Building Forward: In this series we are focusing on innovations in home design and improvement.
From travertine backsplashes to river rock shower floors, continual innovation in manufacturing processes have made it possible to recreate the look of stone in all areas of the home. These innovations have not gone unnoticed by consumers and the look of stone is popping up everywhere including the backyard, thanks in part to a revolutionary company out of Orem, Utah.
This is a story of innovation inspired by opportunity
Simtek® Fence, founded in 2007, reinvented fence manufacturing with its patented design of rotationally-molded fence. The team at SimTek found themselves with access to an empty factory and idle equipment. Over time, they developed a variety of 25 product ideas that could take advantage of the available resources and finally found one unique concept, a realistic polyethylene stone panel that became an immediate hit.
Not only was the final product beautiful in its replication of real stone, the new panels, made with a proprietary blend of virgin and recycled polyethylene plastic and reinforced with galvanized steel, were extremely durable. SimTek’s decorative rock walls have been tested to withstand constant hurricane winds of up to 110 MPH with gusts up to 130 MPH.
A rock wall revolution
And just like that the stone wall was back. SimTek has since used the process to develop an equally lifelike wood-style fence, Ashland, but it was its original EcoStone granite fence that helped bring the look of stone to the backyard.
See how SimTek’s Ecostone fence helps transform this neglected backyard on DIY’s Extra Yardage:
Building a strong future
Ensuring that culture of innovation will continue to grow, SimTek was recently acquired by CertainTeed and will join our extensive fence collection which already boasts the industry’s widest range of styles, colors, and textures with the Bufftech vinyl fence line. Combined CertainTeed Outdoor Living offers homeowners even more exterior design options.
Have you ever considered a stone fence for your home? Let us know or better yet, share your pictures in the comments below.