Cedar vs Pine Fence
Pressure treated pine and cedar are both popular choices for fencing. They are the most popular wood species in DFW when it comes to fencing. They are both durable and resistant to rot and pests. Both can be stained and both are often combined to create a superior fence. Each wood has its own pros and cons. Understanding the differences will help you to make an informed decision when purchasing your next fence.
Pressure treated pine is a wood that has been chemically treated with a chemical preservative that helps protect it from rot and insects. Treated pine is significantly less expensive than cedar. Due to its chemical treatment this is a very durable and long-lasting wood. In fact, it is stronger than cedar. Treated pine is generally delivered to the store wet and will require some time to dry before it can be stained. Pressure treated pine is also prone to warping, twisting, and cracking. These are the not so attractive attributes of treated pine that make people think twice about the cost savings one can achieve. There is a solution to this. There is a not so available product called KDAT or kiln dried after treatment lumber. This is a wood that has all the benefits of treated pine, and has been dried after the treatment process. This wood is much less prone to the warping, twisting, and cracking. This product costs less than cedar but costs more than the treated wood that typically comes wet. Treated pine does not need to be stained.
Cedar is a time-tested product when it comes to fencing. It as a very long lasting and pest resistant wood. Cedar is resistant to insects because of its natural tannin oils. These oils are also beneficial to the longevity of the wood itself. When insects come upon your cedar fence they will move onto the neighbors to see what theirs is constructed of. Insects do not like the taste of these tannin oils. Cedar is a lightweight wood which is beneficial to the structure of a fence. Treated pine is a heavier wood, especially if it is wet. A cedar fence can be treated shortly after installation as can be the KDAT lumber which is often used for railing and rot boards. Cedar has a beautiful natural appearance and does not need to be stained. Cedar is quite possibly the most attractive fence material ever produced. Staining is a protective process that adds to the durability and longevity of a fence.
Many fences are built using 100% pressure treated pine and it is constructed with wet wood. This is a very cost effective fence that will last a very long time when constructed properly. Just be advised that there will be shrinkage, twisting, warping, and cracking. Wood is not a manufactured synthetic product it is natural and there is no way to control it. A fence constructed of 100% cedar including the posts is a very high quality fence that will last a very long time if constructed properly. At our Keller TX fence company we believe there is a happy medium using a combination of materials that will achieve the highest quality at the most cost effective price. At Keller Fence & Gate we believe KDAT is superior to cedar when it comes to fence rails. We prefer to build every single fence we construct using KDAT. We believe cedar is the finest natural fence picket you can buy and is far superior to a treated pine picket.
Pressure treated pine pickets are a cost saving option. Because of the shrinkage and movement of treated pine pickets it is advised not to build a board on board type of fence. Treated pickets are best used for shadow box and side by side fence styles. Board on board offers total privacy but this style of fence is better suited for cedar pickets. Treated pickets are best for semi-private fences as the pickets will shrink and leave small openings in a side by side fence. Most treated wood fences will have what is called dog ear pickets and will not have any top trim. Top trim is generally used on cedar fences although cedar dog ear pickets are an option. Rot boards or kick boards should always be made of ground contact treated wood. If you need some help choosing the materials for your next fence please give us a call we are happy to help.
Metal Fence Types
This article does not include chain link fence which is by far the most popular metal fence. We are going to discuss ornamental fencing which is loosely defined as a decorative type of fence which usually consists of metal and sometimes other materials which are probably framed in metal. The most popular types of ornamental fencing are wrought iron fencing, steel fencing, and aluminum fencing. They all have various attributes contributing to their pros and cons which will assist you in determining the best fence material for your needs. They all come available in residential and commercial applications and warranties vary by manufacturer. There are many styles, heights, and even security and animal variations available. The biggest differences between the three are determined by the materials they are constructed of. In this article we will break down each metal fence product to provide you with as much information as possible. Ornamental fences are long term investments that if properly selected can last a lifetime. If you need help deciding which metal fence is best for your home or business we are more than happy to assist you.
Wrought iron is a type of iron that has been heated and worked with tools to create a malleable, strong, and attractive fence. Wrought iron is a very durable and long lasting material that offers strength, resistance to corrosion, and an elegant appearance. It’s a product that is available in various sizes, shapes, and can be customized to any residential or commercial need. A wrought iron fence can be damaged by a strong blow by say a car for instance but because of its properties, it is more likely to bend than break. Being a porous metal, once damaged a wrought iron fence should be repaired as it will begin to rust. Wrought iron fences do not offer privacy but they do offer a high quality, long lasting, strong, secure, and attractive fence.
A steel fence is very similar to a wrought iron fence in that it has all the benefits including strength, beauty, low maintenance, and commercial and residential availability. Most people associate ornamental fencing with wrought iron. Steel is probably the fastest growing metal option available as people realize it’s benefits and availability. The properties of steel make it even more durable than iron. Steel can take bigger hit than iron but, once it hit’s its breaking point it will snap and break rather than bend. The benefits of a steel fence are that there is no welding required and can be installed and or have parts replaced simply by ordering a replacement from the factory. Steel fences are bolted together giving them the advantage of an easier installation.
Aluminum fencing is the least expensive of the three. It is a strong fence but not nearly as strong as steel and iron. Aluminum fencing is available in residential and commercial designs. Aluminum is the most resistant of the three to corrosion and is easily installed using bolts and or fasteners. If damaged, parts can be replaced by ordering from the manufacturer. Aluminum fencing is the lightest of the three fences. Some commercial applications require aluminum as it is not a conducive material and can be used around electricity. Aluminum is as strong if not stronger than a wood fence for instance. But a metal fence and its pickets can be bent somewhat easily so it is not the best option if security is a concern.
None of these options offer privacy. There are some metal options that offer privacy such as corrugated metal which is probably something you’ve never seen. It’s just not that popular or attractive. Commercial users will have different needs and circumstances which mean any of the fences could be the perfect option. When it comes to residential we are personally a fan of, steel fencing. Steel fence is less expensive than wrought iron. It’s easier to install and requires zero welding. Once installed the parts are easily replaced with a socket set and some bolts. New sections can be ordered from the factory. When it comes to steel fence and evaluating the pros and cons, it’s hard to find any cons when comparing it to other types of fencing if you’re not looking for a privacy fence. We only use the best steel fencing manufactured by one of if not the most popular manufacturers, Ameristar. If steel fencing is of interest to you please browse the Ameristar website and give us a call if you have any questions.
Black Aluminum Fence
Are you looking for a low-cost, long-lasting fence for your home or office? Black aluminum fencing is an excellent choice for just about anywhere. Our fence company provides various fencing options to our clients, with our black aluminum fence installation in the area being top-rated. Give us a call today if you want to add a long-lasting black aluminum fence to your property.
Why Should You Select a Black Aluminum Fence?
Our Black Aluminum fence has several advantages over other fence materials, including:
Our Black Aluminum fence gives any property a beautiful, elegant aesthetic look. Aluminum is not only functional and useful, but it is also stately and upscale, with unobstructed views. Aluminum fencing maintains its beauty over time, even in harsh weather and harmful sun rays. Its appearance will not change dramatically over time due to wear and weather conditions because special technology prevents fading and chalking.
Our Black Aluminum fences are available in various grades, styles, and cap options to complement or match your existing home or outbuilding. Depending on your desired style, you can go for a more industrial or ornamental look.
Our Black Aluminum fences are available in various heights and can be installed on both level and sloped yards. This is a great distinguishing feature that neither wood nor vinyl fence options have. With no gaps at the bottom, you can be confident that your pets will remain safe inside, and those other unwanted animals will remain outside.
Our black aluminum fences require no annual maintenance or refinishing. They may only require a light cleaning with water or the removal of debris from the base on occasion. They do not rust (as wrought iron fences may), do not attract insects, do not rot or fade over time (as wood fences may), and do not expand or contract in response to changing weather conditions (as vinyl fences might). They are incredibly durable, easily lasting for many years with little maintenance.
Aluminum fences do not provide the same level of privacy as wood or vinyl fences, but they do provide superior security and safety features for your yard or around your pool, for example. When properly installed, they are extremely secure and can be capped with spear pickets to provide even more protection from intruders.
Aluminum fences are more durable than wood or vinyl fences. When it comes to weather and harsh winds, for example, aluminum holds up exceptionally well in high-velocity wind zone areas susceptible to damaging hurricanes.
An aluminum fence is lighter than wrought iron and less expensive. The elegant appearance of an iron fence can be achieved without the high material, transportation, and installation costs. Though more expensive than a wood fence at first, aluminum fences can provide tremendous value over time and are a smart, maintenance-free, long-term investment in your property value. For an estimate of cost for a black aluminum fence please see our fence cost calculator.