Wooden fencing has several clear advantages over other types of fencing material - it is versatile, relatively inexpensive and can be either painted or left in an unfinished state. Not surprisingly, wood has become one of the most popular fencing materials around today and there are several different types of wood that you can choose from, although cedar, known for its aroma, appearance and strength, is one of the most popular woods for fencing and other uses.
Cedar is arguably one of the most attractive types of wood; it is also one of the most versatile and over the years has been widely used not only for fencing, but for such things as post and beam houses, ocean going boats and more. Cedar has a rich grain and color and seems to be a natural choice for outdoor projects, such as fences, sheds and decks; it's particularly popular in the Pacific Northwest, although you don't have to live in that part of the country to enjoy it.
All wooden fences will crack or warp sooner or later; however, cedar is stronger than most other commonly used types of wood. Cedar has the rather useful ability to be able to change the amount of moisture that it retains - this can help to prevent the wood from cracking or warping and is particularly beneficial during a cold snap, or if you live in a colder part of the country. To improve drainage, cedar fencing should be set directly into the ground, rather than into concrete.
Cedar is also well known for having a rather pleasant aroma to it - a characteristic that not only adds to its appeal, but has practical advantages as well. The wood contains chemical compounds known as thujaplicins, which give off the rather appealing aroma that is associated with the wood. However, this aroma does not appeal to termites or other wood eating pests and because of this there is a better chance that your cedar fence will not be affected this way and will last for longer.
Like other types of wooden fence, cedar fencing can be found in a variety of sizes and styles, as well as distinct shades. Western Red Cedar is more reddish in color, and is available in different grades and a choice of a smooth or rough surface; while Northern White Cedar, which mostly originates in Canada, is a pale yellow. Regardless of the color and grade of cedar that you choose, it's a wood that lends itself well to both transparent and solid staining.
Differences in grain and texture also add to the diversity and ensure a variety of different looks. Cedar fencing does tend to cost a little bit more than other types of wooden fencing, but it is undoubtedly one of the most attractive and durable materials you can choose. A cedar fence that is properly installed and maintained can be a sound investment and add style and elegance to any yard or garden.
Cedar fencing may tend to cost a little bit more than other types of wooden fencing, but it is undoubtedly one of the most attractive and durable materials you can choose. A cedar fence that is properly installed and maintained can be a sound investment and add style and elegance to any yard or garden.