A wood fence is a charming addition to your home, adding property value and privacy to your landscape. There are many types of wood species used in fencing, and understanding your options can help you make a more confident fencing decision. Compare the following types of wood to one another and discuss your preferences with your fencing contractor.
Cedar is a common choice for both residential and commercial fencing because the species contains natural oils that repel insects. Cedar is also relatively inexpensive, attractive, and resistant to rot, making this wood species ideal as a fencing solution that will last.
Like cedar, cypress contains natural elements that insects don't like, making this hardy wood ideal for keeping out termites and other pesky fence destroyers. Cypress can be more expensive than cedar but offers many of the same long-lasting benefits, such as rot resistance.
Redwood is a very common choice for wooden fences because the wood is appealing and durable. Redwood can be expensive but is well worth the investment if an attractive fence is what you are after. Applying a clear stain to redwood fence posts helps the beautiful color last longer and not turn gray with age and sun exposure.
If you are on a budget and want a simple fence for privacy rather than curb appeal, then pine is a wise choice for your project. Pine is relatively inexpensive, treated with a water-resistant stain and pesticides, and can last a long time. Pine is a softwood, so the material must be treated to prevent rot. Pine is naturally resistant to warping, however, and can be durable with the right installation.
Spruce is considered one of the cheapest — if not the most inexpensive — wood fencing options on the market. Spruce is very light in color, making the wood very easy to paint for a customized finish. Left untreated, spruce will turn a silvery gray hue, which is desirable among some homeowners. You can also stain spruce in any hue you wish, as the lighter tone takes most stain colors well.
Spruce will warp left exposed to the elements, so have your fencing contractor apply a water-repelling sealant on the material after installation. Treating spruce wood helps the material last longer.
Regardless of what type of wood you choose for your fencing project, pay attention to the grade of wood you select. The higher the grade of fencing materials you buy, the more durable and attractive your fence will be.
Some people choose a higher-grade post for their fence and lower-grade materials for the main fence to save money. See if this option is wise for your fencing project by getting an estimate from your fencing contractor.
Wood Fence Maintenance
A wooden fence needs to be inspected periodically to keep tilting, insect or weather damage, and other types of deterioration at bay. Your fencing contractor will recommend a maintenance schedule for your fence based on the type of wood you choose for your project. Keep in mind that painting, staining, or water-sealing your fence helps ensure greater longevity.
Once your fence is installed, do not allow plant life to grow on your fence or let children or pets climb the material. The less you lean on or disturb your fence, the longer it will remain durable and attractive on your property.
A wooden fence makes your landscape more functional and private while adding dimension and curb appeal to your yard. If you would like to install a new fence, make an appointment with one of our fencing specialists at Quality Fence Company today.