Trex Seclusions and Horizons are made specifically for fencing applications
In 2006, Trex saw the need for a dedicated fencing product and created Trex Seclusions fencing. Since then, it has become the premiere composite fencing system. From time to time, we see projects that use composite deck boards to recreate a composite fence look, particularly before Trex Horizons was introduced to satisfy the market’s need for horizontal fencing. While many composite deck boards are quite fetching and detailed in design, there are some clear disadvantages to building a composite deck board fence.
First, most manufacturers don’t recommend using decking as a vertical surface because posts and framing would need to be spaced closer to help avoid sagging or warping. Typically, manufacturers recommend joist or post attachment points for their decking boards at 16 in. on center or less compared with 8 ft. (96 in.) centers on a Trex fence.
Second, composite deck boards are more expensive per square foot than Trex fencing. The cost will quickly add up when you figure that each fence panel would take the same amount of area as a 6′ x 8′ deck. More composite product is used to create a deck board than an interlocking picket. Trex fencing is engineered to interlock, creating more durability without being bulky and heavy. Additionally, once steel or wood back framing and extra labor is factored, costs will continue to climb.
Third, the Trex fencing systems were manufactured with a design that creates the same look on both sides, whereas a fence built with decking boards will require back framing which is typically left exposed as it is with stockade or similar style wood fencing. An additional concern is that the use of wood or steel posts and framing would be affected by rot or rust over time whereas Trex fencing does not use any wood members and the only metal component is an aluminum bottom rail which will not rust.
Fourth, in order to allow for expansion and contraction, fence built with decking boards require gaps between the boards, which reduces privacy. The Trex fencing interlocking picket system accommodates the natural expansion and contraction of material and still provides full privacy.
So if you’re considering a composite fence that is low-maintenance, green, and stylish, remember Trex has a dedicated fencing system to fulfill any residential, commercial, or HOA needs.