Wood is one of the most popular fencing types across America. It provides homeowners with a sense of privacy with the height wood fencing provides and is one of the more attractive options on the market. The right fence makes a strong aesthetic statement, improving a home's curb appeal.
A wood fence has an approximate lifespan of about 20 years with regular maintenance. A fence's life expectancy can be increased significantly if you pay more up front for a high-quality wood. The quality of your fence will greatly depend on the type of wood you choose. There are many types of wood to choose from: Redwood, Cedar, Cypress, Pine, Fir, and Spruce.
Known for its natural beauty and ability to hold up under the sun, rain and snow, redwood remains a top choice among builders and it’s always recyclable. Its aesthetic value and quality makes it one of the best materials from which to construct a fence.
Cedar is considered one of the best woods for home fencing. It is not only beautiful but also offers more durability and a longer life. Cedar is a very stable wood and is relatively low maintenance. It does not warp, shrink, or check (as pressure treated pine most likely will do eventually). Cedars has a pleasant scent and its natural oils and preservatives fight off weather, bugs, fungi and algae.
Cypress or Bald Cypress is a common fence material found in the Southern US and is often used as an alternative to cedar and redwoods. Is also has a tan/red color but much lighter than redwood with cypress contains a natural chemical called cypretine which is a deterrent to insects
Pine wood, a pressure treated wood, is popular because of its relatively inexpensive cost and longevity. It is soft and therefore easy to work with. Another benefit is that it resists shrinkage. The knot-free surface allows for easy finishing, whether painting, staining or varnishing your project.
Douglas Fir is one of the strongest western soft woods. It is strong, reliable, easy to cut and has great screw and nail holding properties. It is lightweight and can be left untreated.
Spruce is commonly used to create prefabricated, stockade-style or picket fences.