What is the Best Type of Wood for a New Wooden Fence?

If you are considering installing a wooden fence in Cape Fear, you have many options to choose from in terms of design, style, and material. The best wooden fence type for you will depend largely on your goals as far as rot resistance, appearance, and durability in relation to your budget. Here are some of the benefits of a pine, Douglas fir, or cedar fence from our Cape Fear fence company.

Pressure-Treated Pine Wood Fencing

Since we’re in the Land of the Pines, we’ll start with pine first. Pine one of the most popular choices for food fences, especially in North Carolina where the wood is abundant and low-cost. Most of the pine used to build fences is Southern yellow pine that has been treated with chemical preservatives to prevent weather damage, insects, rot, and fungus. While the chemical process helps with durability, pressure-treated pine typically does not last as long as cedar and will need more fence repair and replacement over time. However, at $10 to $25 a foot, many find the extra maintenance costs to be worth it. 

Douglas Fir Wood Fencing

Douglas firs are lesser-known cousins of redwoods—or at least, they look very similar, inhabit the same forests, and are often mistaken for one another. The two species are very different, however, in terms of what they offer as a fencing material. Redwoods contain oil that make them naturally weather-resistance, and redwood fences last two or three times as Douglas fir outdoors. However, because of this, Douglas fir is significantly less expensive. A good way to think of it is “poor man’s redwood”—something that does the job almost as well, for half the cost. Fir also has a Janka Hardness rating of 660, making it harder than most other domestic softwoods, including redwood—so it’s not cheap or flimsy, just because it’s less expensive.

Cedar Wood Fencing

You may have had a cedar chest or cedar cabinet growing up, and remember the wood’s unique, pleasant smell. As an outdoor fencing material, cedar has a beautiful aesthetic appearance, and that crisp, fresh scent is insect-deterring. In terms of budget, cedar wood is a middle-of-the-road option that is affordable, long-lasting, and rot-resistant, meaning it will need less fence repair over time, saving you money and hassle. Treating cedar with a finish such as paint and wood stain prevents it from turning gray in color and increases the lifespan even more.

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Nothing beats the authenticity and texture of a genuine wooden fence. If you’re considering installing a wooden fence in your Oak Island, Leland, Boiling Springs Lakes, Southport, Holden Beach, or Ocean Isle home, just call Cape Fear Fence to schedule a free project estimate.