Lee Roy Jordan Lumber

Best Materials for Fencing

red stained cedar fenceA sturdy new fence does a lot more than close in the perimeters of your yard and property. It provides privacy, protection from roaming animals, and a visual backdrop for your outdoor environment.

Here at LRJ Lumber, we pride ourselves in using top-quality material that enhances your landscape and lasts through the seasons.

This article will explore the best materials for fencing, including their various characteristics. Additionally,  we will touch on the difference between post materials and picket materials.

Incense Cedar

Cedar is a favorite for many projects due to its resilience and its fragrant odor. As with all wood, the coloring depends on which part of the tree trunk the lumber is sourced from. With incense cedar the heartwood (closer to the core) is a light reddish-brown, while the sapwood (closer to the surface) is a creamy white.

Furthermore, it offers several qualities that make it a great choice both for pickets and posts. It’s wonderfully durable and highly resistant to decay and water shrinkage. This means that a fence constructed with incense cedar will not swell, warp, or gap in the presence of humidity or precipitation. You also won’t be faced with unsightly and damaging mold patches.

While its natural color is attractive, incense cedar is also prized for its ability to soak in stains and retain paint color without fading. Due to its strength and granular consistency, some choose to use incense cedar for both picks and posts, rather than using steel posts for their fencing.

The incense cedar used by LRJ Lumber is slightly more cost-efficient than western red cedar. It is also half an inch narrower in width, which may be an aesthetic consideration for some.

Western Red Cedar

cedar fencing
New home backyard wood fence construction

This material boasts many of the same attributes as incense cedar, although the wood itself is a bit darker. Equally sturdy and resistant to moisture-related damage, this is also a great choice for both picket and post material in building a new fence.

The knotty structure and uniform grains of this material make it both incredibly strong and quite easy to work with. Experts claim that a fence made with western red cedar should last about 20 years. However, some say that cedar fencing of any type, if properly treated and stained, can last up to twice that long.

One thing some appreciate about using this material is the fact that it’s eco-friendly. A hardy plant, western red cedars are considered self-sustaining even in the midst of regular harvesting via the lumber industry. They grow quickly, providing a robust and steady supply.

Need a new fence? Contact us for pricing!

Cedar vs. Other Materials for Fencing

LRJ Lumber only offers the two cedar types mentioned above in our fencing projects, because we believe cedar is the superior material for fence pickets. Pine, fir, spruce, and redwood are also commonly used for both posts and pickets, and are often less expensive. However, they tend not to last as long and are often more prone to warping.

LRJ Lumber also provides gate hardware, pipe grips, and other necessary components for the installation and overall function of your fence.



2 thoughts on “Best Materials for Fencing”

  1. This post was really helpful, I was not sure which material to use for my backyard fence. I decided to go with Western Red Cedar after reading that it’s similar to Incense Cedar, since it’s easiert to come by where I live. Thanks!

  2. I find it interesting that you can use cedar as fencing material and it gives your home a classic look and a fragrant odor! I’ll be sure to recommend this to my friend who’s interested in installing fences in his home. Maybe he should reach out to a fence contractor for help regarding this project!


Leave a Comment