What Type Of Wood Is Best For A Wooden Fence?

A wooden fence can be a beautiful addition to a yard, but buying the right kind of wood can make all the difference. You have many types of wood to choose from, including: birch, pine, cedar, and pressure-treated lumber. Each type of wood has its attractions, and its problems, and since a fence is a decision you will have to live with for a long-time to come, you need to make sure that you spend the time to carefully choose the type of wood you will use. 

Birch and Pine

Birch and pine do not have a lot of natural ability for resisting rot. Thus, when you use pine, you will either have to face the reality of replacing your fence in a few years, or you will have to stain or paint your fence every few years to help prolong its life. While you might be able to save money by buying birch or pine for your fence, you will end up spending a lot of money on maintenance and replacement. 


Cedar naturally has a lot of tannins in it, which is a chemical that will naturally reduce rot and resist insect attacks. While cedar should resist rot better than other woods, you need to make sure you get heartwood slats. These can be pricey and/or hard to come by. While you will find cedar available at most home-improvement stores, you need to confirm that you are buying heartwood to make sure that you are getting a durable fence. The right kind of cedar will last for up to 30 years. 

Pressure-Treated Lumber

Pressure-treated lumber is wood that has been passed through a process that infuses the wood with chemicals, which will increase the wood's natural ability to resist rot. Pressure-treated lumber is cheaper than cedar, but it will only last for about 20 years. The good thing about pressure-treated lumber is that it will resist rot when it makes ground contact better than cedar, so pressure-treated lumber is the best choice for posts. 

A wooden fence can add natural beauty to your home, but if you don't buy the right kind of wood for your fence, you will end up dealing with high maintenance and replacement costs. If you are looking for durability, you will likely need to buy two types of wood. Pressure-treated lumber makes the best sense for fence posts, and cedar makes the best choice for slats. 

For more information, contact a local fencing company, like Outdoor Fence Company