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Move Over Cedar! These Other Woods Are Good Choices For Fencing, Too

by Matthew Fields

When most homeowners think of wooden fencing, the first wood that comes to mind is cedar. While cedar is an excellent fencing choice because it repels insects and resists rot naturally, it can also be costly -- and some people just don't like its look! Here's a look at three other woods that are also well suited for fencing.

White Oak

White oak is known for its toughness; a fence made from this material will last for years. It is unappealing to most animals, so you do not have to worry about your dog or any deer that roam through your yard chewing on it. Furthermore, white oak grows abundantly throughout the United States, so it is typically pretty easy to find at a reasonable price. It is easy to mill into boards and it takes up stain easily, allowing you to customize the look of your fence. Its smoother, more polished appearance appeals to those who don't like the overly rustic look of cedar.

Unlike cedar, oak can become prone to rot if it is not treated with a water sealer on a regular basis. You may also want to treat it with insecticides to keep carpenter bees away.


If you like the coarser-grained look of cedar but need something more affordable, consider having a cypress fence built. Especially in the eastern United States, cypress is pretty prevalent and reasonably priced. It is lighter in color than cedar, but it does share cedar's natural rot resisting abilities, making it a good choice for moist environments. Cypress is often left natural for this reason, though it can be painted if you prefer. It will repel insects on its own while it is new, but will need to be treated with insecticides once it is a few years old.

Pressure Treated Pine

Most people recoil at the thought of a pine fence, since pine is known for being rather soft. Pressure treated pine, however, has been treated to increase its durability and hardness. It has the smooth look of pine, but it stands up to wear and tear much better than untreated pine. Typically, pressure treated pine has uneven coloring, so it is painted when it is used for fencing. The paint will keep insects away and help protect against rot. Pressure treated pine is not a good choice if you want a natural, unpainted fence, both because of its coloring and susceptibility to insects when left bare.

There you have it! Any of the above woods will make an excellent fence. It's just up to you to decide which is best suited to your unique needs and preferences.

To learn more, contact a fencing company like American Secured Fence