How much do you know about the wooden fence in your yard? Most homeowners would probably guess that their fence is made out of wood and nails without thinking about the type of wood involved. Pine and cedar are useful for making furniture, floorboards, and even baseball bats. These types of wood are also excellent materials for building wood fences.
Any wooden fences made of pine are classified as pressure-treated. Fences, porches, and decks all share this material in common, at least if they are made of pine. As with other home improvement projects, you will need to keep these wood fences well-maintained. Despite their popularity, pine fences are prone to suffering damage from shrinking, warping, cracking, and decay. Pressure-treated pine is coated in a variety of chemicals to help slow down the effects of erosion and weathering. This treatment also forms a shield against termites. However, it is not infallible. Staining and sealing are still needed to ensure that your pine fences last longer. Although this sounds counterproductive, keeping your pine fences wet in hot weather or on sunny days actually helps. With spring and summer on the horizon, this is good to know!
Cedar fences have their own set of pros and cons. Cedarwood fences are so attractive because of their eye-catching beauty, wonderful smell, and ability to resist the effects of decomposition. Unlike other types of wooden fences, cedar isn’t toxic and is highly resistant to insect infestation and damage. If you would like to have the best of both worlds, then it will please you to know that you can have it both ways. Use pine for the fence posts and use cedar for the other pieces of the fence. Another idea is to go with cedar, but stabilize the posts by setting them in concrete. The concrete will help the wood last longer, as well, since it won’t rot as quickly. For homeowners who are trying to be as eco-friendly as possible, cedar is considered to be the better alternative.
Hercules Fence of Virginia Beach
Call Hercules Fence of Norfolk and Virginia Beach for your fencing needs. We have decades of experience in the fencing industry and can offer you the best in ornamental steel, chain link, wooden fences, and more. Our dedicated teams of fencing professionals are highly trained, skilled, and experienced in providing quality fence installations of any type. We’ll work with you to find a fence that best suits your needs and budget.
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