Ever wonder why choose cedar for building a fence? Today, at A Straight Up Fence Company in Denver, we want to highlight the benefits of a western red cedar fence as a great option.
We know there are so many choices when it comes to the type of wood for a wooden fence. You could choose bamboo, pine, fir and many, many more. You may think there is not much of a difference. In some people’s minds, wood is wood. In reality, there can be a wide difference and some types are much wiser choices when it comes to building a fence.
So, why choose cedar for building a fence? Today, we highlight the benefits.
A Little History
Use of the western red cedar can be traced back to Native American tribes who referred to these trees as “Trees of Life”. This timber is found in the Pacific Northwest and tribes in the area used this wood for totem poles, canoes, clothing, rope, and construction of their homes.
Cedar is also well known for its fragrant scent and was even used for perfumes in early history. Tibetan monasteries used cedar as incense long ago.
Cedar was also used in early Egyptian times as part of the embalming process. Cedar was even used for Egyptian coffins which can be viewed in museums today. It is a testament to the strength and endurance of this material. No wonder we use it for new wood fence builds.
Western red cedar is in a class with only one other long-lasting wood, redwood. Both of these woods are quite durable. Because cedar has natural oils, its durability is so long-lasting. It can better resist decay and insects. This also allows cedar fencing to remain straighter over the years, resisting shrinking and curving over time.
Another great reason cedar is so wonderful is that its oils allow it to maintain its color. The combination allows cedar fencing to age nicely instead of fading to gray as some wooden fences are prone to doing. Cedar fencing remains good-looking over many years.
Cedar is going to cost more up front, but you get what you pay for. This is a high-grade, very high-quality wood. The additional price is worth the additional years of no repairs or needed replacement. By purchasing a higher quality wood up-front, you are saving yourself money in the future. If you would like to have a cedar fence installed, contact A Straight Up Fence Company in Denver and we’ll walk you through everything you need to know.
Attractive and Adaptable
Western red cedar is particularly good looking. Additionally, because it is resin free, it will accept staining of any shade nicely and keep the color for longer which is a great feature of this fine wood. Western red cedar is also biodegradable and renewable, coming almost entirely from sustainable forests. Because it is long lasting, not having to replace your fence as frequently also makes it environmentally friendly.
Why choose cedar for building a fence? As you can see, the reasons are many. We here at A Straight Up Fence Company like cedar and think you will too.