If you are considering installing a new wooden fence around your Charlotte home or business, you have many options to choose from in terms of design, style, and material. The best wooden fence material for you will depend largely on your budget, security needs, and aesthetic preference. Below are some of the best wooden fence options offered by our Charlotte fence company.
Pine one of the most popular choices for food fences, especially in North Carolina where the wood is abundant and affordable (we are the “Land of the Pines”, after all!) Most of the pine used to build fences is Southern yellow pine that has been treated with chemical preservatives to prevent weather damage, insects, rot, and fungus. While the chemical process helps with durability, pressure-treated pine typically does not last as long as cedar, and will need more repairs and upkeep over time. However, at $10 to $25 a foot, many find the extra maintenance costs to be worth the low initial costs.
Often mistaken for redwoods, Douglas firs are lesser-known redwood cousins which look very similar and even inhabit the same forests. The two species are very different, however, in terms of what they offer as a fencing material. Redwoods contain oil that make them naturally weather-resistant, and they can therefore last for up to twenty years with minimal upkeep. Firs do not offer the same resistance or durability, making them less cost-effective over a long period of time, but much more affordable in the short-term. A good way to think of fir is as “poor man’s redwood”—something that looks almost as good, for half the cost.
You may have had a cedar chest or cedar cabinet growing up, and remember the wood’s fresh, crisp smell. Not only does cedar have a beautiful aesthetic appearance, it makes a sturdy outdoor fencing material, too, because that cedar smell is rot-resistant and insect-deterring. In terms of budget, cedar wood is a middle-of-the-road option that is affordable and long-lasting. Treating cedar with a finish such as paint and wood stain prevents it from turning gray in color and increases its lifespan even more.
Nothing beats the authenticity and texture of a genuine wooden fence. If you’re considering installing a wooden fence around your Charlotte home or business, just call James Fence and Gate for a free, no-commitment consultation and project estimate!