In a nutshell, cedar privacy fencing is still the most affordable way of achieving privacy, security, and adding personality to your front or backyard. Whether it's a more standard style or something custom, Rocket Fence has got you covered. Click this button to see some more pictures of our cedar privacy fences.
Even in the year 2021 with all the Covid-19 fallout cedar privacy fencing has remained the most affordable way to have a long lasting fence that provides privacy, security, and personality to your property. Vinyl privacy fencing has been available for quite some time now but it’s still much more expensive than wood fencing. This is true even with lumber prices being as high as they are right now. If you maintain your cedar privacy fence with fence stain and re-apply every 3-5 years, your fence will not only look new for much longer but it will delay the aging process of the wood itself, rendering a longer lasting fence. Most wood privacy fences last 15-20 years if installed correctly. It’s always important to use experienced local fence installers. Rocket Fence is a Texas fence company based out of north Houston area and do almost every possible kind of fence installation.
You can easily add a few more years to the life of your fence simply with correct installation methods. Most homeowners cannot justify paying nearly double or more for vinyl when they don’t expect to even be at their current house longer than the life expectancy of a wood privacy fence itself. It’s likely down the road that vinyl may become close enough in cost to wood to justify an industry wide transition for every day fence replacements. But until then, wood is still the most affordable. It’s very important to use CEDAR pickets. Do not use pine or treated pine pickets, ever. They will warp badly within a few months after installation, become an eyesore, and might even get you in trouble with your HOA. Western red cedar pickets have been the gold standard of pickets in the fence industry for decades. They withstand the elements and constant change of temperature, humidity, etc. and very seldom have any warpage to them (especially if installed correctly). However, when it comes to the framework for cedar privacy fencing, it is most common to use pressure treated yellow pine #2 or better (TYP#2). This means 4x4 TYP#2 posts, 2x4 TYP#2 rails, and 2x6 or 2x12 TYP#2 rotboards. Since exterior wood is not meant to last forever, it’s not common to build all the framework with cedar. That would get quite costly and at that point it would make more sense to go with a vinyl privacy fence. It’s also important to assemble the fence with ring shanked or screw shanked nails. NEVER use smooth nails. Your fence will fall apart and be riddled with repair work as long as you have it. Also make sure to use hot dipped galvanized nails or aluminum nails so that there is no “bleeding” of the nails that results in black streak marks as they rust.
Galvanized steel posts are another great way to make your wood fence last longer. If you install it correctly you can potentially replace your fence using the existing posts 15-20 years out and save on the cost of having to tear out and install new posts. Steel posts for wood fence is not very common in the Houston area. If you go to other regions (such as Dallas), you will notice most of their wood fences have steel posts and the wood is stained. There are a few reasons for this but ultimately they spend more money upfront to have a more maintenance friendly fence in the long haul. We buy all our fence materials from fence suppliers such as Binford Supply, Eagle Fence Distribution, Merchants Metals, McCoys, Tractor Supply, and a few others. We never use old or sub par materials to cut corners. We believe in using only quality materials and always specify what we are using in our estimates.
Whether you are looking for a Cedar fence contractor, residential fence company or commercial fence company, Rocket Fence has got you covered. We provide free estimates and also offer financing options as well so you don’t have to save up in full to get started on your project. In fact, as lumber prices continue to increase, you may end up paying the same total amount with today’s pricing with some interest compared to cash pricing down the road. Call us today or request a quote online to get started. We’d love to hear from you!
Cedar is naturally resistant to insects and rot. Western red cedar has been the gold standard for cedar pickets for decades. Recently, Japanese cedar pickets have become another great (and more affordable) alternative. Rocket Fence is a preferred local fence contractor that specializes in all kinds of privacy fence installation. Request a free fence estimate today!
Industry-standard for cedar privacy fencing is #2 or better grade. Pressure-treated yellow pine #2 grade is used for the posts, rotboards, and rails. "Cedar fencing" usually only referring to the parts of the fence such as the pickets, cap rail, and fascia trim and those are #2 or better grade as well. There are other grades but not common and usually a lot more costly than #2 grade. Since #2 grade is expensive enough as it is these days it's even less common to deviate from that.
It is always recommended to seal and stain your cedar fence after it's been installed especially if you plan on living at the same place for a long time and want it to last longer without having to think of replacing again as soon. There are many different stain products and types of stain. There are water based and oil based stains. And there are transparent, semi-transparent, semi-solid, and solid stains. Semi-solid and solid stains are more like paint and hide the grain of the wood so transparent and semi-transparent are mostly recommended. Transparent stain keeps the current color in place. Semi-transparent adds some color while being transparent enough to clearly see the grain of the wood.