Our wood fences are made out of two types of wood that are both well suited for the Florida Climate. We carry Cypress and Pressure Treated Pine. While the posts and back rails for all wood fences we carry are pressure treated pine, your pickets could be either PT pine or cypress pickets to make the fence. You choose! One of the most frequently asked questions is which one is better, Pressure Treated Pine (PT Pine), or Cypress? While there are many opinions and preferences, we prefer to share the pros and cons of both types of wood and let our customers decide which is best for them.
Keep in mind that no matter what type of wood you build your fence out of, your fence will warp, crack and twist over time. This is the nature of wood and happens to all wood fences as they age and are exposed to the elements on a daily basis. You can reduce the aging of your fence by following a strict maintenance regiment. Paint or Stain will keep the moisture off the fence and will keep your fence from looking gray and weathered. Without the constant cycle of rain and sun, you will see less warping, cracking and twisting. You should also replace all posts, pickets and back rails that warp or crack to prevent them from creating more damage to your fence and to maintain the integrity of your fence. Our wood fences are built with the highest quality products available in our industry.
Another consideration in the longevity of your wood fence is the thickness of your pickets. The thicker the picket, the less chance of it warping, cracking or twisting over time. While this is true, there is also the consideration of the extra cost of using thicker material. Fence Outlet carries pickets that range in thickness from ½” to 1″. The standard wood privacy fence is 6′ tall however, we can also custom fabricate fences from 2′ tall to 8′ tall. We carry post ranging from 4″ x 4″ to 6″ x 6″ and use 2″ x 4″ back rails on all of our fences.
Cypress grows naturally in the Southeast and is a commonly used in construction. It is a dense coarse wood and its tight dense fibers make it more resistant to warping and cracking when exposed to the Florida Climate. Because cypress generates its own preservative oil, called cypressene, it’s an ideal wood for Florida with constant heat, humidity, and torrential rains. Its slower growth rate also results in fewer knot holes. Cypress is naturally resistant to insects, but it is only used above ground. The posts and rails of cypress fences are Pressure Treated Pine.
The Pressure Treated Pine that we use to build our fences is sourced both domestically and from South America. Pine is a very popular material for wood fences because of its price and because it can be treated (Pressure Treated) to make it resistant to rot, decay and insects. Pine grows fairly quickly and is therefore easier to grow on a commercial scale. When compared to cypress, pine generally is not as dense and has more knot holes in it. Both materials are well suited to the Florida Climate, but it is important to protect either type of material from the elements with a good quality wood stain or sealer to keep your wood fence looking good for a long time.
Your Fence Outlet professional can answer any questions you have about your wood fence purchase.