Ah, the classic wooden fence. Easy to install, affordable, versatile, and sturdy, it’s been a go-to option for centuries.
If you’re considering a wooden fence for your backyard, front yard or garden, here’s why this fencing favorite might work for you.
It’s affordable. Depending on the style of the fence you choose, wood is one of the most affordable fencing options.
It’s durable. With proper maintenance and care, wooden fences can last for years and withstand tough weather.
It’s versatile. There are as many types of wooden fences as there are types of wood! (Not to mention the infinite finishes you can choose to add a pop of color to your yard.) From picket to slatted to rustic and more, you’re sure to find a wooden fence that suits your style.
It gives you privacy. If you want to create a secluded retreat in your backyard, look no further than a wooden fence–your fencing contractor can install one that gives you the privacy you’re looking for.
How long do wooden fences really last?
If you opt for a wood fence, maintenance is the key word, and will determine how long your fence lasts. You may need to replace parts of the fence, like rails or posts, every few years, and you’ll also need to ensure the wood itself stays in tip-top shape by re-applying waterproof coatings and stains. Your fencing contractor can help you with regular maintenance tasks.
The good news? If you take care of your fence, it can last up to 20 years–or more, depending on the climate where you live.
What type of wooden fence is the best for your home?
This depends on several factors. First: where is the fence going? In your backyard? Front yard? Or is it a small garden fence? Keep these guidelines in mind when talking to your contractor:
If you’re installing it in your backyard, you may opt for a fence style that’s less decorative but affords you and your family more privacy. Sturdier fences usually work best for backyards to keep pets and little ones safe. Remember, though, that many neighborhoods have guidelines about what types of fences you can install, so check with your HOA before you choose a fence.
If you’re installing it in your front yard, curb appeal is the way to go. If you’re looking to spruce up your home, try more decorative looks like the classic white picket fence, or a contemporary take on a rustic, country feel. Oftentimes, wooden fences for your front yard are less about durability and more about decoration. Again, be sure to check with your HOA or neighborhood guidelines before you call a contractor.
If you’re installing it in your garden, you may opt for a mix of functionality and aesthetic. Depending on the size of your garden, you could choose a simple border fence, or a more ornate walk gate.
If you live in the country with livestock, horses, or a large plot of land, generally, a post-and-rail fence is the best option. It’s simple yet sturdy, affordable, and won’t obstruct views of the sprawling landscape.
Other things to consider when choosing the best wooden fence for your home include climate, the size of your space (and if your home is on a sloped or level plot of land), the look and design of your home itself, and of course, the type of wood.
What’s the best wood for a fence?
As with most fence construction, the answer is: it depends. Here are some of the most popular types of wood used for building fences:
Cedar wood naturally has a warm, bright finish but also retains stain well. Strong, sturdy, and durable, it doesn’t warp or shrink as easily as other types of wood. Another bonus? Cedar contains natural compounds that help repel insects and rot, so cedar wood fences require less upkeep than others.
Pine is softer than cedar, making it easy for fencing contractors to shape and design. It’s also relatively inexpensive, and a long-lasting option that resists shrinking and warping more effectively than other types of wood.
Redwood, as the name suggests, boast a warm, red finish. It also has a smoother grain pattern than other types of wood, if you’re looking for a cleaner finish. Like cedar, redwood contains natural oils that repel insects and fight off rot, making it a durable, long-lasting option. Generally, it’s slightly more expensive than pine and cedar.
Cypress has a very light, bright finish. Like pine, redwood, and cedar, it contains natural compounds that make it insect-resistant, which means a cypress fence can have a long lifespan. Keep in mind, however, that cypress may be a pricier option depending on where you live; cypress trees are native to the Southern United States. If you live in the South and choose a cypress fence, you may have a smaller price tag than if you choose cypress and need to have it shipped to another location.
Your fencing contractor can help you choose the right type of wood for your home, and can also treat your wood with the right waterproof sealants for extra protection.
What are the different types of wooden fences?
You know where your fence is going, you know which type of wood you’d like, and now for the big one–what style should you choose? Some of the most popular options include:
Privacy fences, also called dog ear fences, are ideal for backyards because–as the name suggests–the tightly-paneled design affords you privacy and security. You can opt for either vertical or horizontal privacy fences.
Slatted wood fences are also popular choices for homeowners looking for privacy. Slatted fences can give your space a sleeker, more contemporary design. This type of wooden fence works well for both front and backyards.
Picket fences won’t give you much privacy, but will add decorative flair to front yards and gardens. If you’re dreaming of the classic white picket fence, ask your contractor which wood will work best for white paint–not all wood holds paint effectively. And if you do paint your picket fence, it may require more upkeep.
Lattice fences blend decoration and functionality. They work best securing pools decks, gardens, and patios. They’re also the most popular choice for climbing plants.
Post and rail fences are ideal for enclosing pastures or large swaths of land. The design is simple, sturdy, and functional. You can also use post and rail fences to add a dash of country curb appeal to your front yard.
The possibilities are endless when it comes to the design of your wooden fence. You can accent it with wood, stone, iron, and more. Your contractor can help you create the perfect wooden fence for you–and give you tips and guidance on maintenance, so your fence will last for years to come.
With almost thirty years of expertise, Northwest Fence and Iron is Central Texas’ premiere fencing company. Reach out here for a custom quote!