Know Your Fence Materials

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PRESSURE TREATED PINE

Pine is an inexpensive, easily accessible soft wood that - when treated with chemicals - provides a reliable option for fence framing (posts and rails).

        PROS:  Lowest cost, chemical provides rot resistance

        CONS:  Highly susceptible to warping, twisting, and cracking - ranging from mild to severe

                     Should not be used near garden beds due to chemical components of treatment

                     Chemical treatments can pose health risks, particularly to small animals and children

                     Will rot naturally over time and require replacement sooner than wood alternatives

                     Cannot be recycled after use

 

WESTERN RED CEDAR

Cedar is the most reliable species of soft wood used for fencing.  It can be used for fence framing and is one of the best wood option for pickets.

        PROS:  Contains natural acids that deter insects

                     Minimal shrinkage and lowest vulnerability to warping, twisting, and checking among coniferous lumber  

                     Superior sound dampening due to cellular pore network

                     Can be recycled after use

        CONS:  More susceptible to rotting than treated lumber

                     Will rot naturally over time and require replacement sooner than wood alternatives

 

COMPOSITES

A mixture of recycled plastics and woods, composites offer superior looks, longevity, and warranties.  No wood products compare in quality.

        PROS:  Made of 95% recycled material.

                     Up to 25 year manufacturers warranty against warping, cracking, and twisting.

                     No maintenance required.  

 

                     Multiple color options available.

        CONS:  High price compared to wood products

                     Cannot be recycled after use

 

GALVANIZED STEEL

Steel provides the most reliable post structure for any fence, particularly with the rust resistance offered by galvanization.  We recommend steel posts for all of our fences - wood or composite.  Reputable ornamental iron manufacturers use only galvanized steel as their base metal prior to powder coating.

 

FASTENERS (NAILS, SCREWS, ETC.)

See blog post below entitled "Why We Use Stainless Steel Ringshank Nails"

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