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Best Types of Wood for Fences

Wooden fences have been used for centuries, and remain popular today because of the availability, affordability and attractiveness of wood. They are a great way to ensure privacy and security and improve the general look of your property. Another reason wooden fences are so widely used is the sheer breadth of wood varieties available. It’s easy to get stuck trying to find the perfect wood for your fence, so we’ve put together this guide to the different types of wood available and why you might think of choosing one over the other.

Realistically, there are two standout species of wood that – with proper care – will provide you with long lasting and attractive fencing for your property. Cedar and pine fences both have benefits and unique properties, so take a look at our thoughts on both to see which one might suit you best.

Best Types of Wood for Fences

Think ahead

It’s important to consider that your wooden fence will be exposed to the elements, so choose the type of wood that would be suited to the climate and weather conditions of your area. If you decide to just plump for the cheapest wood you can find, then you’ll likely discover that it’ll cost a lot more in the long run to maintain. Replacing panels, re-aligning posts and constantly patching up cracks or splits will grow tedious, fast. It’s best to consider how the wood will hold up over the years and purchase accordingly.

Also make sure to choose a reputable and reliable supplier. If the wood you purchase comes from a shoddy source, your fence won’t be standing very long at all – the wood may not even be suitable to erect in the first place – so be careful. Harrow Fencing are an experienced and reliable supplier of wooden fencing, so be sure to contact us to discuss the options available for your wooden fence.

Pressure treated pine 

This is the most popular type of wood for residential fences. Pressure treated pine is affordable and common, so it’s not surprising that it’s so wide spread. Pine itself is susceptible to damage – it is less durable than other woods – and needs to be regularly maintained, however pine is an easy wood to work with so maintaining it won’t cause much trouble at all. Most pressure treated pine is infused with chemical preservatives to combat against rot and insect infestation. No matter what wood you choose, make sure that it has some kind of defence against damage like this. Basic fence maintenance might not be fun, but it’s better than constantly replacing unprepared wood.

Cedar Fences

More expensive than pine, is cedar. Cedar is naturally more durable and contains natural oils which deter insects. A rot resistant wood, cedar is very durable and will have a much longer lifespan than pine – it won’t warp or shrink like pine fences are prone to do. Its pleasant scent and attractive aesthetic makes cedar a great choice for your fence, however it might be smart to limit the use of cedar to the panels. Cedar posts are less durable in the soil than pressure treated pine. Either avoid using cedar for fence posts, or you can take measures to improve its durability – namely, setting posts in concrete and ensuring proper drainage.

Whatever wood you choose, it is up to you to keep it maintained so it can provide a full lifetime of service. Keeping an already resistant and sturdy wood healthy could mean a wooden fence that lasts decades, so keep up on any general repairs, preservatives, staining and finishing that will need to be taken care of as time goes by.

Harrow Fencing offer a wide variety of quality woods for both commercial and domestic customers. With expert delivery and installation, your perfect fence will be up in no time, so don’t hesitate to get in touch if you’re in need of any advice or are ready to order. Our experienced and friendly team is ready and waiting to help. We cover Harrow, Hillingdon and the surrounding areas.

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