Wood is a beautiful and charming fencing material, but simply choosing “wood” for your fence isn’t enough! There are many different types of wood that your new fence can be constructed from. What are their pros and cons and which type of wood is the best for your new wood fence?
Check the Weather
First things first, think about your local weather over the past year (or look it up online if you haven’t lived in this area for a year). Is it rainy, dry, or a mix of both? During the winter does the temperature dip below freezing? Will the wood need to endure a spectrum of temperatures from 20 degrees to 100 degrees? Make sure that the type of wood you are choosing can endure the weather conditions that are normal for your area.
Don’t Let It Bug You
Another thing to pay attention to when choosing a type of wood for your fence is insect infestation. Some woods are naturally resistant to insect infestation and others are pressure treated to resist. If your area has a big bug problem or if you have already had a termite problem in your home, you will need to take extra care when choosing a type of wood. Pine wood is inexpensive, but it is also very soft so it can suffer an infestation easily. Cedar is naturally insect repellant, making it a better choice. Redwood is another naturally insect-resistant type of wood and it has a stunning look as well.
Budget is often the ultimate decider when it comes to choosing a type of wood. Some of the longest lasting and most durable woods are, unsurprisingly, the most expensive. While they are more expensive, they also last longer. Crunch the numbers and see if longevity or permanence is worth more to you than the difference in cost before choosing your type of wood.
Let Us Help You Pick the Right Type of Wood for Your Fence
Ready to get your perfect wood fence installed around your residential or commercial property? Hercules Fence has extensive experience in repairing and constructing fences made out of any and every material. Our experienced team can help meet your fencing needs, whether they’re residential or commercial, for the right price. Give us a call at 757-316-3600 or visit us online. To see examples of our work and keep in touch, don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, Flickr, and Pinterest.