When you have a beautiful, strong fence, it can really improve your home’s extrinsic and intrinsic value.  Indeed, a fence will help to border your property, making it feel like a whole estate, even if it is far from the size of an estate.  But that appearance will also help to make it feel like your home is worth more.

That is not to say that your home is only worth more if you have a fence. No, a fence provides the benefit of “curb appeal” a measure of how attractive your home appears from the street.  If that sounds good to you, here are two types of Woodspec.ca wood commonly used for fences, and why you might (or might not) consider using them.

Why You Should Choose Cedar

Cedar is a soft wood, first of all. At first glance, then, it might seem that cedar is not a good choice; but cedar is also very durable, which might make it the most versatile wood you can buy.  A cedar fence, on average, can last roughly 30 years, untreated; so treat the wood and you could get even more life out of it.

Why you Might Not Choose Cedar

Not all types of cedar are the same so you have to make sure that you know what you are buying and using and that you remain consistent throughout the project.  In addition, cedar does not really take to paint well so if you do not like the natural look of wood—or were hoping to paint your fence a vibrant color—this may not be the wood for you.

Why You Should Choose Spruce

One of the first things you will notice about spruce is just how affordable it is.  In fact, you could probably afford to use spruce for any and every project around the house.  And that is a good thing, too, because this wood is quite attractive: it has an off-white color that can turn a smokey gray after several years. And if you don’t really like that, its ok because spruce is easy to paint, as well.

Why You Might Not Choose Spruce

But spruce may be a little more vulnerable to the elements than other types of wood, prone to warping in wet climates.  That makes it unsuitable for every region.  You can always seal it, but knowing that it needs a seal to stay healthy, the upkeep is a little more demanding, too.