United States Plastic & Composite Fencing Market Report 2023: Durability & Aesthetics Allow Plastic to Gain Market Share at Wood's Expense

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The US plastic and composite fencing market is forecast to grow minimally to $1.2 billion in 2027, a significant deceleration from the 2017-2022 period, when market value was boosted by a surge in fencing prices in 2021 and 2022 that resulted from a combination of supply chain issues and rising raw material costs. In real terms, demand is expected to grow 1.9% per year, driven by homeowners increasingly opting for vinyl over wood when installing or replacing their fencing.

Durability & Aesthetics Allow Plastic to Gain Market Share at Wood's Expense

Plastic fencing (primarily vinyl) has increased in popularity in the residential market as it is recognized as a more durable and lower maintenance alternative to wood. Plastic fencing's share of the market will continue to rise as its aesthetics improve, with new vinyl fencing designs and colors that more closely resemble wood. In addition, a greater variety of vinyl fencing products at a wider range of price points will become available as suppliers invest more in this burgeoning fencing material.

Sustainability, Performance & Greater Availability Bolster Demand for Composite Fencing

Although it will continue to account for a small share of demand, sales of composite fencing will rise, boosted by:

  • Its sustainability image, as composite fencing does not rely on virgin wood, can incorporate recycled materials into its production, and is perceived as being more environmentally friendly than plastic fencing
  • More consumer awareness of better performing composite products, including capstock-coated composite lumber, which resists decay and mold growth

Demand will also be supported by the greater availability of these products from a wider variety of sources. Many of the companies who offer composite fencing are primarily decking companies, as the production of composite decking boards can also be tailored to make composite fencing. Companies are expected to sell more of their composite boards as fencing, and other decking companies will be able to enter the composite market with relative ease.

Historical Market Trends

Demand for plastic and composite fencing can vary considerably from year to year, determined by several factors primarily related to trends in construction spending and new home sales. Specific factors impacting annual fencing demand include:

  • The size and age of the US housing stock
  • Trends in average property size
  • Levels of housing starts, particularly in the single-family housing segment, and existing home sales
  • The number and types of commercial buildings erected or repaired in any given year
  • Levels of home renovation activity
  • Interest rates - low interest rates may encourage home and business owners to take out lines of credit to fund new fence installations or repairs

In addition, a number of other variables can affect demand for plastic and composite fencing in a particular year or over a short-term period, such as:

  • Weather conditions, especially outbreaks of severe weather - such as hurricanes and tropical storms, tornadoes, and winter storms - that can cause widespread damage to fences
  • Changes and modifications to state and local building codes
  • Changes in the price of raw materials (e.g., plastic) that can cause the per-square cost of fencing materials to increase or decrease sharply
  • Consumer preferences for stay-at-home activities such as gardening, swimming, or outside entertaining, which may require fencing for security or privacy

Markets Overview

Plastic and composite fencing is most commonly used in the residential market, which accounted for 76% of total plastic and composite fencing demand in 2022. Plastic and composite materials are preferred in this market due to:

  • Their similarities to the appearance of natural wood fencing, which is most used in residential applications
  • Homeowners being less price-focused than commercial users, making them more willing to buy plastic and composite fencing products despite a higher initial cost due to the fencing's low maintenance and durability

Plastic and composite fencing is used less commonly in other markets because its lack of strength compared to metal makes it ill-suited for security fencing, especially in the nonbuilding market. However, its durability and minimal maintenance requirements will lead to its use in such commercial applications as hotels, restaurants, and resorts, where a residential feel is desired. In the agricultural market, HDPE fencing is used as a wood fencing replacement for corrals and other containment areas.

Pricing & Installation Costs

Price changes for fencing products are generally driven by fluctuations in the cost of underlying raw materials such as lumber and plastic resin. The average price of fencing can also depend on trends in the product mix. However, pricing in 2020 to 2022 was significantly altered by the COVID-19 pandemic, which created a variety of shortages - most notably of lumber - and supply chain issues, causing prices to spike in 2021 and 2022. As many of these issues have been resolved, prices are expected moderate significantly through 2027.

Manufacturers' prices alone can be somewhat misleading when gauging the final installed cost of fencing from a buyer's perspective, since installation costs can vary widely among materials. For instance, while the initial material cost for plastic fencing is less than that for high-end wood privacy fencing, it is more difficult and time-consuming to install, resulting in a higher final installed cost.

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