Weather Resistance Performance Of WPC Fencing

When we consider adding decorations to outdoor spaces, such as decking, fencing, pergola, balustrade, etc., we need to focus on the durability and weather resistance of these decorative materials. We should choose the most cost-effective ones to invest in. This article will list the weather resistance of common types of fencing materials, such as composite fencing, and so on. Comparison of their applicable areas, and the extent to which they are affected by climate and weather.

There are many types of fence materials, and each material has advantages and disadvantages. Here we mainly introduce the weather resistance of the material and the disadvantages you may concern.

7 Common Used Materials of Fencing

Common types of materials that can be used for fencing include cedar, treated wood, redwood and teak, composite, vinyl, metal, and masonry. The following is a comparison of their weather-resistance performance.

Cedar

Cedar can effectively avoid damage from insects due to its own characteristics. However, like most woods, cedar looks darker under prolonged direct sunlight. One drawback worth noting is that cedar wood requires regular maintenance, and even then, it still faces problems such as cracking and decay.

Types of cedar that can be used for fencing include incense cedar, northern white cedar, eastern red cedar, and Alaskan yellow cedar.

Treated wood

Treated wood is more weather resistant than cedar. Treated wood is usually made of low-grade wood, which tends to shrink and swell slightly in response to changes in external humidity.

Redwood and teak

Redwood and teak are comparable to cedar in terms of weather resistance and beautiful appearance. However, it is very expensive and is normally applied for small-scale decoration.

Wood-plastic Composite

A wood-plastic composite fence is made of wood fiber and recyclable plastic. The small amount of wood fiber in the material makes it effective against insects. The plastic component can increase its toughness. Therefore, the wood-plastic composite fence has both durability and strong weather resistance.

The co-extruded fence panels, processed by special co-extrusion technology, are ideal for outdoor fences because of their improved weather resistance, corrosion resistance, fade resistance, and durability. It is worth noting that the price of a wood-plastic composite fence is comparable to that of a metal fence, but the wood-plastic composite fence is not troubled by rust, will not be limited by the area, and requires little maintenance.

Vinyl

Vinyl is a plastic synthesized from ethylene and chlorine. The weather-resistance performance of most polymers is already predetermined by the strength of their chemical bonds. It is also closely related to the mixing technique. Compared to other polymeric materials, vinyl performs better in weather resistance. However, it is worth noting that vinyl is not recyclable.

Metal

The commonly used material of metal fences contains wrought iron, steel, or aluminum. The metal fence has good weather resistance and durability. Aluminum fences will not rust no matter what season they are in, but steel and iron fences need to be treated promptly by brushing on rust-proof paint when they rust. In coastal areas, it is not recommended to use these two, and other materials can be considered.

It is important to note that metal fences, especially wrought iron, need to be installed by professionals. And the price of metal fences is usually more expensive.

Masonry

Fences made of concrete, stone, brick, etc. do not need to be considered for their weather resistance, as they are virtually unaffected by climate and weather. The only thing that needs to be considered is the price of the material and the difficulty of installation. Stone fences are more expensive and for longer and safer use, it is recommended to hire professionals for installation.

Conclusion

Only after you have a specific understanding of various materials can you know which one is best for you. The specific choice of fence material should also be considered in conjunction with your needs. Hope this article will help you.

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