Why Cedar and Redwood Are Top Choices for Wood Fences

When it comes to selecting the perfect material for your new fence, the options can be overwhelming. Previously, we discussed various types of wood used in fencing, ranging from the budget-friendly pressure-treated pine and spruce to the pricier, durable, and visually appealing white oak and exotic woods.

However, if you’re looking for a balance between affordability, durability, and aesthetics, two popular choices stand out—Cedar and Redwood.

The Appeal of Cedar and Redwood Fences


Redwood is a favorite for many outdoor applications, including furniture, siding, decks, and railing. This is largely because redwood contains natural resins that repel mold, termites, and other damaging insects. Among the varieties of redwood, California redwood is the most well-known. Its heartwood can last 25 years or more without any treatment, making it an excellent long-term investment.

The deep, rich color of redwood also adds a touch of elegance to your property, making it a popular choice for fencing.


Red cedar, particularly western red cedar, is another excellent option. This wood is naturally resistant to rot, termites, and other invasive insects, giving it a long lifespan. Western red cedar has a similar appearance to redwood and shares that same deep, rich color that makes it visually appealing.

At Midwest Fence, we use western red cedar for our wood fences, especially for the posts. We’ve also developed an innovative, proprietary red cedar pressure treatment to extend the life of our fence posts even further.

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Why Choose Cedar or Redwood?

Both redwood and cedar offer a range of benefits that make them stand out:

  • Durability: Both woods are more durable and stronger than pine and spruce yet less expensive than oak or exotic woods.
  • Aesthetic Appeal: The rich, deep colors of both redwood and cedar add a touch of elegance to any property.
  • Natural Resistance: The natural resins in these woods repel damage-causing insects like termites, as well as mold and rot.

If you’re considering installing a wood fence and want a material that offers a great balance of durability, aesthetic appeal, and cost, redwood and cedar are excellent choices. They not only enhance the beauty of your property but also offer long-lasting performance.

Ready to transform your yard with a stunning wood fence? Contact us today to learn more about our cedar and redwood fencing options.

Incorporate the timeless beauty and proven durability of cedar and redwood into your next fencing project and enjoy the festive peace of mind that comes with making a long-lasting investment in your home. Call 651-451-2222 today to schedule your free estimate.