Problems with composite wood fencing

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Problems with composite wood fencing
Composite wood fencing looks similar to standard fence but may darken more with age. (wood fence image by Psycience from Fotolia.com)

Whether you're thinking about installing a composite wood fence or you already have one, learn the problems composite fencing can or might develop to cut off the problem before it begins. Composite wood fencing is a green product that's made from recycled plastic and wood. You can purchase composite wood fencing from most fence and home improvement stores.

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Possible Rotting

According to Tim Carter of Ask the Builder, the jury's still out on whether composite wood can or will rot. Although composite fencing is sometimes treated with a preservative to keep it from rotting, not all manufacturers treat their fencing boards with a preservative, and plastic alone won't protect the wood component of the fence. To help decrease the chances that your composite wood will rot before you're ready to replace it, paint or seal the boards to help keep moisture off the surface.

Durability Unknown

The durability of your composite wood fencing depends largely on the manufacturer and the quality of the composite wood fencing you purchase. Some manufacturers have almost eliminated chances of warping, while others continue to show problems. Research different types of composite wood fencing before you buy to help avoid problems in the future. Older composite fences are more likely to show warping and wear than newer models, due to advances in the manufacturing of composite wood fencing.

High Cost

Although you may not view it as a problem, one of the biggest cons of composite wood fencing is the initial cost. Composite wood fencing costs more than a regular lumber fence, and depending on the manufacturer, your fence could still have eventual problems, like rotting. To avoid having to shell out the extra cash to pay for a replacement too soon, choose a composite wood fence from a company with a 25-year warranty, guaranteeing the materials you use will last longer than a wood fence. Most wood fencing manufacturers only offer a 10-year warranty.

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