There are various reasons you may choose to put a fence on your property – to increase safety, privacy, and security, build a safety corral for kids and pets, prevent unsupervised dips in the swimming pool, or to simply enhance your home’s curb appeal.
Around 400 years ago, the favorite fencing material of most residents was wood. Why wood? It is cheap and lightweight. There are various styles of wood available in the market from which you can select the most preferred material for your fence. The type of wood you choose depends on your budget, style, and weather.
Choosing the right wood:
Always consider your local weather when choosing wood for your fence. Do you live in a rainy area or a dry? Does the area you live in reach freezing temperatures or is it very hot? Determining the proper wood for the climate in the area you live in will provide you with a long-lasting fence.
It is also important to be aware of the woods susceptible to infestation. If your wood does not have a natural repellant, then insects can eat away your fence in no time.
You should also consider your budget when choosing wood. A long-lasting wood might be expensive, but it is a good buy if you are planning to live in the same home for some time. If you are planning to move in a couple of years, then it might not be worth spending much on a durable wood.
The best wood to use in a fence:
There are many types of wood available for fencing. Here are a few more popular ones along with their characteristics that will help you decide which type of wood is best for your fence.
Western Red Cedar: It is the sturdiest as well as the most long-lasting type of wood. It provides strength as well as stability that are needed for a reliable wood. The wood is easy to work with and can be made into many intricate design and style. It is naturally resistant to moisture, decay and infestation which make it the ideal choice for many homeowners.
Redwood: The wood can be used for all parts of the fence, but different grades of the wood should be used for the different parts of the fence. The panels can be created using low-grade redwood and posts should be made from clear-heart lumber grades. Redwood is insect-resistant and rot-free. To increase the longevity of the wood, it is recommended to treat it with a stain or clear finish. The wood might turn a gray color if not treated with a finish. Redwood is said to be the most expensive wood used in fencing and decks.
Cypress Wood Fence: The common fence material is usually found in Southern USA. The tan/red color wood is often used as a replacement for cedar and redwood. The wood is resistant to infestation and decay. It can be used for both – structural and ornamental parts of the fence.
White Oak: The wood is hard and tough even when exposed to harsh weather. Those who have horses prefer to build a fence out of white oak because of its strength.
Pressure treated pine: The least expensive type of wood is usually made from southern yellow pine. They are durable and moisture resistant as they are treated with chemicals that protect them from rot and insects. Pressure treated wood will usually last around 20-25 years and often come with a limited lifetime warranty. The wood comes in green color but often the color changes to gray over time.
It is recommended to ensure how the pressure treated wood has been dried before purchasing. Kiln dried wood is more durable when compared to air dried wood. The kiln dried wood comes with a KDAT stamp for guarantee.
Spruce pine: Another affordable wood for fencing, the wood will display a gleaming white color after construction. Although it is not as durable as cedar, it is recommended to treat the wood with an oil-based finish to prevent cracking, infestation and decay. It is also advisable to install the fence a few inches above the ground level to protect it from ground damage. Life expectancy of spruce pine is 8-10 years.
Selecting a Grade:
The grade of a wood comprises of construction, clear, select, or premium grade wood. The most expensive choice is a premium or a clear grade wood which adds durability as well as gives a uniform appearance to your fence. Select and construction grade woods are inexpensive and good quality but sometimes the wood comes with minor flaw.
Make sure that you treat your wood with a weather proof solution which also contains UV protection that helps maintain the natural color of the wood. Clean your fence and refinish it every other year to maintain its look.
Always try to get pressure treated wood for your fence. The chemicals are already forced into the wood which makes them more durable and helps prevent wood from rotting and infestation.
Always remember that any type of wood you choose, it will warp and crack over time. No matter how much effort you put into it. Nothing lasts forever. By choosing the right type of wood and getting it installed properly will increase its life expectancy and the best outlook for your home.
Contact us at Moore Construction Co. today. We provide reliable home construction service in Dallas Fort worth and Austin. We are a family owned business and specialize in giving your home a long-lasting finish – whether it’s fencing, roofing, or any other work related to carpentry. Moore Construction is the best choice. Contact us now for a quote on your fencing query.