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We all love our wooden fences.

They stand tall, strong and proud on our property and last for many years, with the proper care.

For some people, a wood fence is the only one to have in the garden or backyard.

The big question is which type of wood is best for fences?

Which wood will last the tests of time and which wood is best to avoid?

We get asked these sorts of questions a lot at Fence Supply Online.

Luckily we have a panel of experts who always have a few answers.

The types of wood which are best for fences are:

  • Round rail does an excellent job for fencing
  • Split rail is very traditional
  • Always go for the wood to suit your location
  • Pressure-treated wood is a must
  • Don’t forget the maintenance

Let’s take a closer look at each point.

Round rail does an excellent job for fencing

If you are looking for the classic ranch style fence for the property, then round rail is for you.

The wood looks and feels perfect and who doesn’t love the idea of resting a foot on a rail while watching the sun go down?

Round rails come in the standard sizes or the jumbo, depending on the scale of your DIY project.

The round rail frames the property and can keep animals, both domestic and local wildlife, at bay too.

Our treated round rail fence will last decades when you care for it.

Split rail is very traditional

Split rail fencing goes back many generations of fencing projects.

The installation is easy, keeping in line with how our predecessors put up their fences.

The split rails fit into the wooden posts. There is not any need for glue, screws or nails to keep the rails in place.

If you plan to move the fence from time to time, the split rail is the one for you.

The split rails come trimmed on the one side, which allows you to add wire fencing to keep pets and kids from running away.

A split rail fence catches the eye and visitors will love the look of olden times from the structure.

Always go for wood which suits your location

Customers say to us that would like such-and-such wood for the fence.

Our experience knows which wood works in your location and which wood will rot quickly.

Pine is better suited to particular climates, while cedar has many natural attributes which deter termites and resist damp conditions.

Always ask before buying your wooden fence to get the right wood.

It will pay dividends with less maintenance and have a longer life on the property.

Pressure treated wood is a must

The big problem many of our customers raise with wood is the short lifespan of the material

It is a common misconception, and the right wood will last as long as other materials if you look after it.

Cheap wood may not be pressure treated, and it will not last.

By injecting the wood at the factory, under pressure, with all the essentials treatments, the fence is built to stay strong.

You will still need to do annual maintenance however.

Don’t forget the maintenance

Speaking of maintenance, you should always have an annual schedule on the go.

You will need to treat wood with a water sealant to keep the rain out and protect the wood throughout the year.

Termites and other potential destroyers of wood, such as fungi, are always on the lookout for fresh fences to devour.

Treating the wood is essential to the long life of a fence.

Check and repair broken rails, loose posts and splits in the wood to keep the fence looking great.

Call us

At Fence Supply Online we love the look and feel of a wooden fence.

Our experience can help you plan, build and care for the wood fence on your property.

Our Draw It & Quote It software will give you an idea of costs.

Call us today for all your fencing needs.

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