Why Cedar or Spruce for Your Fence?

Every home can benefit from a good Woodspec.ca fence.  Not only do they look nice, of course, but solid, quality fencing helps to protect your home as well.  And you can build one yourself in not very much time at all.

Of course, you need to know what type of wood is best for this kind of job.

The good news is that most people use natural woods instead of engineered woods.  If you live in a region with massive shifts in the weather, engineered woods might serve you better, but for now let’s focus on the two major types of wood people use when building a fence: cedar and spruce.

Why Cedar?

The first thing you need to know about cedar is that although it is a soft wood, it is among the most durable natural woods you will today.  And because of this, it is also the most versatile, able to be used in a variety of applications.  A cedar fence can last, on average, as many as 30 years, even if you never treat it. Of course, it is always recommended that you weather treat your wood applications to prevent premature aging, cracking, discoloration, and wear.

Why Not Cedar?

At the same time, cedar does not really like paint. Or, rather, paint does not necessarily improve the already naturally beautiful appearance cedar. So if you want to be able to paint your fence (whitewashing, or to match the trim of your home, for example), cedar may not be right for you.  In addition, cedar—because it is so strong and versatile—can be a little on the pricier side. Those looking for a more affordable application might be turned off by this.

Why Spruce?

Perhaps the most common reason people buy spruce lumber is that it is affordable.  But let’s be sure to clarify that “affordable” does not mean “cheap,” in that it is of low quality.  True, spruce can show signs of aging, but you can always paint this wood whatever color you like.

At the same time, spruce has more irregularities in appearance; so you will probably want to paint it anyway. Also, spruce is more affordable because it does not stand up to dramatic weather shifts. As such, you will need to treat it and conduct more regular maintenance than cedar, to ensure you get the most out of it.

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