Composites are making their entry into the residential fencing market.
Trex, the same company that pioneered decking made of recycled wood and plastic fibers, now has a line of privacy fencing.
While more expensive than other fencing materials, including wood and vinyl, the composite Seclusions fencing offers the same low maintenance that makes the company's decking and railings so popular.
Trex won't rot or warp and never needs painting or staining. Best of all, it won't reflect light like a vinyl fence.
The 5-1/2" x 1" pickets (up to 8' long) of Seclusions fencing lock together and into top and bottom rails. Because the fencing forms a solid privacy barrier, your neighbor's view of the fence will be the same as yours. In other words, there is no bad side to the fencing.
Other components include 5-1/2" square posts and three styles of caps. The fencing is available in two shades of brown and one gray. The natural look of Trex fencing is a selling point for many. But if you've got your heart set on a white fence, Seclusions can be painted or stained. Left alone, the fencing will weather and change color.
Trex decking is available at some Lowes and Home Depot stores, but at this point, the fencing seems to be available largely through installation companies. This, of course, adds to the cost of a Seclusions fence. Materials alone are about 30 to 50 percent more than vinyl, but comparable to cedar.
Heavier than wood, the privacy fencing system can sustain winds of 100 miles per hour. The fencing is not structural, however, and cannot be notched, sanded or routed. It can be secured to concrete or brick.