Builders have always used a fairly wide variety of different woods when it comes to fences in Houston. If you have a specific species of wood that you would like us to use, we can special order it or use one of our existing lumber sources. With that being said, 99 percent of the fences we build in Houston are either cedar or pine. We occasionally build a redwood fence, but it is very rare. Below are some important details about the features associated with the most commonly used woods for Houston Fences. Wood prices are similar to gas prices in that they fluctuate. For accurate information about current wood prices, use the form to the left to Get Estimates.
Cedar is definitely the most desired and popular type of wood for fencing in Houston TX. It is the preferred species of wood for many reasons. First, it has a very nice look to it. Whether you decide to stain the fence or not, cedar fence pickets definitely have a naturally beautiful color and smell to it that you don’t get with other types of wood such as treated pine. The next most important thing about cedar is it is a very durable and long-lasting wood. Cedar pickets have an extreme high resistance to insects and decay. The wood naturally repels water, which prevents it from rotting quickly and will give you several years of quality fencing. Cedar wood is definitely a great value for your money and will give you a very nice looking fence. Although there are several species of cedar available, western red cedar is the standard for Houston fences.
Pressure treated pine fence pickets are also commonly used in Houston TX. Treated pine fences aren’t really as desirable as cedar fences, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that the quality is any different. The only reason a contractor or homeowner prefers cedar is because of the look and smell. In other words, you can just consider cedar as an aesthetic upgrade from pressure treated pine. Like cedar, treated pine lumber is used for allot more than just fences. The wood is great for ground exposure, so it is often used for a very wide variety of outdoor structures. With most of the same advantages associated with cedar, a pressure treated pine fence is a quality fence that many homeowners in Houston have their fence built out of. In fact, there is a good chance that one of your neighbor’s fence is built with treated pine.
When it comes to custom wood fences in Houston Texas, or any other structures made out of wood, redwood is definitely considered the best of the best. You might even here contractors say that it is the holy grail of all the woods out there. To put it simply, it looks better, lasts longer, and is structurally stronger than any other type of wood used for fences in Houston. It is called redwood because of the beautiful deep red tones of the wood. Redwood is extremely resistant to weather conditions and insects, which results in a very long lasting fence. The only reason that this isn’t a very commonly used wood in Houston is the cost of it. Redwood is quite expensive if compared to cedar or treated pine, but if you consider how much longer the fence will last, you can easily justify paying the extra money. Redwood is truly the best wood you can use if you want a high end fence built.
Can I or should I use more than one type of wood for a fence? The simple answer is yes, you can. A fence doesn’t necessarily need to be made entirely out of one type of wood. In fact, there are allot of homeowners in Houston who have a fence built using both cedar and treated pine. With that being said, you shouldn’t just mix and match woods randomly. There is a more strategic and ideal method of doing this. For example, pressure treated pine can be used for all of the posts, rails, and rot boards. Then, you can use cedar or redwood pickets. Using this theory is much more cost effective and it won’t sacrifice the structural strength of the fence at all. Since the fence posts and rails aren’t visible on privacy fences, you don’t have to worry about the color of the woods not matching. It is actually fairly common for fences in Houston to be built with both cedar and treated pine.
Composite fencing in Houston is a brand new trend that more and more homeowners are demanding. Although it is much more expensive than your regular wood fence, the benefits it provides are definitely worth the extra money. To put it simply, a composite fence will be the last fence you ever buy assuming a tree doesn’t fall on it or a car plow through it. Composites fencing is a mixture of recycled wood and plastic, which eliminates pretty much all of the issues associated with wood fencing such as rot, warp, crack, split, and insect damage. It still provides the same look as wood without the maintenance of it. The only step you need to take to preserve the look of the fence is to hose it down every once in a while and lightly pressure wash it every 5-8 years. Just about every aspect of a wood fence is put to shame when compared to composite. With that being said, the only reason that it is not the industry standard in Houston Texas is the cost of the material. It is quite a bit more expensive than your average wood fencing. However, if you see the value in building a more permanent fence and are willing to pay the difference in cost, composite is the way to go. You pretty much have all of the same picket and wood color options as you do with wood fencing.