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Wood fencing materials in Texas

If you’re on the “fence” as to which type of fence to invest in for your property, it can be helpful to do a comparison between two materials. Pressure-treated cedar and pine are some of the most common wood fence materials for residential use, but it can be tough choosing between them because each has so many advantages and drawbacks.

Here, we will go over the main differences between cedar and pine so you can make the most informed decision for your next fence.

Appearance

Both types are very different in their appearance. Cedar has a reddish color, white accents, and unique grain pattern, making for a warm, rich-looking wood. Pine, by contrast, is lighter in color, ranging from light brown to cream.

Pine has to be pressure-treated so it can withstand the elements and wear and tear. But this means it doesn’t possess the most natural look and may even have a slight greenish hue in some spots. Cedar does not have to be treated with chemicals, which is why it’s a more natural-looking, attractive option.

Uses

Pine is best for indoor settings, rather than outdoors. It’s a common, available and affordable softwood, which makes it an ideal choice for furniture such as tables, cabinets, wardrobes, and drawers, as well as window and door frames. You can easily paint and stain it, giving it a certain versatility for interior design. When used outdoors as a fence, it must be chemically treated.

Cedar is also softwood but it’s tougher and more resistant than pine, able to resist the outdoor elements with no further treatment. This is why it’s a great choice for outdoor tables and yard furniture. Cedar can also be used indoors for chests, wardrobes, and musical instruments.

Overall, most homeowners choose cedar fences when they want a beautiful and long-lasting fence, while they prefer to use pine if they want a more affordable option.

Installation

Cedar planks weigh less than pressure-treated pine, which means they’re easier to carry and lift. Cedar is harder to find in stores than pine is, which is more widely available, which may impact your installation schedule. Professional installation is recommended whenever you install a fence.

Maintenance

As said above, pine has to be pressure-treated with chemical preservatives that protect it from weather, insects and rot. You also have to do some maintenance to guard against rotting over time. You have to clean and inspect them yearly and replace any rotting pieces. You will also have to regularly seal, repaint or re-stain your pine fence.

Cedar does not have to be pressure-treated and is a stronger material than pine. While cedar does require less maintenance, it still requires some care. You should clean your cedar fence every year with a soap and water solution, and check for any loose boards. The color of cedar fades over time so you may want to pressure wash it regularly on a low setting.

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