Cedar trees are indigenous to the American northwest and Canada. The cedar wood’s straight, tight grain make it for optimal fence material. It is naturally highly resistant to decomposition, displays a beautiful red hue, and is well-known for its aromatic woodsy smell. Cedar does not warp or shrink and is a naturally stable material perfect for picket fence, ornamental fence, and private fence. Cedar wood fences stand the test of time, and look great decades after installation.
In fence posts, cedar lasts several years without rotting; however, they are less durable against soil than pressure treated pine (in posts). For this reason, we recommend using pressure treated pine for the posts and cedar for the rest of the fence.
Pressure treated Pine (PTP) is the most popular residential fence choice in outdoor structures (decks, porches, and all types of residential fences, for example). However, PTP can warp, shrink, and crack. The sun makes any outdoor damage worse.
To avoid this, pressure treated pine (PTP) is chemically-treated in order to prevent against decay, termites, weathering, and other pine-related troubles. All PTP fences come with a warranty to protect against termites and rotting. That being said, pressure-treated pine fences need to be consistently and regularly maintained. It is recommended that all pressure treated pine fencing should be stained and sealed, to improve and maintain a handsome appearance and postpone rotting.
Keeping your PTP fence wet when it is hot or exposed to the sun can also be done to maintain your pine fence and keep the fence from cracking. Staining, sealing, moistening, stripping, and cleaning are all maintenance techniques that are commonly used and recommended for pressure treated pine fences.
Cedar wood is rarer and thus a little more expensive than pine. However, cedar stands up to the test of time and its aroma and handsome appearance coupled with the comparatively low required maintenance make it a smart investment. The incentives for splurging, in this case, far outweigh the cons.
Knowing the pros and cons of each type of wood fence should help you make a decision when choosing the fence and fence company that fits your needs.
For more information on Cedar fencing options from Tennessee Valley Fence, email us at TVFinc@aol.com, visit our showroom or call (256)883-0404 to request a free, full-service estimate.
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