Choosing a material for your garden fencing isn’t easy. There are a lot of factors to consider, from costs to practicalities to upkeep and maintenance. Timber is one option, and composite is probably another one fairly close to the top of your list. So, if you’re already considering composite fence boards, how can you tell if it’s right for you? We’re the UK’s leading composite fence and gate panel supplier here at North Valley Composites, so we know a few things about what a quality composite fencing panel should provide. That means you can count on us to know everything about the pros and cons surrounding the durability, maintenance, and environmental impact of composite fencing panels. Here’s our quick roundup of the essentials – we’ll start with the pros! They’re way more durable than wooden panels Essentially, composite is one of the single most durable materials on the market for fencing. They don’t crack or splinter because of the combination of wood and recycled plastic that forms the material base of composite panels, and they’re excellent at withstanding the ever changing elements of the UK climate. Also, because our composite fencing only contains trace amounts of wood, it’s not prone to rotting and deterioration. Plus, it won’t crack or splinter like traditional wooden panels, and we offer a substantial 10 year warranty on all our products for extra peace of mind. Insect resistant It’s a universal truth – insect infestation can be an absolute pain to deal with, especially since they’ve been known to destroy entire sections of fencing panels more or less single-handed. This can be a particular problem when the warmer weather starts, bringing all manner of creepy crawlies out the woodwork to feast on your lovely garden. However, composite fencing is safe from all potential pests, as it’s made from 90% recycled plastic. That’s obviously not the food of choice for any insects, which means that you won’t need to worry about termites, or any other little pests gradually eating away at it! Very low maintenance If you’re considering timber fencing, you’ll probably find yourself weighing up things like sanding, oiling, painting, and staining. With composite, you don’t have to worry about any of that. Compared to other fencing materials, composite requires little to no maintenance. Since it only contains trace amounts of wood, it’s not prone to rotting and deterioration caused by extreme weather. What’s more, its chemical makeup means that you can rely on its colour to remain stable under everything from the summer heat to the winter frost. There’s no need to fork out on finishes, glazes, and so on, all it needs is the occasional power wash. In other words, you’re pretty much able to ‘fit it and forget it’! Far more eco-friendly We’re very proud to say that our composite panels are made from recycled plastic and sustainably sourced wood waste. Along with being eco-friendly, our composite fencing panels outperform any 100% wood based panels when it comes to longevity, so you get the best of both worlds. By purchasing a product that lasts longer, you’re able to cut down on waste, as you won’t need to replace your boards anywhere near as often as you would with timber products. You can go through two to three sets of wooden fence panels in the time it takes for a composite set to require replacing. They look fantastic Let’s be honest – from a purely aesthetic point of view, no other material compares. Our composite fencing is almost identical to wood, but boasts a much sleeker and smooth texture. Composite fencing boards are also really easy to install to a professional standard – our range of boards and finishing pieces can be cut simply using a regular saw blade, and the trims are easily installed using the fixings provided. Fashionable and functional – what’s not to love? Are there any downsides? The only major consideration you’ll need to take into account is the extra investment required – but that little extra investment goes a long way! Ultimately, it’s not hard to see why composite fence boards are so popular – it’s a fantastic alternative to timber, and offers a number of advantages, including significantly improved durability, as well as environmental benefits. We stock a wide range of composite fence boards, panels, and accessories, in a variety of styles and colours to suit any taste. If you’ve got any specific questions or need anything clarified, we’re here to help at North Valley Composites – don’t hesitate to give us a call on 01282 677300.