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Pressure-treated pine and cedar are the two most popular types of wood fences, but they are vastly different.


PINE

Pressure treated pine is the most popular residential fence choice largely because of the affordability. Most of the pine used to build fences is Southern yellow pine that has been treated with chemical preservatives to prevent weather and insect damage, rotting and fungus.

While the chemical process helps with durability, pressure-treated pine typically does not last as long as cedar.

PROs

  • Price - Pressure-treated pine is the least expensive of fencing materials, priced significantly less than cedar.

  • Better material for posts - Although cedar is overall the more durable of the two materials, pressure-treated pine stands up better when it is exposed to soil. Because of this, most cedar fences have posts that are made of pressure-treated pine and boards made of cedar.

CONs

  • Look - Pressure-treated pine has a greenish tint that is caused by a reaction to the chemical preservatives. The tint will fade over time, and you can hide it with paint or stain, but many people consider it unattractive.

  • Durability - Pressure-treated pine is more susceptible to warping, buckling, twisting and shrinking. It is more sensitive to the elements, and it is more susceptible to insect damage. Pressure-treated pine can start to look weathered in just a few short years, particularly without proper maintenance.

  • Lifespan - Pressure-treated pine fences tend to last about 15 years or less - about half that of cedar fences. However, with impeccable maintenance, some homeowners can extend the lifespan well beyond 15 years.

CEDAR

Cedar is a beautiful, high-quality wood that is easily recognizable for its reddish-brown color. The wood contains natural preservatives, so it does not require any type of chemical treatment. Cedar is popular for its distinct look, as well as its durability, though it is more expensive than pressure-treated pine.


PROs

  • Look - Cedar has rich color and a beautiful grain pattern that is unmatched by pressure-treated woods. If you prefer the look of natural wood, cedar is the better choice.

  • Durability - Cedar tends to last longer and hold up better. It is less likely to warp, buckle, twist or shrink. And it naturally rot and insect resistant.

  • Maintenance - Cedar does require regular maintenance, but the maintenance is usually less than with pressure-treated pine.

  • Lifespan - Cedar is known to last 30 years or more with proper maintenance - about double that of pressure-treated pine.

CONs

  • Price - Again, cedar is significantly more expensive than pressure-treated pine.

  • Less durable in soil - Cedar doesn’t hold up as well as pressure-treated pine in soil, so it is rarely used for fence posts.

 
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