Wood has long been a popular option when it comes to choosing a building material for your outdoor fence. Because wood is a traditional material and is known for withstanding most outdoor elements, including excessive temperatures, heat, and cold, it makes for a great option when you’re looking for a way to bring out the natural wood of your home’s exterior or enhance your landscape even further.
The appearance of wood is what makes it so desirable to most. Wood has a very unique and classic finish that can be enhanced using wood stains or even different kinds of finishes. When choosing wood, you essentially have the ability to customize your wood to your liking and have it complement your landscape and home’s exterior as much as possible. If your home is currently made from wood or has wood trimming, this is the perfect material to choose to integrate your fence into the landscape and exterior of your home.
Types of Wood
There are various types of wood that make for great outdoor fencing solutions, including pine, oak, and cedar. Depending on how you’d like your fence to appear and the level of flexibility and durability you’re looking for will also determine what kind of wood is chosen. We stock our warehouse with numerous options and show you what it looks like to treat each type of wood with wood stain or to have it installed in pickets around your home. Some wood types carry a higher price tag because of their strength and appearance, while others provide equal durability but are cheaper and can be stained to your liking.
Wood staining is the process of altering the color of your wood to match your home’s exterior or to simply deepen its shade and have it more stunning in appearance. Wood staining does not alter the integrity of the wood as the stain color is only applied to the surface of the wood and penetrates the top layer. The stain is then added more, depending on what color you want your final wood fence to appear as. Wood staining is then dried and finished off with another sealant or finish to maintain its color. Your wood fence can be stained regularly to maintain the color or when you notice it to become uneven or fade over time.
Maintaining your wood fence doesn’t require much other than the occasional checks to your wood’s base. Often times, older wood fences will succumb to rotting or damages if you have pests in the yard or if your wood is overly exposed to excessive moisture. Sealing your wood can prevent and deter some of these effects but ultimately, if you do not continue maintenance on your wood, then they will overcome the sealant in time. However, it’s recommended to have your wood fence inspected annually or every two years to ensure that it is up to code standard and does not have any damages in it that cannot be replaced, halted, or fixed.