Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

JAN 2018

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Right and Inset One way to deal with slopes is to rack the fence by shimming the mounting brackets. According to Premac, this is a preferred method of installation. In this case, the bracket on the bottom of the fence (inset) is shimmed by the installer at the angle needed on a section-by-section basis, using wood composite materials at hand. Above Wood composite fences mounted on concrete walls are often used for noise abatement. Steel inserts can be mounted right into the concrete, and then the posts and pickets mounted flush to the wall so there is no gap between it and the fence. Not only can the noise not go underneath the fence, it can't go between the interlocking pickets. Left For fences above eight feet, often it will be required to use 3.5" x 3.5" galvanized steel inserts welded to mounting plates, which are both readily available at local supply stores according to Derek Premac, the vice presi- dent of national sales for SRF Fence & Supply Co. January 2018 23 These fencing products are designed to have a natural appear - ance similar to wood as opposed to a glossy coating, and are actually over- pigmented in the manufacturing process to allow for some weathering, so when that happens, "the color still looks good," states the website. Derek Premac, vice president – na - tional sales for SRF Fence & Supply Co., which distributes the wood composite fencing products, relates other advantag - es such as wind certification of 110 mph and low to no maintenance. And as evi - denced by a 25-year warranty, the wood composite material, "still looks the same, while wood products deteriorate." "Imagine installing a fence that never needs repairs or replacing, a fence that never breaks and always looks good," a representative of the manufacture adds. Wood composite fencing should have special appeal for contractors and custom - ers that strive to position themselves as environmentally friendly entities. First of all, as already mentioned, the wood ele - ment in the composite is all recycled. "It comes from the furniture mills so they are not felling trees," states Premac. Together with the recycled plastic in it, 95% of the product comes from recycled materials. It contains no hazardous chemicals and the manufactur - ing process involves reduced CO2 e m i s s i o n s . The product even quali - fies for LEED points through the U.S. Green Building Council. Another of its touted advantages is its performance in the the most extreme weather conditions. "When you build an outdoor fence, you expect it to handle the outdoor weather," the representative says. "This material does not warp and the special interlock - ing design of the pickets will ensure that your fence is always private. It has even been tested to withstand hurricane force

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