A material that is unparalleled when it comes to installing attractive fencing is timber. Nevertheless, despite how aesthetically appealing the myriad of species are, timber also requires laborious maintenance. This may make it a non-viable option for homeowners with busy schedules who may not have the time to keep their timber fencing in pristine condition.

Luckily, you still have the chance to create this timber appearance without having to take on the effort associated with maintaining wood. The following are some other fencing materials that you could use instead of timber but still have a realistic looking timber fence.

Wood composite

This type of material is made up of wood particles that have been mixed together with other composite materials such as plastics and resins. The finished product looks very similar to timber but does not come with all the cons associated with real wood such as buckling, warping, rotting and pest infestations. Additionally, wood composite materials are easily recyclable, which makes them a great alternative for homeowners who are conscious about their environment. The colour on wood composite runs deep into the materials and is not merely a surface finish. Therefore, you would not have to worry about its appearance fading over time due to exposure to the sun. In the event that the fencing acquires superficial scratches, all you would need to do is sand them down and polish the affected areas to restore the surface of the fence.

Precast concrete

Another material you could consider for you timber-look fencing is precast concrete. They are fencing panels that are made from concrete. Therefore, you can rest assured that they will remain durable no matter what weather conditions they are exposed to. When the precast concrete panels are assembled, they look similar to timber fencing that has been arranged in a board on board formation. This means each precast concrete panel is installed individually, whether you want them vertically or horizontally. To create the wood appearance, the precast concrete is dyed during the manufacturing stage using pigments. Since this dye runs through all the concrete, you can also be assured that the precast concrete panels will not succumb to undue fading. If you live in an area that is prone to a significant amount of wet weather, then you may want to consider sealing the concrete. This sealant will prevent moisture retention in your concrete panels, thus enhancing their overall lifespan.