Learning about Wood Fence

The most popular choice for wood fence here in the Northeast, comes mostly from Canada. The wood is dimensionally stable, some are naturally resistant to rotting and insect damage, and  will readily accept solid or transparent stains. If left  untreated, it weathers to a natural silvery grey finish. Cedar has very little tendency to warp, weathers extremely well, and has natural resistance to insects and decay. Although initially higher in cost than lower priced spruce fencing, a cedar fence will last up to twice as long and require less maintenance therefore making it a better overall value.

Wood Fence Sections: There is a vast array of options available to increase the overall appearance and longevity of your new wood fence. Adding an oil based stain/sealant not only protects the wood and the fence but it enhances the overall appearance of the fence as well.

  • Cedar Wood Fence Sections- Northern White Cedar and Western Red Cedar are the most desirable cedar varieties for fence application. It has a natural resistance to termites and decay. Normally used for fence panels and/or post & rail applications. Cedar sections tend to last longer than spruce fences due to their greater decay and insect resistance. Cedar tends to be more expensive and is considered top of the line for wood fencing.
  • Spruce Wood Fence Sections-Spruce/Whitewood is an economy wood. It offers economy over cedar alternative. Irregularities, warping, and blemishes are common and should be expected. Has a little life span depending on weather and ground conditions. Fresh-cut spruce wood is a whitish color that darkens or turns gray when exposed to sunlight and other elements such as extreme temperatures, moisture, fungus and decay.

Wooden Fence Posts- Wood posts are crucial in any permanent fence. Pressure treated pine posts are commonly used as the standard post for wood fences. Be warned that treated pine has a tendency to change shape as it dries out. Warping, twisting, and splits are all characteristic of treated pine. This does not necessarily diminish its strength, but can effect its appearance. Our Southern pressure treated pine post is not under warranty for these appearance changes.

  • Pressure Treated Wood Post: When wood is in contact with the ground or moisture for any period of time, these organisms attack the wood. Untreated wood like pine will only last a year or two if it is touching moist ground. Therefore we recommend Pressure-treated wooden posts. Pressure treatment is a process that forces chemical preservatives into the wood. The wood is placed inside a closed cylinder, then vacuum and pressure applied to force the preservatives into the wood. The preservatives help protect the wood from attack by termites, other insects, and fungal decay. Pressure treated wood posts provides many times the life of untreated and hand treated wood posts. Both of these issues vary with soil type and climate.
  • Cedar Wood Post: While it’s an attractive wood post, does not withstand ground contact for any extended period of time.

Upgrading to steel posts eliminates the need to replace posts that decay at ground level due to moisture or abuse from line trimmers.


Goodday Fence installs new untreated cedar and or spruce fencing. The choice is up to you whether or not to stain or leave natural. Should you decide not to stain or paint your new wood fence; it will gradually weather to a silver-gray color which blends beautifully with any landscape.

Goodday Fence does not recommend that you attach concrete footings to your wood posts. By putting concrete on your wood post, you’re creating an area just underneath the soil that allows water to gather near ground level and rot your wood post at a much faster rate than it would without the concrete footing. We use a pressure-treated fence post. The normal life expectancy of a pressure treated wood post without a concrete footing can be very long. With a concrete footing, you decrease the life expectancy of the wood fence post by more than half and set yourself up for a very labor intensive removal should you ever need to remove the wood fence post. We at Goodday Fence set and tamp our wood fence posts with the soil that came out of the original hole and set our wood posts proximately two feet below the ground.

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