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Different Woods Used For Fences In Nashville

Builders have always used a fairly wide variation of different woods when it comes to fences in Nashville. If you have a specific type of wood that you would like us to use, we can special order it or use one of our existing lumber foundations. With that being said, 99% of the fences we build in Nashville are either cedar or pine. We occasionally build a redwood fence, but it is very rare. Below are some key details about the features associated with the most usually used woods for Nashville Fences. Wood prices are similar to gas prices in that they fluctuate. For precise information about current wood prices, use the form to the right to Get Estimates.


Cedar is definitely the most preferred and popular type of wood for fencing in Nashville TN. It is the preferred type of wood for many reasons. First, it has a very nice look to it. Whether you decide to stain the fence or not, cedar fence pickets undeniably have a naturally beautiful color and smell to it that you don not get with other types of wood such as treated pine. The next most key thing about cedar is it is a very strong and long-lasting wood. Cedar pickets have an extreme high resistance to insects and deterioration. The wood naturally repels water, which prevents it from rotting rapidly and will give you several years of quality fencing. Cedar wood is definitely a great value for your money spent and will give you a very nice looking fence. Although there are several types of cedar available, western red cedar is the customary for Nashville fences.

Benefits Of Cedar Pickets
  • Long-lasting and durable
  • Attractive look
  • Enjoyable smell
  • Repels water
  • Resistant to insects
  • Less likely to warp
  • Great value

Pressure Treated Pine

Pressure treated pine fence pickets are also commonly used here in Nashville, TN. Treated pine fences aren't actually as desirable as cedar fences, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that the quality is any different. The only reason a contractor or homeowner favors cedar is because of the look and smell. In other words, you can just consider cedar as an aesthetic upgrade from pressure treated pine. Like cedar, treated pine wood is used for allot more than just fences. The wood is excellent for ground exposure, so it is often used for a very wide variation of outdoor structures. With most of the same advantages related with cedar, a pressure treated pine fence is a quality fence that many homeowners in the Nashville area have their fence or deck built out of. In fact, there is a good chance that one of your neighbor’s fence is built with treated pine.

  • Durable and Long-lasting
  • Cost effective
  • Popular- will likely match your neighbor’s fence
  • Excellent for ground exposure
  • Repels water
  • Resistant to insects


When it comes to custom wood fences in Nashville TN, or any other structures made out of wood, redwood is definitely considered the best of the best. You might even here contractors or companies say that it is the holy grail of all the woods out there. To put it simply, it looks best, lasts longer, and is structurally stronger than any other type of wood used for fences in Nashville. It is called redwood because of the beautiful red tones of the wood. Redwood is tremendously resistant to weather conditions and insects, which results in a very long lasting fence or outdoor structure. The only reason that this isn’t a very commonly used wood in Nashville is the cost of it. Redwood is quite expensive if compared to cedar or treated pine, but if you consider how much longer the fence will last, you can easily validate paying the extra money. Redwood is rightly the best wood you can use if you want a high end fence built.

Benefits Of Redwood Pickets
  • Beautiful color
  • Very long-lasting
  • Resistant to weather and insects
  • Structurally strong
  • Furniture quality grades available
  • Your yard will stand out

  • Expensive compared to cedar or treated pine
  • Usually wont match your neighbor’s fence

Can I Use More Than One Type Of Wood?

Can I or should I use more than one type of wood for a fence? The modest answer is yes, you can. A fence doesn’t necessarily need to be made exclusively out of one type of wood. In fact, there are a lot of homeowners in Nashville who have a fence built using both cedar and treated pine. With that being said, you shouldn’t just mix and match woods erratically. There is a more strategic and ideal method of doing this. For example, pressure treated pine can be used for all of the posts, rails, and rot boards. Then, you can use cedar or redwood pickets. Using this concept is much more cost effective and it will not sacrifice the structural integrity of the fence at all. Since the fence posts and rails are not seen on privacy fences, you don’t have to worry about the color of the woods not looking the same. It is actually justly common for fences in Nashville to be built with both cedar and treated pine.

Composite Fencing

Composite fencing in Nashville is a new trend that more and more homeowners are demanding. Although it is much more expensive than your regular wood fence, the benefits it provides are most definitely worth the extra money. To put it simply, a composite fence will be the last fence you ever purchase assuming a act of nature doesn’t harm it or a vehicle plow through it. Composites fencing is a mix of recycled wood and plastic, which eliminates pretty much all of the issues associated with wood fencing such as rot, warp, crack, split, and insect damage. It still offers the same look as wood without the maintenance of it. The only step you need to take to preserve the look of the fence is to wash it down every once in a while and lightly pressure wash it every 6-8 years. Just about every facet of a wood fence is put to shame when compared to composite. With that being said, the only reason that it is not the industry standard in Nashville Tennessee is the cost of the material. It is quite a bit more expensive than your average wood fencing. However, if you see the value in building a more permanent fence and are willing to pay the addition in cost, composite is the way to go. You pretty much have all of the similar picket and wood color options as you do with wood fencing.

Advantages Of Composite Fences
  • Immune to rot
  • Immune to insects
  • Will not warp, crack, or split
  • No need to stain, paint, or apply water sealant
  • Will not scratch or discolor easily
  • Look of real wood
  • Several wood color shades to choose from
  • Very low maintenance

  • Much more expensive compared to wood fencing
  • Very likely it wont match your neighbor’s fence
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