Wood Fencing and Gates
Wood has long been used as a traditional building material for most fences. Not only is it incredibly sleek and durable, but it’s versatile and guaranteed to last a while. Wood fencing is cut from a selection of wood including Spruce, Fir, Cedar, and Pine. Although there’s many more, these ones are often chosen as affordable and strong options compared to some of the others. They’re easy to install and are shaped into boards or panels, which are then set into place to form the pattern of the fence.
Properties of Wooden Fencing
The abundant properties of wood fencing make it desirable to most clients. Wood is very strong, solid, and can combat most outdoor elements including water and fluctuating temperatures. However, wood can succumb to rotting, molding, and discoloration if not cared for or regularly stained, painted, or sanded. Another ideal property of wooden fencing is that it can be cut into almost any pattern you wish and laid into place to form panel board fences, cross-hatch fences, and many more. This also means that wood can be cut and shaped into any height or size, making it a great option for special projects or higher fencing.
The costs of installing wooden fencing aren’t the cheapest, but you should know that you’ll definitely be getting your money’s worth. When you decide to invest in wooden fencing, you’re investing in the appearance of your fence, the maintenance, and the longevity. Wooden fencing has been known to outlive some of the other popular fencing choices on the market and is also relatively easy to repair when damaged. Most repairs can be tackled through localized methods which rid the damaged area of the flaw, instead of having to remove the whole fence altogether. In the long run, this will end up saving you costs in fence replacements.
With wood fencing and metal fencing, clients also enjoy the color options available. Wood staining is the process of adding a color tint to the wood to alter its hue. This doesn’t affect the wood negatively nor does it alter its grain or finish. The color only penetrates the surface and may have to be retouched every few years for a vibrant shade. Before wood staining can be done, the wood must be cleaned and removed of any debris that could compromise the stain, once applied. After it’s been applied, it is then finished with a sealant to give the wood a lasting effect.
Finally, wooden fencing is a fencing solution that is sure to last for many, many years. The longevity of your wooden fencing will ultimately depend on the type of wood you opt for, but for Cedar, you can see results for 15 – 30 years, while Pine could easily last you anywhere between 5 - 12. Climate conditions will also speed up the deterioration of wood if excessive. Although most woods are sealed with a finish that protects them from fair amounts of water and exterior damage, excessive exposure to rain, with little maintenance, could age the wood quicker.