As discussed in our previous post there are a variety of woods used in fencing from the more affordable pressure-treated pine and spruce to the more expensive durable and attractive white oak and exotic woods.
In between those options are two popular options for wood fencing, Cedar and Redwood.
These two woods do make attractive fences that are more durable and stronger than pine and spruce but less expensive that oak or exotic woods.
Because of those features, Cedar and Redwood are also popular for other uses.
Redwoods are popular for outdoor uses including furniture, siding, decks and railing given it contains resins that naturally repel mold, termites and other damage-causing insects. The most well-known redwood is California redwood, which’s heartwood will last for 25 years or longer without treatment.
Those traits, in addition to the deep, rich color, makes redwood popular for a wood fence.
Another, similar, choice is red cedar, particularly western red cedar. It holds a natural resistance to rot, termites and other invasive insects. Red cedar has a similar appearance to cedar, and that deep, rich color is what makes red cedar a favored wood for fences.
Midwest Fence uses western red cedar for the wood fences it installs, especially the wood posts. It also has developed an innovative, proprietary red cedar pressure treatment to extend the life of its fence posts.