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Tips for Selecting a Wood Type for Your Fence
January 22, 2016

With regular maintenance, the average wood fence has an approximate life of about 20 years. Although, this number can vary greatly depending upon the type of wood used in construction. If you’re willing to pay more for high-quality wood up front, the lifespan of your fence could be significantly increased.

When choosing the wood to use for your fence, you’ll need to consider both grade and type.


You will likely encounter 7 types of wood grades available.

  1. Standard
  2. Better
  3. Quality
  4. Construction
  5. Select
  6. Premium
  7. Clear Grade

For a better quality, longer lasting and nicer looking fence, you will want to choose Construction grade or higher. While the lesser grade woods will be less expensive, they will have imperfections and knots that will not only detract from the look of your new fence, but are weak points that make it easier for rot and insects to make their way in. Premium and Clear grades will have the least imperfections and will also be the most expensive. If you’re looking for something higher quality but less costly, you might consider Construction or Select grade woods, which will be of high quality but might have some imperfections on one side.

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Where available, Cedar and Redwood are often the preferred choice for fence building due to their resistance to rot and insects. Pine, Fir and Spruce are also common choices due to their durability and affordability, though several other species are available. A few species that tend to hold up better than others include:

  • Red Cedar
  • White Oak
  • Black Locust
  • Tropical Hardwoods
  • Pressure Treated Pine

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Pressure treated pine does not come by its durability naturally, but rather from a chemical treatment applied to the wood and will likely be less expensive than the others listed above. When it comes to structural boards, pressure treated wood should be used. Any boards that are not made of pressure treated wood will need to be treated with a protective finish before completion.

All types of wood can be crafted, painted and stained in countless ways, so while the type of wood you choose will have some level of impact on the overall look of your fence, you can certainly achieve the style you are looking for with the options available to you.

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