What Is the Best Type of Wood for a Fence?

What Is the Best Type of Wood for a Fence?

Are you planning to install a wooden fence on your property?

You may want to know the best type of wood you should use. Wooden fences are in high demand because they are attractive, available, and affordable, explains Paramount Management & Realty. A lot of people prefer wooden fences to the ones made with vinyl or aluminium.

Not all woods are the same. So before you choose the best type of wood for your wooden fence, you should consider some essential factors. They include the climate, susceptibility to insect infestation, the duration you intend to spend on the property, your budget, and your vendor. We breakdown these below.

1. Climate

The climatic condition at your property’s location is vital when selecting the best wood for your fence. It would help if you answered specific questions before you make the perfect choice. 

  • Is the climate in the area dry or rainy?
  • Is the weather steady or fluctuating? 
  • Is the neighborhood very cold or very hot?

Such conditions can either make your wood last long or decay faster. You should choose the best type of wood that can withstand your environmental situations.

2. Susceptibility to Pest Infestations

The wood you choose should be the one that insects cannot damage. It should have natural repellants to insects, or it should be pressure-treated. If it has these features, termites will not be able to eat and damage it.

3. Your Budget

The best wood for your fence should also be the one you can afford, considering the total expenses. It doesn’t end at installation, you will also spend money on maintenance, depending on the quality of wood you choose. High-quality wood is cheaper to maintain, whereas cheaper wood is costlier to maintain in the long run.

4. Durability

Wood can last an average of 10 – 30 years, depending on the maintenance and quality of the installation. If you intend to spend a long time on the property, then you should go for sturdy and long-lasting wood. However, if you want to spend less time on the property, it is better to consider cheaper wood.

5. The Vendor

You should get your wood from a reliable source. Purchasing it from suppliers that are not reputable can entail getting something below the specification.

Wood Options for Fencing

1. Cedar


Cedarwoods are more expensive than some other types of woods, but it requires a lesser amount of money for maintenance. It is an excellent wood for fencing because of the following features:

  • It has natural repellants to insects
  • It is resistant to rotting
  • It has a longer lifespan. The durability will increase more if you treat it with stains and sealants.

Painting cedar with acrylic can protect it from harsh elements, but you should only stain cedarwood so that you can Painting cedar with acrylic can protect it from harsh elements, but you should only stain cedarwood so that you can preserve its natural beauty. Before staining, wash and sand the surface of the wood (https://www.thisoldhouse.com/painting/21018900/all-about-exterior-stain). It will help roughen the surface and enable the stain and sealants to adhere firmly to the surface.

2. Redwood

Redwood, just like cedarwood, is expensive and also requires lesser maintenance. It is one of the most popular types of wood for wood fencing. Redwood has excellent quality, durability, and beauty. It also has a natural resistance to infestation and rot.

However, we advise that you treat it with a clear stain. Apply a clear stain on your redwood to prevent it from becoming grayish following aging. It will also preserve its beauty and increase its resistance to rot and insect infestation.

When staining redwood, use a penetrating and transparent stain. Prepare the surface appropriately before you apply the stain. Only apply the quantity of stain that your redwood can handle and wipe off any stain that remains after fifteen minutes. When the stain is completely dry, apply your sealant.

3. Pine


Pinewoods are affordable, durable, easy to work with, and common. That is why a lot of people use pinewood to fence their property. However, pinewood is not as durable as other wood types, and its maintenance is more expensive.

Pressure-treated pines are even more durable if you treat them with chemical preservatives (such as chromate copper arsenate, CCA, and water-repellent stains) to prevent insect infestations and rot.

4. Cypress

Cypress wood is an alternative to cedarwood. It costs the same amount and has similar properties with cedarwood, pleasant aroma, and insect repelling. Cypress wood contains cypretine, a natural chemical that repels insects. Wood treatment will also add extra protection to your cypress wood.

In a Nutshell…

The best type of wood for your fence depends on your environment, the wood’s susceptibility to insect infestation, your budget, the duration of time you want it to last, and your vendor. Cedarwood, redwood, pinewood, and cypress wood are excellent choices for your wood fence.

Written for Steamboat Construction Group by Danielle Marshall of Paramount Management & Realty in Phoenix, AZ (https://www.paramountpmr.com).

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