A regularly maintained wood fence can last for about 20 years. But if you are using a high-quality timber this life expectancy could be significantly increased. The following are some of the best types of wood species known to be of better quality than others, including some of their features which can help you decide what to use for your fencing project. Have a look at Tampa Fence Builders Group.
- Red Cedar West
The Western Red Cedar, like most species in this article, is resistant to many diseases to which the average pine is most likely to give in. Many people value its attractive appearance, and its natural ability to withstand insect infestation, rot and moisture makes it an excellent choice for picket fences as well as fence posts. This is one of the better fencing materials but for fence posts this is not highly recommended.
- Gray Eagle
White oak is a robust, solid wood. It weathers well and even when exposed to natural conditions it stays robust. Because of its strength, many people who have horses choose this wood; and avoid pine because some horses chew on pine (which is a cheap wood). But White Oak has a tendency to bow or warp so when planning your fence you should consider this fact
- Tropical Forests
South America provides some of the finest and most strong woods for walls, windows, and decks. Woods like Tigerwood, Ipe, and Cherry Brazil are very heavy, strong, and thick. They actually require pre-drilling, because a hammer and a nail will simply not penetrate the wood very well. These types of wood are of course more costly than other species.
- Pressure: Pine treated
Pressure treated pine gets its capacity not from Mother Nature to withstand heat, rot, and borers but by physical processes and man-made chemical treatments. It had once been known as the best outdoor application material. Yet then, with the other naturally enduring and strong options out there, it lost its appeal. Pressure treated pine is a little more costly and resistant to infestation of insects and rot compared to the untreated pine. Nevertheless, some environmentally-focused contractors and homeowners have caught the attention of the chemical used to make this wood strong (and also the energy used during the pressure treatment process). But no fence-builders or homeowners can ignore the practicality of this stuff.