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Finicky Over Your Fencing Material? Surprising Benefits Of Red Cedar Privacy Fences

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From added value and curb appeal to a safe, enclosed area for your children and pets to play, the benefits of a privacy fence are easy to see. Of course, the different fencing materials on the market can be overwhelming. If you are planning to install a privacy fence around your backyard, you may find the benefits of cedar wood surprising. Using this guide, you will understand the benefits of red cedar wood for your privacy fence.


Compared to vinyl or wrought iron, cedar wood is a more affordable option. While the actual labor cost for installation may vary depending on your contractor, treated red cedar fencing will cost between $6 and $8 a plank.


Although less expensive than other materials, cedar wood is a durable option that will stand the test of time. Cedar is a soft wood that is considered one of the most durable types of wood. Not only is it resistant to insects and decay, but using red cedar also reduces your risk of staining and warping.

With proper care and maintenance, your Eastern red cedar fence may last up to 30 years.


You may be surprised by the different ways cedar planks can be installed as a privacy fence. While fencing is available in panels or sections, cedar planks can be installed in more appealing ways. Here are a few popular options to consider when designing your cedar privacy fence:

  • Board on Board – Board on board is a traditional fencing design that will have one or two rails, depending on its height. With the board on board design, each cedar plank is installed tightly on one side of the fence.
  • Shadowbox – Fencing installed in a shadowbox design will have pickets alternately placed on the front and back sides of the fence, which creates the shadowbox look.

After choosing the installation design, you can also choose to stain or paint your cedar wood fence. In addition, you also have the option of leaving the cedar wood in its natural color. However, applying a clear waterproofing sealant to your fence is essential.

With the different installation designs and the ability to choose a custom color or finish, cedar wood fencing allows you to find a look suited to your specific personality.

Adding a privacy fence around your backyard is a smart option for your home's value and family's needs, but choosing from the different materials can be overwhelming. With this guide, you can see how red cedar wood is an excellent investment for your privacy fence. 

For more information about red cedar and other fencing options, contact Carter Fence or another local fencing company.