Cedar Fencing

Written by Rachel Arieff
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Cedar fencing is one of the most commonly-used fencing materials today. This is because cedar wood has many attributes that make it an ideal material for decking and fencing. For one, like many fragrant woods, it is naturally insect-resistant. That wonderful and distinctive smell that we all love also serves to repel termites and other wood-consuming parasites. This contributes to cedar's durability and longevity as a fencing material.

Cedar is also plentiful and native to the United States, being chiefly grown in the Northwestern states. This means that it's more affordable and easier to obtain than other woods. Cedar wood harvested from new-growth forests, rather than the precious and increasingly endangered old-growth forests, are the most popular and environmentally-friendly option in cedar fencing materials. Old-growth cedar forests are generally protected from logging by environmental agencies and parks services, and for good reason.

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Another one of cedar's strengths is its resilience. Cedar is a highly durable wood. It can resist warping and cracking due to rain, wind, cold or heat. In the highly variable climates of North America, this is an invaluable attribute. Fencing made of resilient wood such as cedar will have to be repaired and replaced less often. This, of course, saves the homeowner time, trouble, and money.

Cedar fencing comes in a wide variety of styles to suit diverse needs. For example, some fencing types emphasize security and are designed for impenetrability, while others are designed for stylish attractiveness alone. Others blend the two to create an attractive, yet secure and practical fencing scheme around the property.

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