Facts about wood fences

From rustic split rail to charming white picket fences, popular wood fences offer a wide variety of styles to pick from during your next fencing project.

  • Wood is the most popular fencing option as both a practical and attractive way to add fencing to your property.
  • New developments in wood fence installation help decrease the potential for warping and rotting.
  • Steel and metal posts can be used to install wood fences to help increase longevity. Clever design can make the steel/metal part virtually invisible, which enhances aesthetic appeal, particularly for residential owners. This solution helps make wood fencing a durable option.
  • It’s easy to change the look of a wood fence by choosing from the many varieties of stain available, along with being able to paint your wood fence any color that you choose. Additionally, many people choose to enjoy wood in its natural state.
  • A variety of wood is available, allowing consumers several options to choose from that will best suit their needs. Your Mbtexasco contractor can help you navigate through the many varieties available, making your choice easier!

Whitewood: Pine, spruce and fir

  • These are especially popular options throughout the United States and into Canada.
  • Southern Yellow Pine is the top choice in the Midwest and Southeast. The wood is strong, durable and economically priced, making it an attractive choice.
  • Pressure-treated pine posts resist rotting, and typically come with at least a 10-year warranty, providing a peace of mind to consumers that they are receiving the best possible product.

Cedar: Western Red Cedar and Northern White Cedar

  • A beautiful material, cedar is naturally resistant to insect damage and rot, making it an attractive, long-lasting choice. Known as one of the world’s most durable woods, cedar is also quite aromatic, providing a pleasant atmosphere particularly in outside projects.
  • Cedar also exceeds safety classifications in the majority of areas across the United States, making it a practical choice in fire-prone areas.
  • Cedar fences should have at least a 2” clearance from the ground, with cedar posts being placed directly into the ground. This helps maintain the natural integrity of the wood.


  • Popular along the Pacific coast of the United States, redwood will last many years with proper care.
  • Along with its natural beauty, redwood experiences minimal warping, cupping or checking, making it a great option for outdoor use.