Fencing gets a second look

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LifeTime Lumber treatment

A fence lasts three years, a dog lasts three fences, a horse three dogs, and a man three horses. Or so says an old German proverb.

But the owners of a 15-acre family horse farm in Foxfire Village, N.C., are out to raise the bar in the fence longevity department.

The Robert Pollard family’s place, in a horse- and golf-centered community of 600 nestled in the sandy pines of south-central North Carolina, has tapped LifeTime, an eco-friendly wood-alternative lumber for its entire property’s fencing, horse paddocks, shelters, gates and barn stalls.

The makers of LifeTime Lumber say the product is neither wood nor plastic, but is a non-hazardous composite made from material recovered from the electric power generation industry. Used for building decks, docks and fences,  it solves the problems of degradation, weathering and perpetual maintenance.

LifeTime describes its material as mineral filler created with polyurethane and fly ash which prevents rot, pest damage, mold, mildew and flammability. Eco-friendly, it is made from 65 percent recycled material, reduces the need for logging, emits no toxicity and uses less energy than other composite processes.

The Pollard property, informally named “Gaitaway Farm,” includes 6,500 feet of fencing among tall pine trees bordering green pastures. The landscaping project was designed with a landscape architect and implemented by the owner. The entire perimeter of the farm is fenced with LifeTime Lumber treatment – not just the front of the property.

With plans to retire there some day, the Pollards aren’t planning to sell this property any time soon. However, for resale purposes they created structures and infrastructure that could offer utility for a commercial horse breeding or small equestrian operation. So everything on the property is built tough with an eye for details and a focus on low maintenance, optimizing it for potential resale.

“We chose LifeTime Lumber primarily for its good looks, low maintenance and green story,” said Pollard. “It has been kicked multiple times and there has been no damage whatsoever. We were also thrilled to learn that the lumber is naturally fire-resistant, and won’t rot or be eaten by termites, since this is a big issue in North Carolina.”

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 “Our material delivers on a number of vital issues regarding upkeep, damage by pests, fire-resistance and an overarching concern for deforestation,” said Nisha Vyas, vice president at LifeTime Lumber. “Horse owners are definitely nature lovers and when they learn about how our product is over 65 percent reclaimed material, they just get it. Perfect for use in barns, pastures and paddocks, word is spreading on the benefits of our products.”

With five colors to choose from, and strong warranty support, LifeTime Lumber can be used for building fences of any size. Other profiles can be used for applications in municipal, commercial or residential use, including patio covers, privacy fencing, decks, docks and ranch and equestrian fencing.

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