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What Is Trex Fencing? What You Need to Know About Composite FencesWhile some property owners on the Colorado Front Range may prefer traditional fence materials such as wood, brick, and iron, Trex composite fencing is an increasingly popular option for those seeking a low-maintenance, eco-friendly alternative that is designed for performance and durability.
While some property owners on the Colorado Front Range may prefer traditional fence materials such as wood, brick, and iron, Trex composite fencing is an increasingly popular option for those seeking a low-maintenance, eco-friendly alternative that is designed for performance and durability.
Trex fencing is a brand of composite fencing that is primarily comprised of recycled wood and plastics. The material is typically fashioned into panels that resemble wood. If you are thinking about installing a Trex fence on your property, here is what you need to know about its cost and maintenance.
Trex Fencing Cost
Trex fencing is designed to last about 30 years without major issues and with minimal upkeep. It is available in a variety of styles, colors, and sizes to match the aesthetic of your property.
Although the exact cost of purchasing and installing a composite fence depends on the height you choose and how many square feet you need, it is typically a more expensive material than vinyl or wood because of its eco-friendliness, superior durability, and increased longevity.
If you calculate in the expenses of future maintenance or replacing rotting or broken materials, composite fencing prices balance out over the long run. For a more accurate estimate of how much a new Trex fence for your Colorado Front Range property will cost, check out Split Rail Fence Company’s Fencing Cost Guide.
The Benefits of Trex Fencing
Made from a synthetic material, Trex fencing is one of the more durable types of fencing. It also is not susceptible to insect damage and can withstand harsh weather conditions in all climates, including winds up to 110 mph, which is a bonus if you live along the Colorado Front Range.
Although Trex does not require painting and staining for protection, as wood does, you can do so if you would like to either refresh its natural color or paint it to the color of your liking. It is suggested that you wait approximately 12 to 16 weeks for Trex to naturally fade before applying paint or stain so the topcoat adheres appropriately and does not become discolored.
Additionally, for property owners who prioritize environmental conservation, Trex fencing is one of the best materials on the market. It is made from recycled and reclaimed plastics and wood that would otherwise end up in a landfill.
Taking Care of Your Trex fence
Trex is manufactured to be low-maintenance, as is the case with most composite fencing. You don’t have to worry about the material rotting, splintering, or warping, as you would with other natural materials. Your fence still requires periodic cleaning, though, by virtue of being outside and exposed to the elements.
For dirt and debris, soap, water, and a soft brush are all that is required. Pressure washing is discouraged, as it could damage the surface of the composite fence panels and void your warranty in regards to any detrimental condition caused by the pressure washing. Learn more with Split Rail Fence’s Guide to Fence Maintenance.
Like wood and other materials, Trex is susceptible to water spots, leaf staining and wood tannins, along with scuffs and abrasions, but these should fade significantly over 12 to 16 weeks of natural weathering. You can accelerate the weathering process by applying a product containing oxalic or phosphoric acid, such as deck brightener, to your composite fence.
To prevent mold and mildew growth, you should do a semi-annual cleaning with a conventional fence wash or cleaners containing bleach and detergent.
Installing Your New Trex fence
Split Rail Fence is one of the leading distributors of Trex composite fencing, which is backed by a 25-year limited residential warranty. Our team has years of experience installing composite fences for property owners in the Denver and Colorado Springs area and throughout the Colorado Front Range and can help you figure out if a long-lasting, eco-friendly Trex fence is the right fit for you.