Wood fences are chosen over iron, aluminum, or vinyl because of how aesthetically pleasing to the eye it is. However, not all wood fences are created equally. There are many things to consider when choosing a type of wood for your fencing material. Things such as appearance, durability, required maintenance, and rot resistance all need to be considered when selecting a type of wood for your fence. We’ve whittled our list down to three types of wood for that we recommend for your fence.
Cedar is a beautiful wood and is a good option for those with a limited budget. Cedar is a great choice because it deters insects and bugs because of the natural oils it contains. Its lifespan is typically longer (especially when comparing to other types of wood) because it is rot resistant.
Adding a coat of paint or stain will prevent the wood from turing a grey color and adds years to the life of the fence. Using an acrylic paint will best protect it from the elements. Many people choose to stain their cedar wood fence over painting it, because cedar wood is naturally so beautiful. The wood must be clean and somewhat smooth and will require several thin coats before you can effectively stain your fence. There are stains available that are made specifically for cedar wood.
For additional protection against the elements, consider using a sealant. This will help repel moisture and will help block UV rays from the sun that will lead to discoloration. Multiple coats are required for an effective seal. Remember to let each layer thoroughly dry before adding another coat.
Like cedar wood, cypress wood is rot resistant and contains a natural deterrent (in this case a chemical, not oil) to insects and other critters. Characteristics like these make for a longer lifespan which, of course, is a great option for fencing material. However, because of the shipping and transportation costs of cypress wood, the cost is much higher than other options and should be considered when choosing your fencing material.
Many opt to stain their cypress wood fence for a deeper, richer color. The longer you let your stain sit, the deeper the color will get. Once you’ve reached your desired color, add a couple layers of sealant to stretch the life of your fence even more.
Redwood wood is considered by many to be the very best option when it comes to fencing material. In spite of its large price tag, it is used more than any other type of wood for fencing. It is beautiful, extremely durable, and is a good quality wood.
Like the other woods mentioned today, redwood is resistant to rot and bugs, but should still be treated with a stain and sealant to boost the life of your fence. This also helps prevent the color fading to grey and any exposure to any elements. Because of its natural beauty, many people will choose a clear stain as to not change it.