You have decided to update your fence. Maybe you once had a chain link fence that you have decided to replace with a privacy fence. Maybe you had no fence at all and have decided your home needs one more for a decorative touch than for privacy or security. Whatever the reason, your new fence is an exciting addition to your home as long as it adds to the aesthetic beauty of your home and yard. That is why it is essential to choose just the right wood for your new fence.
Types of Wood
Selecting wood for your fence is twofold. First, you need to choose the right type of wood. Next, you need to select just the right grade for your wood. There are six types of wood that are generally used for most backyard fences: Pine, Fir, Spruce, Cedar, Cypress, or Redwood. Pine, Fir, and Spruce are typically the most affordable of the bunch. Also, they are standard construction woods and have proven durability. However, they are not quite as beautiful as other woods on the list, and may not provide the desired look for your fence.
In contrast, cedar and cypress are a bit more pricey. However, they offer the natural ability to repel insects. Cedar's natural oils have been long known as insect repellents, and cypress is treated with a specific chemical that no insect enjoys. Also, these types of wood have a longer lifespan as they are rot-resistant.
Redwood, on the other hand, is extremely expensive, yet the most beautiful of the bunch. One of the reasons redwood is so expensive is because it is the most durable of the woods for the job as well as the most aesthetically pleasing.
The Grade Matters
In addition to the types of wood, you need to consider the grade of it. The grade of the wood refers to the quality of that particular piece. Grades are often classified as standard, construction, select, premium or clear. Pricing is determined by the type of wood as well as its grade. You may be able to purchase a lower grade of redwood and still receive the beauty of it for your fence. The higher the grade of your wood, the more durable and higher quality you will receive. Therefore, it is important to choose not only the look of the wood, but also the quality of it when choosing materials for your new fence. Your decision should be based on budget, design, and needs. If you live in an even climate area, you may be able to use a lower grade of wood than if you live in an area where the weather changes and you get the worst of weather.
If you have a wood fence in need of restoration or cleaning, contact the experts at Roof to Deck Restoration at 952-352-9986. Our experts have years of experience treating all types of wood and making sure your investment lasts for years to come.