Know Your Fence Materials


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


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


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


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.


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