Composite fencing is a popular option in the UK and has significant benefits that make it a worthwhile investment.
The long-lasting fencing material is easy to install, durable, available in a range of styles and colours and can resist moisture, rot, and pests, unlike timber alternatives.
In order for fencing to last in the UK, the correct installation is essential to the performance of the fencing, and it must have sufficient wind resistance to withstand extreme weather conditions.
This article will explore the wind resistance of composite fencing materials and their suitability for use in the UK.
Composite Fencing Wind Resistance
Composite fencing is ideally suited to the climate in the UK. High-quality composite fencing such as Ecoscape’s will not absorb water and does not rot, splinter, or split like traditional wooden fence posts.
Even relatively secure fencing can, over time, succumb to moisture that weakens fence posts and can break in high winds. This is why our composite fencing is a low-maintenance option that provides excellent protection from the weather and is designed to withstand strong winds.
Composite Fencing Wind Resistance Testing
Ecoscape Clarity composite fencing undergoes several tests to ensure it can provide high performance in all weather.
The fencing range by Ecoscape scores a 10 on the Beaufort Wind Scale. A 10 on the Beaufort Wind Scale indicates the material will withstand winds of between 55 to 63 mph without sustaining any damage or failure.
This wind speed is typical of a storm, with only levels 11 (Violent storm) and 12 (Hurricane) offering stronger conditions.
Things to Consider for a Wind Resistant Fence
Besides the importance of using high-quality materials, how a fence performs in strong winds will also be down to the installation.
Ecoscape Clarity composite fencing is provided with a complete installation guide to ensure the materials are properly installed.
Here are some of the most significant factors that will determine how wind-resistant your garden fence is.
Depth of Fence Posts
Ecoscape composite fencing should have pence posts installed at a depth of between 600 mm and 850 mm.
Failure to install fence posts at a suitable depth will compromise the support they provide your fencing.
How you Set Your Fence Posts
Post mix concrete should be used to secure the fence posts in place. Visit the Ecoscape fencing installation guide here for further information.
Using Concrete Fence Posts
Ecoscape composite fence boards can be retrofitted to existing concrete posts. Concrete posts provide strong alternatives to composite or wooden fence posts and can help to save money if you are replacing old fencing.
Using Post Caps
Fence post caps are designed to protect the posts and minimise the risk of exposure to the elements. This will give your fencing long-term stability and ensures it lasts a long time.
Alternative Wind Resistant Fence Types
Alternative options to composite fencing typically have gaps to let the wind pass through. These include;
- Slatted Fence Panels
- Chain Link Fence
- Trellis Panels
- Picket Fences
- Wire Mesh
These options allow the wind to flow through the fence, but composite fencing offers more privacy and is typically more aesthetically pleasing.
Additional Protection for Fences from High Winds
Choosing the right materials and installing fencing correctly should help to protect you against damage from high winds.
There are some other precautions that you can take to ensure strong winds don’t damage your garden fencing panels. These include:
If you notice any damage to your fencing, this must be repaired at the earliest opportunity. Damaged fencing will gradually worsen, and windy conditions will speed up the deterioration.
Weaknesses in fencing can cause severe damage in windy conditions, and what might have been a relatively inexpensive fix can turn into having to replace entire sections.
If there are trees near your fencing, trimming branches back can minimise the risk of falling branches damaging your fencing.
Bracing Fence Posts
Older garden fences can be supported by braces if you live in a windy area. This should not be seen as a long-term solution, and any fences that require bracing should be replaced.
Store Garden Furniture
You should never leave furniture in your outdoor space if you are expecting bad weather with high winds.
A strong wind can blow garden furniture into fencing, causing damage.
Storing furniture in sheds or garages or firmly securing it to minimise the risk of it being blown around your garden is advised.
Discover Ecoscape Clarity Fencing
As well as withstanding wind, Ecoscape Clarity composite fencing has excellent durability that includes scratch and stain resistance.
Ecoscape fencing comes with a 20-year warranty. You must adhere to the installation guidelines and use the parts provided to ensure the warranty is valid. You will have 90-days from the installation date to register the product.
There are five colours available, including Silver Birch, Spiced Oak, Charcoal, Walnut, and Graphite. The dual finish provides 3 x 38 mm battens on one side and 2 x 63 mm battens on the reverse.
Each clarity fence board weighs 5.81 kg and measures 150 mm x 45 mm x 1830 mm.
Ecoscape Clarity composite fence boards cost £15.31 each and have a simple installation process.
Made from 45% recycled HDPE and 55% reclaimed wood fibres, Ecoscape provides an environmentally friendly fencing option.
You will enjoy long-lasting fencing with a great appearance, minimal maintenance requirements, and great soundproofing that will minimise external noise.
For more information about how to buy Ecoscape Clarity composite boards and further product specifications, visit the composite fencing page.
Are composite fences strong?
Yes, composite fences are strong and will withstand strong winds. Their rot resistance helps to keep this strength and maintain performance without the risk of weakening or snapping in poor weather.
Composite fencing can even be cheaper than hardwood fencing in some cases, making it a cost-effective option that will last a long time.
How long will composite fencing last?
Ecoscape Clarity composite fencing has a 20-year warranty and should last for at least this long.
The installation process will play a significant part in how long your fencing lasts, and employing a professional fence installer can guarantee good results.
Wood fencing will typically last between 10 and 15 years, making composite a cost-effective investment.
The time and money you need to dedicate to maintaining wooden fences should also be considered. In comparison, composite fencing requires very little maintenance.
Will composite fencing soundproof my garden?
No, composite fencing does not completely soundproof a garden. However, Ecoscape Clarity composite fencing is acoustically tested and can minimise noise pollution by as much as 28db.
Reducing noise from nearby schools, roads, venues, or neighbours can help to make your outside space a more enjoyable place to relax.
Are vinyl fences better than composite?
Vinyl fences have a number of benefits but are not as strong as composite. This makes composite fencing better suited to any property that is located in a windy area.
Vinyl fences share a lot of the same benefits that composite options do, including weather, rot, and pest resistance.
Choosing the right material for your garden fencing is essential. UK gardens will have to endure wet, windy weather during the winter and hot sunny weather during the summer.
The ability to withstand exposure to moisture and UV rays is essential. Wooden fencing will need to be treated regularly to withstand these issues.
What maintenance is required for composite fencing?
To guarantee long-lasting fencing that will withstand the wind for its full life span, composite fencing should be cleaned once or twice a year.
Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaning tools that could damage the composite.
Warm, soapy water, soft bristle brushes, sponges, and power washers can be used to clean the fencing.
If you use a power washer, follow the cleaning and care instructions available on the Ecoscape fencing installation guide.
Installing a high-quality fence around your property will help to provide security, privacy from neighbouring properties, and shelter.
Investing in composite fencing will give you a great-looking fence that won’t require time or hassle to maintain, unlike timber alternatives.
The durable and strong material will last a long time if it is well looked after and properly installed.
A major problem that many people living in the UK suffer from during storms is their fences blowing down. Ecoscape composite fencing is tested to ensure it can endure strong winds and provides an extensive and detailed installation guide for installers to follow.
If you are looking for a versatile fencing material that can withstand the UK weather and last a long time, Ecoscape Clarity composite fencing is an excellent option.