FAQ

Trex Fencing FAQ

GENERAL

WHY IS TREX® FENCING BETTER THAN WOOD?

Trex® Fencing offer’s superior durability and performance that you can’t get from wood. Trex® Fencing resists termites, won’t rot, warp, or splinter and never needs staining or painting. What’s more, Trex® Fencing is made from 95% recycled materials, making it an environmentally-friendly choice you can feel great about.

IF TREX® FENCING IS MADE FROM RECYCLED MATERIALS, WHY IS IT MORE EXPENSIVE THAN WOOD?

While most of the raw materials used in making Trex® Fencing are recycled, these materials are carefully processed to ensure the highest level of quality and performance. The end result is fencing that performs better than wood, lowering your cost over time through lesser maintenance..

WHAT IS THE LIFETIME VALUE OF TREX® FENCING?

With wood fences, maintenance costs add up over time. Although Trex® Fencing costs more initially, you’ll never have to sand, stain or paint your Trex® Fencing. Over the life of your fence, those reduced maintenance costs add up to a greater value than wood – not to mention the value of all the time you get to spend enjoying your fence rather than working on it.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN STOCKADE COMPOSITE FENCES AND INNOVATIVE HIGH-PERFORMANCE TREX® FENCING?

Understanding the differences between a stockade composite fence and an innovative high-performance Trex® Fencing is an important factor in understanding what to expect from different kinds of fencing.

STOCKADE COMPOSITE FENCES (DOG-EARED)

These types of fences are more traditional styles with backer rails and slats attaching to rail. True privacy is harder to obtain unless a board-on-board design is installed but additional pickets means additional expenses for pickets and fasteners. Fasteners are visible along the fence line since pickets are attached to rails.  A neighbor friendly design is not available and the ugly side of the fence (backer rails) will be faced toward one of the property owners. At the most, these types of fences are recommended to be installed on 6’ post centers causing additional time and expense for labor; not to forget that each picket requires six fasteners that accumulate many fastments. Stockade composite fences are usually not tested, proven, and backed with product engineering.

INNOVATIVE HIGH-PERFORMANCE TREX® FENCING

The innovative design of Trex® Fencing came from a wood board-on-board fence with top and bottom fascia rails, and top cap piece. This popular design among homeowners was chosen and the innovative fence design is easy for do it yourselfers or professionals to install. Trex® Fencing interlocking pickets provides a board-on-board appearance without the additional expense for more pickets to achieve this same design.  The hidden bracket system allows for fasteners to be hidden. Trex® Fencing is installed on 8’ post centers reducing additional product cost and additional time on labor to build fence sections.

BEYOND USING RECYCLED MATERIALS, WHAT OTHER ENVIRONMENTALLY-FRIENDLY PRACTICES DOES TREX® EMPLOY?

Our manufacturing process recycles factory runoff and refuse back into the manufacturing line. Within our plant, the trailers that carry product run on vegetable-based oil hydraulics. Because of all these environmentally friendly practices, Trex® is a member of the USGBC (U.S. Green Building Council) and Trex products contribute to a building’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) points.

CAN YOU SEND ME TREX® FENCING SAMPLES?

You can find Trex® Fencing samples by visiting TrexFencing.com/order-samples

WHAT MATERIALS ARE USED IN THE MANUFACTURING OF TREX® FENCING?

Trex® Fencing is made from 95% recycled materials, including reclaimed wood and sawdust as well as recycled plastic from many common household items, such as the plastic overwrap on packaging for paper towels and toilet paper, dry cleaner bags, newspaper bags, grocery and shopping bags. Trex® annually salvages and keeps more than 400 million pounds of plastic and wood scrap out of landfills. That makes Trex® one of the largest plastic film recyclers in the U.S. In fact, the average 100-square-foot composite Trex® Fencing contains 120,000 recycled plastic bags.

WILL TREX® FENCING WEATHER OR HAVE COLOR VARIATION (CHANGE COLOR/FADE)?

Experience a weathering process that’s completely natural. Typically 12-16 weeks after installation, Trex® Fencing will fade to a lighter color, (Trex® Fencing Colors).

NATURAL WEATHERING

The Trex product receives heavy pigmentation during manufacturer to allow it to settle into a lighter shade when weathered. Under normal conditions, twelve to sixteen weeks of exposure to sunlight and rain are typically required for Trex® to achieve its weathered color. This process is completely harmless to Trex® products and does not affect the durability. The post caps and top rail will fade the fastest because of their direct exposure to the elements. Because of their vertical orientation, the pickets and post faces may take considerably longer to fade.

COLOR VARIATION

Due to the nature of composite materials, it should be expected that color variation between individual components may occur and in some cases may be significant. Trex Fencing is produced from a variety of recycled plastics and wood fibers which absorb pigments differently. While all colors of Trex Fencing may contain variation, it is typically more pronounced with Saddle and Winchester Grey. The three colors of Trex Fencing will lighten over time and color variation may become less noticeable. However, weathering will not eliminate all variation. Where possible, extra care should be taken to install similarly pigmented pickets in a section to minimize the appearance of variation. Color variation and fading do not affect the integrity of the product and are not covered under the Trex Warranty.

DOES TREX® FENCING WORK WELL IN HOT DRY/HUMID AND COLD CLIMATES?

Any climate hot, dry,humid, or cold, Trex® Fencing can handle. Because of its composition of wood and plastic materials, Trex® Fencing can adapt to any climate.

EXPANSION AND CONTRACTION

All composite material will expand and contract with changes in temperature. If properly installed, Trex components are manufactured in a manner to accommodate these fluctuations. Gate hardware is also easily adjustable and may require some fine-tuning as temperatures change.

HOW MUCH DOES TREX® FENCING COST?

As with many things in life, you get what you pay for. Initially, Trex® Fencing does cost more, than wood and vinyl (PVC) fences; however, the payoff you get over time in decreased maintenance costs and increased leisure time provides compelling value — so much so, that you’ll often see Trex® Fencing referenced in the listings of homes for sale as an indicator of quality and value that homeowners and real estate agents tout when selling a home. Of course, the real value is in the time that you enjoy spending outdoors secured by Trex® Fencing.

IS TREX® FENCING SUITABLE FOR USE IN COMMERCIAL SETTINGS?

A 10-year commercial product warranty is applied on all Trex® Fencing projects. Trex® Fencing also has been tested and proved with architectural engineering. The following list of municipalities and commercial entities are an example of some of the clients that specified Trex fencing. Trex was selected as the product of choice for a variety of reasons including low maintenance, durability and strength, aesthetics, and green properties. For architects and engineers, please contact Trex Fencing for architectural drawings, technical specifications, and other supporting details: [email protected] Select Client List of Commercial/Government Projects

  • City of Napa Valley, CA
  • City of San Luis Obispo, CA
  • City of Santa Barbara, CA
  • Elk Grove Unified School District, Wilton, CA
  • Kroger Company, CA
  • Cherry Creek State Park, CO
  • City of Draper, UT
  • City of Lehi, UT
  • City of South Jordan, UT
  • City of West Valley, UT
  • City of Westwood, KS
  • City of Aurora, CO
  • Colorado School of Mines, CO
  • Highlands Ranch Metro District, CO
  • Historic Commission City of Fort Worth, TX
  • Mountainlands Comm Housing Assoc, UT
  • Town of Castle Rock, CO
  • Transit Authority, UT
  • U.S. Border Patrol, AZ
  • U.S. Coast Guard, TX
  • U.S. National Park Service, SD
  • Unified Fire Authority (Multiple locations)University of Utah, UT
  • Wasatch Commons Cohousing, UT
  • LDS Church- (Multiple Locations)
  • Nelson Labs, UT
  • Salvation Army, CO
  • HCN Mental Health, KS
  • Verizon Wireless, UT
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT FOR HOAS TO CONSIDER TREX® FENCING?
Maintaining operating costs are important for HOA budgets. Reducing annual operating costs on maintenance will allow for your budget to allocate funds on more important items within the HOA.
HOA’s CC&R’s are important for community aesthetics and to make sure the right products are being installed. Because Trex® Fencing product composition is made of 50% wood / 50% plastic, almost Trex® Fencing has ever been denied. It’s 25-year residential industry-leading warranty, stunning look, and innovative neighbor friendly design will place value on HOA’s for years to come and almost eliminating monotonous maintenance expenditures. Refer to our Trex® Fencing HOAs Guide.
Items to consider why HOAs should use Trex® Fencing:
  • Over time requires less maintenance and product replacement than wood or vinyl
  • More durable than other competing fences
  • 25-year non-prorated industry-leading residential warranty
  • True full privacy fence and available matching gates
  • Enhanced curb appeal
  • Rich natural colors compliment the property
  • Distinctive composite smooth finish
  • Neighbor-friendly design popular for shared lines
  • Board-on-board style provides aesthetic appeal
  • Can be built to desired height
  • 96% recycled materials, “Go Green”
HOW HEAVY IS TREX® FENCING?
Trex® Fencing is 50-70% heavier than comparable lumber. The durability of Trex® Fencing provides a superior product that will last and maintain value for the next 25 years and more..
IS TREX® FENCING CODE-COMPLIANT?
Trex® Fencing when properly installed for approved applications, is code compliant. Trex® Fencing has been used on numerous residential, commercial, and government projects with fence heights ranging from 3’ to 12’ fence heights. As always check with your local codes for approved fence heights. Trex® Fencing engineering docs are available in the Technical Center.
IS TREX® FENCING STRUCTURAL?
Trex wood plastic composites are not structural and should only be used for intended design.
CAN TREX® FENCING BE ANGLED?
Trex® Fencing can be installed on straight runs, 90 degrees corners, and because of the angle adaptors, Trex® Fencing is capable of being installed at angle degress of 22.5 – 45. The angle adaptor attaches to the standard fence bracket for a 22.5 degree angle. When doubling the angle adaptors on back of the fence bracket, this allows for a 45 degree angle. Refer to the Trex® Fencing Installation Guide.
CAN TREX® FENCING MATERIALS BE CUT?
Just like lumber, Trex® Fencing materials can be cut to any length or height. Suggested blade type carbide tip metal. Recommended power tools to cut materials: skill saw and miter saw.
CAN TREX® FENCING BE PLACED ON A CONCRETE SURFACE/SLAB OR RETAINING WALL?
The Trex post is hollow and can slide over a support embedded in the wall.
CONCRETE SURFACE/SLAB
It’s not recommended to attach Trex® Fencing posts to a concrete surface./slab. If a Trex® Fencing post needs to be placed on a concrete surface/slab, then it’s recommended to core cut through the concrete surface or slab and set Trex® Fencing posts directly in the ground 30” min. post depth.
RETAINING WALL
Trex® Fencing can not be used structurally as a retaining wall but Trex® Fencing can be installed on a retaining wall. Recommended retaining wall dimensions 8” wide min. with a 12” high min. stem wall and footer. A Trex® Fencing post is sleeved over a 2-⅜” Scheduled 20 chain link post. It’s recommended the chain link post is set in a 3” core cut with a 8” min. post depth. A chain link post can be set into concrete during the pour. Do not exceed setting chain link post centers over 96” on center. It’s recommended to set post centers shorter to eliminate any chances of setting post centers to far for Trex® Fencing rails. For additional information about attaching to a retaining wall refer to Trex® Fencing Drawing – Attaching to Concrete Wall
CAN I PAINT OR STAIN MY TREX® FENCING?
Trex does not require painting or staining. However, if painting or staining is desired, the material is porous and will accept either when applied. Before applying completely, test the paint or stain on a small piece of material to make certain you achieve the desired result. Please note that applying paint or stain may void the warranty.
CARE & CLEANING
Trex® Fencing is considered a low-maintenance fence not a maintenance free fence. Little annual maintenance will need to done. For additional information refer to the Care & Cleaning Guide.

WARRANTY REGISTRATION

Welcome to the industry-leading product warranty that provides comfort and peace of mind. To register your Trex® Fencing warranty, go to the following link: https://www.trex.com/trex-owners/warranty/warranty-registration/