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The common problems with composite fencing (and how to avoid them!)

Composite fencing has gained significant popularity due to its combination of aesthetic appeal, durability, and low maintenance. However, like any material, it comes with its own set of challenges. Understanding these issues and knowing how to address them can help you maintain the pristine condition of your composite fence. At Select Living Group, we offer top-quality composite fencing solutions designed to minimise these common problems.

Let’s grab a brew and dive into the potential issues and how you can avoid them.

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Common problems with composite fencing

1. Fading and discolouration

Problem: Exposure to the sun (if it ever comes out, that is!) and harsh weather conditions can lead to fading or discolouration over time.

Solution: To prevent this, choose composite fencing with UV-resistant properties. Our composite fences are manufactured with advanced UV inhibitors to protect against the sun's rays, ensuring long-lasting colour. If you’re considering composite decking for your outdoor space, look for similar UV protection to keep both your fence and decking looking vibrant.

2. Mould and mildew growth

Problem: In damp or shaded areas, composite fences can be prone to mould and mildew.

Solution: Regular cleaning is essential to prevent mould and mildew build-up. Use a mild soap solution and a soft brush to clean your fence periodically.

3. Expansion and contraction

Problem: Temperature changes can cause composite materials to expand and contract, potentially leading to warping or gaps.

Solution: Proper installation with adequate spacing is crucial to accommodate thermal expansion. Our detailed installation guides provide step by step instructions to ensure your fence is installed correctly and can handle temperature variations. This consideration is equally important when installing composite decking, as proper spacing is vital to prevent buckling or gaps. If in doubt, we can get you in touch with an approved installer who can do the hard work for you!

4. Scratches and surface damage

Problem: Composite fencing can be scratched by pets, tools, or other objects, affecting its appearance.

Solution: To prevent this, opt for fencing with a durable, scratch-resistant surface. At Select Living Group, our composite fencing is designed to withstand everyday wear and tear, maintaining its beauty even in high-traffic areas. The same applies to our composite decking solutions, which are engineered to be scratch-resistant, ensuring your outdoor space remains pristine despite heavy use.

5. Cost concerns

Problem: The initial investment for composite fencing can be higher compared to other materials like wood or vinyl.

Solution: There is no need to worry about this when you consider the long-term benefits and savings of composite fencing — as it requires less maintenance and has a longer lifespan, which can offset the higher upfront cost. If you’re also planning to upgrade your decking, our composite decking products offer similar long-term value and durability.

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How to avoid these issues

Composite fencing is an excellent choice for homeowners seeking a durable, attractive, and low-maintenance solution. By being aware of potential issues and taking proactive steps to address them, you can enjoy your composite fence for many years. We advise that:
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We’re always here to help!

At Select Living Group, we’re here to support you with high-quality products and expert advice. Whether you’re installing a new fence or maintaining an existing one, we have the solutions you need. Visit our composite fencing collection to explore our range of products and find the perfect fence for your home. And if you're looking to enhance your outdoor space further, check out our complete composite range for additional inspiration.

For more tips and product information, stay tuned to our blog or contact our team of experts.

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