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How Long Does Composite Fencing Last?

5 April 2024

Installing a new fence is a big investment, so you want to be sure that it will stand the test of time. New composite fencing can last well over 20 years if taken care of, which is why it’s becoming so popular. And at Eurocell, we’re so confident in our product that we even offer a 20-year guarantee. 


Below we explore the longevity of composite fencing in more detail and what you can do to improve it. 

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What is Composite Fencing Made Of?

Composite fencing is made of reclaimed wood fibres and plastic composites – for example, Eurocell’s composite eco fence boards are manufactured from at least 75% recycled materials.


Using an extrusion or compression moulding process, the materials are melted down and then compressed to create consistent fence boards. Using both wood and plastic in the manufacture means the panels have high tensile strength and durability. 

The added plastic gives composite fencing its longevity, because it’s protected against issues like insect damage, rotting, mould or decay, which traditional timber fences can fall prey to. Some composite fencing also has a PVC cap which protects it against moisture and general wear and tear. 


The fact that composite fencing lasts longer, and is made from recycled materials, makes it a good choice if you’re looking for sustainable solutions for your garden. 

 

Is Composite Fencing Long Lasting?

Composite fencing can last between 20-30 years, whereas wooden fencing has a lifespan of 5-20 years depending on the product. 


Timber fences are more susceptible to issues like rotting, mould, splitting, or warping, so you could find yourself needing to replace the wooden panels often. Wooden fencing also requires staining, sealing, oiling and painting to maintain it – but composite fencing doesn’t. 


One of the key reasons why the fencing has a longer lifespan is because of its high tensile strength. That means it can withstand extreme weather conditions like storms and wind without breaking. 

Does Composite Fencing Fade?

In the first six months after installing your composite fencing, the shade will adjust to being outdoors.


During production, natural wood oils are used to maintain the consistency of the colour. When the panels are exposed to sunlight or the environment, the oils tend to bleed which causes the fence to fade slightly. The colour will have settled by six months, and be resistant to further changes.


UV agents can also be added during the manufacturing process to protect composite fencing from fading in the sunlight. If you are concerned, opt for a lighter composite fencing shade which will hide it better. 


Wooden fencing traditionally fades over time and changes colour. This is why it needs painting or staining to improve its look – which can get costly in the long run. 

 

How to Maintain Composite Fencing

Composite fencing is popular because it’s incredibly low maintenance. It doesn’t require staining, sealing or painting like timber fences, and it’s easy to clean. Over 10 years, it will cost you almost nothing in maintenance. 


Maintaining your composite fencing will go a long way to increasing its lifespan. You should regularly inspect it checking for dirt, debris or leaves, which if left can cause staining or the growth of mould. Use a soft bristled brush to wipe away any debris.

Installation tips

Composite fencing needs to be installed as per the manufacturing guidelines to ensure it’s fitted correctly and securely, and so you don’t void the guarantee. Luckily, it is easy to install and it can even be fitted into existing concrete posts. 


That being said, it’s usually worth hiring a professional tradesperson who has experience in fitting composite fencing because part of its longevity is down to it being installed correctly.


Before installing the fencing, you need to ensure it’s handled with care. The boards should be stored indoors in a dry location, and avoid covering them in a plastic sheet. Take care when lifting or moving the boards so you don’t risk damage, keep them free of any building materials or debris, and avoid sliding them over each other to prevent scratches. 

Cleaning your composite fencing

Cleaning your fencing is easy. You can use the following tools: 

  • Washing up liquid
  • Water in a bucket or hose
  • Sponge
  • Soft bristled brush 

First, use your soft bristled brush to sweep away any dirt, debris or leaves. The soft bristles are important because medium-firm can be too abrasive and scratch the surface of the fencing. 


Next, rinse the fencing with your hose pipe, and then make a solution of washing up liquid and water. Use the solution and brush to clean your fencing, paying extra attention to any stains or dirt. Take care not to brush one spot too much, because you don’t want to wear the material away. You can also use a sponge to get into any nooks. 


Once you are done cleaning, rinse the fence again making sure all of the solution is removed to prevent soap stains. It’s best to save the cleaning for a dry day, and to work in small sections to avoid the solution from drying. 

Take care

With any big investment, you want to make sure that it lasts for decades. You can increase the longevity of your fencing, if you take good care of it. 


That means avoiding harsh chemicals like bleach when cleaning your fence, and any paint or staining products which can flake off and look unsightly. Try to trim any greenery around your fence to prevent any debris from falling on it, and try  not to lean heavy items like a barbecue or football goal against it. 


Browse Eurocell’s composite fencing range to see more. 

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