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Which Wood Works: Best Types Of Wood For Fencing Designs

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Wood fences offer a number of benefits to the homeowner, including increased security and privacy. But which wood is the best wood?

While there are many different types of wood, there are three varieties that are arguably the best for fence building: evergreen, cedar and redwood. Below you can find information about all three types of wood, and why they are often considered to be the best options when building a fence. 

Evergreen (Spruce, Pine, Fir)

Evergreen type wood is your best choice if you are wanting to spend as little as possible on your fence. While you can purchase this wood for considerably less than redwood or cedar, it has no natural qualities to increase longevity.

This means the wood will often need to be treated and well maintained, which can offset the savings value over the long run. This type of wood is typically recommended if you are building a fence over a large area and don't need it to be aesthetically pleasing. 

Cedar Wood

Cedar is a great wood for fence building primarily due to rot and fungus resistant compounds called tropolones, which occur naturally in most species of cedar. These compounds provide a natural barrier that gives cedar fantastic longevity, as well as contributing to a distinctive pleasant cedar smell. 

Cedar also provides incredible insulation, thanks to its cellular structure. Cedar has little pockets of air riddled throughout, which help give it the ability to block out the cold. This means that your yard will have significantly less cold winds breaking through, and can also keep the temperature (depending on how big the yard is) relatively warmer. 

In comparison to other premium type woods, cedar is a relatively abundant type of wood. This abundance helps keep the costs down, making it a great choice if you want the benefit of strong wood without devastating your bottom line. Cedar is a good middle ground material in comparison to evergreen woods and redwood.  


Redwood is the pretty boy of the fence material world. As it's name implies, the wood offers a range of different hues of red, from deep, rich tones to light, softer pinks. However, this type of wood can be incredibly expensive, due to its gorgeous finish, and natural defenses.

Redwood is like a supercharged version of cedar: it looks better, and has all the natural defenses of cedar, only stronger. Additionally, it is often the most durable type of wood for fencing, allowing it to outlast other wood types.

If fencing your whole yard in redwood is too expensive, you can also look at mixing wood types, to bring the cost down (using redwood for your posts, and using cedar for the paneling, as an example). For more help, contact a company like All Counties Fence and Supply with your questions.


24 September 2014