When you build or repair your home, you want to use materials that are both affordable and long-lasting. While there is always a balance when sacrificing the price for durability in home improvement, we believe that every homeowner should be aware of what materials to buy and what their purposes are.
Here are a few things you should know about your fencing materials:
1. Cedar Pickets Over Pine
Pine is one of the most commonly used wood types for fencing. Pressure-treated pine in particular, lasts longer and prevents the wood from rotting. Even though it’s the most commonly used wood, it is actually not the best wood for fence pickets—Cedar pickets are actually far more durable because they don’t shrink or warp and don’t need much maintenance or stain, unlike pine. Cedar is a straight grain wood that lasts much longer naturally and even longer stained. Since certain wood has better protection against certain elements than others, select your materials to suit the conditions in your area.
2. Posts And Pickets
Pine’s one advantage over cedarwood is its durability against soil and rot—an ideal characteristic for fence posts. Cedar may be a strong and durable fence material; however, treated pine is more suited to prevent rot from constant immersion in the soil. What many people do is use treated pine as the posts of their fence while using cedar pickets. This gets you the best of both worlds. A fence that is built on soil-set posts from pine while also using lower-maintenance cedar planks is generally far more durable.
3. Metal Posts Over Wood
One great alternative to the pine/cedar solution is using wood pickets, but securing the fence with metal posts. Metal doesn’t require nearly as much maintenance as much as wood and is much more durable, especially galvanized metals. If you live in an area with extreme winds or storms, metal posts can also strengthen your fence to better withstand destructive and chaotic weather events.
If your fence is old and rotting or you are planning to fence your new yard, consider the best type of material for your local area. The fencing materials you choose will significantly impact the longevity and security of your fence. After all, there’s no point in paying for something twice!
If you’re feeling overwhelmed or have questions about choosing the right fencing materials, feel free to call us at 918-697-6977 or take a moment to fill out the form below. We look forward to hearing from you!