Why Cedar or Spruce?
A strong and beautiful fence can really have a great impact on the aesthetic and financial value of a property. Obviously, the fence, itself, will have some value, but it is the way that it frames a home and a yard that truly works magic on a little something called “curb appeal.”
Of course, you have to build the Woodspec.ca fence first, and that means you will need to pick the right materials for the job. More than likely you are going to opt for a wooden fence and if you do, you should know there are two basic types of wood that seems to be a favorite among home owners. These woods are cedar and spruce.
WHY (and WHY NOT) CEDAR
Cedar is soft and that might not seem like a wise choice at first but it is among the strongest of the softwoods. As a matter of fact, cedar is very durable. But you should also note that not all types of cedar are the same so you have to do a little more research to find the right cedar for you. As a rule of thumb, though, the average cedar fence can probably last upwards of 30 years, even if not treated often (depending on the climate and conditions). Obviously, treating it will promise the best results.
At the same time, cedar does not like paint so you should be prepared for a natural look if you opt for cedar. Finally, cedar can be a little pricier than other soft woods, so it is not necessarily the right wood for every job.
WHY (and WHY NOT) SPRUCE
Perhaps the most immediate benefit to spruce is that it is among the most affordable types of wood. As a matter of fact, just about any project—regardless of budget—can probably afford to use spruce. At the same time, some people actually prefer the look of spruce because of its brighter, off-white color that turns a smoky gray over time. Of course, that lighter essence makes spruce an easy wood to paint as well; which means it is pretty versatile.
With that in mind, though, it is important to remember that spruce is, perhaps, a little more vulnerable to weather than you might prefer. Indeed, it is prone to warping in damper climates, which means it is not suitable in every region. Of course, you can treat it with a seal but that implies you will need to maintain it, too. Also, spruce grains are more coarse and have more visible irregularities and blemishes.