Wood Fencing | Best Pick Reports

Pressure treated pine and cedar are the most common types of wood used in fence construction in the Southeast. Depending on the grade and treatment, pressure treated pine usually lasts about 20 years, and some manufacturers give 12-year warranties. Cedar usually lasts only 8 to 10 years. Because of Georgia weather and soil conditions, cedar is usually not recommended for fence posts extending into the ground. Wood is a versatile material for fences, since it can be stained for a natural look or painted. They are available in a variety of designs and styles including:

Picket fences. These classic wood fences consist of posts, horizontal rails, and vertical, spaced pickets that do not touch. They bring a traditional, uniquely American look to any yard. Picket fences are available in a variety of designs and sizes, including straight top, arch top, and scalloped top designs.

Stockade fences. This design is very similar to the picket fence design, except that the vertical boards are placed close together so that it is difficult to see through the fence. Stockade fences are available in a variety of designs. They are often much taller than picket fences and are commonly used as privacy fences. They are a practical option for containing large dogs that often scale smaller fences.

Rail fences. Rail fences are the simplest design type and are often used as a decorative landscape component. They consist of wooden posts connected by two or three horizontal rails. These fences are commonly used on horse farms and country estates.