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Why Is Cedar Such A Great Wood To Use In Fencing?

If the time has come to install a new wooden fence on your property, you've probably discovered that there are a number of different woods to choose from. Pressure-treated pine, spruce, and oak -- they all do a decent job, but if you happen to come across cedar fencing, this wood deserves some serious consideration. Here's a look at six reasons why cedar is often considered the best wood for use in fencing.

Cedar naturally resists rot.

Especially if you live in a humid climate or an area that receives a good deal of rain, your fence is going to get wet. For most woods, wetness leads to rot, unless you take the time to regularly treat the fence with a specialized waterproof coating or exterior paint. Cedar, however, is naturally resistant to rot. It can rain for months on end, and your cedar fence won't start rotting away. You don't have to worry about painting it or waterproofing it either, which means you save time and money.

Cedar does not need to be stained.

Leave it natural, and it will slowly fade from its rich, brown color to an equally beautiful, beach-like gray. Of course, you can stain your cedar fence if you like, but it's not a necessity as with oak and other hardwoods that will start looking streaky and worn if you don't stain or paint them. Once again, the lack of need for staining saves you time. It's also good for the environment, since traditional paints and stains are sometimes detrimental to the planet.

Cedar has a wonderful aroma.

If you've ever owned a cedar chest or bedded a pet's cage with cedar shavings, then you're familiar with the woodsy aroma of cedar. Once you put up a cedar fence, your yard will have this same scent. This can enhance your experience when you spend time outside.

Cedar repels insects like wood bees and carpenter ants.

That same lovely aroma that you enjoy is repulsive to insects like carpenter ants and wood bees. As a result, you don't have to worry about these little pests building nests in your fence, as they might if you had a pine or hardwood fence. You don't have to worry about spraying the fence with insecticides or your child getting stung when they stick their finger in a hole in the fence that happens to be a bees' nest.

Cedar is a safe choice for pets.

No matter how disciplined your dog is, he is bound to try gnawing on the fence at least a time or two. This can be a real concern if you have a wooden fence that has been treated with waterproof coating or insecticides. You would not want your dog ingesting these chemicals. But since cedar does not need these treatments, you don't have to be overly concerned if your dog decides to chew on it. Most dogs will find the flavor of the cedar oils unappealing, so they won't keep chewing once they've tried it.

Cedar does not warp or shrink.

Some woods have the tendency to bend or shrink over time, especially when they are outdoors and exposed to the elements. This can lead to a fence that looks "wavy" and uneven. Cedar is resistant to warping and shrinking. It stays straight and true, year after year. This is one of the reasons why the life expectancy of a cedar fence is between 15 and 30 years, whereas pine only lasts 5 - 12 years and spruce about 4 - 7 years.

If you're looking for a wooden fence that is safe, low-maintenance, and long-lasting, then cedar is the wood for you. Talk to a fencing contractor like Town & Country Fence to learn more.