MATERIALS
So what's so important about material?
The type of material used for a particular project can determine the duarbility, look, feel and price of a structure.
Specifically for fencing, there are two popular types of material: Redwood and Western Red Cedar. Both materials have natural tannin acids that provide them with resistant properties to decay, insect and fungis. They are naturally beautiful and maintain the stability and durability desired in fences.
REDWOOD
  • Durability: 30+ Years
  • Protection: Natural Tannin Acid (Resistant to decay, insects and fungis)
  • Growth Location: California Northcoast
  • Environment: Green and sustainable (Grown in 2nd growth forests)
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Redwood is a soft wood with a slightly higher concentration of Tannin acid. This gives it slighly more decay resistant properties. This is a very popular wood in the bay area due to the close proximity of the locattion where it is mostly grown.
There are two grades of Redwood available for fencing: Con Heart Redwood and Con Common Redwood. Con Heart Redwood is cut from the center of the tree which gives it a higher than normal stability and decay resistant qualitites. It is an upgrade over Con Common Redwood which is cut from the exterior of the tree and contains less tannin acids. Both grades of redwood are excellent fencing materials and a quick analysis of your specific application will determine the right product for you.
WESTERN RED CEDAR
  • Durability: 30+ Years
  • Protection: Natural Tannin Acid (Resistant to decay, insects and fungis)
  • Growth Location: Northwest U.S. and Canada
  • Environment: Green and sustainable (Grown in 2nd growth forests)
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While most fencing companies do not carry Western Red Cedar in their lumber yards, SG Construction offers the option to use this fine wood. Western Red Cedar is slightly more cost effective due to its growth abundance and availability in various locations.
Western Red Cedar has the same tannin acid that is present in Redwood, except at more even and balanced levels. It may not contain the high acid level that Redwood does but it does not disappoint when it comes to outdoor durability. Western Red Cedar is 50% more stable (less expansion and contraction). While it maintains its decay resistant qualities, it is naturally beautiful. Also, the acid levels are conducive to an excellent product when stained or painted.