3 Things To Know Before You Get A New Wood Fence

If you need fencing for your backyard, wood is a good choice. Wood might need a little more maintenance than vinyl or metal, but wood is natural and attractive. Here are a few things you should know about wood fencing before you choose your fence and have it installed.

1. You Can Choose The Species Of Wood

The first big decision to make about your wood fence is the type of wood you want to be used. Common wood types include cedar, redwood, fir, spruce, cypress, and pine. You might need to choose wood that's sourced locally since wood that has to be shipped in will have a higher cost.

Different species of wood have prices that vary significantly. They also have different qualities, such as the ability to repel insects naturally. Maintenance needs also vary. If you want redwood because of its unique color and grain, you'll have to stain it every few years. Otherwise, it turns gray as it ages and oxidizes, just like any other type of wood.

2. You Can Select A Style You Like

Talk to your contractor about your options for the style of your new fence. Different styles provide different amounts of privacy and affect the appearance of your property. You could opt for a board-on-board style where the contractor places a picket over the gap between two pickets that are side by side. This eliminates even the smallest gaps in the fence that let your neighbors peek through.

If you want to keep dogs and kids in the yard and aren't too concerned about privacy, you might want a wood fence that has some space between the pickets that allow air to flow through. You could also have the fence built with the pickets touching each other so there are only small gaps. This would be an affordable option that gives you a good deal of privacy.

3. There Are Options In Posts

The stability of your wood fence depends on having strong posts that stay straight and won't rot. Talk to your contractor about the type of posts and how they'll be installed. Securing the posts with concrete is a common practice that can prevent shifting or wobbling of the posts.

You may want posts made of the same material as your fencing, but since the posts make contact with the soil, you might want to use metal or pressure-treated lumber for the posts. Metal posts affect the appearance of your wood fence, but you'll completely eliminate problems with rot due to insects and damp soil.

For more information about wood fences, contact a local fence contractor.