Wooden fences are a staple in every community no matter where you travel in the U.S.
When it comes to garden fences this is probably very true.
Perhaps it’s because we want to get back to nature when we are in our gardens and leave the modern world behind us.
Despite the invention of modern materials being developed all the time, sometimes the old favorites are hard to replace…
Popular Wooden Fence Types
Pressure treated lumber is likely the most popular wooden fence choice, and definitely the most affordable.
As the name suggest pressure treated lumber has chemicals added to it via pressure to make it resistant to the elements. Pressure treated lumber usually appears greenish in color and over time will turn to gray if not treated with stain or sealer.
One of the most popular choices when it comes to wood fences is cedar. Not only is it beautiful to look at but it also offers some great benefits such as being rot and insect resistant.
You also have different color choices when it comes to cedar such as Western Red Cedar which has a red color and Northern White Cedar which has a yellow color.
Cedar fences can do pretty well without being cared for but if you want to keep it looking good it will take some occasional maintenance.
You can use oils or repellants which can act as a barrier to moisture and it will also enhance the appearance of the cedar. Alternatively there are stains which can be used on wood fences and these should also have a UV protection.
Redwood looks great and is naturally resistant to insects because of compounds that are naturally present in the wood. There are also compounds present which fight off mildew.
There is no need to stain redwood because it’s natural color is what it’s known for. Instead of staining redwood fencing you could try using a shellac or oil. This will really help a lot when it comes to extending the life of the fence.
If you are wanting to learn how to build a fence yourself, don’t be intimidated…
you’ll be surprised how easy can be.
Let the Pro’s Do It
If you don’t have the time to build your own wooden fence, or maybe you just don’t want the hassle, you can always have your fence professionally installed for you.
Depending on where you live, many larger cities have full time fence companies where that is all they do. Smaller cities do not have this option a lot of times so homeowners only option is to hire a local contractor.
Local contractors can be a good option, but they can also be a nightmare at times. How can you be sure you don’t get ripped off or have a contractor cut corners and do a “shady” job?
Well, one of your best options is of course to ask around with friends, family, co-workers, etc.. Someone likely has either had a wooden fence installed, or know someone who has.
You can also try this option and find local fence and deck pros and get up to 4 quotes now. It’s Quick, Free, and Easy!
Best of all, you can use this service no matter where you live in the U.S.