Choosing the best type of wood for your fence

Wooden fences are usually seen as a great additional touch to your home. There are many reasons why someone would want to install a fence in his home including security, privacy, noise or maybe because they the look that it gives to their home.

Choosing the best type of wood for Wood Fencing can be difficult sometimes but what I know for sure this will depend on things like the budget, the period of time you plan on staying in that place and the climate.

Let’s start by looking at some of the things you should consider first when looking for the best wood.

Factors to consider when choosing the best wood

  • Climate

When picking wood material you think would be great for your fence, you need to consider the climate of the area first.

Could you be living in a rainy or a dry place? Does that area always reach below zero or above 100 degree when it comes to the temperature?

You should also be aware if the weather usually remains stable or occasionally fluctuates. Checking on the climate will help you choose a good wood that will have a lower rate of decaying thus can last for a long period of time.

  • Susceptibility to insect infestation

This is another thing that you should be checking before selecting the type of wood you want for your fence.

Woods that doesn’t have the ability to repel away insects and isn’t pressure treated can provide a habitat for the termites.

The termites will in turn eat away your fence and make it rot and eventually it will fall.

  • Budget

Maybe this is the most important thing you should be looking at first before anything else.

You might not always have a budget that is enough to get you what you want but if you could get a more durable wood at once, it will save you some money. That’s if you are planning to stay for a long period of time.

Woods which are sturdy will only require a few repairs but less likely to be replaced but if you are only staying for a few months then there is really no need of budgeting for a durable wood.

  • Quality of the wood

A well maintained quality wood can last up to 30 years. This also depends on the installation quality.

If you are not sure about the type of fence you need, you can always reach out for help from the professionals.

They will help you pick the best wood and also install it for you.

Commonly used types of wood

Below are some of the most commonly used woods when it comes to wood fencing.

  • Pine

Pine wood is liked by a lot of people because it is a bit cheap compared to other types of wood and also has the ability to last longer. Pine wood is also soft thus giving you an easy job when using it. It also has the ability to resist shrinkage.

  • Cedar

This type of wood usually doesn’t need much maintenance and it also have the ability to repel insects naturally. Most people would prefer using cedar because it has a pleasing look and a pleasant scent even though it costs more compared to other wood types.

  • Cypress

This can work as an alternative when you cannot find cedars. They are almost similar when it comes to the price and it also has the ability to repel away insects. It also produces a nice scent and has few knots.

  • Redwood

This type of wood is also durable, insect resistant and has the same price as cedar too.

Tips to ensure you have a good wood fence

Ensure your fence is treated using any weather proof solution. UV protection can also help in maintaining the wood’s natural color. It is advisable that you ensure your fence is cleaned and refinished every year just to maintain the look.

It is also recommended that you go for that type of wood that has been pressure treated. This means that it can last longer since it cannot be eaten away by insects or decay fast.

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Well, as they say nothing lasts for forever, the same can be said in this case.

Your fence might finally fall apart due to the continuous exposure to warping and cracking for a long period of time so however much you take care of it, it will still fall.

But looking on the bright side, when you have the right type of wood and installed it properly, it will give you back the value for your money buy serving you for the longest time possible.