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Question DetailsAsked on 5/23/2011

Cedar vs treated fence

We have 4 kids under the age of 4 and need to fence them in with a privacy fence. We are debating whether to get a cedar fence or save some money and get the treated wood. It needs to last about 10 years, then after that we'd be ok if it fell apart, but I could see us enjoying the privacy. What do you think?

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We have 4 kids under the age of 4 and need to fence them in

Sorry Busy Mom, shortening your post may be worth a chuckle for those who've reared kids Wood fence materials seem to be a regional thing - in CA we can still purchase quality redwood few buy cedar.. IMHO. if you won't plant fruit or veggies near the fence, (toxic) treated wood may be your best bet for longivity. Cement the posts and use screws, not nails, to attach the boards to the horizontals

Answered 9 years ago by tessa89


If it isn't much more, I would go with the cedar. It is better looking and, if maintained, will probably outlast the pressure treated fence.

Answered 9 years ago by Windows on Washington


A couple years late on the post I realize, but for those who see this in the future - the brown wolamnized type treated wood, in my opinion, will not outlast ironwoods, cedar, cypress, redwood or maybe even fir and in many cases not even plain pine.

I find copper treated incised treated hem/fir (NOT pine) (the ACC/Copper Azeole green ground contact rated type with the little slots all over it for the treatment to penetrate), IF gas or oil based treatment rather than water based, will outlast pretty much anything else except the ironwood and cedar/redwood heartwood, especially if recoated when installed to get the penetration up to snuff, because these days the treatment is only about 1/3 to 1/4 as much per cubic foot as it used to be a few years ago before ACA/CCA treatment was outlawed. However, it is mildly toxic in quantity if you are going to have a hard-core crawling chewer unguarded out there, and 1x pieces are hard to find - only a couple of plants who do it to less than 2x material.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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