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Types of Cedar Fences and How Long They Last

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Few would argue that any wood is more durable than cedar when it comes to the materials for building fences. Cedar is native to the mountains of the western Himalayas and the Mediterranean region. It grows in southeastern Canada and the northeastern quarter of the United States: south to Tennessee and west to Iowa. 

There are two broad types of cedar.

  • True Cedar includes Atlas Cedar, Cyprian Cedar, Cedar of Lebanon, and the Deodar Cedar.
  • False Cedar includes Alaskan Yellow Cedar, Bermuda Cedar, Eastern Red Cedar, Incense Cedar, Northern White Cedar, Port Orford Cedar, Siberian Pine, Spanish Cedar, and Western Red Cedar.

Beautiful cedar fences add aesthetic appeal to the landscape of a home. They are durable, withstand the onslaught of the elements, and have naturally occurring oils within the wood that help to deter insect damage and promote resistance to decay.

Types of Cedar Fences

The cedarwood that people use for building fences is of three types. These are:

  1. Clear Cedar: Clear cedar is the premium cut of cedar wood because of its purity. This wood comes from the center of the tree. It is 99.9% knot-free and has few blemishes. For these reasons, it is of the highest value and not found in most retail stores.
  2.  # 1 Grade Cedar: #1 Grade is the wood that comes from the area slightly further from the center of the tree. It is always two-face graded and has more knots and blemishes when compared to clear cedar. It is the most common cedar for making fences because the knots are less likely to form holes over time as it gets older and more exposed to harsh weather and elements. #1 Grade is also less expensive than clear cedar.
  3. # 2 Grade Cedar: #2 Grade is wood from the entire tree, with a mix of clear, #1, and #2 Grade. It has many knots of different sizes and blemishes.

Other common types of cedar are Chinese Cedar and Japanese Cedar.

How Long Do Cedar Fences Last?

A professionally installed, untreated cedar fence can last between 15 and 30 years if left to weather. Cedar does not require much maintenance, nor do damp conditions adversely affect it. However, a water-resistant sealer gives the wood more protection against rain and other moisture. The fence can last up to 40 years if it receives an application of some protective coating every 2 to 3 years.

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