’s sustainable standards for a “green” product.
What is Composite Fencing?
Through a proprietary process combining reclaimed wood fibers or sawdust and plastic a material resembling wood, only stronger and longer-lasting, is created. Long before composite material was used to create fencing it was used to build decks and to replace wooden fence posts. Composite lumber is comprised of approximately 50% recycled wood and 50% recycled plastic. Some manufacturers boast that their product is made up of 75 to 95% recycled material.
Benefits of Composite Fencing
For homeowners wanting a manufactured product, while still being “green”, composite fencing is the obvious alternative to PVC fencing. It’s a dense material, that unlike wood, is resistant to insects, water, rot, and temperature extremes of hot and cold. It can withstand steady, high wind speeds of 177 kph, and gusts up to 209 kph. Colour is added during the process instead of afterward and is purposely pigmented, allowing the material to fade to the intended colour. The panels are considered neighbour-friendly as they are identical on both sides.
Ease of Installation
Composite fencing, although dense, weighs only about 5 kgs, making it easy to handle and maneuver. Composite fence panels are interlocking, making them easy to install, while also adding integrity and strength. They are easily cut with a hand saw and also accommodate screws to secure into position. Composite fence panels are often used in combination with wooden fence panels.
By recycling plastic grocery bags and shrink wrap, the amount of landfill waste is reduced. The leftover wood pulp generated by paper mills also go into composite fencing rather than landfills. Another plus is the lack of chemicals used in the manufacture of composite fencing.
Composite fencing allows homeowners to enjoy the look of a real wood while avoiding the maintenance of wood. Composite fencing never needs to be stained or painted and does not encourage mold growth. Depending on where you live, an occasional cleaning with mild soap and water, is all the maintenance needed. Probably the only drawback to composite fencing is the cost, which is roughly equal to that of redwood fencing, the costliest of wood fencing.