Composite fencing or composite fence panels is a relatively new innovation. The great feature is that they don’t need to be painted or stained – we all know how long that can take.
Wouldn’t you rather be enjoying the summer sun rather than slogging through the mundane task of painting your old wooden fence?
Composite fences come in a few different flavours from WPC construction with an aluminium frame (very contemporary) to a PVC / UPVC hollow construction which is similar to bathroom cladding – more heavy duty of course for longevity.
The WPC (Wood Polymer Composite) panels tend to be a very sturdy construction and weigh more than their PVC counterparts. PVC panels in a 6′ or 2 metre width can weigh as little as 5Kg. Either way they are both designed for outdoor use with the usual low maintenance characteristics of composite decking.
The WPC panels, as suggested, are sturdier. If you have kids kicking balls about then this type of composite fence panel would be a better idea.
The UV stabiliser in the composite fencing means the colours won’t fade in the sun giving you colourfast fencing for many years. As mentioned above, you don’t have to paint or stain the panels which means low maintenance. Many composite fencing panels also have a realistic grain pattern and colour so they look like real wood.
Many retailers suggest you can keep your existing fence posts and just fit the new panels in between. Personally we think it’s a good idea to fit aluminium or composite posts – these will exceed the lifetime of pressure treated softwood timber. If you’re going to invest the time and effort to fit the panels then why not fit posts which will last and last.