You may think there is not much of a difference. In some 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.
At A Straight Up Fence Company in Denver, we always recommend a cedar fence to our customers.
This material comes with a number of benefits and today we shed light on some of the knowledge our experts have gained about using cedar for building privacy fences, gates and more.
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, as well as for their coffins, some of 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.
Bottom line, cedar is in a class with just one other long-lasting wood, redwood. Both of these materials are incredibly durable.
Because cedar has natural oils, 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.
Cost of a Cedar Fence
Yes, a cedar fence is going to more of an investment up front, but you get what you pay for now and down the road.
This is a high-grade, high-quality wood. The additional price is worth the years of no repairs or needed replacement which saves you big money in the long run. Plus, when you sell your home, prospective buyers will appreciate not having to sink money into replacing a dilapidated fence.
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
Last but certainly not least, a cedar fence looks great. And because it’s 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.
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.