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The Benefits of Natural Spruce or Cedar Fencing


There really is no denying the benefit a quality fence can bring to any home. Obviously, they add some excellent beautification, but good fencing can also help to protect your home. Now, how well this fencing accomplishes its task could depend quite largely on the type of wood you use to do the job.  And there are so many different types of wood to choose from.

Basically, if you want to build a Woodspec.ca fence you should always consider using natural woods over engineered woods.  Engineered woods can be a little sturdier in regions with unstable weather conditions, but natural wood is always best. And if you are going to consider natural woods then you might appreciate that there are really only two major types of natural woods that people like to use to build fences. These two popular natural woods are spruce and cedar.

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The Benefits of Natural Spruce

The bottom line is that spruce is affordable.  That is not to say that it is of a low quality, but you can stretch your dollar a little further if you opt for spruce.  Spruce may be more affordable, though, because, on average, it more readily shows signs of aging.  The good news, though, is that if you treat it—and paint it—spruce fencing can still last quite a long time.  It may require a little more regular maintenance than cedar (which, really, requires very little at all), but it could be worth it if you want to save a little money up front.

The Benefits of Natural Cedar

Cedar may be a soft wood but it is surprisingly durable.  As such, this makes cedar quite a versatile natural wood: you can use it in a wide variety of applications.  For example, a cedar fence can last upwards of thirty years, even if you never apply any weather sealing or treatment.  Obviously, then, if you do add wood treatment to your cedar fence, you could reduce its risk for premature aging, cracking, and discoloration.

With that in mind, though, cedar is not a big fan of paint. Or, maybe it is that paint does not really adhere to cedar as well as, perhaps, other woods. That’s fine, though, since cedar already has a gorgeous natural appearance.  Still, you get what you pay for; cedar is a little pricey, but its durability makes it worth the higher price tag.