You are ready to build a fence. You have already figured out the must-haves before getting started. Now you are about to install but need to choose your wood. It is important to know what is the best type of wood for fencing. With regular maintenance, a wooden fence can last over 20 years. However, the life expectancy of your fence can be increased with the right wood for construction. We’ve got all the information about the best type of wood. That way, you can make an informed decision.
Pressure Treated Pine (PTP) is a popular choice of wood for fencing for many reasons. Most folks love it for its affordability and durability. Pressure treating wood is a process that helps wood to endure the elements and resist insects, rot, and fungal decay.
How Is It Made?
The most common chemicals used to treat wood are Alkaline Copper Quaternary (ACQ), Copper Azole (CA), and Micronized Copper Quaternary (MCQ). The treatment process saturates the wood with the chemical solution carried through the water. The wood is either kiln dried or left to air dry. Many feel the hearth dried wood is more stable and warps less. If Kiln dried the wood will bear a KDAT stamp. The wood may take several months to dry, and some shrinkage or warping may result. Pressure treated lumber will typically last 20 years or more, and will often come with a limited lifetime warranty.
Fresh pressure treated pine will have a greenish hue that often fades to gray over the years. The good news is that you can use the timber for every part of the fence. However, we recommend that you additionally seal all underground elements for extra protection.
Advantages of Pressure-Treated Pine
- Relatively inexpensive, hence cost effective
- Can provide full privacy if desired
- Easy to install or replace
- Can be painted with any color paint allowing more style flexibility
- More versatile and is available in many shapes and sizes
- Wood is biodegradable, therefore environmentally friendly
How to maintain your Pressure-Treated Pine Fence
Regular maintenance will improve the look, quality, and longevity of your PTP fence. We recommend that you stain and seal or paint which creates an attractive and unique appearance. It also postpones rotting and prevents splitting. Ideally, this process needs repeating every few years. If you have questions about the best wood for fencing, contact Atlantic Fence today. We can help you weigh the pros and cons of any type of wood.