Wood is considered the primary building material for centuries.

Easily available and easier to mold and shape according to builder’s requirements, wood products—fences, tables, bed frames—last a long time.

Of course, the quality of wood matters. In fact, it matters a lot.

Purchasing high-quality wood will significantly increase your fence’s lifespan. On the other hand, your wooden fence will have an approximate lifespan of 20 years with regular maintenance according to the International Association of Home Builders.

Regular maintenance aside, what options to home builders and owners have when it comes to building a wooden fence that lasts a lifetime?

Two Primary Categories – Hardwoods vs. Softwoods

While there isn’t much distinction between the two categories, wood is primarily divided into hardwoods and softwoods.


They have broad leaves and deciduous, meaning leaves of hardwoods drop each fall. Examples of hardwoods are ash, oak, mahogany, walnut, and teak. This type of wood is mostly used for building decorative woodwork and furniture.


This type of wood comes from evergreens, i.e. trees with cones and needles. Excellent examples of softwoods are pine, cedar, cypress, fir, spruce, and redwood. The wood comes from tall and straight trees which is ideal for construction and fence building. Termites and mold are naturally repelled in evergreen softwoods.

The Best Wood For Outdoor Fence Building Is…

Different types of wood are used to make different products. What’s ideal for building indoor furniture might not be best for an outdoor fence! As such, below are the best woods for outdoor fence building:

Western Red Cedar

This special wood is naturally resistant to mold, termites and other issues that an average pine is often afflicted with.

This is one reason why homeowners and builders prefer western red cedar over other types of wood. Additionally, this wood’s natural resistance to rot, moisture, and insect infestation—making it ideal for pickets and posts building.


Commonly found in the southern U.S., Bald Cypress is often used as an alternative to redwoods and cedar.

Cypress wood features an attractive tan/red color that is much lighter in comparison to redwood. Additionally, the tree has all of the insect and decay resistance properties common in the redwood. Bald Cypress is an incredibly economical choice and can be used to build structural as well as ornamental parts of an outdoor fence.

Consider This When Building Your Wood Fence

Residential fence building is better left to professional contractors who know more about wood craftsmanship than you. Some more helpful tips are:

Apply Weatherproof Solution

This is extremely important. Treating your newly built wood fence weather proof solution will guarantee a longer lifespan in every type of weather.

The solution should also contain UV protection which is necessary for the color protection of the wood. Maintenance, i.e. cleaning and refinishing, should be done every other year.

Choose Pressure-treated Wood

Pressure treatment is a process by which chemical preservatives are inserted into the wood. These chemical preservatives help protect the wood from termite and other insect infestation, fungal decay, mold, etc.

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