Are Plastic Fence Panels Any Good?

Fencing is a great way to enjoy more privacy and security, but it can be difficult to decide which fencing material best suits your needs.

Traditional fencing products can require significant upkeep. This increases the cost and effort required to maintain them.

One great alternative is plastic fencing. This article will take you through everything you need to know about plastic, uPVC, and composite fencing.

Is Plastic Fencing Cheaper Than Wood?

The cheapest fencing option is wood, but there are additional costs associated with its maintenance.

This is because traditional fencing made from wood requires weather treatments and painting. It is also at risk from wood-boring pests. Treating and painting can be annual requirements that take a lot of time and effort.

Our innovative composite fencing range is low maintenance as it doesn’t need to be treated or painted.

How Much Is Plastic Fencing?

The cost of a complete plastic fencing system will vary depending on the size of the garden and the quality of materials.

Our collection of composite fencing is made from reclaimed wood fibres and recycled HDPE plastic and costs £15.31 per board.

Is Plastic Fencing Easy To Install?

Our plastic fencing options are very easy to install. They can be installed in pre-existing concrete posts or newly installed concrete posts.

They can also be installed directly into the ground. In this case, concrete posts aren’t required but the steel inserts needed must be set in concrete.

They can be retrofitted into any concrete post system with a 46.5mm slot. They can easily be slotted into each concrete post and slid on top of the concrete gravel boards into position.

This will ensure the fence can withstand storm-force winds. This is possible because our fencing is tested using the Beaufort Wind Scale. It has been shown to withstand level 10 storm-force winds.

Does Plastic Fencing Look Good?

Composite wood plastic fencing is a stylish choice that is perfect for contemporary properties. It’s available in a range of colours to suit any garden.

The dual-sided fence boards offer 63mm and 38mm battens. This allows homeowners to select and create a style that suits their preferences.

Are Plastic Fences Eco-Friendly?

The production of uPVC fencing can be damaging to the environment. This is because of the chemicals used to make it.

Our composite wood plastic fencing is an eco-friendly alternative. It’s the perfect way to enjoy a long-lasting, durable, low-maintenance fence that looks great. There are so many benefits with the Ecoscape UK fencing range, please visit our website to view our product design.

We use responsibly sourced FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) approved reclaimed wood fibre. This saves it from being dumped and puts it to good use.

We also use recycled HDPE (high-density polyethene) to minimise plastic waste. In fact, in 2021 we were able to recycle 4,495 tons of plastic and use it in our products.

If you’re looking for eco-fencing stock that doesn’t cost a fortune, our high-quality collection is perfect.

What Is Plastic Fencing Made From?

Unplasticised Polyvinyl Chloride (uPVC) fencing is made by using electrolysis to produce chlorine gas from sodium chloride. Natural gas or petroleum is used for making ethylene.

Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) is a chemical compound created by chlorine, hydrogen, and carbon.

UV stabilising additives can then be added to improve strength and make them a desired colour when manufactured.

Our composite fencing panel options are sometimes referred to as plastic fencing because they contain HDPE. However, we use recycled plastics and reclaimed wood fibres to reduce our carbon footprint.

Is Plastic Fencing Heavy?

Plastic fencing tends to weigh more than wood alternatives. Composite fencing combines plastic and wood and is somewhere in between.

Each of our composite wood plastic fencing panels weighs 3.15 kgs per linear metre. This means they are sturdy and secure but light enough to work with.

Is Plastic Fencing Better Than Composite?

uPVC fencing is an excellent low-maintenance option that won’t rot or need to be painted

It is easily installed because it is lightweight.

Composite fencing offers the same benefits. However, it is significantly better for the environment than uPVC fencing. Its also the choice for customers as the finish is beautiful and compliments any well designed landscape garden. Ecoscape can provide a price for the composite system and also a price for the individual plastic components to create plastic fence panels.

What Are The Disadvantages Of Plastic And uPVC Fencing?

Plastic and uPVC fencing options are relatively limited in terms of style. You will be able to choose from a range of colours, but you won’t have the flexibility of being able to paint them if you change your mind.

There are also different standards of plastic and uPVC fencing, so it’s important you pick a high-quality option if you want it to last. This can increase the cost of your fencing.

Wood fencing has a timeless look that’s suitable for contemporary and traditional properties. uPVC fencing typically has a modern look to it and may not suit traditional gardens.

Ecoscape plastic wood composite fencing is more aesthetically pleasing, the finish looks more like wood unlike the 100% plastic fence panels which can be shinny and not easy on the eye. Our fence panels are easily recyclable and child friendly as your children won’t suffer splinters as they could potentially with wooden fencing products.

How Long Will Plastic Fences Last?

Depending on the manufacturer, plastic and uPVC fencing can last anywhere from 15 to 25 years. However, the longer-lasting options will have a higher cost.

Our composite wood plastic fence boards have a 20-year warranty making them one of the most price competitive options on the market.

Can You Buy Plastic Gates That Match The Fencing?

At Ecoscape, we make a range of high-quality composite wood plastic products to ensure your garden looks great. This includes fencing, cladding, and decking.

We also have a selection of composite gates that match our fencing. This offers great flexibility to homeowners that want privacy and safety but also want easy access to their outdoor space.

The pre-assembled gates come with hinges, handles, and locks making them easy for you to install.

The gates are available at three heights:

  • 1200mm
  • 1500mm
  • 1800mm

They have a standard width of 900mm and are 52mm thick. They’re made from the same materials as our fencing with the same finish. Ecoscape composite gates come with a 20-year warranty and are available in charcoal, graphite, and walnut.

Are Plastic Fences Any Good?

Plastic fences and composite fences are great alternatives to traditional wooden fences. Our range of composite wood plastic fencing is designed to offer homeowners a stylish way to protect their property and privacy.

Our plastic fencing is designed to withstand storms with and strong winds. This is possible for fences installed in the ground or with a concrete post system.

It’s essential that you follow the installation guide provided by Ecoscape. You must also use approved materials and the accessories that have been provided. Failure to do this may invalidate the warranty.

Our composite fencing has also been tested for acoustic performance and showed a -28dB weighted sound reduction. This is perfect for homes near busy roads, schools, or venues that can get loud.

Our eco-friendly plastic fencing is made with recycled materials. So, if sustainability is essential to you when renovating your home and garden, you should choose green composite fencing from Ecoscape.

Our competitive price point of £15.31 per board makes Ecoscape plastic fencing an affordable option.

The durable plastic fence boards will not require painting or regular maintenance. Simply cleaning them occasionally with warm soapy water is enough.

Unlike wooden fences, or traditional fencing – composite wood plastic fencing is completely waterproof and will not rot. It’s also impervious to wood-boring pests.

Do Plastic Fences Crack?

Investing in high-quality uPVC fencing will ensure it’s lead-free and adheres to the strictest environmental legislation. It will also minimise the risk of cracking

Our composite wood-plastic fence boards are an attractive alternative to wood and uPVC fencing. This is because of their weatherproof qualities and durability.

A plastic fence board can crack or split if not installed correctly, it’s extremely important to leave the correct gap between plastic fence boards for expansion and contraction purposes. All the relevant information can be found in the plastic fencing installation guide.

What Colours Can You Get In The Plastic Fencing Range?

Our high-quality collection of composite wood plastic fencing is available in a range of colours to suit any home. These include:


Do composite fences need a gravel board?

Gravel boards can be a great way to protect the bottom of a fence. A gravel board is also a great way to sure up the fence and create a solid structure.

Gravel boards are also known as bottom rails and are available in a range of colours to match your fence. The top rail can provide a similar function that a gravel board does, but for the top of your fence. You don’t necessarily need a gravel board for your composite fence, but we’d recommend you use a gravel board or bottom rail.

Does plastic uPVC fencing come with a warranty?

All high-quality fencing manufactured with attention to engineering details should have a warranty. This may differ in length and have strict guidelines on the installation of the fence.

Does all plastic uPVC fencing use recycled materials?

Not all plastic uPVC fencing uses recycled materials. Our high-quality range of composite wood plastic fencing is made from 95% recycled materials.

Final Thoughts

Plastic uPVC fencing is a great alternative to wooden fencing. However, there are concerns about how damaging it can be to the environment.

The range of wood-plastic composite fencing here at Ecoscape is an excellent alternative.

Our products mean you’re able to invest in high-quality fencing with peace of mind. This is because all of our composite products use reclaimed wood fibre and recycled HDPE plastic.

Both plastic and composite fencing are great alternatives to wood because of their low maintenance and durability.

Explore our full composite fencing collection today for a great alternative to traditional fencing.

Gary is the founder and CEO of Ecoscape UK. Gary graduated from Liverpool JM University in 2007 with a 2:1 in Economics. A passion for innovation, design and sustainability, Gary has put to market numerous wpc products/systems, some of which have UK and European registered designs. Outside of work Gary enjoys spending time with his family, the great outdoors and watching Manchester United.