Landscape Architect & Specifier News

AUG 2018

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How has vinyl fencing evolved over the years? The main thing is the shift away from the shiny, white vinyl fencing of yesteryear. Now there are more vinyl privacy fence options, including more colors and textures that have the aesthetic look of natural wood, stucco and stone. Vinyl now is much less plastic-looking with a matte finish. From backyard privacy to sophisticated styling, Bufftech® vinyl fence offers the industry's widest range of styles, colors, and textures. Matte, smooth surfaces are available, along with proprietary CertaGrain® and Select Cedar for authentic woodgrain textures; CertaStucco® emulates the look and feel of traditional stucco walls. A variety of colors from solid to multi-chromatic color blends recreate the look of real wood. Darker colors and stain blends also come with proprietary Color-Last® fade protection, a state-of- the-art acrylic formulation that provides superior protection from the harsh rays of the sun. Bufftech is also backed by CertainTeed's lifetime limited warranty coverage with 5-year SureStart™ parts and labor protection. Are there any trends are you seeing in what landscape architects are asking for from the fencing industry? Architects are specifying more fence projects with the horizontal, modern picket look. They are also moving away from white vinyl fence. It's more about coordinating or complementing a personalized exterior living space. Color has become more of a design aspect, with vinyl fence that features a stained wood look that will stay looking beautiful for years with very little maintenance. What advantages does vinyl have over other materials? Premium vinyl fence has all the good things about wood without the headaches. The obvious advantage is its low maintenance and no staining or re-applying finishes. The other benefit to keep in mind is you don't have to worry about chemicals seeping into the soil, potentially poisoning expensive plantings and landscaping. You can design an outdoor living space at will, not worrying about sensitive or delicate flowers or shrubbery being affected by future fence re-staining or chemical run-off. Another big benefit is not having to worry about sprinkler systems spraying water and potentially contributing to rotting over time, like you would a wood fence. Bufftech® fence never needs painting or staining, won't chip, peel, crack or splinter and won't rot or support mold growth. In addition, Bufftech privacy fence can help provide a needed sound barrier. This is required by some HOAs due to tight lots, or for around homes built near noisy roads. Tell me about the color texture choices that CertainTeed offers? Bufftech matte, smooth surfaces are available, along with proprietary CertaGrain® and Select Cedar for authentic woodgrain textures; CertaStucco® emulates the look and feel of traditional stucco walls. A variety of colors from solid to multi-chromatic color blends that recreate the look of real wood. Where is the best place to start when designing a fencing project? The first question to ask is what function does the fence need to provide for the exterior space? What's the purpose of the fence? If you're including a pool you'll need a fence that meets pool codes and regulations. Always be sure to check all code and community requirements before considering your fence options. Q & A w i t h t h e e x p e r t s a conversation with Featuring Doug Mucher, Senior Marketing Manager for CertainTeed Outdoor Living BUFFTECH ® FENCE 28 Landscape Architect and Specifier News

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