Our customers nowadays are increasingly concerned with eco-friendly building materials. Which is fine by us. At Buzz, we want to keep the planet inhabitable as long as possible, so that we can continue to do what we do best: Build attractive, high-quality fences. So let’s take a look at some of our favorite materials for our green-blooded customers.
Composite fencing looks like wood, but is made of a combination of sawdust and recycled pieces of wood and plastic. Some companies even use straw. One of our favorites, Trex, uses 96 percent recycled materials, including sandwich bags and those plastic wrappers that keep your newspaper dry that seem pretty much useless, except to those geniuses at Trex. In fact, a 100-linear foot section of Trex composite fencing keeps approximately 140,000 plastic bags out of the landfill. If you’re going for a green certification, note that Trex fences qualify for LEED points. All that plastic means durability, easy maintenance and no rot.
Aluminum offers another alternative to cutting down trees. They’re easy to maintain and don’t attract termites and other destructive, nibbling critters. Unlike treated wood, aluminum doesn’t leach hazardous chemicals into the air and soil. Be sure you get your materials from a company that uses recycled aluminum. As the world’s most commonly recycled metal, it shouldn’t be too hard to find a green choice in aluminum fencing.
At Buzz, we don’t just build fences. We also craft beautiful and useful retaining walls. In addition to forming a secure perimeter around your yard, they prevent erosion and can provide seating. We love stone because it’s natural, durable, sustainable and recyclable. Stone is meant to be outside – that’s where it comes from, after all – so it looks at home in any yard. More and more, stone quarries are improving their quarrying, extraction, and fabrication processes to be a little easier on the earth.
Still unsure about going green in your yard? Give your friends at Buzz Custom Fence a call and we’ll walk you through your most eco-friendly choices. Your greener choices will pay off in fewer resources used, and that good feeling that comes from doing the right thing.