When it comes to garden fencing, the composite garden fence is a relatively new kid on the block. Everyone knows the traditional timber fence well; you have posts, panels, fix them all together and you have your fence. Then you can paint it, but if you do you’ll need to keep painting it. The timber fence looks great for a few years, but then it starts to rattle in the wind. The wood begins to warp, and becomes fragile. Before you know it, it’s time to take the whole thing down and reinstall a brand new fence. What about a composite garden fence? How does that work? Let’s take a look…
What’s what with a composite garden fence
Composite garden fence posts
Traditional timber fences need fence posts to give them strength, and a composite garden fence is no different. Composite fencing consists of strong, aluminium fence posts that are installed at regular intervals. The posts are available in a contemporary grey, and do not require painting. Posts are capped at the top for a neat finish – much like a traditional fence post often is.
Composite fence panels
With a traditional timber fence, panels are often prefabricated and slot between the posts before being fixed into place. Composite fencing is slightly different – panels are formed using the fencing planks. These planks slot into the grooves of the posts for a secure, neat finish. The composite fencing planks are double sided – one side is grooved while the other is smooth. You are free to pick the side you want, or even mix the two!
No more rot
Wooden garden fences are inevitably prone to rot. You can paint them, or treat them, but eventually nature will take it’s course. When this happens, you have no choice but to replace the problem section. With a composite garden fence, you do not have to worry about rotting wood. A composite fence simply does now rot. It can withstand damp weather without any form of rot setting in, so you can expect it to last a lot longer than a traditional fence.
No more painting
No one likes to have to carry out regular maintenance. Whether it be cleaning or painting, it’s just one extra chore. If you opt for a painted timber fence, then you’re going to have to face up to the fact that regular painting is going to be on the cards. Over time the paint will dull or flake, and will need to be redone. Whereas, with a composite garden fence you’re good to go as soon as it’s up, with no refresher coats of paint needed.