A beautiful wooden fence surrounding acres of bright green grass is a part of the American dream. In many people's dreams, that wooden fence is made from cedar or pressure-treated pine, as these are the most common woods used for fencing in the United States. But there's another wood that's well worth your consideration if it's time to build a new fence: cypress. Here's a look at what cypress has to offer.
Cypress is a very durable wood, especially if you choose old-growth cypress. Even younger wood is rated as moderately durable and is therefore not a bad choice for your fence. Cypress resists decay, which is important since fences are regularly exposed to water and moist air. You don't have to worry about applying wood sealer or stain to a cypress fence unless you're doing so to create a specific look. Cypress is also quite workable, which mean that it holds nails and screws well without worry of splitting or splintering.
Naturally, cypress has a yellowish brown hue and a straight grain. It has a slightly greasy look and feel when left natural, which sometimes makes it look like it has been stained. If you prefer a darker-colored fence, cypress will take up stain well, and it also has excellent paint-holding abilities.
Location and Availability
Cypress is primarily grown in the southeast United States, so it is widely available and very affordably priced in this area. If you live further north, you may have a somewhat harder time finding cypress fencing, but it should still be available through more specialized wood suppliers. Just make sure that the cypress you purchase has been fully dried and cured before it is used to make a fence. If not allowed to dry properly, it may curl up and bend once assembled into fencing.
Some woods, like pine, tend to attract a lot of carpenter ants and wood bees who like to build nests within the fence. Cypress is less appealing to these insects because it is harder for them to bore through. It's not quite as repellent to insects as cedar, which gives off an odor that drives insects away, but you should not have to be overly concerned about insect infestations when you choose a cypress fence.
To learn more about cypress fencing, contact a contractor, such as Family Fence Company. It's a durable, attractive choice that deserves more attention.