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Western Red Cedar or Redwood – Personal Preference!


  • Western red cedar, unless stained a different color, will naturally have a yellowish tone, while redwood has a noticeably more reddish-brown hue (there’s a reason it’s called “redwood”). Both are beautiful but if you’re planning to use a tinted stain you might want to go with cedar because it costs less and has a lighter natural color. Regardless of which wood you choose, both will eventually turn a silver-gray if not periodically maintained.


  • Although this list is supposed to show the differences between redwood and cedar, these species are very similar when it comes to being eco-friendly. Both have product certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), both are 100% natural products, and both claim to be more environmentally-friendly than composite brands. Because redwood is primarily harvested in northern California and western red cedar comes from Canada, the environmental requirements are almost identical.

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  • Western red cedar and redwood may have the same environmental certifications, but can they grow new trees as fast as they harvest old ones? Sustainable growth is obviously important if either industry plans to stay in business, and both have done an excellent job at harvesting responsibly. Since it takes 50+ years for cedar or redwood seedlings to be harvestable, the growth process isn’t an exact science. According to a cedar growth study, second growth western red cedar is just beginning to be harvested and is producing a high-quality product. However, Humbolt Redwood takes it a step further saying they harvest less than the annualgrowth rate, meaning they are growing more redwood than they are harvesting.

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  • ​To determine the hardness of redwood and cedar, we are using the janka hardness test. Redwood - with a janka rating of 450lbs - is about 23% stronger than cedar (janka rating of 350lbs). Whether the extra strength is necessary for your project is up to you, but clearly redwood is more durable than cedar in general.

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  • Both cedar and redwood give almost identical tips for cleaning, color restoration, and finishing. With either product, soap and water is going to clean most dirt and stains. Mildew can be taken care of with a little bleach and water. For restoring color (due to extractive bleeding or iron stains) use an oxalic acid-based product. Redwood and cedar naturally contain tannin (a chemical that gives the products their color), which keeps the wood insect resistant. Since California redwood has a higher level of tannin, it could be more rot resistant than cedar.

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At the end of the day, it all comes down to what your preference is & how quickly you would like your fence installed. Overall western red cedar is in much greater supply than California redwood. The availability and price point factor will depend on your project. 

Product Features

Perfect for use in both residential and commercial applications in the Chicago Suburbs.

Complements any architectural design, from historic to modern

Environmentally friendly and economical​

Residential Wood

Western Red Cedar contains natural oils that help make the wood resistant to decay and insect attacks, increasing its durability and strength without the use of chemical treatments. Western red cedar is highly stable to the point where there is minimal shrinkage when used to build a fence, meaning your fence will stay straight and sturdy for the long haul approx. 20-30 yrs. or more.

Pre-made Sections

1”x4” Pickets/Boards
1”x6” Pickets/Boards
(1” nominal thickness = 5/8”)
2”x4” Support Rails
Galvanized Ring Shank Nails
4x4 Posts
Steel Postmaster Posts *extra charge*​
Pros: Beautiful wood grains, custom built-proportionate post spacing, many style options, minimal shrinkage, accepts stains well, environmentally friendly.
Cons: Cedar posts tend to rot quicker than the fence itself, not uniform in color.


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FRENCH GOTHIC

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Residential Wood

Pressure treated Pine – Most of the pine used is Southern yellow pine that has been treated with chemicals to prevent wood rot & insect infestation.

Pre-made Sections

(1” nominal thickness = 5/8”)
Pros: Ease of installation, will keep children & dogs in yard.
Cons: Greenish tint, more susceptible to warping & twisting, lifespan approx. 7-10 yrs., less styles to choose from, boards/pickets stapled not affixed w/ring shank nails.

Commercial Wood

Pre-made Sections

6’ x 8’ Panels & 8’ x 8’ Panels
Rustic Cedar Stockade
SPF Stockade
Pencil Top Posts

Pros: Cheap, quick installation, great when you have a lot of footage & plan to replace in a few years, easy for maintenance dept. to repair.
Cons: Posts tend to rot out quicker, not pretty.



HARDWARE

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Commercial Wood

Western Red Cedar – Western red cedar contains natural oils that help make the wood resistant to decay and insect attacks, increasing its durability and strength without the use of chemical treatments. Western red cedar is highly stable to the point where there is minimal shrinkage when used to build a fence, meaning your fence will stay straight and sturdy.

Built on Site
1”x4” Pickets/Boards
1”x6” Pickets/Boards
(1” nominal thickness = 5/8”)
2”x4” Support Rails
Galvanized Ring Shank Nails
Steel Postmaster Posts

Pros: Beautiful wood grains, custom built-proportionate post spacing, durable, many style options, minimal shrinkage, accepts stains well, environmentally friendly.
Cons: Will need to be stained after 1st year to retain beautiful cedar color.

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Bold beautiful and durable, the original tones of the red and blonde gradually turn gray overtime, and natural tannins make Western Red Cedar insect and rot resistant


Economical, insect and decay resistant are traits that make Pressure Teated Pine a popular choice for fencing projects.

PICKET OPTIONS

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ELITE/CUSTOM STYLES

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Here are just a few of the many styles that can be created to enhance and protect your outdoor environment.

Cont Tee Hinge

BUDGET

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Pressure Treated Pine Label

    Western Red Cedar Wood has always been a popular choice for fencing material due to its beauty, versatility and environmentally friendly characteristics. Often used for both residential and commercial applications, wood can be made into everything from complete privacy fencing to open-air, rustic split rail designs.

    With the wide range of styles and finishes available, consumers have the ability to choose a product that suits both their tastes and their needs. 

We offer a complete line of high quality wood gate hardware, perfect for creating whatever size gates for the job.

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GOTHIC

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DOG EAR

STYLES

FLAT TOP

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AFFORDABLE

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AVAILABLE SPECIES

GRADE

 Xpert Fence offers a wide variety of standard wood styles to transform your property and enhance your outdoor living experience.