In our previous posts we discussed the various types of wood used in fences, including pressure-treated pine, exotic woods, red cedar and redwoods in wood fences.
Manufacturers can use pressure treating of wood to extend its life against rot, termites and other insects that degrade the wood, ideal for a wood fence.
The process uses pressure to inject chemicals into the wood that preserve it. The process can be used to inject many types of chemicals and other materials into the wood.
Pressure-treated wood is used for residential, commercial and industrial purposes. Railroad ties, guardrail posts alongside roadways and timbers for marine use are treated with creosote. Continue reading →
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. Continue reading →
In a previous post we have discussed the various style of wood fences. In this post we will examine the types of wood used for fences.
The most common wood is pine, typically pressure treated to protect it from termites. The pine wood used in fences is also usually treated with a water repellant to extend the wood’s life.
While pine is among the least expensive among the various wood options for a fence, which has long made it the most popular wood used in fencing, the necessary treatments do increase the price.
While pressure treatments do increase the cost, the energy and chemicals used in the treatments to resist rot and insects has raised questions among eco-focused consumers and contractors.
Even with the cost and environmental questions, the practicality of pine — a fast-growing wood that can be farmed — for fencing can’t be overlooked when deciding on wood for a fence. Continue reading →
There are two main types of manufactured material used to make fencing, vinyl (or PVC) and the newer composite fencing, led by manufacturer Trex.
PVC fencing came to market in the late 1970s and early 1980s. When vinyl fencing hit the market it was recognized as an alternative to wood fencing that required less maintenance and had a longer lifespan. Continue reading →
In this post we will examine new composite plastic material used in Trex fencing.
Composite fencing material is created combining wood fibers — reclaimed from manufacturers and sawdust — and plastic in a proprietary process to create custom shaped pieces for each fence design.
The unique material is resistant to water, rot., heat, cold and insects. It is dense, making it strong, tested to sustain steady 110 mph winds and gusts up to 130 mph.
Color is typically added as part of the manufacturing process not added as an acrylic finish after the material is extruded. This means the color will last longer and suffer less wear. IN fact, the material is over pigmented so it will fade to its intended color. Continue reading →