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Does Wood Choice Really Matter When Constructing a Privacy Fence?

At first glance, one wood privacy fence might look the same as any other.

On surface there are indeed similarities. But the wood species used to construct privacy
fencing are where the similarities would end.

Choice of wood type has a significant impact on the durability, aesthetics, and ongoing maintenance of your property’s privacy fencing.

Certain factors make one wood species preferable over another. Your local, professional fence installer is a vital resource for providing you expert guidance about the best wood choice for your fencing project.

Wood choices (and its specific uses) you can trust for secure and long-lasting privacy fencing

Professional fence installers understand that wood selection isn’t a random process. They are intentional about the wood species they recommend and use for your fencing project.

Wood recommendations for your fencing pickets, trim, and caps

Western Red Cedar
The primary benefit of this wood species is its resistance to rot, insects, and overall

Also, the general environmental impact on your fencing by locality must be considered. Western Red Cedar is the best choice for states (such as Oklahoma) that have varying weather conditions throughout each season.

Choose Western Red Cedar for it’s overall benefits:

  • Longevity against seasonal and environmental elements. With proper maintenance
    expect a 15 to 20 year life span.
  • Visual appeal that adds distinct color to your property. Wood tones have an amber
    and cinnamon brown look that compliments your outdoor environment.
  • Ease of use during installation. Western Red Cedar is a natural softwood with the
    durability of a hardwood that retains screws or nails and resists warping.
  • Natural sustainability. Western Red Cedar is typically sourced from North American
    forests and is naturally chemical and preservative free.

Japanese Cedar
The technical specification of this wood type is “Cryptomeria Japonica” or a Japanese coniferous Cypress tree.

Japanese Cedar provides similar benefits to other cedar wood species such as environmental protections, coloring, ease of installation, and durability.

As a cost-effective alternative, you can expect Japanese Cedar to create a long-lasting and aesthetically appealing fence with ongoing maintenance and care. This wood is continuing to grow in popularity in the United States for that reason.

The major downside to these products is the kiln-drying process they go through to reduce weight for overseas shipping.

Most softwoods (by nature) have natural oils and inherent moisture that provide natural protective measures. The wood may inherently be weakened by this drying process.

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Wood recommended for fencing back rails

The supportive structure of your fence requires a superior wood product. Though not as noticeable on the public-facing side of your fence, the back rails are key to the durability of your fencing.

Prime Douglas Fir

Douglas Fir is up to three-times as hard as other wood choices such as pine or cedar. Due to its strength and reliability, home-builders choose Douglas Fir to frame the interior structure of a house.

You can expect the supportive back rails of your fencing to be structurally superior when using Douglas Fir.

  • Douglas Fir back rails form a superior fencing structure when combined with
    galvanized steel posts and attached with specially designed wood-to-metal screws.
  • Douglas Fir back rails keep their shape and prevent warping to provide an appealing
    and uniform look across your fence.
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Woods NOT recommended for your fencing

Treated Pine Pickets, Rails and Posts!!

While the least costly, fences constructed with treated pine have the potential to warp and

States, such as Oklahoma, experience frequent weather changes that take a toll on treated pine fencing.

It’s also common to use treated pine for pre-manufactured fence panels.

Poor longevity and lack of warranty on treated materials make treated pine a less than optimum choice for your fencing pickets, rails, and posts.

Pre-Stained Douglas Fir Pickets!!

This form of Douglas Fir is not recommended for fencing pickets. Again, its strength is notable yet its environmental durability is unproven for the long-term.

Douglas Fir lacks the porous qualities of cedar or cypress woods. This prevents the staining products from adhering and penetrating the wood as effectively as is necessary to protect it.

Compared to other naturally colored or protective wood species Pre-Stained Douglas Fir is less effective when used for your fence pickets.

When deciding about the wood choices for your fence, trust the knowledge and experience of your Tulsa fence professional.

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Radius Fence in Bixby and Tulsa is a leader in fence and gate consultations and installation.

  • Experts are available to help with your decision, installation, and your ongoing questions about protecting your fence investment.
  • Upgrade your home’s security and appearance.

Contact Radius Fence in Tulsa about your fence questions.

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Stronger Fencing

Compared to wood, vinyl fencing is much stronger. Vinyl fencing is flexible and durable, which helps vinyl out-perform wood fencing in windy conditions and with environmental exposure to UV rays and weather.

More Options Available

Vinyl fencing is available in a wide variety of configurations to match any property, home, or purpose. Iconic, white vinyl picket fences give a feel of classic Americana with that white-picket-fence-style. Darker vinyl fences can be installed to make a space look more elegant or modern. From short picket to tall privacy, vinyl fencing can be designed to enhance your backyard or business.

Easy To Clean

Vinyl fencing can be cleaned easily with a regular garden hose. If you get a little mildew from moisture or shady conditions, you can use a mild dish soap and then spray off the fence with a garden hose. Vinyl fences are very easy to clean.

Beautiful Vinyl Fences

Vinyl fences are a bright, bold fence choice. Available in a variety of colors, vinyl fencing can be installed in a many configurations to help you enhance the beauty of your property. And, because vinyl isn’t as porous as wood, vinyl fences retain their color and finish much longer than wood fencing so you can enjoy your fence for years to come.

A Good Neighbor Fence

Unlike most fence types that have a “good side” and a “bad side,” with your Trex fence, you will get the same beautiful finish on either side. No unsightly picket defects or exposed support railings. A Trex fence is beautiful no matter what side of the fence you are on. 

25 Year Limited Lifetime Warranty

The power of the outdoors has met its match. Trex is engineered to endure decades of foul weather and foot traffic…with the warranty coverage to prove it. 

With our 25-Year Limited Residential Warranty, you can rest assured that your backyard investment is well protected.

Low Maintenance

Trex fencing can be cleaned easily with a regular garden hose . If you get a little mildew from moisture or shady conditions, you can use a mild dish soap and then spray off the fence with a garden hose. Trex fences are very easy to clean and typically only require it semi-annually,  making them a great option for low-maintenance fencing.

Eco-Friendly Fencing

 Trex eco-friendly composite fencing is made from an innovative blend of 96% recycled wood and plastic—that’s almost the whole thing. Trex fencing led the way green fencing more than 20 years, well before green was a buzzword. Because in the end, all of us want to look out on our fences and know that we’ve done our part. As one of the largest plastic recyclers in the U.S., Trex saves 400 million pounds of plastic and wood from landfills each year.

Never Shrink, Warp or Rot

PostMaster+ fences are designed for more than just presenting a seamless fence, it is an investment in peace of mind.

PostMaster+ is designed to not shrink, warp or rot like wood posts.

Up To 112mph Winds

Your PostMaster+ fence system can be configured to withstand up to 112 MpH winds.

Steel posts protect your investment from damaging wind while cedar offers protection from bugs, rot, and warping.

Limited Lifetime Warranty

You can feel confident in your investment as it comes with a Lifetime Limited warranty.

No other wood fence post even comes close to the performance and longevity of this innovative fencing system.

Hidden Posts

PostMaster+ is the only steel fence post on the market designed to be hidden from view.

Both sides of your fence will showcase beautiful cedar posts while the steel on the inside creates a durable, long-lasting fence.

Limited Lifetime Warranty

RADIUS metal fences have a Limited Lifetime Warranty that protects against cracking, peeling, chipping, blistering and corrosion resulting in structural failure, without cause and workmanship and material defects through the manufacturer.

High Security Fencing

Maintaining a secure perimeter is your first line of defense against potential threats. A metal fence from RADIUS serves as a visual deterrent backed with heavy metal components that give a higher level of protection compared to traditional alternatives.

Coated Galvanized Steel

All RADIUS metal fences are coated inside and out. Our galvanized steel framework is subjected to a multi-stage pre-treatment/wash, followed by a duplex cathodic electrocoat system consisting of an epoxy primer, which significantly increases corrosion protection, and an acrylic topcoat, which provides the protection necessary to withstand adverse weathering effects.

Seamless Design

Our metal fence panels are fabricated through a welding technique that combines laser and fusion technology to create a virtually invisible structural connection at every picket to rail intersection. RADIUS welded steel construction is unmatched in strength and durability.

Modern Design

FenceTrac’s revolutionary, innovative fence system features one of the most modern, sleek designs on the market. Not only are these fences long-lasting, but they are also highly customizable as well as fashionable.

Stronger Trac Channels

FenceTrac U-channels are manufactured from 18-ga. roll-formed galvanized steel for superior strength and durability. This system is built to be long-lasting and customizable to match any yard.

Versatile Infill

Want to create a super durable fence that’s as unique as you? With a FenceTrac system you can pair their patented, durable U-channels with the infill that best fits your style. FenceTrac is designed to be used with nearly any type of rigid infill, so you can create the exact look you want.

Metal Frame

FenceTrac comes in with a durable textured matte black powder coat finish consisting of a multi-stage process of industrial, weather-resistant finish. The sturdy metal frame creates a stronger, longer-lasting fence. FenceTrac’s metal frame is also compatible for fencing sloped grades with precision. 

Stronger Posts & Hardware

A benefit of choosing RADIUS to install your chain link fence is that we use only the most durable posts and hardware.

Chain-link fences are known for being the last fences standing during hurricanes, tornados, and other severe weather events.

Top Rails For Structure

At RADIUS, we believe it’s important to go the extra mile to ensure your investment is built to last.

Adding a top rail to your chain link fence project creates an extra level of durability and security.

Premium Chain Link Mesh

Our chain link mesh offers a high level of security for residential, commercial, and industrial properties.

Manufactured with you in mind to provide you with security and beauty at the same time.

Nice Finishing Caps

At RADIUS, we pride ourselves on putting in the little details that make your fence unique to you. Ask your representative about adding premium finishing caps to your Chain Link fence project.

Rails And Nails - With Purpose

Much like our fence pickets, RADIUS takes care of which rails and nails we build with. Our standard back rails for wood privacy fencing are constructed of prime Douglas fir species wood. This provides superior stiffness and no more warping/twisting (seen in treated pine materials).

Getting all of these great products together is important too! We use a specialty winged tip Coated wood-to-metal screw the size of your pinkie to hold the rails to our steel posts. Once set up, the pickets get finished on the installation with Galvanized coated ring-shank nails. No need for screws on our pickets – it’ll take a crowbar or more to get these nails out when applied correctly.

Better Fence Pickets

RADIUS builds with only the best fence pickets. These are not the typical fence pickets anyone can buy from the local big-box stores. RADIUS has partnered with suppliers to provide the highest quality wood fencing materials.

Our typical offering is the premium #2/BTR Wood Fence picket from Alta Forest Products. Their Western Red Cedar has the more time-tested quality results of all wood species in the Tulsa market. We also have other #1 Cryptomeria Japonica wood and some Prime Douglas fir options. We stay on top of the trends and teach each of our customers the intricacy of changes in the Wood Privacy Fencing market.

Stronger Posts

RADIUS understands that your fence is as strong as the posts that are used to build your wood residential privacy fence. Our team was instrumental in being at the forefront of bringing the Galvanized 2-1/2” Square steel posts to the Tulsa fence market. We not only offer these solid stalwarts but have access to other styles such as the Postmaster+ post options too.

Our standard is to set these in a concrete footer, utilizing a myriad of installation methodologies according to your exact soil conditions and site arrangements. Having experts design and install your fence is our standard – just like the steel posts we install daily.

Decorative Details & Designs

RADIUS goes the extra mile in every detail of your wood fence project. Add Cap & Trim for a simple, elegant feel – or look into our new Horizontal wood fencing solutions – the possibilities are nearly endless with our team’s unlimited design scope experience and talent.

We travel to major conventions and conferences to learn about all of the great innovations that continue to flood the North American market. RADIUS is known for its leadership in the fencing world, especially for unique wood privacy fence solutions.