Which Wood Fence Type is Best for Me?

Which Wood Fence Type is Best for Me?

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I know wood fencing is one of the best types of residential fencing around, but which wood fence type is right for me?

Wood privacy fences are aesthetically pleasing, make yards feel more intimate, increase property value, add curb appeal, improve home protections, and more. Such reasons as these are likely why 80% to 90% of the applications for fences are for privacy fences.

The question for many homeowners isn't whether to invest in wood fences or not, but what type of wood they should get. Here are a few of the most popular wood fence types.

Pressure Treated Pine

Wooden fence types made of pressure treated pine are quite popular because they're very cost efficient. Pressure treated fence posts typically cost about an average of $10 per piece in the United States. These wooden fences are also highly durable and moisture resistant thanks to their pressure treating, ensuring that they'll last for years.

White Oak

White oak is another popular material to make wood fences. Tough and hardy, it can stand up to the elements naturally. This type of wood is particularly attractive to people who own horses, since they tend to chew on pine. On the downside, oak does tend to warp or bow, though.

Red Cedar

Red cedar wood fences are also more resistant to many of the things that pine can't stand up to, but that's not really why people often prefer red cedar. The real reason is more simple: it's beautiful. Red cedar wood fences are prized by many homeowners for its high aesthetic quality, as well as its ability to stand up to moisture, rot, and insects.

Considering the fact that the U.S. fence industry employs an estimated 270,455 people in the United States, you should have no problem finding a service that can offer some of these awesome types of wood fences. If you have any questions about the different types of wood fences, feel free to ask in the comments.

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